Monday, 14 November 2011

Beard Hat

Just to make you smile. Beard hat.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Vintage Typewriters


We can hardly remember the world pre iPhone. Can you remember writing anything on typewriters?
I think the vintage typewriters are actually coming back in style. These rejuvenated ones are Kasbah Mod.
via fab.com
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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Crazy Shoes - Candy Filled Heels


Pretty crazy shoes collection by Belma Arnautović from Sarajevo. Would you fill your shoes with candy, to take it to work...?
via dezeen
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Friday, 21 October 2011

Watch Sculptures


Tiny sculptures by Dominic Wilcox, placed inside watches...

I have a new big project to show. I’ve put tiny figures onto watch hands in order to create mini animated scenes. I had the idea last year during my Speed creating project, but decided it was too good to rush. 8 month later I showed a prototype to Dezeen and they commissioned me to make a collection. The watches use customised model figures and I also made objects, like a miniature looted LCD tv. The glass domes were specially made to fit by Wearside Glass Sculptures in my home town of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre.
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Thursday, 8 September 2011

Clocks by Jensen+co

I haven't bought any clock in a while... These could fill the gap...
Jennsen+co via fab.com

Friday, 2 September 2011

Brush Hooks by Dominic Wilcox


Do you remember the "Make Bowls Not War Post"? It's been a while ago, so you might want to refresh your memory by checking it out here ;) Anyways, another cool design by Dominic Wilcox. Everyone seemed to love the Wall Champion Hanger post, you might like this one too then.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Slim Cup


With the technology and design pacing towards the sleekest and slimmest look, The traditional cup also gets the slimmest look. The flattened ceramic cup comes accompanied with the ceramic saucer. It appears like a typical coffee cup from its front side, but at an angle of 90 degrees it shows its true shape. 
by Sharona Merlin via inspire me now


Friday, 26 August 2011

Stoyn Ice Cream

Steaming hot outside. All I can think about is ice and Iceland and ice cream... These look pretty appealing.
by Stoyn via packaging UQUAM



Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Sarah Turner - Twitter Ball


562 reused plastic bottles, hundreds of LED lights and live Twitter feed are the ingredients for this Christmas holiday installation. Working with design company Sennep, this giant tweet-reactive bauble, flashes different colours when selected words from Cohn&Wolfe's holiday message are tweeted. 
by Sarah Turner



Wednesday, 17 August 2011

IKEA Cookbook by Forsman & Bonderfors


This must be the best cook book ever...

We wanted to ensure a connection between IKEA's kitchen appliances and one of the best things you can do in a kitchen, some great baking. So the main attraction in the campaign became a 140 page coffee-table baking book presented in a very visually unique and spectacular way. 90% of all the photographs taken in baking books look extremly alike. We wanted to try something different and present the recipes in a totally new fashion.

We let ourselves be inspired by high fashion and japanese minimalism. The idea of the book became to tone down the actual cake and put the ingredients in focus. The recipes are presented as graphic still-life portraits on a warm and colourful stage. And when you turn the page you see the fantastic result.



Friday, 12 August 2011

Jme - Package Design for Jamie Oliver

 Jamie Oliver is the idol of many. I am not an exception to the rule. Apart from him being irresistibly charming, as a graphic designer I am also drawn to the exceptional look of the products he sells. Look at them and tell me - is it possible not to them?



Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Stichting Concrete

I think I'm getting obsessed with furniture made of concrete...

