Saturday, December 3, 2011

Dumb Fun for the Holidays. Cheap Gifts Guaranteed to get a Giggle.

I know not everyone loves a gag gift or novelty gift. But for those who do, you need not look further than

Wellies, Cowboy Boot & Suede Ugg stockings
Why hang the typical Christmas stockings on the mantel when you can personalize the tradition with either Wellies, Cowboy Boots or Suede Uggs instead? These 'stockings' are great for the Seattlean (or Brit), The Two-stepper or the trendy Los Angeleno:

Made of sturdy and high quality fabric these stylish Christmas Boot Stockings measure approx. 19" tall x 15" wide. $14.99 each. Buy them here

"I Still Have The Receipt" Bow and Ribbon
Did you take a risk with that gift? Are you fairly certain the recipient will be disappointed? Then spare them embarrassment by wrapping it with these ribbons and bows on which are printed "I still have the receipt."

$3.99 buy them here

Glitter Bacon Ornament
What Christmas Tree would be complete without a sparkly glitter Bacon ornament? For the pork-lover in your life:

$15.99, buy it here

Jeez-its Sticky Notes
Nothing like a religious reminder to keep you organized. The Jeez-its Sticky Notes come in a colorful little book and ask WWJD?

$6.49, buy them here

Hanukkah Candy Canes
Everyone likes Candy canes (even us Jews), so here's some Chanukah Canes:

The Hanukkah Candy Canes are peppermint flavored and $7.95 a box, buy them here

Bacon Candy Canes
And some for the decidedly Non-Kosher crowd... Bacon Flavored Candy Canes!

$7.49 a box, buy them here

Pooping Moose Christmas Sweaters
Holiday Sweaters are awful to begin with, so why not just go for it and rock the Pooping Moose Holiday Sweaters?

On sale right now for $27.99, buy them here

Santa Claus Beard Beanie
Keep your head and your face warm with the wool and acrylic knit santa hat complete with beard and stache:

$29.99, buy it here carries tons of other stocking stuffers and holiday gifts, be sure to check them out.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Beth Katleman's Folly. Three Dimensional Ceramic Toile Wallpaper Installations.

“Folly” is a three-dimensional rendering of traditional Toile de Jouy wallpaper by artist Beth Katleman. On close inspection, the elegant, Asian-inspired pavilions that comprise the landscape of “Folly” are populated with kitschy figures, cast in ceramic, from popular culture.

The artist created 12 separate installations of Folly, the first of which sold for $200,000 through Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary to a private Australian collector in 2010.

As Katleman, shown above in front of one of her Folly installations, explains:
“I have long been fascinated by Toile de Jouy, the printed fabrics that drape the walls and beds of 18th century France. Peasants cavort in bucolic landscapes decked out with flowers, all in the shadow of classical ruins. There is something surreal about these scenes, which float, disembodied in a world without gravity. I love the contrast between the ornate sensuality and frivolity of the scenes, and the incongruous setting. Often the 2nd and 3rd generation knock‐offs catch my eye, especially those that project a sense of optimism, as though they long for a grander existence”

In Miami, Folly was installed on a Royal blue painted wall instead of the Wedgewood blue seen at both the Greenwich House's Jane Hartsook Gallery and Todd Merill Studio Contemporary.

"Folly" has received recent coverage in The New York Times, The Art Economist, The Art Newspaper, Ceramics Art and Perception, France’s La Tribune, Shanghai’s Grand Design and Taiwan’s Cacao. “Folly” was exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York in the Fall of 2011 and will be on view at The National Trust in the U.K at Claydon House in 2012.

Materials: Porcelain, wire, steel rods and heat-shrink tubing
Dimensions: 192" W x 108" H x 11"D (487cm W x 274cm H x 28cm )

images and info courtesy of Jane Hartsook Gallery, Todd Merill Studio Contemporary and Go Ceramics!

Sound You Can See. Transparent Speakers From People People of Stockholm.

A well established definition of sustainability is to satisfy the needs of people, planet and profit. This speaker design by Stockholm design group People People tries to accomplish exactly that.

The transparent design lets the speaker blend in to any living room out there. The size can be big enough to offer a good sound quality, yet the speaker takes little visible space. The box is transparent, but the sound creating components are clearly emphasized.

The speakers come with a small rechargeable WiFi antenna that plugs into any headphone socket. It can plug in to any computer, music player or smart phone out there. It will also work for old stereos or vinyl equipment. The aim is to set the music free regardless where it’s stored.

The speaker is then assembled at home, IKEA style. This also means that the components that breaks first (the rubber ring and the speaker cone) can be easily replaced, keeping the product away from any landfill.

Being big is good for sound quality, but not so good for shipping. Any other speaker will ship a lot of air around the globe before ending up in your living room. This speaker ships in a small, flat package that goes in through your mailbox. The glass sheets making up the box is being ordered through the glass repair shop closest to every single customer. In that way the speaker reduces shipping with up to 90%, and supports local handicraft in one go. A very economical and ecological solution.

all information and images courtesy of people people

The speaker is still under development, and not available for purchase yet. If you are interested you can drop a mail to and we will keep you posted on the progress.

People People

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Hairvetica. Pubic Hair Alphabet & Other Wild Type Designs by Vladimir Koncar.

Condoms, pubic hair, cigarette butts, raw meat, pills, Gummi Bears, beer caps, cactus, four leaf clovers and more are used to comprise complete alphabets in a typography project by Croation designer Vladimir Koncar.

Diary Type is a personal typographic diary that Vladimir started as a experiment in 2007. He collects various objects and from them form the letters of the alphabet. With those letters he writes his thoughts down and they are a symbolic link between the font and the reflections.

Hairvetica- an alphabet designed from actual pubic hair (whose? I do not know):

Condom Alphabet:

Cigarette Butt Alphabet:

Pill Alphabet:

Raw Meat Alphabet:

Gummi Bear Alphabet:

Beer Cap Alphabet:

Cactus Alphabet:

Four Leaf Clover Alphabet:

Vladimir Koncar:

All images used with express permission from Valdimir Koncar.

To see his alphabets made of soil, paper clips, daffodils, beans, teabags and toothpicks, check out his site.