Tuesday, May 31, 2011


My friend, Brian Hedenberg, built the very first IPSs with a certain unheralded blogger. Now, the expandable structure photo studios are being used in new and creative ways.

Inflatable Party Supermafia @Mapping Festival from mappingfestival on Vimeo.


Monday, May 30, 2011


Go Get a Bike. They can be found inexpensively at Flea Markets, Craigslist, and the Classifieds. It will get you in shape, help you see and enjoy the place in which you live, and allow your mind to roam.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wax On

watch out barbour.

Things You'll Need
•9 oz. paraffin wax
•1 oz. beeswax
•1 large pot
•1 small pot
•Plastic mold
•Cotton fabric
•Hair dryer
Make waterproofing wax
Place all of the wax inside the small pot and the small pot inside the larger pot on the stove.
Add water to the larger pot until it rises two inches along the side of the smaller pot.
Turn on the heat until the water begins to boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Add water to the larger pot every time there is less than an inch of water remaining.
Turn off the heat when both waxes are melted and mixed together.
Pour the melted wax into a plastic mold and allow to solidify overnight.
Waterproof the cotton fabric
Lay the cotton fabric to be waterproofed flat on a large, stable surface like a table.
Rub the waterproofing wax hard against the fabric until you cannot add anymore.
Turn the hairdryer on high and sweep it over the waxed cotton fabric until the wax melts into the fibers.
Repeat three times for a total of four coats on each side of the fabric. The fabric will initially be darker and stiffer with the added wax, but this will ease in time.

from: www.ehow.com/how_7858140_make-waxed-cotton-fabric.html

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke
wooden chair
Marc Newson

Maarten Baas

design year:

Maarten Baas, Netherlands

beech wood, burnt and then finished with an epoxy resin followed by a transparent polyurethane lacquer with UV-filter

The Wooden chair is a 1992 design by Marc Newson and is produced by Cappellini, Italy. This piece was commissioned by Moss for Design Miami 2009, to coincide with Baas being named Designer of the Year. It is a unique piece.

signed "BAAS" with a metal identification plaque embossed with the following text: "Where There's Smoke, created by Maarten Baas for Moss NY, 01/12/09 (December 1st, 2009), unique piece"

29.5” x 29.5”, height: 39.25”

from: www.mossonline.com

Moss is a very cool furniture shop in NYC, check it out.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

New York City Furniture; ICFF

Materials Matter™
In the absence of material expression, design is sort of like the sound of one hand clapping. Can you hear it now? No. Can you see the idea? Probably not. Does it work? Hardly, or at least not in the way the designer intended. That’s why there’s no greater resource for designers and design-watchers than Materials Matter. GLM’s annual joint venture with Material ConneXion, Inc., Materials Matter fascinates, delights, and, yes, occasionally confounds even design’s most technologically savvy practitioners – the materials wonks – with its remarkable showcase of next-generation materials and production equipment. The featured materials this year will include polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based substances, cement-based compounds, metals, natural materials and their derivatives. In-depth exploration of processes will include everything from injection molding to rapid prototyping and more. Given its mission to match designers and manufacturers with new technologies and production methods, Material ConneXion regularly updates its resource libraries on three continents – libraries that at any one time contain as many as 4,000 materials from a wide array of fields and disciplines. Creative solutions come from many sources, among them serendipity and cross-fertilization, as the inspiring materials and methods of Material ConneXion constantly prove. That’s the sound of two hands clapping.

from: http://www.icff.com/special-features/features


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fine Wood Working


The Band

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
Songwriter: Robertson, Robbie

Virgil Caine is the name and I served on the Danville train
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again
In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell
It's a time I remember, oh so well

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me
"Virgil, quick, come see, there go the Robert E.Lee"
Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good
Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest
But they should never have taken the very best

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, "La, la, la"

Like my father before me, I will work the land
And like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand
He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave
I swear by the mud below my feet
You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat

The night they drove old Dixie down
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"

The night they drove old Dixie down
And all the bells were ringing
The night they drove old Dixie down
And the people were singing
They went, "Na, na, na"

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Coral & Tusk

Stephanie Housley has a cool company called Coral & Tusk

Quirky stuff for your apartment.