Society and popular culture would like us to believe there’s really not much use for old nuts. But they’re just wrong. All it takes is one creative person willing to knock the dust off and play with them. In the right hands, old discarded nuts become the implements of artistry. Just look at these beautiful nuts and try to disagree. They’re beautiful, no?
The young designers at Hamburg, Germany’s Lockengelöt studios are turning used 50-gallon oil drums into unique, industrial-strength “cupboards.” The drums are cleaned out, reinforced, and fitted with shelves & a door. The drums are also stackable, if you need more than 50-gallons of storage space.
Butts are gross. Not the ones Sir-Mix-A-Lot sings about, the other ones, cigarette butts. But these aren’t the real, stinky kind. They’re just magnets, perfect for sticking pictures to your fridge. No carcinogens, no hacking cough, just a sorta sick novelty.
We won’t even pretend to know how this thing works. Beneath its matte grey, industrial finish, it’s a Swiss clock. Designed by French ID guy, Julien Ado, and Paris design house, Illi, the articulating square tiles of the clock beat like a heart, counting the seconds. Actual time is revealed by voice command.
A movie poster featuring bold design should make an impact in any language. Even Polish, where the letters C, Z, and W, tend to dominate. Is that a Polish joke? These poster designs were all created by contemporary Polish artists and measure 27 X 39 inches.
You can’t buy good taste, but with enough money someone else can buy it for you. That’s where Manhattan-based “Mantique” aficionado Nicholas Brawer comes in. He’s an art historian and British furniture expert who surrounds himself with unique industrial treasures. His Upper East Side gallery is a showplace for a revolving collection of the finest in manly artifacts.
Fellow Jedi, set your alarm for Dec 31st and stay close to your internet device all day, because a limited-edition series of Star Wars movie posters will be released this Friday at a random time. The illustrated posters, designed by Tyler Stout come in an edition of 850 for $50 and another more limited run of 250 for $100. Be ready to click fast and use the force if necessary.
One man’s old crank is … actually, forget the punchline. Artist Matt Shiley is creating fine industrial-style furniture from found bike parts. And his sculptural, intricately crafted seating is like nothing you’ve seen before. Far from simply refined recycling, Shiley’s works look much more MOMA than MTB. Proudly handmade in the USA.
Bringing nature indoors is a dominant design trend right now. The two guys behind Antler & Co. nailed it. Groovy, natural racks for your home made of real, cast-off American deer antlers. They anchor easily to your wall creating a place to hang your hat, jacket, even artwork. You should know male deer naturally shed their antlers every season, so there’s no harm in their charm.
The days of hanging “beer stuff” on the walls ended when you left the dorms. But now that you’ve got a Man Room in the house, you can do it again. This time around it won’t be a neon Corona sign, because that won’t fly with the lady in your life. But this might. This handsome, hand-numbered poster shows the family tree of beer varieties and is printed on recycled, archival stock paper. Let her pick the frame and you’re good.