When designer Laura Handler sent us word of her new blog, Interesting Found Objects, we instantly started poking around. We love Unmentionables, her latest post, with a divine, mind-boggling Japanese condom package-design. Then we flew to her website to find out about her. We looked at her designs and was smitten with her stacking, interlocking votive candle holders that could be configured in endless ways.
Such a simple and smart idea. We tried stacking our own votives to realize that executing this clever idea really takes a great deal of thought and consideration: so that the flames don’t touch the neighboring votives and possibly crack them; that they interlock so as not to come crashing down…We were reminded that good design only looks simple, and works really well.
We also really love the work she’s done with acrylic, like these vividly-colored woven placemats and drinkware she designed for Metrokane…
…and her own line of modular outdoor furniture
We hear she’s designing some glass furniture…
Curious about the person behind these big ideas for everyday things, we went to Handler’s bio. Tacked on to an impressive array of clients and projects – Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, MOMA – was this enticing bit at the end: To keep her perspective fresh, Laura occasionally leaves her studio in New York City, and retreats to her updated log cabin in Paradise Valley, Montana. A cabin in Montana!! We want to see that.
So we wrote and asked if she had any pictures. She sent us some. Which we’ll feature in
the next post in the next day or two. Stay tuned!
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