Monday, May 31, 2010

a quickie giveaway

Hello! I am looking for good homes for 2 of my handmade address files***

The first file is in almost-perfect condition, it made of ecologically harvested solid maple wood, and finished with a nice non-toxic satin finish. The only thing 'wrong' with this file is that it has a small dark spot on one of it's top sides (you can see the little mark in the photos). I actually love this little spot, but others may not so much and so it is not for sale.

The second address file is made of, again, ecologically harvested solid black walnut wood, and finished nicely with a non-toxic satin finish. It looks, however, as though somewhere a long the way it may have been banged, as one of it's back corners is a little bit dented in. You cannot notice it at all unless you pick it up and examine it, but still it will not be sold.

Each file is filled up with 200 address cards, each of them cut and punched personally by me! (I can now cut these cards with my eyes closed) Many of the cards are patterned with my own designs and printed on recycled paper, some are solid-coloured cards, and some cards are cut from re-cycled cardstock such as vintage library book cards. Each file is numbered, personalised to the recipient, and made with a whole ton of care and love!

If you would like to have one of these special address files to call your own (or give to a friend) Please leave a comment and I will randomly pick two winners tomorrow evening (Tuesday, June 1st, pacific time) This contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Good Luck!

***This contest has now ended - comments are closed. Thank you to everyone who entered!***

Get decorated

Happy Decoration day / Memorial Day! Don't forget to remember your passed loved ones and those who have so bravely fought for our freedoms. I decided last minute to stay in town and because of the hot weather have been nesting. Lilies from the Dupont farmers market.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

White walls

White rooms....
White love....
White walls
White living.....
Wallpaper from  Eco Wallpaper

Friday, May 28, 2010

Dear all,

I'll be on a break for a few days, enjoying Paris with a few friends coming all the way from Beirut :D

(FYI: I've been here for a month now applying for a masters program. I've been accepted. Im done. Woohoo!! Now its time for the real fun!...Did I just rhyme?!)

So I apologize in advance for the short interruption of Design Fetish posts. Ill be back with more inspiration soon enough!

Until then...

-Yasmine "Kushu" Zalek

Dancing in the streets

A lot of life was just added to New York Avenue here in DC recently thanks to the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
A series of sculpture exhibits is planned in the upcoming 5 years for a rather soul-less section of New York Avenue right downtown near the White House (between 12 and 13th streets). The first artist selected for the series is Niki de Saint Phalle, best known for her Stravinsky Fountain in front of the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Her large and colorful sculptures bring a smile to the face of everyone who sees them. The expressions they evoke are of pure joy and exuberance, just what dreary downtown needs sometimes! Even while taking these pictures, I got a lot of comments on how great they were.
The sculptures are in stark contrast to much of the art that is featured throughout the city: overwhelmingly traditional and much of it very staid and seriously themed.
The purpose of the exhibit is to bring the museum into the streets and the community. I think it will also bring some attention to NMWA which I have to admit I've never visited, despite living a mere 3 blocks away!
Saint Phalle liked to challenge the notion of what fine art is, and these pieces are no exception. Whimsical yet still monumental, I would imagine a lot of people enjoy these pieces a lot more than they would a trip to their local museum (or so they would think). Art is to be enjoyed, and these are undoubtably joyful!
They celebrate women, children, cultural diversity and love. I think we can all get behind those subjects.
Every 1 to 3 years, the installation will be changed out, but I hope this one remains longer rather than not. Even the signage for Saint Phalle is fun!Do you have a favorite local statue or exhibit to bring a smile to your face everyday? I would love to hear about it!


LightLeafs is an illuminated OLED bookmark by designer Valentina Trimani that provides just enough light for reading in the dark. The light is as thin as a page in a book and runs wirelessly. The light would be rechargeable with brightness controls to turn it down so that it won’t bother others nearby.

The light is ideal for reading in bed but would also come in handy when reading maps or in the event of a power failure. The form of the light is as minimal as possible, consisting only of a single piece that is easily stored inside your favourite book.


Spring Sprouts: Galeria Jorge Juan Welcomes Spring!

Galeria Jorge Juan, a shopping institution in the centre of Valencia, welcomes spring with an incredible installation. Flowers emerge from the buildings facade. They sprout from the joints of the tiles making their way among the huge shopping bags announcing the start of the new season.


Marmeled: Jelly Jar Lamps

Jar shaped lamps from Laura Menichelli and Gianluca Ruocco Guadagno of Studio Semika. Stained gel is illuminated with LEDs, powered by batteries hidden in the lid, creating diffused lighting.

Get them here.


Typographic Sins: Letterpress Poster

Limited-edition signed letterpress posters expounding the 34 most horrific Typographic Sins known to humankind! By Jim Godfrey.

Buy it here.


Concrete USB Drive

When you aren’t actually using these elegant solid concrete USB drives from Shu-Chun Hsiao, they make great paperweights! Bonus: the weight of the block is similar to the capacity in terms of grams.


Spout Lamp

Turn the faucet and the light comes pouring out. The more you turn, the more you get.
By Jan Schreiner Design.


Flowing City

A drop of water turns into a flood on this micro-city coaster. Here, the city of taipei, taiwan is re-sized into a coaster.

Condensation from the cup slowly floods the city. The water first fills up the river and slowly works its way into the narrower streets and alleys. Enjoy the view from above!

Get it here.


Edible Crayons

Got fond childhood memories of gobbling crayons? The edible crayons from Luxirare have flavors based on food colors; e.g. white ones made from melted marshmallow, sesame seeds, and nuts.