Archive for January, 2011

Hot Tub Time Machine Gone Modern.

I just arrived to Snowshoe Resort in West Virginia with the dog. We got lucky with a one bedroom condo that allows four-legged friends. Whew. Hello Whistlepunk!  I vividly recall the six-hour road trip to the top of Snowshoe as a kid involved passing by Whistlepunk’s Barvarian design condominiums on route to another townhouse or value condo for six further along the ridge. Let me tell you, this place is quite different then it was over 12 years ago. Developers, architects and designers are turning their attention to ski resorts, helping to redefine the experience of the typical ski holiday. And you all know I love good innovative design.

With that said, I have my ski eyes set on Fjall Ski Lodge, Falls Creek.

contemporary ski chalet design

contemporary ski chalet design

I love the way The Cool Hunter blog eloquently points out:

Taking inspiration from classic European chalets, sophisticated, design-led ski resorts and lodges are popping all over the world. From Australia to Austria, the new ski holiday is as much about the experience of kicking back in beautiful surroundings at the end of a long day of skiing, as it is about the runs.

contemporary ski chalet design

contemporary ski chalet design

contemporary ski chalet design

Which is why I love the look of Fjall Ski Lodge in Falls Creek in Victoria. Can you resist apres-ski here?

contemporary ski chalet design

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Changing the Configuration in Furnishings.

Belgian-born Charles Raphaël’s free and fluid ‘Multiple’ table was a winner at the Kortrijk Design Biennale last year. The table features a group of identical solid-beech vertical elements that are held together by a magnetic system allowing the user to easily change the configuration of the piece, in turn creating a number of different possibilities for the design. Make it a square, or break it up into bunching tables, the table can be formed to whatever creative puzzle you desire. Way cool.

Multiple Table

multiple table

The Most Beautiful Stepladder. Ever.

So, I’m packing for a mini-ski vacation. I can not wait to snap on my boots and hot the slopes. I’m in the midst of packing bags, and I need my ski gear. Crap! It’s stashed up high in the dark upper region of the closet. Hm. No ladder. Chair might do. But this sleek and sexy step-ladder would surely do the trick. Designed by Karl Malmvall for Design House Stockholm, this black foldable ladder can easily slide between the fridge and the wall, or hang on a rack. Why hide it! At 4′ 4″ tall and only 2″ deep, it’s the perfect accessory for any urban condo closet. Now, how do I get that darn ski stuff down?

STEP LADDER BLACK

STEP LADDER BLACK

STEP LADDER BLACK

UP up and Away in the Atmosphere. At home.

Large paintings thrill me. I want to get lost in a painting, and if it’s bigger then me… bring it. I saw these 72″ square atmospheric cloud paintings by artsist Ian Fisher on Bond & Bowery and had to share. They are so true to life! Lift up that urban loft or float away at the end of that large and long hallway. If you have the space, one of these original oil on canvas works will soothe your soul. I promise.

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 20, Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 20, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 5, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 5, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 4, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 4, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 6, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 6, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 16, by Ian Fisher

Atmospheric Cloud Painting: Series 16, by Ian Fisher

 

 

Where the Hell is Matt.

Lord knows I love to travel. Car, bus, boat, plane, or on foot – I would embark in a heartbeat. After watching this video on the website Where The Hell is Matt, I want to do the same… well maybe do the Scissor Step. Touch your heel, touch your toe.

Note: Breaking news! This video was actually a hoax created for marketing purposes… Matt was never in these locations. Sadly. But that marketing company did some damn good faking it! Kudos for technology, brainiacs, guys named Matt, and all the places I have yet to visit on this earth. =)

A Pair of Red-Hot Sophisticated Scotties.

Are these little red dog cufflinks by Paul Smith not dorable? They would make a sweet Valentines Day gift for your canine canoodling human companion. Get suited up, spritzed, and accessorized… and don’t forget to paint the town red boys!!

Cufflinks Paul Smith

 

Semi-Precious Platters.

These genuine and oh-so-sharp-looking platters would make a prefect wedding gift for your friends early Spring wedding. Crafted by skilled Brazilian artisans for Rablabs, the unique Kiva platters are available in crystal, calcedonia, rose quartz, green quartz or midnight onyx and come trimmed in precious sterling silver or 24K gold-trimmed. Measuring approximately 10″ x 13″, these cocktail party worthy pieces are priced around $330. While you are at it, pick one up for yourself too. You know you want one!

KIva Platters, priced $290 to $330 | Vivre.com

KIva Platters (shown stacked), priced at $290 to $330 | Vivre.com


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