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The Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs was jam packed during the recent Coachella fest (click here to see the arty goings on over on Poppytalk), but I'm wondering, did anyone stop to check out the hotel's cool macramé installation? The knot-tastic curtain was created by designer Michael Schmidt - who's perhaps better known for his wardrobe work with the likes of Gaga, Fergie and Madonna - out of about a mile of cotton rope. And why not? It's definitely high time for macramé to come out of the dusty 70's craft closet and be re-imagined for today.
I have a pile of pallets my husband brought home from the transfer station. I keep changing my mind on what to do with them. These are just a few of the ideas that I have come across. Another idea is to use the wood as flooring which I am going to try in a small hallway. If you like the rustic look, this wood is right up your alley. Now to decide......
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a warm christmas atmosphere This the warm and inviting family home of designer Ylva Sharp . When the holiday season is approaching Ylva makes her home, which is a renovated school house in Hjortnäs, Sweden, ready for Christmas by decorating it with sheepskins, wood work and beautiful decorations made from paper, pine cones and twigs.
In 2010 I could not get enough of vertical wall gardens, but already in this brand new year I'm feeling a kind of aesthetic shift towards something a little less structured and more exotic. Hanging gardens untethered to walls, with their artful trailing shapes and allusions to Babylon, might be just the thing. Hanging plants may make you think of cheesy seventies-era macramé or precious moss-covered cottage garden planters (both of which, I might argue, possess their own charms), but in fact there are lots of interesting modern options for creating hanging gardens, ranging from sleek planters to the (less practical) artfully balled-up clods of dirt and roots. String Gardens (pictured above), created by Amsterdam Redlight Design , are stunning little plots of planted earth that look as if they've been yanked right up out of the ground, defying gravity and exposing their lovely roots.
Inspired by the crafts and basic materials used by African tribes, Israeli designer Talia Mukmel created a series of the funky, bumpy containers seen above. Made using knotting techniques like macramé and materials like earth, flour, sand and water, the decorative objects actually look more like bread or mozzarella than home decor. Quirky , biodegradable and ephemeral, Mukmel’s innovative “terra-cotta” containers mix old traditions, easily available materials and experimental new techniques. <a href="http://ad.doubleclick.net/jump/Inhabitat/art;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" target="_blank" ><img src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/ad/Inhabitat/art;article=articlename;kw=content1;sz=300x250;ord=123456789?" border="0" alt="" /></a>
the knotted chair designed by marcel wanders/droog design in 1996 and now produced by cappellini. an instant classic. this small armchair is made of macramé knotted carbon and aramide fiber cord with an epoxy resin finish. each chair is shaped by gravity and the hands that made it. regular appearance is slightly greenish. also available in chromed finish shipping charges apply.
We've been predicting the resurgence of macramé in home decor for awhile, and now that it's huge in the fashion world, we're figuring its time has come. The technique of knotting string or yarn has fallen in and out of popularity since the 1800s, but these modern examples of macramé have come a long way from grandma's living room. TOP ROW: 1. Knotted Melati Hanging Chair from Anthropologie 2.
I'm seeing more and more knitting, crochet, and macramé utilized in home-decor products lately. But these aren't your grandmother's tissue cosies -- while still undoubtedly feminine and ornamental, the traditional needlecraft techniques are more likely to be applied in graphic ways to utilitarian materials and furnishings, giving the finished product a sense of freshness and humor that their matronly predecessors lacked. In addition to the macraméd chairs , knitted pillows , and crocheted light fixtures , hanging pendants , and pottery (top) that I've recently blogged here, several more industrial-meets-handicraft furnishings have caught my attention in recent weeks:
Sally England has a modern take on the macrame from the 70s. She hand knots pieces that can be used as room dividers, wall hangings, and even headboards. In Portland Monthly , Sally England says: Knotted rope can add some really interesting texture to a space, especially on a large scale. Because I generally work with looser knot structures, my room dividers would be great in an open loft-like environment where flow and delineation of space is needed but complete separation is not. I agree.
ShareThis In 1979, UWD (Unique Wood Designs) began by building yachts, boats and canoes. After thirty years they had developed a very high quality boat-building and carpentry workshop, so they began looking ahead.
Takayuki Hori’s Beautiful X-Ray Origami Animals Shine Light on 8 Endangered Species Takayuki Hori's animals X-ray origami – Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the WorldFrom solar cell origami lamps to cute nano-origami animals , we can’t get enough of the Japanese art of folding paper. The newest origami creations to catch our eye are Takayuki Hori’s beautiful folded figures, which feature 8 endangered species. Dubbed Oritsunagumono — things folded and connected — these X-ray origami works of art include a sea turtle, a waterfowl, and 6 other animals that are in danger of disappearing altogether. Takayuki Hori’s folded Oritsunagumono figures feature the skeletons of eight endangered species delicately printed on translucent paper. A visual communication design graduate from Kanazawa College of Art , Hori tempers the art of origami with an environmental message.
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Wow, here is one design concept we really wish we could buy. It's a hanging herb planter and fruit basket for the kitchen, and we know exactly where we'd put it. We have a sunny, open window area in our kitchen that would be so perfect for something like this. We've even thought about putting hanging plants there and dismissed the idea because we weren't sure how to hang them easily and effectively. This design concept from Måns Salomonsen is not just good-looking — it's very clever, too.
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The Nouveau Art Revival: 1900 - 1933 - 1966 - 1974 Philippe Thiébaut + Marie Dussaussoy, March 5, 2012 Forgotten, discredited even, for many decades, Art Nouveau was rehabilitated in the 1960s in a way that affected the history of art and the art market as much as contemporary creative work (design and graphics). There were many reasons for this revival: tributes paid by the Surrealists in the 1930s, the Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition organised by the MoMA in 1940, major exhibitions put on in New York (Art Nouveau. Art and Design at the Turn of the Century, MoMA, 1959), and in Paris (Les sources du XX e siècle, Musée National d'Art Moderne, 1960). Carlo Bugatti, chaise "Escargot", 1902_Musée d'Orsay-Patrice Schmidt_Adagp, Paris 2009
It’s not everyday you can walk into a shop and come out with a vintage jelly mould reinvented as a pendant lamp, a Mexican bingo set, moose shaped firelighters and a deckchair. But if you’re lucky enough to live near the market town, Corbridge in Northumberland, you can! (For those that don’t, you can of course buy online , phew!)
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