Jethro Macey Adds Whimsy & Texture To Usually Ordinary Items

Innovative 26 year old designer Jethro Macey has been hailed as a ‘Name to Watch’ in 2008 by the Telegraph Magazine and the recipient of several impressive design awards. He has self-produced many products and collaborated with companies like Decode London and Worldwide Fred for both mass produced and limited edition products.

Side boards, wall hooks, table lamps, wall-mounted bathroom cabinets and floor tiles get infused with texture and whimsy to create unique and charming alternatives to the ordinary.

Bathroom cabinets highlight a particular object by setting it preciously within a small inset frame in the corner:


Flamenco cabinet and detail:

Cat, Soldier, Giraffe and Radio cabinets:

Each cabinet measures W. 350 x H. 450 x D.150 mm and will be available starting April 2009. (2013 Update: No longer available)

Coin Lamp:

His Coin Lamp is the first product in a range based on the concept of values and reward, it subtly heightens awareness of consumption through design.

Turned on by a coin-operated switch, the lamp is set to predetermined time by an internal mechanism. Developed with the assistance of a NESTA training program the final version of coin lamp will be available soon.
(2013 Update: No longer available)

Flying Duck Hooks

Powder coated 2mm steel hooks complete with wall fixings.

Available in a range of colors. $110 / set of three. Each hook set consists of; Small W. 250 H. 120 mm, Medium W. 175 H.140 mm and Large W.200 H.160 mm
(2013 Update: No longer available)

Lace Tile

The lace tile was the Winner of the Best in Flooring category from the Elle Decoration British Design Awards:

By mixing conventional materials with high technology surface design techniques a repeating pattern has been translated from lace into a three dimensional tile.

Above: the lace tile used as the face for a retail counter

The tiles reveal the decorative rose pattern when laid in multiples. Projects include Urban outfitters, Revolution Vodka Bar and private residences in the UK and Europe.

Dot Shade & Aluminum Base lamp

Handcrafted laser etched birch shade. The random pattern is formed during construction when many of the dots fall out. Complete with brushed aluminum base.

Shade dimensions W.400 x D. 250 x H.320 mm, Base Height 1200 mm, $430.00
(2013 Update: No longer available)

Textile Side Unit

The side board, named the Textile Side Unit, was made in collaboration with Decode, London. A lacquered carcass with CNC milled stone composite doors and solid oak base, it’s priced from $8,000 and available in multiple sizes.

2 Door W.1600 D.550 H.700mm
3 Door W.1800 D.550 H.700mm
4 Door W.2400 D.550 H.700mm
(2013 Update: No longer available)

His Birthday Candelabra for Worldwide Fred:

buy it here.

Jethro, in his own words:

“My approach to my work and practice is to design products with both purposeful intent and visual appeal. I incorporate digital technologies into my design process alongside hands on construction techniques.

My work is designed in response to either self a directed brief or commission and is designed with the notion of a batch or mass production run in mind.

I established my business in early 2006 and design and manufacture a range of interior products sold through a selection of independent retailers both in the UK and abroad.”
-Jethro Macey

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Guitars That Will Stir Your Soul, Prior To Being Played: Moollon

Moollon Guitars hero IIHIH

Moollon Guitars of Seoul, Korea designs and crafts some of the most beautiful looking guitars, basses, pickups and effects accessories I have ever seen. In addition to several custom creations for various artists, they have an impressive collection of private stock and retail products. Etchings of dragons, carp, wings and lotus flowers adorn some of the guitars and exotic woods are crafted for several of the stunning basses. Read more

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More Bubbly For Your Buck: 10 Top Sparkling Wines For New Year’s Eve

As New Year’s Eve approaches, several of us are in search of the right bubbly (and undoubtedly this year, the best ‘deal’) with which to toast the ringing in of 2009. Eric Asimov, chief wine critic for the NY times gives us sparkling wine alternatives to the pricier ‘champagne’, selected by a panel of 25 experts, that range from $10.00 to $20.00. Read more

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5th Christmas Tree Exhibition. Modern Xmas Tree Art From HfG Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.

unusual christmas trees

It’s another year for the exhibit of  unusual Christmas trees in Oh Tannenbaum!  Various designer interpretations of the traditional Christmas tree at Germany’s Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. The images shown here are from various submissions to the exhibit from 2004-2008. Read more

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Emma Hack Takes Body Art To A New Level With Her Latest Collection

Emma hack body painting

We’ve seen body painting before. I’ve posted about well-known hand painter, Guido Daniele and the body painting of shoes on feet by Temptu. Read more

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Stylish Wireless Tech For Parrot: The Zikmu Speakers by Philippe Starck

parrot zimku speakers

Parrot is a global leader in wireless devices for mobile phones and is always on the cutting edge of innovation. Recently, they’ve hired designers to make specific products for their line. The latest of which are the Zikmu; new wireless speakers by well known designer Philippe Starck. Read more

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10 Hip Stocking Stuffers For Under $10.00

Given the many people I know who opted not to exchange gifts during this painful economic downturn, I wanted to post a few very cool items that won’t cost you much more than 10 bucks. Because what’s Christmas or Chanukah without any gifts? Not nearly as much fun, that’s what. Read more

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Graphic Designers Gave Us 30 Reasons (& Hundreds More) To Elect Obama

posters for Obama
Shepard Fairey’s popular Obama Poster

Shepard Fairey’s HOPE Obama poster is probably the most recognized presidential propaganda out there, but he certainly wasn’t the only one who designed a beautiful poster in support of Barack Obama. Nor the best poster. 30 Reasons and Design/ers for Obama are two groups who created some terrific poster designs for The President-elect. Read more

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Unruly Scarves: 100% Silk Scarves That Are NOT For Old Ladies

Unruly Scarves

Every couple of years, scarves try to make a comeback. You’ve got your high-end, ridiculously overpriced but stunning silk scarves from Gucci, Hermes, Chanel and of course, Emilio Pucci. Then you’ve got your ‘accessible’ silk scarves by companies such as Echo and Forzieri and you’ve got your ‘artsy’ hand painted silk scarves carried in museum shops. But still, most of them are either preppy, traditional.. or just plain ‘old lady’. Read more

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Hip Christmas Cards From Lowbrow Artists & Graphic Designers

Hip Christmas Cards

There are tons of beautiful Christmas Cards one can choose to give this year; designers like Snow & Graham, Elum and many others… just look at my page with all the links to paper goods, stationers and printers. Read more

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