Kawaii! » Haute Honey Pot

October 16, 2012

Jaime Hayon's Baccarat Zoo Bears

“Receptacle or Art Toy, every character exudes its optimistic narrative strength, full of magic and imagination.” Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon is on the fast track to completely winning over my heart. First there was his Green Chicken, with its childish, nonsensical spirit, and now, in collaboration with French glassworks legend, Baccarat, Hayon has created these spectacular crystal and porcelain vessels for a collection simply titled: Baccarat Zoo. Their tongue-in-cheek opulence is right on the money (a hefty wad of money).

I’ve got my heart set on the bears above: which is going to put Henri’s college fund back a few notches, but I’m sure he won’t mind as he wistfully stares at the cubs: perched faaaaar out of curious baby’s reach. If you’re more of a duck or monkey person then you’re in luck: the collection includes a few of those critters as well. Sorry. No giraffes.

Welcome Home » We All Live In A Yellow Submarine

October 8, 2012

André Ricard Tatu Light

The forecast for the week looks dreary. Rain rain rain. Not that we mind the change of pace: curling up inside, dressing Henri in his bear hoodie, drinking tea… With the sun hiding behind the clouds, it’s time to make sure those reading nooks and cozy couch corners have just the cheery glow.

Renowned Catalan industrial designer André Ricard’s Tatu light couldn’t be a more vivacious choice of fall/winter decor. And, with it’s pivoting, sectional construction, it’s the perfect table light for any situation. The Tatu was designed for the Spanish firm Metalarte circa 1972 and can still be found on Ebay, Etsy, and other vintage online retailers like this one. It was manufactured in yellow (we can’t help but wonder if Ricard was inspired by the Beatles’ 1968 release…), red, and cream and currently sells for around $300-$400: a steal for such a ID masterpiece!

Gift Guide » Welcome Home for the Holidays!

December 8, 2010

Ferm Living Decorative Molecule Set
Design House Stockholm Arrow Hanger by Gustav HallénCB2 Knitted PoufsErnest Perera Dish Drainer
Fine "Splash" Pillow CaseOfficina Nove XBook by Danilele Bedini, Massimiliano Settimelli, and Bruno RacoRope Ball Doorstop from The Orchard
Ladies & Gentlemen Superior ServersMagazin Classic Hotel KeyfobCasamania Alieno Chair by GamplusFratesi
top: Ferm Living Decorative Molecule Set
first row: Design House Stockholm Arrow Hanger, CB2 Knitted Poufs, and Ernest Perera Dish Drainer
second row: Fine "Splash" Pillow Case, Officina Nove XBook, and Rope Ball Doorstop from The Orchard
third row: Ladies & Gentlemen Superior Servers, Magazin Hotel Keyfob, and Casamania Alieno Chair

The holidays are all about home, home-comings, and homeyness so why not give a gift that celebrates the abode? From the tiniest trinkets to the enormously extravagant to the quirky never-knew-I-needed-that shwag — the home is like one more child that can’t stop asking for something new. Here’s our 2010 gifting roundup — all in the spirit of adding a dose of whimsy and color to your home this season.

1Ferm Living Decorative Molecule Set$70

Ferm Living Decorative Molecule SetIf yo’ve got a science whiz on your list, show that brainiac that nerd and style can happily coexist in any home with this timeless molecule set from Ferm Living. Now quiz them on how well they remember those endless chem labs!

2Design House Stockholm Arrow Hanger by Gustav Hallén$40

Design House Stockholm Arrow Hanger by Gustav HallénWe’ve had our eye on this great hanger by Gustav Hallén ever since we saw it at the MoMA store a couple years ago. Just flip forward the vertical bar and voila – a perfect place to hang your guests’ winter coats! Available in green, red, black, and white at Design House Stockholm.

3CB2 Knitted Poufs$80

ECB2 Knitted PoufsWe’re big knitting fans here at Lo’s List: as soon the weather gets a tad brrr, out come the needles and yarn. We have a big soft spot for these snuggly, 100% cotton knitted poufs from CB2 and are quite keen on the price tag too! They’re currently available in two colors: grey or blood orange.

4Ernest Perera Dish Drainer$112

Ernest Perera Dish DrainerKitchen tasks can be so bah-humbug. Why not ake them a little less miserable for your favorite workhorse with this slick dish drainer by Ernest Perera? Modest, modern, and handily fold-away, it’s a great addition to any slightly squashed NYC apartment.

5Fine "Splash" Pillow Case$46

Fine "Splash" Pillow CasePillows are like socks: yep, you can get grey ones. But why not be a more whimsical with the details? This “Splash” pillow cover from Fine Little Shop adds a spirited and painterly accent to any humdrum couch or armchair. Be sure to check out the shop’s other sweet housewares!

6Officina Nove XBook by Danilele Bedini, Massimiliano Settimelli, and Bruno Raco$170

Officina Nove XBook by Danilele Bedini, Massimiliano Settimelli, and Bruno RacoThe slick, haphazard-yet-orderly system behind Officina Nove’s XBook magazine rack is perfect for the humbly orderly home. Designed by three rockin’ italians, Danilele Bedini, Massimiliano Settimelli, and Bruno Raco, the piece is available in every hue of the rainbow at Made in Design!

7Rope Ball Doorstop from The Orchard$43

Rope Ball Doorstop from The OrchardBring a little nautical nostalgia to your favorite hermit’s home with this monkey’s fist rope ball doorstop from The Orchard. And, if you’ve got a knack for knot-making, try your hand at one too! Check out the tutorial here and get some natural fiber rope here!

8Ladies & Gentlemen Superior Servers$35

Ladies & Gentlemen Superior ServersWe love everything at the Ladies & Gentlemen online shop — from their vintage selection at their Etsy shop to their own selection of quirky tchotckies: the mega doily rug, the chalk piggie bank, the repurposed serving spoons… Get a couple Superior Servers for the gastronaut on your list.

9Magazin Classic Hotel Keyfob$39

Magazin Classic Hotel KeyfobThere’s something so naughty and nostalgic about hotel keys… Get your special someone this great spin on the classic hotel keyfob from Magazin. You can also go the cheesy route and engrave the backside of the solid aluminum base… Be sure to check out the Magazin site for tons more great gift options!

10Casamania Alieno Chair by GamplusFratesi$426

Casamania Alieno Chair by GamplusFratesiFor the most deserving on your Naughty & Nice list, splurge on this ridiculously chic varnished metal Alieno Chair by Gamplus Fratesi for Casamania. Available in black, white, red, or light green at our favorite site of the moment: Made in Design!

Fashion Scout » Secretaries and Sci-Fi

November 24, 2010

There is nothing staid about a Balenciaga getup and that’s why we love it. For pre-fall, designer Nicolas Ghesquière unleashed a fury of color, painterly prints and funky flourishes. Known for spinning the house’s heritage looks into something futuristic, Ghesquière was at it again this collection with a ’60s secretary meets space-age style. The dresses were super-short and mod, many with a Mondrian color palette (made popular by Yves Saint Laurent in the ’60s, no less). He evolved the shift dresses and mini-skirts with asymmetry, stark cuts and matching astronaut gloves. We told you this look was far out!

The collection was particularly eye-popping from the legs down: boldly hued tights, tricked out pants resembling ruched jodhpurs, and, of course, the brand’s signature sky-high heels. The wedges this season were inspired by the French industrial designer Charlotte Perriand, mixing leather, wood and metal. Pretty major – and the perfect antidote to winter doldrums!

Found @ Etsy » The MOD Squad!

November 15, 2010

top: Green, Violet, and Harold Brown models
middle: Amaro, Black, and Paradise Blue models
bottom: Agata, Harold White, and Jade Green models

Remo & Mariska are a sibling retailing duo with a serious eye for spectacle fashion. Their Zwolle-based Etsy store, MOD* Vintage, is full of bright, plastic frames from Spanish company INDOline optical. Most of the frames run about $29 a pair — great for any 4-eyes out there looking to expand their optical wardrobe! Each set of specs comes packaged in an upcycled VHS box! Cute.

Geekology » Deego’s Got Your Back(up).

November 8, 2010

top: Deego Toys Romaniac and Cálico Electrónico USB Drives
bottom: Deego Toys Chicken and Hiyori USB Drives

In the wake of yesterday’s Lo’s List computer crash of 2010, it seems appropriate to write a quick entry about Deego Toys’ adorable tools for backing up your data. Any computer user’s relationship with their hard drives is that of love and hate: yet another thing to sort, organize, care for and, equally, another thing that saves your tail (and files) time and again when faced with an iMac meltdown.

