Design Swap Brilliance: Painted Radiators and Pipes

Designer Davito’s inspired painted radiators, and other design solutions, came from “crashing” in friends’ shoebox apartment. It got us thinking about enlisting friends to give their unique perspective to spaces or design issues that have become too familiar for us to “see”.

Read More

Ready-Made Magnetic Walls for Displaying Pictures

The image-clad steel door in photographer Emily Johnston’s apartment sharpened our eyes for the magnetic surfaces that already exist in many homes, from medicine cabinet to fridge doors. Rather than tacking the usual small photos, mementos and lists to it, we’re contemplating having a poster made that would cover its entire surface, mural-like.

Read More

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials

A reader alerted us to Maya Donenfeld’s great book Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials. Donenfeld writes the popular blog Mayamade. We are impressed by her philosophy which underlies every project: to create something new from what already exists.  She loves the challenge of making “something out of nothing” (and so do we).

Read More

Birds Rock Out on Electric Guitars

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot produces music in surprising and unexpected ways through large-scale acoustic environments and  immersive sonic installation.  From Ear to Ear at the Peabody Essex Museum employs a flock of 70 vividly-plumed Zebra finches to play iconic Gibson Les Paul and Thunderbird bass guitars. Boursier-Mougenot tunes the electric guitars to rock and blues chords so they are musically…

Read More

Ellen Silverman’s Video Ode to Soft Boiled Eggs with a How-To

(Video links HERE and HERE.)  Recently, photographer Ellen Silverman borrowed the Laboratory to shoot Girl + Egg, her whimsical 1-minute video of…just that. Although Ellen brought a variety of egg cups she had bought or borrowed, she ended up using one we’d hacked (the hack is THAT good.) The video gives a nice glimpse of…

Read More

Chocolate as Resistance + The Spirituality of Chocolate

(Video link HERE.) This beautiful little video about the culture of chocolate in Mexico, will give you a view of the origins of the delicious sweet we love to eat, unaware how the making of it can be an act of resistance and spirituality, as is true with many endangered foods. In 4 minutes, we got a big view of culture, ecology, economic forces and memory that goes way beyond chocolate.

Read More

Paint Swatches as Cool Design Material

We’re inspired by New Jersey-based artist Madiha Siraj’s installations made of thousands of paint swatches from Lowe’s. We never thought of actually using swatches to decide more than a paint color, but as a material unto themselves for improvising designs and kaleidoscopes of color

Read More

New York Arbor: The Creative Life of Trees

If we were looking for a stunning gift to give a friend, we would give the book Maria Robledo gave us recently: photographer Mitch Epstein’s incredibly beautiful New York Arbor, images of remarkable trees growing in New York’s parks, gardens, sidewalks, and cemeteries, amidst the life of the city. It is not JUST photographs of trees, but a truly transfixing and transformative work that seems as alive as its subjects.

Read More

Posts navigation