Saturday, November 29, 2008

super cool clock

i found this screensaver here . it's pretty awesome, especially when you don't own a wall clock.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

get over yourself :)

so in the spirit of all things holiday, i thought i would post this. although i don't agree 100%, it's really too funny. (i don't remember where i found this image, so if you know the source, please let me know and i'll give credit.)

Monday, November 24, 2008

sneak peak to dec 11th -so exciting!

we'll be showing at JOIN: design seattle on dec 11th from 6-11pm at vermillion gallery in capitol hill. we're stoked!

urbancase is a seattle based furniture design and build firm founded in 2002 by metal worker and sculptor darin montgomery. our design philosophy is to create objects that contribute to a simpler, pared back lifestyle focusing on basic aesthetic elements and functionality. we make informed decisions about the materials and methods we use in an attempt to minimize the negative impact on the environment.

meet me here
meet me here is a line of clothing and bags designed by musician jonas de varona.
the line includes bags made from recycled materials as well as tops and skirts made from hand painted silk, leather and non woven fabrics. All pieces are cut and sewn by jonas in his seattle work space.

founder: david hamlin
works by submaterial explore the tension created by trying to define objects as art or as design. emphasizing texture, repetition of form and precise hand work, these pieces compliment modern environments.
all our work is made to last in the united states.

iacoli & mcallister
iacoli & mcallister is a joint effort between jamie newman and brian mcallister. we are micro and we design in order to stay that way. we keep our hands on the process from concept to finished product, handing off to craftsmen and incorporating industrial processes as we go. we design honestly with real life situations in mind, thinking about the future and the world.

dylan davis from henrybuilt kitchen systems
jean lee from chikabird inc
L&G celebrates objects and rituals in all their glory whether new or old, shiny or matted, natural or man made, simple or complex. their mission is to give new identities and value to mundane objects by highlighting their purity and inherent character.

seth grizzle & jonathan junker
seth and jonathan are architects. they also like to use their hands, designing and building things like chairs and light fixtures. they first crossed paths at kent state university in cleveland, honing abilities to endure long winters and earning professional degrees in architecture + design. now, eight years of collaboration and spirited adventure has landed them in seattle, where graypants, inc. was forged from a desire to make a difference through design.


in addition to the designers featured above, there will be artwork by ann farnsworth duffy (above) and paul thomas. sadly, birdwatchers united! have been called back east for an early christmas, and won't be able to join us dec 11th, maybe next time.

a special thanks to vermillion gallery for hosting our event!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

the cube chair

this is the cube chair. when brian and i first met, like i might not have even known his last name at the time, he banged two of these out in one evening. i just stood there for hours watching him in complete amazement. while we were working, our neighbor -a plasma cutter- was also working. over a period of about four hours, our space was slowly - and unbeknownst to us - filling up with a yellow death-like haze. i left the space to call my mom and when i got back i told b that we should probably get out of there. the next day i thought i was going to die of black lung. brian, of course, was not phased. such is our story.

Friday, November 14, 2008


the battery in brian's camera has been dead so i don't have any new photos. until i do (which will be very soon) i had to post this. i promise this won't turn into a mies blog. i swear - all the way up to god.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

and the postcards are IN

yay! now it's time to paper the town with postcards! i can't believe that it's already time to really start promoting this event. time is FLYING by - but that's a good thing, right?

i feel SO fortunate to have met such talented and enthusiastic people. i am so thankful to each of you for being so supportive AND patient. we're going to rock the boat a little in seattle's design community!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

i sort of couldn't help it

yes, i'm not into the sofa either, but don't judge too harshly. just enjoy the beauty of naps. naps are a very very good thing. this is proof.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

i'm sore...

we've been in the space a LOT this weekend. and we are making huge strides. i'll let the photos speak for themselves...

corian pendants development

brian is the awesome-est - his building skills are unparalleled. and he does it all by hand. oh - i am smitten. we've been working on these wrap corian shades and this weekend we stepped it up by adding 1/4" wide relief cuts. seriously, they look like butter, if i do say so myself.

building from 3d modeling programs, apparently, is the way to go.

like i said, by hand!

if you look really closely and you can see those AMAZING relief cuts.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

yay! one step closer...

after getting sick of working on cad stuff last night, i started to play around with packaging for my rings. i was using a rubber stamp with black ink on these boxes, and it was cute...but this is definitely better! i made them by hand pretty late last night, so the execution isn't quite there, but oh they make me very happy!

now i'm off to the space for the day so that i might fill all these boxes with treasures.


*i still can't help yelling his name when i am excited - it's awesome.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

mies has a new shirt...

AND a new hiding place. the other day i was toiling away in the living room at my computer, as i do. and mies was laying on the couch cat napping, as she does. i started to hear this very light whining - i looked back to check on her and she wasn't around. i checked the bedroom and all over - i went to the kitchen to shake her treat can - a sound that usually has her bolting over to me half in the sitting position (because she knows that she must sit for her treat). but alas, no mies. every few minutes i would hear her whining - and it seemed to be coming from the sofa. i looked under it and behind it - but no mies. i started to get a little freaked out and thought of how we used to trap my sister in the hide-a-bed sofa as a kid and i started to worry that she had been trapped for a while in the the depths of the cushions of our swanky ikea sofa (joke). but i looked under all the cushions and behind and under and still no mies. then i saw it, there was a hole under the couch where she had climbed up INTO the couch. jeeze. but she wasn't scared. i just think she wanted me to know where she was. or something. oh she is such a joy. i love her to pieces. and pieces and pieces.

new shirt new shirt

hey hey up here. duuuuuuh.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

an new take on my old favorite

i have had this amazing shower curtain from urban outfitters (yes, urban) since my sophomore year of college (1998). i keep buying the same clear curtain with pockets every time i move into a new apartment. so ten years i have filled it with art postcards from my travels and other random two dimensional things that make me happy. but now i have a weird shower and it's been leaking water into the pockets and ruining my very precious collection of paper goods that i have collected over the past 16 years. that's right, stuff in there i found in junior high. now i have been looking for my postcard images online, so that i might print a copy to place in the shower curtain. i was searching for "Gabrielle d'Estrees et une de ses sours" (the image below) when i came across this design blog (which happens to be in the russian) and i found this AMAZING contemporary take on this piece by sabine pigalle - a paris-based photographer. SO good.

the o.g.: