Ask Alice

On October 19, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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I’m rapidly approaching the age where a meeting with my girlfriends will mean finding a kid-friendly place that us adults will enjoy as well. In Japan, the Tokyo baby cafe was designed by nendo with exactly that thought in mind. A space where “big” meets “small” – literally. The overblown sofa catches the eye of [...]

I’m rapidly approaching the age where a meeting with my girlfriends will mean finding a kid-friendly place that us adults will enjoy as well.

In Japan, the Tokyo baby cafe was designed by nendo with exactly that thought in mind. A space where “big” meets “small” – literally.

The overblown sofa catches the eye of both children and adults and has a dual function as well – it’s used as a nursing area for the moms as well as a play area for the kids.

The cafe is filled with picture books and toys to occupy the children, while the door handles and light switches are put in hard-to-reach areas for the sake of safety.

According to the designer, the underside of the tables are fitted with pictures of baby animals, since most kids end up crawling under the tables at some point they might as well have something cute to look at.

As a child who used to lay on the carpet under the table and draw on its underside, I really like the idea of an interesting view just for the kids.

The general effect of big versus small is very Alice in Wonderland , while the subdued color scheme keeps it modern and beautiful. I know I would get down on my hands and knees to crawl around the room, just to see what’s on the other side of this door

 

A Voyage in Luxury

On October 14, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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Now that the weather is beginning to cool down I’m finally opening all the windows and turning off the air conditioner which seemed to be on non-stop everywhere I went this summer. In this kind of weather I wish I could spend my whole day and night outdoors. Kenneth Cobonpue, a young designer from the [...]

Now that the weather is beginning to cool down I’m finally opening all the windows and turning off the air conditioner which seemed to be on non-stop everywhere I went this summer. In this kind of weather I wish I could spend my whole day and night outdoors.

Kenneth Cobonpue, a young designer from the Philippines creates gorgeous furniture that combines the beauty and simplicity of modern design with the use of natural fibers and locally sourced organic materials.

The bed above, from the Voyage series, is made from either Buri (palm leaf spines) or abaca (also known as Manila hemp) which is hand woven on a steel frame and tied with abaca rope. The effect is like an airy cocoon, at once enveloping and giving the sense of space and freedom.

With the daybed, also from the Voyage series, I can really imagine myself curling up with a good book and one of those girly drinks with the umbrellas at an exotic resort. Cabana boys can be added to this fantasy at your own discretion…

That image isn’t surprising since Kenneth’s furniture and designs can be seen in various hotels and resorts around the world.

Even you baby can sleep in luxurious comfort with this “le petit voyage” bassinet

and don’t worry —  if your pet is your baby, there’s a Kenneth Cobonpue bed for them too!

 

A new wave in bookshelf technology

On October 11, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Yaara
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For me a house never feels like a home unless I have all my books surrounding me, but sometimes I wish they were in a more exciting environment. Dbd Studio seems to have read my mind with their digitally fabricated bookshelf. Custom made for a condo in Washington DC, this piece is more than just another [...]

For me a house never feels like a home unless I have all my books surrounding me, but sometimes I wish they were in a more exciting environment.

Dbd Studio seems to have read my mind with their digitally fabricated bookshelf. Custom made for a condo in Washington DC, this piece is more than just another storage unit – it’s an art piece.

Created from 17 sheets of birch plywood digitally formatted to fit the specific space, the shelves seem to be moving, as if undulating in the wind.

Distorted and definitely different, this design piece would make an interesting addition to any home – as long as you have the space for it.

I know I’d be itching to fill those shelves as soon as possible! Maybe I’ll find something interesting on our site