come on and safari with me

here's a bunch of fun stuff i've come across recently on some of the blogs to the right ...

let's start off with something totally neat. this is planned to come out in early 2008, but only to be retailed in the netherlands. darn. the ios lamp designed by angela jansen features crealev's levitation technology.

a less futuristic, but still very pretty lamp is the legna table lamp by jefdesigns (design company based in portland). i especially like it in the zebra wood veneer.

something else featuring wood is amy bengtson's mod floral necklace. it's etched rosewood with an inlaid mother of pearl flower. how do you not win with etching, wood and mother of pearl?! i think she's based out of seattle, judging by her store "locations" page.

even lovelier jewelry though, and stuff i could see myself wearing every day: these pieces by elizabeth yarborough, a designer now based out of new york. check out her site, there are some hilarious pictures of chickens on it (by stephen green-armytage). anyway, love the texture of the woven leather button pendants and the rib knit, seed stitch and cable knit handknit cashmere bangles.

speaking of texture (though i hate to bury this stuff within a huge post but), helen murray creates the most luxurious fabric pieces, by cutting, sculpting and stitching fabrics like leather. her pair of lady and gentleman edwardian armchairs upholstered in bloom leather for a client in london in 2006 has gotten some press.

but i'm more drawn to her parker knoll winged armchair upholstered in rose leather for a client in taipei in 2006. check out the two-toned leather!

she has several other designs as well, but i especially like her jungle, lattice, oriental flower and succulent designs. i've included examples below since her site is a pain to navigate. love her work, but i hate the website interface. i think i'll reserve a spot in the floor plan of my future home for at least one delicious leather chair by helen.

and more on intricate cutting: peter callesen does wonders with paper. not sure how practical these would be as art in a regular home, but they're pretty neat. this one is called "the short distance between time and shadow, 2006." check out the site for a bunch more.

for some other papercutting that's a tad more accessible, check out nicholas manion's work with international currency. some are even on sale on his etsy site. last day of the sale is today(!) since it's the end of his semester at queensland college of art in brisbane.

and that should do it for now.