Spotted: Reimagining the Light Bulb with Stickbulbs

One part avant-garde sculpture, and other part functional light fixture – there’s nothing we love more than practical, modern design, and the Stickbulb by NYC-based RUX is all that and more. Hot off the heels of its debut at this year’s ICFF, Stickbulb will be launching a new collection of LED lighting elements, along with its first custom light installation at Luminaire Design Lab in Miami from December 5-9, 2012.

With its K’Nex-like versatility and minimalist profile, Stickbulbs can be assembled with other parts or stand on its own to accomodate a wide range of spaces and styles. LED bulbs are tucked into metal or sustainably sourced wooden beams in lengths ranging from 1 to 6 feet long, and are made locally using resources found right in New York. Keep a piece of the city in your home, with Stickbulbs made from sun-bleached ipe salvaged from Coney Island’s boardwalk and reclaimed southern yellow pine from demolished buildings.

The launch collection includes a range of tabletop and floor designs ranging from $285-$2850 retail, and is now available for purchase at www.stickbulb.com.


Go: San Diego Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln, Nov. 10-11

Test drive a new Lincoln vehicle at the Dwell Design & Drive this weekend!

It’s official: tickets for this weekend’s San Diego Home Tours and Meet the Architects are SOLD OUT. Don’t worry design fans, all hope is not lost – you can still enjoy a design-filled weekend by signing up for the Home Tour wait list (for Saturday or Sunday), or RSVP to the Dwell Design & Drive, presented by Lincoln.

See student work on display at NewSchool of Architecture + Design, Nov. 11

On November 10 and 11, come test drive a brand-new Lincoln vehicle and help build a more sustainable future using the power of design (for every driver, Lincoln will donate $25 to Dwell’s non-profit partner, Architecture for Humanity). Mingle with the great minds behind the Dwell Home Tour’s featured designs, enjoy chef-prepared bites, and enjoy exclusive access to the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new Fall Exhibition Behold, America! and the NewSchool of Architecture + Design.

Each test drive will last about 7-10 minutes, and is free and open to the public. Spaces are running out fast, so be sure to reserve your spot online!

November 10 – Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln at MCASD La Jolla

November 11 – Dwell Design & Drive Presented by Lincoln at NewSchool of Architecture + Design


Spotted: Zoku Mod Pop(sicle) Machine

Ah, the popsicle.  The quintessential summer treat.  Cold, sweet, refreshing…what could be better?   Uh…designing your very own colorful edible work of art and then flash freezing it so you don’t have to wait.  Fantastic idea, Zoku!  The Quick Pop Maker is this New Jersey-based company’s first major product, but we can’t wait to see what they make next.  We see a popsicle party in our near future…

The Quick Pop Maker is one part fun science experiment and one part well-designed kitchen tool, flash freezing liquids to make popsicles in minutes.  (It’s not recommended to put alcohol in the Zoku for obvious reasons…we checked!)

Obsessed as we are?  Check this out.

You can get molds to customize your pops too. (Seriously, just look at them. We’re sold.)

Zoku Character Kit (photo by Zoku)

And if ridiculously cute is not your thing, you can always try these healthy versions.

Cucumber Mint Margarita Quick Pops (photo by Zoku)

Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles (photo by Bakers Royale)

Mango Lassi & Strawberry-Honey Yogurt Popsicles (photo by Desserts for Breakfast)

Double Rainbow Quick Pops. Photo by Zoku


Spotted: The Hive

Hanging Cloud Lamp, Hae Young Yoon, The Hive

Thanks to a random but kind comment on Facebook, we just discovered and are totally buzzing about The Hive, a Cebu-based design house that acts as a habitat for designers and artisans.  The company made waves in March at Manila Fame when it showcased a bright bunch of young and exciting Filipino designers.  We love the aesthetic and the fact that many of the designers use local materials.  Japan, Korea, watch out!  The Philippines has a bad ass new generation of creative talent coming up fast.