Stitching concrete is a project by using the new material Concrete Canvas.It combines the softness of cloth with the stability of concrete. Once brought in the final shape, you just have to water the material and within 24h it will alomst harden out completely. The challenge was to get into the material and bring it from its rawness to something new. Approching trough patterns, origami and stitchings a unique series of stools got born. Waterproof, fireproof, resistant against UV, durable. The fibre reinforcement makes it strong and the cloth gives back a warm atmosphere.
via chairblog and dezeen


Thursday, 28 July 2011

Kiel Mead - Birdie Light


I have seen lamps made of many many things (i.e. the one made of Bic pens I wrote about recently), but this one by Kiel Mead - made out of badminton birdie / shuttlecock - is definitely surprising... More and more I catch myself looking around, spotting objects suitable to be transformed into lamp. And I'm on a lamp-hunt at the moment (to my freshly renovated kitchen), so it may result in something interesting.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Soft Nugat Packaging


Maria Stylianaki is a graphic designer from Greece (island of Crete) and she just sent us her packaging for A new product line from Cretamel a family owned confectionery company in the island of Crete. Soft Nougat bars with fruits and nuts in 6 different flavors. A colorful and pleasant approach for this new packaging.
I like the combonation of white background, vivid colour distinguishing flavours and the transparent window showing the product.


Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Twig - The Miniature Terrarium



Oki doki, it took me a while to be posting again, but I'm officially back. Everyone needs a little time off every now and then and it was my turn ;) Holidays were great, now back to reality!

In Poland we have a saying "Small is beautiful" and it seems to be so true when you look at these tiny little terrariums by Twig. Each one contains an almost invisible piece of life, sometimes you need a magnifying glass to spot it. Once you do however, there is usually a surprise waiting for you...



Friday, 1 July 2011

Holidays....

And so it is... My summer starts with fantastic news. I'm going on holidays. I am actually in the middle of my kitchen renovation, my house is a mess, there are tools lying everywhere, my kitchen utensils occupy all of my living room... Yet I decided to pack my bags and go enjoy the sun.

That means, however, that I will not be present in the blogosphere for a couple of weeks. I will be back in the middle of July, hopefully with some fresh ideas and inspirations. For now wish me luck and see you soon.
Maja xx

pic by
  Elena Khazina via Graphic-Exchange.

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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Anne-Mette's Concrete Chair



I have been fascinated by what you can make of unexpected materials, such as concrete, to produce furniture. Furniture designers tried so many things in the past that there is virtually no meaterials that haven't bee turned to chair or a table. But the most exciting examples of creativity to me is when you take an extremetly rough and heavy material, one that canot be associated with softness and comfort, and then turn it into a comfy sofa or armchair. Or at least on that misleads you by looking like a comfortable one. This concrete chair even has the fabrif texture to immitate a regular, soft and upholstered chair.
The whole story behind the concept and the production of the chair can be found on Anne-Mette's blog Concretely
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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Barcelona Chair in Words


There was a post about Le Corbusier's LC2 in concrete, now there's LC2 and Barcelona chair in words. That's when you can't afford the real piece of furniture, yet you want to have it in your apartment. With the smart work by Sarah Schimd, you can admire the design classic in a different way.
via chairblog

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Q3 - Rubic Cube's Lookalike


When you were a kid, did you play with the Rubik’s Cube? I used to get irritated by it actually, because I could never get past the first panel. My brother on the other hand was a Rubic's master, so perhaps he would like to have a sofa like this...?
by 7n3 Design via designmilk

Monday, 27 June 2011

Stiletto Desk

My last post about Koby Levi's shoes became quite popular among you guys, so I take it shoes are a popular subject. Especially if there is something extraordinary about them. This is a variation about shoes, a happy marriage of a shoe with a desk. Look how that turned out.
by splinterworks

Friday, 24 June 2011

Poduszak Seat by Tabanda


Tabanda is a a Polish design studio created by (former) architects, specializing in wooden furniture. I already posted about them here, this time I'll focus on one piece of furniture called Poduszak. Poduszka in Polish  means pillow, therefore the name suggests comfortable, cushion-based seating. The whole trick is that the little cushions inside the seat can be taken out and swapped, enabling the user to transform it in a numerous way.

Cube seat made of eight modules of braided birch plywood. Overlapping parts create empty square-shaped areas giving room for soft cushions. Thanks to cushions the seat is comfortable and takes on an interesting, individual look. The cushions may be arranged in various colour and textural compositions, depending on your likings and mood. It is for this particular reason that this piece of furniture can go through countless transformations.


Thursday, 23 June 2011

Bic Pen Lamp by enPieza!

During my visit to London in April I have visited Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill. Versa Design, the studio I'm an Art Director at, specializes in packaging design and I'm always looking for some inspoiration for our future projects. Apart from the packaging collection, showcasing decades of package design history in UK, they also had a small display of lamps by enPieza! made of the ubiquitous Bic pens. The idea is actually pretty simple, but that's the thing with simple ideas - they are difficult to come up with.
pics via trendhunter



Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Walking Chairs


Speaking of imagination from the previous post about Kobi Levi and his shoes - these chairs do not look plain and average either. via sitespecificdesign.com, artstyleonline, whoopsadaisy



Monday, 20 June 2011

Shoes by Kobi Levi

Kobi Levi is a shoe designer, but one with exceptional imagination. It's hard to say whether the shoes are actually wearable - some of them look like a challenge - but they must be noticed everywhere you go.

Kobi Levi graduated from Bezalel academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem, in the jewelry and accessories design department. He now specializes in footwear design and development/making. He works as a freelance designer. via virtualshoemuseum




Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ted Noten - Make Up Kit


Good looks are every woman's weapon - Ted Noten took that literally. Known for his jewelery (we wrote about it here), he has broadened his offer with a make up kit that's shaped as weapon.
via fastco design
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Coke Without The Red

Would you buy Coke, if it wasn't red? When my studio did some print job for Coke,they actually brought a tin of "Coke Red" ink to use during the printing process. That's how much the famous red colour constitutes their brand. What if it wasn't there...?


Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Jonah and the Whale Vodka


That's a good one: “Jonah and the Whale Vodka. Who says the bible and alcohol can’t be mixed!”
By TACN Studio via lovely package
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Paper Mache Animal Trophies


Once again a hunting trophy acquired without the bloodshed. This time from Anthropology.
Layers of repurposed cement bags are covered with vintage French book pages to create this regal, papier mache animal head.
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Roboto Lamp by Karim Rashid


Domodinamica has a lamp by Karim Rashid in their offer. It's called Roboto. It costs a fortune. And I like it.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Premium Packaging by Stromme Thornsten Design

Beautiful premium package design for ...pancakes by Stromme Thornsten Design studio from Norway. I have been in with their design aesthetics for a while now and keep checking their website for new designs occasionally. I have already mentioned their amazing packaging for salmon here - it seems they either have a lot of asignments for package design jobs that are targeted at the high end market, or simply every design they release looks so exquisite.


Ikea My Way - Furniture From Ikea Hangers...


During my visit to Poland's biggest design fair - Arena Design - one of the exhibitions I explored the most was Ikea My Way. Ikea together with Fine Arts Academy in Wroclaw organized a competition for students to create furniture from already existing items from their offer. Since I myself have furniture made from weird objects in my apartment, I looked in awe at the examples of their creativity. Lamps made of rubbish bins or seats made of little dog toys. This chair / wine rack / magazines holder by Maciej Pala won in the Best Design In The Lowest Price category. It uses plastic clothes hangers, that are less than 30 cents each, to create a multi-functional piece of furniture.
additional pics via ikea and 7rano


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Uten.Silo



Very old and yet appeals to me today. Designed by Dorothee Becker, UTEN.SILO is one of the best-known plastic designs of the late 1960s. Today, this colorful wall tidy is a veritable design icon and a true-to-the-original version of the product has now been reissued by Vitra Design Museum.

