If you're in London this weekend, you might want to drop by London's Somerset House to check out JOY OF LIVING, a charity project organized to raise support for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. Over 100 new and established UK designers have created a piece of artwork that expresses the joy of living all on a single sheet of A4 graph paper. Each artwork is priced at £250, and you won't know who made it until the piece is purchased. If you'd like to donate directly, visit the Just Giving website. JOY OF LIVING, exhibited and sold at London's Somerset House…
JOY OF LIVING
Written by Katie on March 17, 2011. Permalink
Donate: Devastation in Japan
Written by kris & katie on March 14, 2011. Permalink
We're heartbroken about the devastation in Japan. Donate today to help support disaster relief efforts.
The Design Tree’s Curious Collectible Giveaway
Written by Katie on March 8, 2011. Permalink
The following post is sponsored by Greentea Design. Well, here we are with a Curious Collectible Giveaway from The Design Tree. One-of-a-kind collectibles (like a beautiful acupuncture doll or feng shui compass that you see above) sourced from artisan and antique markets across Asia will be given away 5 lucky winners, and all you have to do is click on the 'Like' button on Greentea Design's Facebook page from March 8-16 and comment on one of their wall's posts. That's it. Full contest details are available at The Design Tree. "The artifacts we’ve chosen are unique and beautiful, steeped in…
Giveaway: Authentic Eero Aarnio Ball Chair
Written by Katie on February 21, 2011. Permalink
The following post is sponsored by the Finnish Design Shop. Oh, happy days! Finnish Design Shop has officially launched its site in the US, and, as a special treat, is giving away a genuine Eero Aarnio Ball Chair (valued at $6980). One chair will be given away to each of FDS’s four local sites of US, Europe, Finland, and Italy, and will be custom made using the original molds from the original factory in Finland. It's an iconic chair, and to get it completely free is one heck of deal. Simply 'like' Finnish Design Shop on Facebook for a chance…
12 days until Christmas…
Written by Katie on December 13, 2010. Permalink
With only 12 days until the big day, I'm sure you're busy getting the last of your shopping done. If you're needing inspiration, you'll be glad to know that over the next 12 days we'll be picking some of the best and brightest gifts from our archives and putting them up front and center for your consideration. There's also tons of great things tagged in our Gift Guide if you want a more thorough look. The Gift Guide is separated by price tags if you're on a budget: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100
Artecnica Sale on Gilt
Written by Katie on December 9, 2010. Permalink
Artecnica has some bargains on Gilt Groupe today, most of it is half price (as is the custom). I want the Anemone Light badly...especially considering it's $99 (from a regular price of $192!). (Gilt Groupe is an invitation-based site, fyi.)
Fluke Collective–35% off all orders
Written by Kris on November 30, 2010. Permalink
Our friends over at Fluke Collective are having a huuge sale on all their remaining merchandise and at 35% off your entire order plus free shipping, you can afford to snap up a few design gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. Just use promo code 'LUCKY' at checkout.
Written by Katie on November 26, 2010. Permalink
Black Friday. Yuck or Yay? Either way, for those of you that remember our old gift guide and are currently missing the grid of thumbnails guiding you to the perfect gift, you can now search by price using tags*: Gifts (all) Gifts $1-$25 Gifts $26-$50 Gifts $51-$75 Gifts $76-$100 Hope that helps. If you would like a particular set of options for a particular sort of person, email us and we'll do what we can to rustle up a special list.
Written by Katie on November 24, 2010. Permalink
2modern officially launched 2MCollective yesterday, and if you're a fan of exclusive sales and discounts (specifically in the home furnishings/accessories market), you'll have reason enough to sign yourself up. Every Tuesday and Thursday a new sale starts and will only last 3-5 days or until quantities sell out. Out of the sales currently on offer, these Perch! Round Wall Sconces stand out from the pack. Regularly priced at $160, the sale price is $110. To see more/sign up, visit 2MCollective.com.
Written by Katie on November 22, 2010. Permalink
Filmaker Davina Pardo is working on a short documentary entitled 'MINKA', a story about a 250 year old Japanese farmhouse. Originally inspired by the book Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan by retired AP foreign correspondent John Roderick, the film looks to be well worth watching, and seeing as they're still raising funds to finish off distribution costs, you can check out the trailer below or on their fundraising page to see if you'd like to help out. "Minka" trailer from Birdling Films on Vimeo. The book, Minka: My Farmhouse in Japan, available for $24.95 at Princeton Architectural Press.
Modernica Annual Factory Sale
Written by Katie on November 17, 2010. Permalink
If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, you might want to pop on over to (one of our lovely sponsors) Modernica's annual factory sale. There's a chance you'll save from 30-80% off favorites like shell chairs, George Nelson Bubble Lamps, Case Study daybeds, beds, shelving units, etc. There's also a 48 hour online sale on Friday (Nov 19) for those of you that can't quite swing the trip. Sale starts promptly at 10am and wraps up at 4pm. Location: 2871 Saco St. (at 37th St.- 1.5 miles from the Santa Fe exit off Freeway 10).
Pink Wishbone Project
Written by Katie on October 8, 2010. Permalink
That's right, you're seeing Hans Wegner’s legendary Wishbone Chair in pink. 20% of the chair’s proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for one year, and SUITE New York is raising more money for research from the one-of-a-kind cushions from twenty of the top women interior designers. From Oct. 7th until Oct. 29th, these unique chairs (with cushions, of course) will be auctioned off on www.charitybuzz.com with 100% of the proceeds benefitting BCRF. Interior designers participating: Kelly Behun, Sheila Bridges, Alexandra Champlimaud, Neisha Crossland, Lulu DeKwiatkowski, Tori Golub, Alexa Hampton, Allegra Hicks, Julie Hillman, Annie Kelly, Celerie Kemble, Kit…
London Design Festival 2010
Written by Katie on September 27, 2010. Permalink
Here's several photos from the past few days of London Design Festival. By no means are they comprehensive, but they at least show some of products that stood out. (Fyi, some photos are from the 100% Design preview post from last wednesday.)
ACNE Furniture Collection at Liberty
Written by Katie on September 27, 2010. Permalink
As part of the London Design Festival, ACNE launched its first furniture collection at Liberty. Inspired by the work of Swedish designer Carl Malmsten, Jonny Johansson (creative director of ACNE) distorted the lines of the furniture to create an altogether strange version of seating shapes. The five sofas will be available exclusively at Liberty this spring.
100% Design (preview)
Written by Katie on September 22, 2010. Permalink
We've been getting all sorts of emails on London Design Week events, but the big two that I'll definitely be attending are 100% Design and Tent London. After a quick look through 100% Design's gallery preview, these are the products I'm looking forward to seeing in person tomorrow. I'll plan to take some pics (if/when allowed) and upload them afterwards. As usual, keep in mind that all products usually take a while to become available through retail websites, so contact the designer directly if you have questions.
Written by Katie on September 7, 2010. Permalink
So, notice the fancy new face of BLTD? We're still figuring out a few kinks, so be patient with us... also, we're aware that the RSS feed images are broken but they'll be fixed soon. Any feedback, please feel free to email us. Hope you like the improvements.