Monday, 28 April 2008

Alta Ego

Alta Bikes out of Norway have been on my radar for a wee while now with their stunning single speed bikes.

Alta is a development by various companies such as Bleed Graphic Designers, Norway Says Furniture Designers, Frost Produkt & Shnel Melnychuck, to create one of the finest looking bikes around. At 9.4kg the original is no heavy thing and its been designed for ease fo bringing into the flat, obviously directed firmly at the city rider. Wall mounted racks are also available so you can show off your new wheels with pride.

On top of that 20ltd has just released their special collab with Alta, the Alta 'One'. Available only from 20ltd this special edition will only see 10 bikes ever made. Available now at 20ltd


Artist Russ Mills of Byroglyphics has just released some new prints avaiable now at Byroglyphics.

Some real nice pieces for sale and at very resonable prices to boot.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Baas Sack

Maarten Baas has been producing interesting furniture for a wee while now. In previous projects he has been scorching existing furniture made by other designers.

This Rietveld Zig Zag chair has been given the scorching and impregnation treatment and the result is a stunning decomposed classic...

But now the Dutch designer has taken a new angle to his work and presents this as-yet-unamed piece as a realisation of an existing design but in a material so distant from the original.

This chair, however gimmicky it may seem, really makes you think about materials and how the simple selection of one over another can have such a huge impact on the aesthetic.

The problem is though, if they were all like this, as opposed to the plastic beasts, then we wouldn't see quite so many grannies falling into swimming pools on 'You've Been Framed', which has to be a bad thing.


Monday, 21 April 2008

Spaghetti Benches

Down at The Carpenters Workshops in West London, designer & Craftsman Pablo Reinoso has a few of his new benches on display. He calls them his 'spaghetti benches' for obvious reasons, and I for one find then particularly tasty (sorry, just had to get at least one bad pun in there)

Unlike many wooden sculptures or forms the wood is not bent as the forms are too random to use that process and the lengths involved means single carved pieces are out of the question, the grain simply wouldn't hold the weight, instead each form is made from various different bits that are joined and smoothed perfectly to produce this stunning bench.

The show runs from April 30 - May 17

Thursday, 10 April 2008


Over in Australia, t-shirt company Goatboy have been causing a wee bit of controversy over their new T-shirt, which depicts the face of the late Princess Diana. And we're not talking patriotic nostalgia here. More what everyone has been thinking for a number of years now...

Found a wee video from Goatboy on the 'tube, run go see...

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

While you were sleeping

I've been after something by Dan McCarthy for a while now, but whenever I get over to his site the new prints have gone.

Thanks to my good pal Iansee who gave me the heads up I popped over to the site, and low and behold there are a couple left! And of all the prints I 've seen this has got to be a favourite.

Anyway snap em up before they all go at

Full Circuit

Not sure whether it stems from my time working for my dad soldering electronic componenets onto Printed Circuit Boards, or the process of creating the copper tracks, but this light by VIVID in Rotterdam has an elemental simplicity that creates quite a stunning bit of intrigue that strikes a chord. One can only hope that it's not live with Muchos ampere's as that could be a matter for H&S, but I'm sure they've taken care of that. We hope.

Friday, 4 April 2008

A Starck Change of Heart

“I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact,”

“Everything I designed was unnecessary.”

“I will definitely give up in two years’ time. I want to do something else, but I don’t know what yet. I want to find a new way of expressing myself …design is a dreadful form of expression.”

oh? really? how odd.

Mint Imperial

26 year old graphic designer Matthew Dent has just been chosen as the winning designer of the new face of British Currency. Featuring the Royal Coat of Arms the design is spread over the smaller coins, 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p & 50p, with the £1 coin featuring the whole image.

Manufacturing has started and the Royal Mint will be producing over 1 billion coins a year to replace the 27 billion coins already in circulation, as they become old and worn out.

Pixel Couch

Royal College of Art graduate (UK) Cristian Zuzunaga has devised a fabric based on a 'pixel' concept, which is being produced by Danish manufacturer Kvadrat and sold through Moroso