Fortunately, the old ball-and-chain YZ is a computer uber-geek and set out to perform open heart surgery on my comp, replacing the confuzzled hard drive with a brand spanking new 1TB version that has been zipping away happily for the past hour or so. Perhaps it’s easier to avoid the heartache of loosing important files when you have an adorable little piggie storing your precious data. Choose from 2 or 4 GB versions for all 2.0 USB drives with a smaller selection of designs available in 160, 250, 320, or 500 GB external hard drive versions Deego also provides customized drives for business promotions — what a killer freebie!! Both collectible vinyl and useful office gadget, this is a Kawaii meets Geekology twofer.

Fashion Scout » Kron by Kron Kron

September 9, 2010

Fashion has taken its love for heels to new heights the past few seasons. More than the finishing touch to an outfit, footwear has emerged as art in its own right. Beyond the obvious hotsteppers — Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, United Nude — Icelandic label Kron is turning heads. Each shoe is a stunning mashup of colors, textures, and intricate detailing. Take one tangerine-colored patent leather platform heel (above), add a peach and gray perforated suede toe with cream ruffles, and finish with three velvet bowtie straps in black, yellow and lime. Presto! A delicious Kron shoe creation from their most recent collection. It’s a kaleidoscope of colors and funky styles — wedges, booties, short-stack heels — each one more marvelous than the next. Assuming Kron’s price was on par with its cohorts, we were content to ogle the brand from afar. As it turns out, these beauties are selling in the ballpark of 250 $US! ZOINK. That was the sound of our credit card just being swiped.

PS… Check out KronKron’s online clothing shop as well, which carries some of our favorite labels including Bernhard Willhelm, Henrik Vibskov, Sonia Rykiel, and Wood Wood!

World Cup Fever » Top Ten Soccer Balls!

July 9, 2010

Loomstate’s recycled denim and organic canvas soccer balls

It’s always a thrill to see a universal object transformed into artful keepsakes by a whole slew of creative folk. Here’s a roundup of our 10 favorite designer footballs (with a few from previous years that we couldn’t pass up), including a design from Lo’s List favorite Genevieve Gaukler (check out our Gauckler T-Shirt Tuesday post), and the obvious overall favorite, SFIDA! For you die-hards, check out more Lo’s List World Cup action here…

Top row: SFIDA’s No More War Ball, Calle Smooth Criminal Ball, and SFIDA’s España Ball
Middle row: Adidas Y-3 Ball, SFIDA I'm Only One Ball, and X-Large Los Angeles Ball
Bottom row: SFIDA’s Tomorrowland × Fabrick Ball, Calle Street Ball, Stitch x Alexander Girard Ball

Kawaii! » A Frightful Little Xmas Story…

December 21, 2009

Got some Christmas rascals that won’t stop asking for goodies this holiday? Scare the greed right out of them with this gem of an animated short by Spaniard Rodrigo Blaas. Enlisting the help of some very talented friends (French animator Bolhem Bouchiba, character designers Carlos Grangel and Sergio Pablos, Art Director (and brother) Alfonso Blaas, music composer Mastretta and sound designer Tom Myers), Blaas’ debut film mixes a glorious Parisian art nouveau winter wonderland with a very current and curious main character: Alma. The film has already received a handful of awards and continues to collect accolades as it sweeps the animation festival circuit. Blaas has made the entire film available for viewing for a limited time, so share the wealth!

Gift Guide » Top Ten Duck Duck Goose

December 3, 2009

1Manuella Big Elephant Floor Pillow$115

Manuella Big Elephant Floor Pillow

When I stumbled upon a Manuella store last summer in Tel Aviv I promised my future pups that they would get it all. The one item that I just might have to get ahead of time (hey, grownups need cuteness too) is the oversize striped elephant floor pillow. Available in gray with pink, red, orange or black striped ears and belly, this towel cloth softie is the perfect accessory for you and your munchkins while reading the BFG in front of a roaring fireplace. Get the Big Elephant at Carousella in Tel Aviv or get other Manuella goods online here!

