Why Only White from TEDA Showers Us With Color

teda totem collection

Update: Sadly this company and their products -as well as the sites listed in this post, no longer seem to exist. But I’m not removing it because the items are so great to look at at may inspire someone else to produce something similar. Read more

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Edgewater Wall Tiles: Marrying Art With Technology

Edgewater of British Colombia creates a variety of in-house artisan tiles using glass, stone, wood, metal and porcelain by using an industrial waterjet to create the shapes. Waterjet Cutting is a significant manufacturing technology that offers important new options in the cutting of materials. All types of metals from 1/16″ to 5″ thick are good candidates for waterjet.

Edgewater also produces custom shapes, cut glass and inlay materials enabling their clients the freedom to apply their own creativity. Take a look at some of the samples and installations of their unique and premium tiles:

About Edgewater:
Edgewater was originally formed with a vision – to marry artistic design with an industrial waterjet. We set out to provide high quality, custom work that is locally made and affordable. Today, our expertise in precision cutting reflects a range of challenging projects and clientele – from artists to engineering firms.

Our success is based on strong client relationships built around an ability to provide exceptional customer service and unwavering attention to quality.

Contact Info:
Office Phone 604.985.9251
Fax 604.985.9254
email: info@edgewaterjet.ca
101-1429 Dominion St.
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 1B3

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Folk Gets Funky & Peasants Are Pretty In John Galliano’s Latest Collection

Fashion designer John Galliano has just shown his Fall/Winter 2009 RTW collection and, in typical Galliano fashion, it’s quite fantastical. The line has a distinctively Baltic bent to it as it mixes brocades, embroidery, cashmere, coins and wild shoes to culminate in a Russian folkloric (and I swear I see a little Flemish in there), but fashionable style. Although it’s a “ready to wear” line, as opposed to haute couture, I don’t think you’ll see many people sporting these in your local grocery store. Read more

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Bela Borsodi Breathes Life Into Product Photography

Vienna born, New York based photographer Bela Borsodi has a unique approach to product photography. By incorporating three dimensional sculptural environments and unique materials, he builds mini sets that personify the products and turn what would be simple table top images into living breathing pieces of art.

He has used everything from bent wire, cut paper, shadows, balloons, silhouettes, collage, suspension and more as homes for the products, turning such static items as diamonds and shoes into sculpture. In some instances, the inanimate objects become ‘people’, in others, the editorials are reminiscent of artful narratives. Some executions mix photography of models with animation, adding whimsy to what might otherwise be a typical fashion shot.

He has such a large body of work, I wish I could share it all, but instead, I’ll show you some of my favorites from the past few years. Several blogs have featured the image that is on the home page of his site, but frankly, that’s nothing compared to much of his other work. In addition to his editorial work for magazines like Tatler, Wallpaper, V Magazine, and Elle, he has created advertising for such well known clients as Nike, Sportsac, Selfridges and Hermes.

Coincidentally, he collaborated with another photographer whose work I previously featured, Paul Graves, for several editorials in 2004 and 2005 – as in the “Inflated Egos” shown below.

He has some fabulous, but very sexually suggestive work, he’s created for Swedish and Danish publications (no surprise there, huh?). I will share with you some of the tamer executions (like the wonderful foot fetish editorial), but for the more risque ones, those you must go see on your own. be aware that the following images are NSFW.

