Usually I use these occasional posts to highlight the ridiculous in design but today I’d like to show that innovation can be inspiring and creative and functional and beautiful. See if you don’t feel energized to try something new in your home after viewing these great ideas.
A site I always enjoy, HomeWorkshop, featured this great artist who makes these stunning open work turned wood vases. Kevin Neelley talks about starting with small pieces of wood because that’s all he had and now he enjoys working with bits of wood that others can’t use – the ultimate way to recycle wood into art. You can see more of his work and some in-progress photos as well as read the whole article at Home Workshop.
A bit pricey ($3500) but a fabulous interpretation of a classic Adirondack chair – brought into the 21st century.
Usually glass tiles are available in a random mosaic pattern but here’s an example of what can be done if you push the envelope. Spanish company GlassDecor.com has a variety of designs to choose from to make your bath a real standout.
I’m not sure if this sink belongs in the funky furniture post or this “cool” furniture post – I think in the right powder room it could be a real showpiece (of course it’s available in other colors and equally organic shapes).
By Sculpturesjeux.fr, these adaptable tables come in a wide range of bold colors, neutral colors, sizes and shapes (end table to dining table).
The Tide chest, modern, organic, textural. ($4,139)
What a cool firescreen – there are 2 styles available, both with city skylines that have major fires in their history (London, Rome). Okay, that part’s kind of weird, but the design is fab. By BBM via core77.com.
Clean lines and an appealing organic shape make this bench a great choice for the foot of a bed or in an entry hall. (Laurel bench by M. Goetz)
There’s something about these Danish looking leather chairs that appeals to me – I envision them getting softer and more comfy as the leather ages…
Who says good design is only for adults? Classic and classy, these wood chairs are sturdy and perfect for introducing a little flair for the little ones.
Good design is in the details. Details like these very cool dishes that are certain to be noticed at every meal.
Environmentally friendly acacia wood is carved into these great twist shapes…..great for a cluster of tables in a corner or at the end of a sofa or in a foyer. (s/3 $189 from ModernDose.com)
This stool is made from salvaged teak and is available from Wisteria ($229).
While not really a home decor item, this ruler is interesing (as much for the price as the concept…$189). Each is handmade of acylic with dried flowers marking the centimeters…..
Not into acrylic rulers? How about a globe? ($149)
I’ve long been a fan of photo manipulation art – some of it is amazingly cool, some bizarre and some kinda creepy (just like interior/home design I guess). Here are a couple I found recently at Instant Shift that you might enjoy. There are over 70 in the post, so check it out if you want to see even more creativity.