2Kid O’s City & Country Blocks by Lisa Mahar$45

Kid O City & Country Unit Blocks

The thing I remember of childhood is building a larger-than-life story around everything. When it comes down to it, kids don’t need much to get their imagination going and toys that have the right balance of obvious and mystery might be the key to building a curious and creative mind that follows them into adulthood. These City & Country blocks by Lisa Mahar, mother of three and owner of Kid O, have just the vibrant allure to get an adventure going. Use them for building castles, hide and go seek, or even simple counting and adding exercises!Get it here!

3Donkey Products Helmet N. Crocheted Camera€26

Donkey Products Helmut N. Crocheted Camera

It’s never too soon to nurture that creative streak and with this 100% cotton, crocheted camera (appropriately called Helmut N.) there’s no Tekserve visits, film and development costs or timely Photoshopping. From Donkey Products’ Mini Mechanics series, this camera is ready to whet any youngster’s appetite for the arts! Cartier-Bresson would be proud. Get it here!

4Playsam Rocking Rabbit$185

Playsam Rocking Rabbit

Look, if I’m going to fill my house with piles of toys and baby gear it’s got to stand up to my standard of design. Winning the Excellent Swedish Design Award in 2001, this Rocking Rabbit from Playsam won’t disappoint. Big buck teeth, leather ears, and a wooden body available in black or white, Björn Dahlström’s rocker will be a family heirloom for sure!Get it here!

5Baby Barolo Cocoon Sleeping Bag$204

Baby Barolo Violet Cocoon Sleeping Bag

Oooof! Do they make my size? Ze kazeh chamooood! This goose down baby cocoon by Swedish designer Margot Barolo clearly lives up to her credo: “simplicity in a warm cosy world”. For newbies of 0-4 months, this cold weather cozy is oozing with urban style. Ok, 200 bones is a helluva lot to cough up for 4 months for use, but, just say screw you to the economy for a second and imagine the photos you’ll get of a cherub face peeking out of this thing!Get it here!

6An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton$15

An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton

Books controlled my brain as a child: Harriet the Spy, Madeline, Where the Wild Things Are, Babar, Harold and the Purple Crayon… A good picture book just keeps going; it becomes a cherished belonging, something stuffed under a pillow for weeks and weeks and weeks, referred to like Webster’s Dictionary. This beautiful work by Dallas Clayton has the hypnotic repetition of Waldo, the Utopian glee of Seuss, and rhymes of Silverstein. Dive into the author’s plea for more rocket-powered unicorns, musical baboons, and cars that run on jellybeans. The moral: dream big huge. More on this great project coming soon in Do-Goodism! Get it here!

7Sara Carr’s Lambswool Pencil Scarf$45

Sara Carr Green Pencil Scarf

Tee eh eh. Parents: there is an appropriate age to dress your kid up like a dork and an inappropriate one. I think a toddler donning this would be as cute as a button and have a little something to play with when bored on long outings. Handmade with soft & warm lambswool by UK-based Sara Carr and available in red, blue or green. Perhaps for a budding E. E. Cummings? Order ASAP!Get it here!

8Schnurpfel Pony by Naef$49

Naef Schnurpfel Pony

C’mon. Say it. Schnurpfel. Shnurpfel! I had these. And loved them, embroidering their shoelace manes over and over. There’s something a tad creepy about the whole thing, but, I’m thinking, with a name like Naef behind it, it’s got to be kid-approved. The shoelace string is easy to replace if lost or switch up with different colors and materials!Get it here!

9Monster Hands by Hector Serrano$8

Hector Serrano Monster Hands

These temporary tattoos by Héctor Serrano are stocking stuffers from heaven. Kids jacked up on holiday chocolates and egg nog galore can just orchestrate a play set in some monster-inhabited land or the jungle (animal tattoos available too!). For a buck a pop, that’s quality babysitting! Now all the old folk can get back to their whiskey.Get it here!