Here’s what we’d put in our imaginary house:

Danny Fang, The Hive

Hong Kong-based Dutch designer Danny Fang takes Filipino Salago pulp and adds some gold leaf bling to create the Checkmate King pendant.  *Love*.

Kenneth Cobonpue, The Hive

 

These little piggies are designed by The Hive’s founder Kenneth Cobonpue.  The Animal Farm planter, made of crushed local stones, is the perfect addition to the urban patio barnyard.

Hae Young Yoon, The Hive

The light and fluffy Hanging Cloud Lamps by Hae Young Yoon have us dreaming of our upcoming summer respite.

Luisa Robinson, The Hive

And Luisa Robinson‘s Secret Garden mixes metal with roses way better than Axl ever did.  Table runner, wall sculpture, or….dress?  Either way, we covet.

 


John Chase West Hollywood Map

Few individuals have been able to reshape and redefine the urban landscape (or work a mean mustache) like the late, great John Chase. The legacy of this legendary writer and urban designer continues to live on in Los Angeles, his vibrant spirit dwelling in the colorful, lively public spaces he helped to develop.

Last yearde LaB partnered with KCRW’s Frances Anderton to celebrate John’s influence in West Hollywood. From Plummer Park to West Hollywood City Hall, friends and admirers took a city-wide tour on the talented designer’s May 21st birthday, remembering his efforts to create beautiful, functional, and successful urban spaces.

To celebrate John’s profound influence on West Hollywood and the design community at large, the LA Urban Forum and design east of la brea produced this one-of-a-kind walking map, including 31 WeHo destinations that John designed, protected, enabled, approved, admired or frequented, along with descriptions, stories and anecdotes written by John’s friends and collaborators.  Designer Keith Scharwath created the map in an eye-popping trademark John hot pink hue.  The commemorative map is now available for purchase online. One map is $5, and three maps are $10. Prices include shipping. If you’d like to buy four or more maps, please contact hello [at] designeastoflabrea [dot] org.

Own your own special little piece of an LA design legacy.  Click HERE to get more information about purchasing a John Chase West Hollywood map.


Spotted: Core 77 Preview of New Nendo Housewares at Maison et Objet

Maison et Objet 2012, Core 77, Nendo

Every year we swear to ourselves that one day, we’ll make it to Maison et Objet.  Especially when we see stories like this one.  Core 77 just previewed several new collections by Japanese design heavyweight Nendo set to debut at the show in Paris.  The new collections will be part of a few different exhibits and are not to be missed.  Playing with materials like agricultural netting and glass, Nendo creates housewares that defy the laws of gravity while the “weak” furniture just begs gravity to have a go at it.

For a way better preview, check out Ray’s story on Core 77.  If you’re going to be at the show in Paris, don’t tell us.  We’ll hate you.


LA Made for the Holidays: Interview with Frances Anderton

 

Alissa Walker, Marissa Gluck, Erin Cullerton and I were interviewed earlier this week by KCRW’s Frances Anderton for the last Design and Architecture show of the year. As founders of de LaB, we were asked to give our top picks for great LA-Made design gifts.  From books to garbage cans, DIY laser cutting to miniature air plant sculptures, our selections ran the gamut.  Frances caught up with us at the de LaB Holiday Party hosted at LACMAfollowing a viewing of the current California Design 1935-1960 “Living in a Modern Way” exhibit and we all crammed into my car in the parking garage for the interview, but only after we grabbed a glass of wine at Stark Bar.  All I can say is that it’s way easier to be on the back side of the mic than it is to be in front of it!

If you missed it, catch it again here.  Click to listen or just check out the links to all the amazing places and people mentioned on the show.

I still can’t believe we were on the same show as Jonathan Adler.  What an honor and such a great way to end an amazing year.  Hats off to all the creative people that make our LA design community so vibrant and always surprising.