cats let nothing darken their roar 2012 calendar, noa bembibre

item: cats let nothing darken their roar 2012 calendar
designer: noa bembibre, helsinki
images via: cats let nothing darken their roar
comments: noa is a graphic designer working in helsinki. this is the sixth year noa has designed this calendar. each year she comes up with new phrases, typesets the dates and designs these magnificently beautiful calendars. lucky for us. the phrases are playful, the type is refined and simple, and the date grids have an interesting layout too. nice. i just never get tired of seeing these calendars! check out her website for more of her design work, it is spot on. yes.

paperlux, novum cover

item: novum magazine cover
design firm: paperlux, hamburg
photos via: designcollector
comments: novum is a design magazine from germany that commissioned paperlux to design a cover for them. buckminster fuller was the inspiration behind their design. wow. the colors are brilliant, but what really amazes are the more than 1,000 triangles that are die cut into the surface of the cover. again, wow. this gives the cover the ability to fold and move in a fluid and complex way. one more time, wow.

trevor elliott, magnetic pallet chair

item: magnetic pallet chair
designer: trevor elliott
photos via: uncommongoods
comments: trevor is an art director who recently shifted to product design. his focus with this new discipline is on sustainability, reclaimed materials and modularity. enter the magnetic pallet chair. besides the simple lines, bright colors and reclaimed materials (it's made from pallets), the chair has magnets which allow it to be taken apart and stored flat when not in use. brilliant.

monsieur dressup, anna thomas

item: monsieur dressup
designer: anna thomas
photos via: the design gift shop
comments: anna thomas is part of a group of designers in canada called, loyal loot collective. monsieur dressup is a collection of maple wall hooks that include a collar, cuff and pocket. the images here show the collar. wow. the design is exquisite, refined and subtle all at the same time. what's also wonderful about this is that the curve of the collar allows you to hang clothing on it without distorting or stretching the shape of the item the way that standard wall hooks sometimes do. i love this too too much, hope you do too.

piano coat rack, patrick seha for feld

item: piano coat rack
designer: patrick seha, belgium
photos via: feld
comments: ok, i love this on so many levels. the influence for this coat rack is piano keys and the movement they have. that movement reflects the thoughtful utility of this piece. the slats fold down creating a multiple hook coat rack that can be customized to your current hanging needs. you are not bound by traditional stationary hooks. love it. also love that when not being used, it still lends the room texture and interest. that's doesn't happen a lot with coat racks. lastly, i love how it uses so little space. yes, yes, and yes.

culinarium, concrete hexagon coasters

item: concrete hexagon coasters
designed by: culinarium, boston
photos via: culinarium
comments: the material is subtle, the pattern is beautiful, but what i enjoy even more is that the recessed lines that create the hexagon pattern serve to pull and absorb moisture away from a bottle or glass. functional, nice. the formula that culinarium uses for the concrete is just as thoughtful. the mix is proprietary and has been carefully honed over the years. the particulates are extremely fine and a lot less water is used which results in strength and smoothness that is more comparable to ceramic than to concrete. well done! please check out their work on etsy, it's really beautiful. I have my eye on the salt cellar...