Dorothee describes her inspiration: My father owned a drugstore and photo shop in Aschaffenburg. When I was a child there were countless drawers there full of fascinating things waiting to be discovered, including a hang-up toilet bag made of waxed cloth full of pockets for the various toiletries. The bag held items which would normally have been stored vertically in a horizontal position. I never forgot this practical idea and later used it in UTEN.SILO.

via nest.co.uk
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Monday, 6 June 2011

Michael Wolke


Another example of reusing and recycling, lamps made of discarded cardboard by Michael Wolke (by the way, there's more pics on interesting pieces made of reused objects in reduce : reuse : recycle on our facebook page). via


Trough the variety of corrugated cardboard which can only be reached by using discarded Material, the lamp “Beute” becomes a selection of unique light objects. By dissecting and rearranging of the Material, the designer compresses the conquered corrugated cardboard and uses it as raw material with specific characteristics. 
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Thursday, 2 June 2011

LC2 in concrete



LC2 chair by Le Corbusier is a design classic with an icon status. It's hard to believe it's almost 85 years old and dates back to the reign of Bauhaus. Very minimalistic and industrial, reflecting the times between the two wars. The chair is based on very simple and almost hard square lines but the seat itself brings unusual comfort. It made the design stand out from the Art Deco and Art Nouveau furniture of the times. To this day LC2 and other pieces from the Petit Confort line are present in the houses of people appreciating comfort and timeless design. It was also an inspiration to many tributes and designs inspired by it (we wrote about the one designed by Luis Luna here). One of the very modern take on the subject is LC2 made of concrete, by a Swiss artist Stefan Zwicky. His version plays on the obvious shape of LC2, but denies it the basic feature - comfort...
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Deer Trophy

No need to hunt to have a deer trophy in your living room. Or a bit of a colourful garden.
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Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Critique Collective - Discarded Circuit Board Jewelry


 I knew you could make jewelry out of a lot of stuff, but computer circuit boards..?

Jewelry_cycle is an educational showcase of wearable treasures made from re-purposed and re-cycled materials. With the idea of an exhibition in mind, co-curators Christine Dhein and Christoph Koch asked the Critique Collective to create wearable art from a variety of small, discarded circuit boards. Circuit boards are commonly made from fiberglass, epoxy resin, and a variety of metals, which is likely to be one third of the material. These metals include copper, silver and gold, which add a precious element to what would otherwise be considered e-waste. These artists discovered the hidden potential, and transformed these materials to create brilliant, sparkling jewels. Photos from & via


Tuesday, 31 May 2011

La Urna by LessDesign


Those of you who follow Say Hi! on facebook already know I was at Arena Design in Poznań last week. Obviously, I came back with a bag full of leaflets and business cards and my iPhone's full of photos. One of the first designs I want to show is a little unusual, because it concerns the one aspect of life, we try to avoid talking bout - dying. La Urna is an urn, design by a Polish design squad (as they call themselves) LessDesign. Ceramic vase is supposed to help you keep the best memories of the person, once present in your life. You can apply photos to it, it visually enhances the interior because of the modern shape it has. Would I like to use it myself? I'm not sure. But it enters the world of ugly coffins and gold ornaments, willing to change it.
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Monday, 30 May 2011

Kyung Ho Chang

'the modularity', by south korean designer kyung ho chang, relies on modular structure to accommodate 'infinite variation in scale and finish', permitting an entire line of products to be produced from the same basic components. each module consists of a curved piece of molded plywood, surrounded by foam and upholstered. the independent elements are then connected internally to create a structural whole, raised on wooden legs.
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Sunday, 29 May 2011

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There is more interesting links and news, some photogaleries with content not present on the blog. And of course it is a place to comment, discuss and meet people. So, come on over and Say Hi!

Friday, 27 May 2011

Sander Reijgers - Blow-Up Sex Doll Coat


I was looking a collection of items produced from things, that had a previous "life" and a function, and this stood out from the crow. A jacket made of blow-up sex dolls by a Ducth designer Sander Reijgers. A little googling brought me to an article, where he says I customize existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blow-up dolls – the head, the breasts, the vagina, the anus. These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me. The doll is a means to convey something else. It's quite an outfit for Friday niught, I have to say. (By the way, it reminded me of the movie Lars and the Real Girl with Ryan Gossling. You should watch it!)
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