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Talk about a bang for the buck! Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.

Won Park is the master of Origami.  He is also called the “money folder,” a practitioner of origami whose  canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill. Bending, twisting,  and folding, he creates life-like shapes in stunning detail. Be sure to make note of his unique home, a custom garbage truck!


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A chain of events lead to the creation of this stunning chandelier. Terzani, a leading manufacturer of luxury Italian lighting, partnered with Barlas Baylar of Hudson Furniture to create Atlantis, a stunning new chandelier. Designed by Baylar and manufactured by Terzani, Atlantis incorporates four miles of delicate nickel chain, looped and draped from three organically shaped metal bands to form a series of shimmering metallic tiers.

Seemingly alive, Atlantis shimmering light creates a vibrant source of energy. Like water in the ocean, Atlantis’ chains appear liquid, cascading over its gloss nickel bands and falling down towards the abyss before turning back into itself. Elegant, eclectic and powerful, atlantis floods rooms with a light unlike any other piece.

While touring with Devo, Mark Mothersbaugh would illustrate postcards that he would send to family; soon postcards became larger artworks in gallery shows. For his music business, Mutato Muzika, he designed a logo, but instead of planting it outside, he opted to fashion it into the office welcome mat. After walking across it for nine years, he had an epiphany: to translate his favorite postcard drawings into rugs. The resulting collection, now numbering 88 designs, is partially based on those illustrations, which he describes as “a concerned social scientist’s attempt to make sense of chaos on planet Earth.”

Many have an edgy or quirkily cartoonish look, and sometimes a personal story. There’s Freaked Pig, based on his oldest pug dog freaking out over the addition of a new family pooch; Super Thing 3000 and Here to Go—Shout, which take their names from Devo songs; the AMT series revolves around airline turbulence and what appeared in Mothersbaugh’s line of sight while flying. Others, like Pink Meatball and Devo Rope, are more random. The vibrant pieces are woven of nylon, wool, or silk, depending on the design. Perhaps a natural transition from flooring,  http://www.mutatovisual.com.

Hayden Design’s “Hex” chair is made up entirely of…you got it…recycled tennis balls! The tennis balls are strung together with polyester cord. The chair is 22 inches in diameter and 37 inches high. Check it out at hughhayden.com.

Sonic TiesJust when you thought you’d heard it all, along comes “SONIC Fabric,” a strikingly beautiful and durable textile for a range of interior and fashion designs. Sonic Fabric has texture and feel of a light canvas with a mysterious sheen.

Every batch of Sonic Fabric is recorded with an intricate collage of sound prior to weaving. Sonic fabric emits sound when you run a tape head (the little thingy inside the tape deck that touches the tape) over it. Because the tape retains its magnetic quality through the weaving process, it acts as a big wide band of tape.

The invention was inspired by the use of small strands of cassette tape used as wind indicators, or “tell-tails,” used on sailboats, and by Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags inscribed with wind-activated blessings. Thus the wearable works of art are intended to emit good vibes into the vicinity of the wearer.

Audi Design Grand Piano

Audi went from tickling the blacktop with their smooth rides to tickling the ivories with their Audi Design Grand Piano built by the 182-year old Bosendorfer company of Vienna, Austria. This slick musical machine features a lid that wraps down to the base, giving the piano an almost aerodynamic shape. This grandest of grands debuts for many grand: $140,000 to be exact.

The question “what are three of your favorite chairs and their respective designers” was asked on the LinkedIn Interior Design group forum recently and while most respondents listed the usual suspects, it made us think of a few more contemporary examples of great chairs. We’ve included them below:

Christopher Guy Patented Chris-Cross Design

Any of the signature Chris-X (pronounced kris-krôs) chairs by Christoper Guy. Guy is well known for fusing classicism with modernism in his designs. If you’re not familiar with this British luxury furniture designer’s work you’re missing some of the sexiest designs around.

Norman Cherner Molded Plywood Armchair

The Plywood Chair Collection by The Cherner Chair Company. A mid-century icon and perennial favorite.

Being from the Motor City, our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the “seat belt chair” aka the Greenbelt chair from Peter Danko. The basket woven seatbelt chair backs and seats last many years and the belt fibres moiré effects are visually stunning. The belting is not only comfortable and a recycled material, it is an alternative for the environmentally problematic urethane foam seat suspension.Peter Danko Greenbelt Side Chair

"Spoondelier" by Cake LightingWith a name like “Cake” you know there must be something tasty in store. That’s the case with Cake Lighting Company’s $1,500.00 “Spoondelier!”

Vintage silver-plate flatware adorns the three-tier chandelier infusing a classic lighting design with an innovative twist. The “Spoondelier” lends itself to word-of-mouth and is sure to be a great conversation piece in the any home. Now we know where all of grandma’s fine silverware went!

Boprae's sculptural freestanding room dividerRichard Boprae transitioned from a career in modeling to modeling sculptures out of metal. His unique"Edit" collection installation from Richard Bopraestyle is a marriage between fine art and design, and takes shape through site-specific installations, room dividers, sliding doors, custom tiles and murals.

Working from a converted historic synagogue in Denver, Boprae says his work, “encourages the rebirth of the craftsmanship era, where pride lays in the execution and the exactitude of the result,” adding that he draws inspiration from traditional art, culture and landscape. Boprae’s organic works of art can be seen at http://www.boprae.com/index.php

Xradio Disc 2 Cocktail Table

This ultra hip cocktail table had our heads spinning the moment we laid eyes on it in the latest edition of Interior Design Magazine. Cutting-edge jean maker Diesel collaborates with Italian Furniture Maker Moroso for their new line Successful Living, a brand extension at Moroso. The furniture company’s art director, Patrizia Moroso, and the fashion label’s creative director, Wilbert Das, developed the 14 items together.

Four of them—an armchair, a side chair, a side table, and a cocktail table—are grouped under the name Overdyed. That means their ash surfaces are first hand-painted with a rag technique; then the color is wiped away to produce a worn effect, sort of like stonewashing for wood. But don’t get too chilled out. As in Diesel’s edgy ads, the Rock grouping’s six pieces reference underground music and art. For the Xradio 2 Disc cocktail table, a digital print of an x-rayed DJ console is applied to glass. We give Diesel’s initial effort a 10: it’s got a great beat and it’s easy to dance to! Check out the video teaser: