Over the weekend I was searching for some new furniture for my apartment, when I popped into a store on Sunset that sold little knick knacks. It was mostly jewelry, but I did come across these rad notebooks called Mecum by OrangeArt Stationary. Mecum translates to “Let’s Go!”, and features not only recycled paper, but the leather cover is recycled as well. As you can see it comes in both a natural and black (hot!) version. Other than the leather cover they’re pretty identical to any sort of moleskine/field notes, but the recycled leather feels pretty nice.
I’m not really sure where to get these, the OrangeArt site appears to only sell them in display packs, though I’m sure you could do a thorough Google search and come up with something.
Time Magazine today released their list of the top 100 “most influential design,” a list that covers all aspects of design, or so they say. Reading through this list I wasn’t impressed at all. The list covers 16 different categories from all reaches of design, but I feel like overall they just wanted to make a giant list to seem “cool”, a word I’m learning to hate. It’s also a list heavy on “green” items which seems like a bunch of greenwashing to me, just trying to get some “cool” points on how in-the-know they are.
In their technology section the feature an electric lawnmower that helps save the environment… except that it’s electric, which means it has to be plugged into your home which still creates pollution. Plus the lawnmower isn’t even well designed, unless you get a boner over standard fare Sears merchandise. To offset this green trend, they feature a 6 foot by 11 foot wide television that is not only completely unnecessary, but I’m sure costs at least $100 a month to power, not to mention pollution factors. Not every category is like this though, some are better than others, but overall it seems like they pulled a bunch of things out of their asses.
The website section definitely caught my eye though, especially because Kitsune Noir was somehow not included! (C’mon, that was a joke, I had to…) But seriously, congrats to Grace over at Design*Sponge and Marcus over at Dezeen, they both totally deserved to be mentioned… but who the hell are these other blogs?! If there’s one thing I know it’s blogs and by god I’ve only heard of or read regularly Better Living Through Design. Looking at the list it seems to me like all they did was look at Design*Sponge’s link section and cut and paste them! And what’s with all the green blogs in this list? Green Home Guide is described as “A room-by-room guide for efficient, easy and stylish ways to live a green lifestyle and have a positive impact on the environment”… I’m sure it’s a very nice site and the people who run it are great, but that’s not what design is about, that is an aspect of design as a whole.
I guess if you care at all you can visit the complete list of “influential design” and see for yourself, but personally I think Time needs to stick to reporting on the news.
Sort of like the Starbucks QuickOrder Concept I posted about last month, The Greener Grass has come up with a program that could be extremely beneficial in so many ways.
The concept is called Current State, and basically it would show you how much energy your house or apartment is using, as well as taking control of it. The idea starts with the “Plug-Ends”, which plug into electrical outlets, and then you plug your lamp or toaster into the Plug-End. This allows you to turn whatevers plugged into it on or off remotely through your iPhone. Then you have the software, which gives you real time stats about your house’s energy usage, including a room by room display, and detailed room displays letting you know how much energy each outlet is using.
This is kind of sci-fi, I will admit it, but it’s definitely not impossible. Having something like this would save people money, as well as help the environment. The only head scratching part is how the program would know what your house or apartment looks like. I’m sure someone could create a program a la The Sims that would allow you to map your house out.
I can’t wait for a slew of new programs to pop up for the iPhone!
Stroom Den Haag is a Netherlands based design, visual arts and architecture activity center. This is the best way I can seem to describe what they actually do. What I know for sure is that they do a lot of really amazing art and architectural projects for their community.
Above are pictures from an intervention done for the De Paradijsvogel elementary school. The project was completed by Marleen Kaptein and Stijn Roodnat (also known as KapteinRoodnat). The intervention consisted of hundreds of meters of bright green tubes that occupied not only the schoolyard, but the assembly hall as well.
Be sure to check out all of the amazing projects Stroom has at their website, definitely not something to miss!
Despite being really lame and putting an “X” in the name, this is soooooo rad. Why don’t cars look like this already? Who wouldn’t want this car?? Thank god for Toyota stepping up the hot looking hybrids. Maybe hybrids will be the way to get futuristic cars onto the road, instead of shitty looking Fords.
You can check out more pictures and info here.