“I try to treat each of my projects equally and to make them interesting for myself. I always try to do something that can translate the joy and the intrigue that I experience when I am working on it. With commercial projects there is more responsibility involved with all the logistics and demands to deal with –but I believe in making images that inspire and tell stories, that touch and intrigue peoples’ minds and hearts. A fascinating image will always stand out and will be recognized –whether it is found in a commercial context or in a freer art context. I have the luck to work with interesting clients who trust me and understand what I am up to.” — Bela Borsodi

Bela Borsodi

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A Revealing Project: Naked People By Photographer Sebastian Kempa

Naked People By Sebastian Kempa

Photographer Sebastian Kempa, 31, has an interesting photographic project called Naked People. As the name suggests, the site and shots in this post are in no way pornographic, but instead a simple study of ever day individuals, first as they appear in their normal clothing and then, in the same pose, only without clothing. Read more

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United Nude: Shoes With A Blueprint

United Nude shoes

In 2003 a Dutch architect from an architects family and an English shoemaker from a shoemakers family decided to start a brand. Disillusioned with fashion and not wanting to be yet another shoe brand or architecture firm, a design company was born – set on releasing specific, iconic products and rejecting broad seasonal ranges. The products evolve in projects from international teams (United) in an open way with direct recognition (Nude). Read more

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Can Sayinli & Jorgen Evil Ekvoll Weave Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll Into Silk Rugs

Can Saylini and Jorgen Evkoll
above: detail from the silk hand knotted Rock n’ Roll rug

Central St. Martins College of Art and Design graduates Can Saylini and Jorgen Evkoll are a talented and edgy design duo. Amongst their irreverent, unusual, somewhat anarchistic and definitely provocative work are two collections of textile art. In these particular cases, silk hand knotted rug designs.

Turkish-born Sayinli asked his dad to hook them up with traditional rug-making families from villages near Istanbul. Everyone works from the same computer-generated patterns, yet each rug differs hugely in appearance. “The way the knots are tied varies from village to village, making each rug unique,” says Sayinli – something that appeals to his hippie sensibility and brings us back into the realm of handicraft.

The rugs as shown in exhibition:

I’m sharing two collections by these young artists with you today, both are silk and hand knotted. The rugs are really art pieces as opposed to mass produced products and can only be purchased through galleries such as Galerist in Turkey.

Traditional weavers from villages near Istanbul hand make the rugs based on computer generated patterns:

The finished project: Jørgen Can 1 (Hereke)

Silk Rugs (The Sex, Rock n Roll, Drugs and War Rugs).


detail of Sex:


detail of drugs:

Rock n’ Roll:

detail of Rock n Roll:

weaving the Rock n’ Roll rug:


detail of War:

weaving the War rug:

The Carpet Project:

Jørgen Can 1 (Kayseri):

Free Paris Hilton:

The last days of Maradona:

Breaking Bill Gates:

The Portrait of pope Benedict XVI:

Putin’s input:

The sun went down on Queen Elizabeth II:

Saddam forever:

Snoop Dog, another wild American puppy:

A quick visit to Takashi land:

A Zizek composition:

Jørgen Evil Ekvoll- b. 03 April 1981, Oslo
Can Sayinli – b. 12 April 1981, Istanbul
Saylini Evkoll website.

TR-34340 Istanbul | Istiklal Cad. Misir Apt 311/4
Phone +90/212 – 244 82 30

If you like unusual, beautiful and artful rugs, be sure to see the over 130 rugs I’ve singled out for their design. Or search this blog for previous posts on rugs.

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Anton Garcia-Abril’s Hemeroscopium House: Cool Cantilevered Concrete

Hemeroscopium House

Located in Madrid, the Hemeroscopium House, designed by Anton Garcia-Abril and Ensamble Studio, took a full year to engineer but only seven days to actually build (including that amazing cantilevered swimming pool). Read more

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MINI Cooper, Airstream and Fritz Hansen: Cowabunga!

MINI Cooper Airstream and Fritz Hansen

Airstream Inc. and MINI have teamed up to offer the best in both design and functionality with a one-off MINI Cooper S Clubman and Airstream creation designed by Republic of Fritz Hansen. Read more

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2009 Red Dot Product Design Winners – All The Best of The Best

2009 Red Dot Product Design Winners

With more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries, the international “red dot design award” is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. It is divided into the “red dot award: product design”, the “red dot award: communication design” and the “red dot award: design concept.” The award-winning products are put before an international public in the red dot design museum. Read more

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