Friday, January 23, 2009

More Felieke van der Leest, NeefNicht Design Lighting

As a follow-up to yesterdays post I thought I'd show some of the artful lighting by NeefNicht Design, a Dutch company founded by cousins Felieke van der Leest and Martin Niemijjer.

Waterflea Chandelier (2004)

Waterfleas glow different colours. See also earlier Waterflea Brooches by Felieke van der Leest.

Codepod Lamp

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Felieke van der Leest in Toronto, Jan 24th to March 8th

Gusz Goosz(2008) and Sir Beauty B. Dandy (2008) object

The Zoo of Life
Felieke van der Leest
at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Canada
January 24 - March 8 2009

Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest's first North American solo exhibition opens this weekend, Saturday January 24th. Van der Leest's work is a uniquely creative blend of knitting, crocheting and traditional goldsmithing that often incorporates plastic toys. It's work that is innovative, thoughtful, witty and even fun. I can say without a doubt that it's a must see!

Sven Svanson the First (2008) and Second Peleton (2008)

If you can't make it to the show there's also a lovely book, 'Sieradenfables / Jewellery Fables' you can purchase through these gallleries or online from

Coral Necklace (2000) Palm Ring (2000) and Underwater Ring (2000).

Chimp Champ, 2001 (above) and Spermheart brooch, 1996 (below)

Design Exchange Awards Exhibition- Ongoing in Toronto

Another ongoing exhibition in Toronto is the annual
Design Exchange Awards
Until March 1st 2009
The Design Exchange

Love the mobile 'As the Crow Flies' by Vancouver locals Contexture that won best in 'Industrial Design'. See the full list of winners here.

This Week in Toronto- Design for the Other 90%

Design for the Other 90%
In it's last week
Until January 25, 2009
OCAD Professional Gallery

Originally curated by the Cooper Hewitt, it is thought provoking and fascinating.

From the website-
"Design for the Other 90% is show of design solutions addressing the basic needs of poor and marginalized populations. The exhibition explores a growing movement among designers to design low-cost solutions for the “other 90%” — that is, the 5.8 billion people (out of the world’s total population of 6.5 billion people) who have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted (...) for example, nearly half of the other 90% do not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter."

You can also have a guided tour Thursday, January 22, 6:30 p.m. (I always think guided tours are fun) or buy the book. Below are a few designs I found rather ingenious.

Solar Dish Kitchen was designed for two informal poor urban settlements (squatter communities) in Mexico.

Built from bicycle parts, and small vanity mirrors create the parabolic mirror surface which concentrates the energy of the sun on a pot or stove in the kitchen.

Sugarcane charcoal was developed as an alternative to wood charcoal developed in Haiti.
In Haiti, the production of wood charcoal, the primary source of cooking fuel, contributes to severe deforestation and environmental degradation. More than 90% of Haiti is now deforested.

About half of the world’s poor suffer from waterborne diseases, and more than 6,000 people, mainly children, die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. LifeStraw, a personal mobile water-purification tool is designed to turn any surface water into drinking water. It has proven to be effective against waterborne diseases such as typhoid, cholera, dysentery and diarrhea.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Bookshelf Spectrum

After posting the Amazing Bookcase Staircase on the other day I thought I'd also post one of the original spectrum bookcases by Chotda on Flickr. I remember first seeing this years ago and being rather wowed. Above is her original version and below is her second.

Raffle for Jewellers- Win $7,000- $1,000 in prizes!

The Orchid 2009 Raffle is here!

The total prize package is $18,468 with a 1st prize worth $7,000. Tickets are $35 but as well as the chance to win amazing prizes you're supporting Ganoksin. Or you can just peruse the list dreaming of all the tools & books you'd like. I'd love books by Brain Press & Brynmorgen Press, the Durston rolling mill, Foredom flex shaft and a host of others things.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Angela Adams' Rugs

'Forest Floor Rug' from The Birds and the Bees Collection by Angela Adams. And truly, it is like a forest floor. Very lush and inviting with layers that make me think of pine needles and moss. I'd love to spend the day in this room.

Underground Tapestry from The Birds and the Bees Collection

Birch Rug in 'morning'. (found via Oh Joy)

Monday, January 19, 2009

Amazing bookcase/staircase.

I'm happy to find yet another multi-functional bookshelf. This one's a staircase that is also a bookshelf.

An amazing design by London-based Levitate Architects that's charming, a great use of space, and (of course) wonderful for anybody who loves to be thoroughly surrounded by books.
Here's what Levitate's Tim Sloan said about the project:
"We created a 'secret' staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights. Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client's desire for a library to form a 'library staircase' in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books. With a skylight above lighting the staircase, it becomes the perfect place to stop and browse a tome."

Read more on Apartment Therapy.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lucky Me! Secret Santas

Photos of the utter loveliness that one of my Secret Santas Tosca Teran of Nanopod! Participating in a Secret Santa satisfies my love for surprise And my love of clever gifts!


And now that it's arrived, here's a ring similar to the gift I sent to my recipient- a Two Finger Floating Saucer Ring for Corey Acklemire.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Make Valentines cards for charity

Create a handmade valentine card for charity. Fred Flare's invites * everyone* (yes, everyone) to make valentines to benefit the NYC-based crafts organization for senior citizens called Elder Craftsmen. They need all valentines to be postmarked by January 15th, Click here for info!

Cards will be posted online, shown in their new shop and then auctioned off for charity. You can also send a second Valentine to be given to one of the Elder Craftsman, a little love sent out to a stranger. What could be nicer then random niceness?

A bit of spring amid all this snow

It's still snowing here (very, very rare for this part of Canada) and I'm feeling the need of a bit of spring amid all this snow.

So here are Carnelian and Pink Tourmaline Star Flowers! Fun, cheery silver flower experiments from a few years ago.

And here's bit of spring/summer goodness from amoung my favourites on flickr: 140 balloons later , 'And me' by girlhula, a different kind of wedding band by swiss miss and this this by Betsy Walton.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Human Calendar!

I just discovered one of the first calendars that has made me laugh in awhile. Good design And fun! Get you own 'Human Calendar' here. (Found via Creativadoration)