10Goodbyn Lunchbox$30

Goodbyn Lunchbox

Why didn’t someone come up with this sooner!? The allowance I would have tucked away for the pink one! Fully equipped with a sippie bottle and three sticker sheets (including allergy labels), it’s makeover is now in it’s owner’s hands! The bento-esque lunchbox has handy ears for opening, a handle, and six different compartments. It’s like uber-tupperware. And uber-cute. Check out the Parents & Schools section of the Goodbyn site for lunch tips, meal plans, recipes, and more!Get it here!

i ♥ art » Lo ♥’s Murakami Party Pt. 2

July 1, 2009

It seems pointless to paraphrase the splendid musings that Murakami wanders through, video clip after clip, in the online exhibition of the © Murakami retrospective that has been making its way across the globe: LA ››› NYC ››› Frankfurt ››› Bilbao. So, here are some great snippets paired with the paintings that the whimsical artist was examining…

Tan Tan Bo (2001)

Murakami Tan Tan Bo

“The name came from my favorite comic writer Shigeru Mizuki’s (水木 しげる) manga – very famous comic in Japan”

Flower Matango (2001 – 2006)

Murakami Flower Matango

“When the flowers laugh we’re all happy. However there’s always the other side, if they laugh too much. Children pick this up right away, that it’s not natural, much more than adults do. For instance, when adults buy something for their children, the boys and girls immediately know why they’ve done it and in this work I wanted to convey to the children of the world that there are places with light and places without light.”

Flower Ball (2002)

Murakami Matango Flower Ball

“In this work, all the flowers are laughing and I think it’s one of my most representative works. When the flowers laugh we’re all happy. However there’s always the other side, if they laugh too much. Children pick this up right away, that it’s not natural, much more than adults do. For instance, when adults buy something for their children, the boys and girls immediately know why they’ve done it and in this work I wanted to convey to the children of the world that there are places with light and places without light. I wanted this work to be three-dimensional, which is why the ball in the center seems to stick out. I don’t know what the public will make of it.”

Kawaii! Vacances d’Eté (2002)

Murakami Kawaii Vacances d'Eté

“We have to smiling… Anytime, every morning… It is hard job!”

Hiropon (1997)

Murakami Hiropon

“The male sex complex came from the two-dimensional world, like animation and game, and then transferred to three-dimensional sculptures.”

“When I showing first time in Los Angeles gallery they have a sticker in the entrance: notice, under 12 years old… blah blah blah… so… I was really shocked.”

Jellyfish Eyes (2001)

Murakami Jellyfish Eyes

“[The] title is very difficult to explain in English. This is a very bad joke picked up from old comic books – no one knows maybe – but for me is very important… this cartoon is very central to the nonsense story. So, the jellyfish doesn’t have eyes. Jellyfish eyes. It’s – that means – it’s nonsense.”

DOB in the Strange Forest (1999)

Murakami DOB in the Strange Forest

“[During] this period I couldn’t pay for assistants so everybody [was] a volunteer – but … people [who were willing to] try hard – 24 hours [a day] – you know, like, four months each, and then [once everyone finished the sculpture, they all left] my studio. That’s why, when I see this, I remember that sad feeling… “

727 (1996)

Murakami 747

“It is Japanese feeling [after the second world war] – like, you know, everything [American] is cool. I love this concept, because [I myself have almost the same] mentality.”

Stew (1995)

Murakami Stew

“First time I visited New York, and I was really depressing, looks like a big homesick. Why I have to making a painting? Why I came in New York City? Why too much cold in the winter in New York? Everything is confusing – I was… But [a] curator – he really love this piece. Why? This is the young artist playing itself – but basically I’m very embarrassing. What is that? The color and the cheap canvas, the missing away, and a low technique. But it was a reality. Maybe a student can see this piece and have a big confidence. This is good thing I think!”

Inochi (2004)

Murakami Inochi

“He’s a robot and really ugly, but he’s alive!”

i ♥ art » Jaime Hayon & His Poultry Rocker

June 26, 2009

Hayon Chicken

I first began following Madrid-born artist/designer Jaime Hayon’s work a handful of years ago when I saw his Showtime vases at The Future Perfect in Brooklyn. The balanced curves and primary shapes of his pieces results in something so easy to gape at – hypnotizingly simple – and full of youthful cues: Japanese animation, vinyl toy culture, circus patterns, graffiti, science fiction… Oh, how I pine for Hayon’s glossy Green Chicken, with her felt-like plumes, perfectly peckish beak, and alien bulb-ears… What’s next for the artist? A giant porcelain chess set to be exhibited in Trafalgar Square for the 2009 London Design Festival (Sept 19-27)!

“I think that your cultural/background has a great deal to do with who you are. One’s identity is a mix between background and life journey. My work is very personal and it comes from who I am and what I have learnt in my path.”
Jaime Hayon via Wallpaper*

Hayon Showtime Collection

Showtime Collection for BD Ediciones de Diseño

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