Design Public Crew / Los Angeles / Photobooths

Last night, Design Public’s Matt & Drew (middle & right) and I were all hanging out in Wallpaper’s Best City of 2008, Los Angeles, for a little Standard Hotel / 7Grand / Dresden Room / House of Pies action, when I forced the guys into a photobooth.

I love photobooths because the resulting pictures look fairly consistent regardless of time period. I have a pretty good collection of photo strips, starting with one of me and my mom when I’m 4 years old. I’ve been wanting to find a good way to display them, and I was thinking of enlarging them and putting them on my wall, almost like wallpaper. I recently discovered that someone’s already done that, and it looks pretty great.

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Dreamgate Headboard/Wall Art

This light, modernist wall application reinterprets the headboard, a traditionally heavy furniture piece. The surface of reinforced cork is screenprinted by hand, graphically inspired by star formations and vintage tufted leather furniture. As a headboard or art object, the long proportion encourages creative placement in any environment. Dreamgate is reusable and can be trimmed easily to fit beds ranging from children’s to king size. Self-adhesive, non-marring backing makes installation simple.

Materials: Reclaimed cork from the bottle-stopper industry and water based ink

Dimensions: 2’h x 10’w x 1/8″d, Weight: 4lbs

Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00
Availability: Buy Dreamgate Headboard/Wall Art here

Domestic Trophies

Here’s a fuzzy art piece that’s quite a different take on the traditional hunting trophy. Rachel Denny hand makes these trophies in her studio, so each will be unique in color and pattern. There’s also some angora rabbits she’s working on that are worth taking a look at.

Domestic Trophy (deer mount) series are between $500 and $600 depending on size and intricacy.

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $500-$600
Availability: Buy Domestic Trophies here


These dollar bills say “NEW YORK IS A LOT OF WORK” in gold-foil.

Perfect for anyone who’s paid his/her dues in NYC.

Purchase Information:

Price: $8.95
Availability: Buy $2 by REED SEIFER here

hand-made glass skulls by esque design

Skulls have kind of fallen off the design radar (thankfully) which means you die-hard goth fans can now distinguish yourselves once again.

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $60-$160
Availability: Buy hand-made glass skulls by esque design here

‘Help Me’ and ‘Thought’ Digital Art Prints

I think some people forget that visual art can not only make your walls and rooms less empty and a little ‘prettier’, but it can also mean something to you, and evoke a particular feeling that you have upon viewing it. Much like a smell or a song, it’s a package of colors, images and/or textures that brings emotion or thought, so there can be a lot more complexity involved than just figuring out what print from your local craft or furniture store matches your wall color.

That brings me around to my originally intended subject of digital artwork, which is becoming exponentially available nowadays, and opens up possibilities of some pretty good stuff that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars. I like these two from
Amka Shop, but there’s lots more, so I encourage checking it out:

“To make the most of these digital works of art, we offer large-format (poster) printing on thick, soft tarp, which will give your interior decoration a hint of feeling, and originality. We only print &#34luxury&#34 editions, and our prints are also available on laminated paper, aluminium, solid pvc, and pvc sticker, in limited editions of 200, for sale only on our site.”

‘Help Me’ (left) 90 cm x 130 cm, 175 &#8364
‘Thought’ (right) 90 cm x 130 cm, 175 &#8364

(shipping to the US will run around 22 &#8364 or so for the sizes cited)

Felt Birds

This would be a delightful way to add some energy and movement to a blank space in a room.

Each bird is 6″ long, with a 4″ wingspan, and comes with a 15.5″ satin ribbon. (When the ribbon is doubled up, the bird hangs at a distance of about 7″.)

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $18.00
Availability: Buy Felt Birds here

Heart by Renate Hattinger Keramik

I just saw the
Think Tank designed by Renate Hattinger Keramik on, which led me to the Golden Heart pictured above. Absolutely one of the best things I’ve seen; my only wish is that it would a bit more affordable.

“Golden Heart is part of the series Human Interior. Human Interior are porcelain containers in form of the central human organs, heart and brain. The highly specialized organs heart and brain designed by nature are symbols for life, intelligence, love. The invisible inside becomes visible and gets a concrete emotional meaning by careful processing and refinement of the object’s surface. The objects are not only to be admired on pedestals and in showcases but to be used and filled.”

13 x 15 x 14 cm

Reveal Lamp by Adam Frank

Living in an vast expanse of concrete? Don’t have enough windows or trees? This lamp creates the effect of moving branches on a tree outside a window.

“As air currents pass through the projector, the branches of the projected tree appear to sway in a gentle, morning breeze. An ideal solution for small, urban spaces, and rooms that could use a “view”.”

Approx. 8″W x 6″L x 8″H

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $389.00
Availability: Buy Reveal Lamp by Adam Frank here

Embroidered Mugshots

I think we’re all pretty sick of the whole celebrity fascination (right?) but I do like the idea of the embroidery of a photograph.

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Available from: Up to you Toronto

Walteria Living

There are so many things from Walteria Living that are noteworthy, I can’t pick just one. Loads of excellent gift options for those on your list that are hard to buy for, you’re sure to find the perfect item.

Vanishing Creatures Chocolates, set of 3, $50.00 each
Paperweight series vol. 2, set of 2, limited edition, $245.00
Paperweight series vol. 1, set of 3, limited edition, $365.00
Postcard diaries, mixed set of 4 plates, $365.00

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $50-$365.00
Availability: Buy Walteria Living here


Check out this modern interpretation of the well known Venus- I especially like the blue…

“The beauty of the Venus de Milo is illuminated with this ultra-modern version of one of the world’s most celebrated sculptures. The light within shines through the sculpture, creating a lovely, romantic glow that would please any goddess of love and beauty.”

15.75″W x 11.75″L x 27.5″H

Materials: Polyethylene

Purchase Information:

Price: $129
Availability: Buy Venus here

Cardboard Safari 3D Animal Puzzles

The whole antler thing has taken the world by storm, but not many of us can afford (or want) to deck out our halls with the real thing, much less some very excellent designer interpretations. So, if you’ve got that antler itch, or know someone who does, here are some great cardboard versions that are at a very friendly price tag. They’re sure to add character to a room along with some amused glances and inquiries from visitors.

Deer, Moose, or Rhino (not pictured) available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $12.42
Availability: Buy Cardboard Safari 3D Animal Puzzles here

World Map Wall Sticker by Ferm Living

You might want to wait for this wall sticker before you start planning world domination. It might help with logistics.

“Wall Stickers are simple to apply and easily removable. Wall Stickers are designed in Denmark and made by hand in Poland.”

Measurements: 47″ x 30″
Availble November.

Purchase Information:

Price: $105
Availability: Buy World Map Wall Sticker by Ferm Living here

Tord Boontje Wall Graphic

If you like Boontje, you might love covering your walls in his well-known pattern. It’s up to you to decide if you love it enough to pay $7000 though…

‘The Wall Graphic is composed of 7 individual panels of vinyl “stickers”.
Graphic vinyl panels are sold individually.
Available in White.’

Dimensions for each panel: 118″ H x 47 1/4″ W

Purchase Information:

Price: $1080
Availability: Buy Tord Boontje Wall Graphic here