Contributing Blogger Tiffany Chu: If your second home is the library and your first home the studio desk, there's probably an academic cornucopia of design supplies that you've been yearning for all semester. For those of us who've been toiling away for final reviews and have only begun thinking about the holidays, here are some picks for your fellow design scholars.
Dvelas, a company founded by Pamplona architect Enrique Kahle and his partners, graphic designer Arraitz Koch, architect Esperanza Kahle, and sail-maker Borja Fuentes, created this beach-worthy Genois beanbag made of used sails. The designers use names from sailing parlance, sail-making techniques, and even wood or aluminum armatures, grommets, and cords like those used in sailboats.
Travel back in time to 1955 with this bronze and chrome clock by mid-century design legend George Nelson. The diameter of the Star clock reaches 24"—be sure to reserve for roomier walls.
The Bitmap collection derives its name from the digital compression of images, with pixelated paterns woven in cotton with a touch of nylon for stretch. Available in four reversible colorways.
The lastest in the things-that-masquerade-as-other-things brigade is this USB stick from Japanese design firm Nendo. We have a habit of misplacing our regular thumb drives and this pipsqueak of a paperclip is even more likely to face that fate, but it's an interesting concept none the less.
The Union Design Festival is a continuation of the Capsule Design Festival, and focuses on original independent creations produced by SF Bay–based designers. There will be clothing, bags, hats, accessories, jewelry, kids' and baby clothing, inspired t-shirts, paper goods, glass work, and a few other odds and ends.
Like a spy pen that doubles as a stealthy camera, these ceramic charm necklaces do unsuspecting double duty as data-carrying thumb drives.
Throughout the centuries, flowers have been an important source of inspiration for western textile designers. The twentieth century was a particularly fertile period of innovation and change in fabric design, resulting in dramatic reinterpretations of the classic floral subject. This exhibition presents examples from several of the leading styles of the twentieth century, from Art Nouveau to Flower Power.