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Lots of pretty florals at Cath Kidson.
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From top left: Band of Outsiders, Tess Giberson, Rag & Bone, DKNY, 3.1 Philip Lim, Alexandre Herchcovitch
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'Love' cushion.
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I love the whimsical signature prints, directional knitwear and bold colour palettes that characterise Australian designer Lisa Gorman's eponymous label.  I initially stumbled across the line for the swimwear, but like the main clothing line as well with its vintage and tribal references.  Being Australian, the seasons do not coincide, but I am hoping this will work in my favour as I can get some great (albeit late) bargains.  They ship internationally.  See more here and below.

Images: Issey Miyake
One of the things I've always loved about making clothes is the magic that occurs when a two-dimensional piece of cloth is transformed into three-dimensional article of clothing. Issey Miyake appears to be reverse engineering this process.

I have always loved his deconstructed aesthetic: from the innovative and forward-looking Pleats Please collections of the 1990s, to this new venture which he has now embarked upon in conjunction with Reality Lab, an in-house research and development team which was formed in 2007. The project called 132 5, uses computers to create algorithms are which are then translated into three-dimensional geometric shapes which can be collapsed into two-dimensional forms. The two-dimensional pieces are steam-pressed to become unique articles of clothing like shirts, skirts, trousers and even dresses.  In order to improve the overall environmental impact and sustainability of the collection, Reality Lab claims not to use materials which depend on fossil fuels and the collection is not scheduled by season.  The entire line is made from a special polyester in a process which it is claimed reduces energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 80%.
Image: VIVID Gallery
I have always loved the look (and admired the skill involved) of wood which has been joined together without the use of nails.  While in the past,  joinery was all made by hand and so out of necessity joints were simple, electronic calibration and precision machinery now make it possible to create more complex joints quickly and accurately.

Take the desk made from mahogany above which was completely made with a CNC router.  Commissioned by Ontwerpduo and is distributed by VIVID Gallery, the piece is designed to show the intricate joinery thereby making it a design element. 
Images: via Colette
I didn't see it immediately, but these shoes, which are the brainchild of Collette and American photographer Mark Hunter (aka the Cobrasnake), have been designed to look like that most ubiquitous of American foodstuffs: the hamburger. Inspired by the carefree Californian lifestyle and the iconic burger joints found across that State, the Vans Era are a subtle enough to be worn without too much irony.
Image: Mark Reimer
I always like it when different materials are used in a complimentary fashion and the Steel Wood table by Thom Fougere is one such an interesting meld.  Made with a top of finely crafted cherry wood supported by powder coated steel legs, the Steel Wood table provides two functional areas: a main surface and a storage space for tucking clutter away.  You can see more of Thom Fougere's design here and after the jump.

Image: via Samantha Slaven Publicity
Last year saw the first collaboration between futuristic shoe manufacturers Tsubo and designers Timo Weiland.  The collaboration was so popular, the designers have again decided to collaborate for fall 2012 to produce a line of boots, wedges and shoes in beautiful autumnal colours. 
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From top left: Kinder Aggugini, Hilfiger, Ohne Titel
Images: Comali
Here's a unusual take on recycled materials. 

While from a distance, these lampshades almost have the look of plywood, they are actually made from recycled corrugated boxes which have been cut into strips.  Each Beute lamp comes with all parts necessary for installation.


Image: Philip Wells
How about this for a retrospective?  Back in early 2004, Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art brought the public art trend of life-sized animal statues (which was quite popular at the time) to Bermuda and invited members of the public and artists to design their version of one of Bermuda's first occupants, the wild pig or 'hogge'.  Happily, my design was one of those which was accepted for the Hogge Wilde project and I had real fun coming up with and executing this lighthearted concept.  Much of the art that was made was pretty creative given the brief.

The finished statues were put on show at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and auctioned for charity.  Some of the pigs can still be seen on display but over the years many have unfortunately disappeared.  The Hogges were followed up less successfully a few years later with onion "chairs", but the pigs will always have a fond place in my heart.  I wish they would do it again.

Images: Louise van der Veld
Every time I use the oven it seems like our smoke alarm goes off.  I call it our dinner bell.  It might not annoy me as much if the smoke alarm looked and sounded something like this.

Shown recently at the 2012 NY International Gift Fair, this is the Chick-a-Dee smoke detector. A previous winner of the Mooi uit de brand design competition, the Chick-a-Dee previously sold in the Netherlands and has just recently been approved for sale in the U.S. The twee appliance is fashioned after the American Black-capped Chicadee for its size and imitates the bird's call at the first sign of smoke. A louder, more sustained alarm is given off if the smoke thickens and persists. The Chick-a-Dee is designed by Dutch artist and designer Louise van der Veld.
Image: The Ropes
Similar to these bracelets, The Ropes produce a line of hand-made accessories constructed from marine-grade ropes and hardware. Founded by Shana Aldrich Ready, the line showcases her innovative flare for mixing stylish trends with traditional materials from Maine's maritime culture.

See more here and after the jump.

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From top left: Kiledjian, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Theyskens' Theory, 3.1 Philip Lim, Reem Acra


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Diane von Furstenberg's adorable collaboration with GapKids hits stores today.

Image: Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bed, Bath & Beyond have announced a line of bedding with British designer Orla Kiely which should help to increase her presence Stateside. Featuring her iconic leaf pattern, the bedding will be available in most Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in May.
Image: Uniqlo
Uniqlo will launch a 'family' range of clothes this spring called UU designed in conjunction with Jun Takahashi who is best known for his work with Japanese fashion label Undercover.   The line, which will feature clothes for the entire family, have a traditional feel with a twist and look sweetly quirky.

UU will be launched at the opening of Uniqlo's new flagship store in Ginza, Tokyo.  Hopefully more and better images will be posted soon.
Weirdly funny. Enjoy.




Image: Dinosaur Designs
I love this statement jewellery from Australian-based Dinosaur Designs, the brain-child of Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy.  Made from resin and sterling silver, each prototype is conceived and sculpted in clay before being cast in resin, sanded, drilled and finished by hand.  Emphasis is placed on maintaining the uneven lines and the finger-smoothed surface of the initial design which gives each final piece its rustic feel.

Dinosaur Designs' resin and sterling silver jewellery and resin home wares are available from their six stores in Sydney, Melbourne and New York and stockists worldwide.

See more here and below.

Image: Studio Vision A&D

I like the idea of this stool.  The practical addition of a handle means it can easily be transported to any room in the house and adds a versatility which it would otherwise lack.

Image: BoConcept

Reminiscent of the leaf-shaped bar stool and chair by Hyunsoo Choi that was featured here (and they do admit the chair is nature-inspired) and the Volumptuous sideboard by Edward Johnson that was featured here, is the Ottawa Collection of furniture and accessories for BoConcept designed by. It includes a complete dining room set with table, chairs, sideboard and cabinet and a light-hearted line of accessories.  The sideboard comes in different finishes and colourful inserts can be used to customize the handles and ends of that piece. 

The accessories include a black and white fingerprint rug, puzzle shaped vases, a futuristic bright orange pendant lamp, a coordinating glass touch lamp with the same bright orange cord, a hand-made aluminum bowl designed to form a pattern, and a set of originally designed cups, espresso cups and rimmed saucers that feature Rashid’s art.

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From this day on, I have officially given up trying to buy these designer collaborations online.  For those of you who can visit an actual store (lucky beggars), Marni x H&M hits stores today.
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I loved this highly impractically patterned bag from Kate Spade the moment I saw it.  It turns out that it's part of a a whole line of similarly patterned items - from bags to bowls to socks - designed by Kate Spade in collaboration with Florence Broadhurst.   

Images: Note Design Studio
Bright and colourful PEEP storage from Note Design Studio.  The Tetris-like units have perforations which are designed to encourage the flow of light through the room. 
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From top left: Jill Stuart, Band of Outsiders, Jill Stuart, DKNY, Erdem