Art

Fuyuh Bamboo Laminated Ceiling Mobile

When decorating a room, there are so many opportunites to hang something from the ceiling, which helps bring height to a space. I always love finding great candle globes that hang, or beautiful lamp pendants. Sometimes, though, you need something that is just decoration, something so beautiful it doesn’t need an alternative use; simply something that looks good and will fill a void. Artist’s mobiles are usually the answer, and boy am I fawning over this one.

“Fuyuh was designed by Riki Watanabe in 1975. It is a classic Japanese design crafted by hand in a small Japanese workshop. The quality and details of the laminated bamboo are unsurpassed. Fuyuh is a small work of art, suspended in space.”

Laminated Bamboo
11″ width

Purchase Information:

Price: $738.00
Availability: Buy Fuyuh Bamboo Laminated Ceiling Mobile here

Potato Queen II Wall Art

In light of things funny/fantastical…(and, think outside the box, why not add some whimsy to areas other than those delegated to kids?)

“These colorful wall graphics are part of the Vynil line by a French publishing house called Domestic. Domestic works with well-known designers to produce products that allow the consumer to contribute to the design. In this case, giant fantastical figures cut out of removable adhesive vinyl can be grouped or scattered around a room, based on your whim. The stickers come on 20 x 20″ sheets.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $88.00
Availability: Buy Potato Queen II Wall Art here

color calm dvd

Go to your happy place with this DVD with an automatic repeat of 36 colors of cloud formations while playing a variety of music selections. 180 minutes of programming with 28 color and audio mixes.

Purchase Information:

Price: $28
Availability: Buy color calm dvd here

Museum Banners

Have you ever wondered where all the advertising banners for art shows go when the shows are over?

Better Wall works with over 20 major art museums and sells them as large scale wall art (with portions of the proceeds going back to the museums). Any damaged banners are recycyled as raw materials and keep vinyl out of landfills, and you can feel good about that.

The stock is always changing (obviously) and is definitely limited edition.

The piece shown here is from the Robert Bechtle show at the SFMOMA.

Dimensions: L: 72 ” (183 cm) : W:35 ” (89 cm)

Purchase Information:

Price: $479
Availability: Buy Museum Banners here

FLORA AND FAUNA wall graphic by DOMESTIC

The new trend of vinyl wall adhesives may be a testament to the fickle nature of design or possibly just the desire to see an immediate change in your surroundings. The Flora and Fauna wall graphic uses the saccharine-sweet designs of Tado.

3 sheets 20” x 20”

Purchase Information:

Price: $90
Availability: Buy FLORA AND FAUNA wall graphic by DOMESTIC here

Bunnies Mobile

This makes a great gift for anyone who’s expecting. It comes assembled and ready to hang.

approximate dimensions: 25″ x 25″

Purchase Information:

Price: $31.50
Availability: Buy Bunnies Mobile here

Boxcutter by Tobias Wong

A boxcutter, zinc cast and chrome plated, by one of our favorite designers…consider it as a rather good gift for many a discerning design afficianado.

Size: 6.25″ L

Purchase Information:

Price: $89.00
Availability: Buy Boxcutter by Tobias Wong here

Threadless at Blik

Sweet Grace over at Design*Sponge just sent me an email about the new Threadless Bliks.
Threadless is the t-shirt site that has submissions from contestants.
Blik is the site that sells cool wall decals.

It’s like those Reeces Peanut Butter ads from the late 70’s. Hey, you got your Threadless in my Blik.

Purchase Information:

Price: $55
Availability: Buy Threadless at Blik here

rococo wall decals

“Classic rococo-inspired designs become modern art with our glossy black decals. Dramatic scrolls and plumes adhere (and remove) easily for instant, custom elegance. A fabulous way to add interest and flair to any room in the house. Each set includes four of two styles. We show one set here. Self-adhesive vinyl. When adhering to your wall, use a squeegie or flat edge to flatten.”

Update: This item is no longer available through original retailer. (08/4/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $58.00
Availability: Buy rococo wall decals here

Carved Wood Deer Head

So, yeah, there’s been a recent trend of antler-esque products in the past year or two, and it’s safe to say that thankfully all of the ones I’ve seen on sites have been of the not-real variety. This particular deer head is hand-carved from blocks of laminated basswood and is sure to add some atmosphere without the anxiety of the “genuine” article.

Features removable antlers and a keyhole hanger in the back.

Head: W 16″ x H 20″ x D 9″
Overall: H 42″ x W 29″

Purchase Information:

Price: $495.00-$649.00
Availability: Buy Carved Wood Deer Head here

tar teddy bear

I’m sure there’s an accompanying artist statement to this that speaks about the ills of society or something to that effect, but I just like it.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1200.00
Availability: Buy tar teddy bear here

Convertible Picture Frame

These are nice and natural modern frames… and, they have an option to be a bud vase or a candle holder depending on which way you turn them over.

“In addition, they’re made of spalted alder…wood from trees that have naturally fallen in the forest; wood that has been left to age there. The result is a unique grain and color pattern. No two pieces are alike.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $42.00
Availability: Buy Convertible Picture Frame here

Moose & Deer Head

When I was a kid I used to get the balsa wood dinosaur kits and I loved them. These are a cooler version.

“Playing with the theme of ‘reinterpreting the codes of bourgeois furniture’, these designs are a modernized, almost abstract version of the trophy head, executed in triplicate.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Availability: Buy Moose & Deer Head here

ARBORESCENCE VINYL WALL GRAPHICS

These tree wall graphics can add a lightness and visual interest where previously there was nothing.

“The objective of Domestic is to create collections of articles devised by designers, graphic artists or artists whose common denominator is to offer a means for the end user to freely participate. With Vynil, an alternative to wallpaper, the principle of the collection is simple: literally hand over to users who are invited to transform their interior into an area for expression and design their own decor. Thanks to Vynil, the wall space becomes the playing field for composition and into which one can put a lot of effort and invention. Beyond the practical interest it represents (no longer any need for glue or a pasting table); the Vynil collection enables new thought to be given to the place and role of the ornamental pattern in our interiors. ARBORESCENCE DESIGNED BY FRANCOISE AZAMBOURG: François Azambourg is interested in means of production and new practices. His work is qualified by a rational and meaning research about materials. His approach is voluntarily experimental. “

Stencils

This could be a good way to add visual interest to your walls without the weight of actual products or the cost of wallpaper.

Purchase Information:

Price: $10.25
Availability: Buy Stencils here