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The Michigan Designs Center’s Henredon Interior Design Showroom will be sponsoring a free event Ready, Set , Summer Tuesday, April 13, 2010 11 am to 12 noon, hosted by our longtime friend and talented designer, Gene Galley, in the Design Center’s Mid-America Room, Suite 86. Gene is simply one of the best and he knows his stuff and how to share it a clear, concise, and enteraining way. Check it out if you have the chance! Here’s the details from the MDC.

Get prepared now to take advantage of the summer months ahead by attending this enlightening presentation by Gene Galley, owner of NOBLE, a home, garden and lakestyle store located in Lexington, Michigan. During this kick-off to Henredon’s Ready, Set, Summer, Gene will offer helpful hints for making the most of your summer entertaining opportunities. In addition to offering suggestions for turning porches, patios and decks into an oasis with container plantings, Gene will be providing a few quick recipes that you can put together in minutes so you will spend less time cooking and more time enjoying your guests. He will also be demonstrating tips on setting your table alfresco.

There is no cost to attend this event but advance reservations are requested by clicking the link below. Following the presentation, all attendees are invited back to suite 98 to enjoy a light luncheon and a special tour of exciting new product offerings from Laneventure and Gloster. To register for teh event, jut click the this link: Register Ready, Set, Summer!


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!


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.

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.

holiday-wreathCrate & Barrel’s CB2 blog had these wonderful dirrections to create your own holiday ornament wreath. We thought this could be a great way to find a use for all those miss-matched old ornaments we had laying around and a great way to re-purpose them.

Here’s the instructions from CB2 to create your own holiday ornament wreath. Hey, this would be a great project for the kids and family, too!

holiday-wreath items

Supplies:
1. Strong stiff wire that can be bent into a ring. We used aluminum wire gauge 20, about 55” long–due to the scale of the products in the shot, our wreath was rather large, about 28″ in diameter. A wire hanger is also a simple way to go.

2. Ornaments. We used a total of 81 ornaments. For a smaller version, we’re guessing you could make a 14” wreath with about a third of the ornaments depending on how full you wanted it.

3. Strong tape to fasten the ends of the wire ring together or, pliers to twist the ends of the wire ring together.

4. Ribbon to hang the wreath.

Directions:
1. String one ornament at a time onto the wire ring, alternating colors, using smaller ones to fill in the gaps.

2. When the ring is completely covered in ornaments, fasten the ends together.

3. Use a ribbon to cover the spot where the ends are fastened together, and hang!

Tip: best not to go too large in diameter as the wreath could become too heavy and stretch out.

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!

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I didn’t know this, but in the August 2009 issue of Robb Report I learned that pool tables were first introduced during the 15th century. I also discovered that they were covered in green felt to simulate the grassy lawns on which pool’s predecessor, croquet, is played. Fast forward to 2009 and we have Craig Nottage’s $33,000.00 update to the modern day  billiard’s table. The G-1 by Nottage Design is the world’s frst transparent pool table. The surface is covered in a clear film called Virtrik, that has play characteristics similar to felt. Check out Craig’s clear vision at : http://www.nottagedesign.com.

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