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


Go: Dwell Home Tours in San Diego (Nov. 10-11)

Casa Diagonal by Safdie Rabines Architects in La Jolla, CA (photo credit: Dennis Viera)

Turkey, pumpkin pie, family, and…modern architecture.  There’s even more to be thankful for this month!  The design indulgence kicked off last weekend with Dwell’s popular Home Tours in Silicon Valley, and continues this weekend in San Diego. From Los Altos to Hillsborough, and Encinitas to La Mesa, fans of modern architecture in Southern So Cal will be treated to an exclusive look at the best in modernist living today with the first-ever Dwell San Diego Home Tours.  This is probably the only special treat that you can enjoy this month that won’t affect your waistline.  Go forth and enjoy!

Shayan House by Nakhshab Development & Design in San Diego, CA (photo credit: Reinaldo Solares)

With the work of architecture pioneers Richard Neutra and Joseph Eichler featured in the Silicon Valley home tour lineup, it was no surprise that tickets quickly sold out for this sought-after event. But fear not – tickets are still available (though selling fast!) for the Dwell San Diego Home Tours, Nov. 10-11. Dramatic oceanside vistas and sustainable, innovative architecture will be on display among the ten featured modern homes.

Modernist buffs can get a taste of the tours while helping to raise money for Architecture for Humanity by test-driving a NEW Lincoln vehicle at the San Diego Dwell Design & Drive (Nov. 10-11; RSVP for the free event here). Meet architects and designers from homes on the tour; sample fine, chef-prepared cuisine; view Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) La Jolla’s new exhibition Behold, America!; browse student work at the NewSchool of Architecture + Design; and mingle with fellow design lovers, all for a great cause.

View MCASD La Jolla’s new exhibition Behold, America! at the San Diego Design & Drive by Lincoln

RSVP for the free Lincoln/Dwell Design & Drive event online (Nov. 10 & Nov. 11), or purchase San Diego Home Tour tickets here.

Visit the official Dwell Home Tours website for more information.


Been: Unique LA Holiday Hoopla

Having missed the last few shows, I was determined to hit up Unique LA’s 4th Annual Holiday Show this past weekend, even if it meant missing a de LaB event.  My mission: to pick up a few holiday gifts and to check out all the amazing wares that LA’s creative community has to offer.  With a few friends and a stroller (slash shopping cart) in tow, I managed to catch the last few hours.  All I can say is WOW.  From custom flasks to handcrafted baby shoes, silkscreened textiles to laser-cut felt, wood, records, etc., handmade jewelry to irresistible terrariums and soy candles…talk about sensory overload!  In my frenzy to fill my tote with goodies, I stupidly neglected to take any photos.  But luckily, Unique LA has just posted some amazing photos on Flickr.  Check out their photo stream to see much more.  Congrats Unique LA on another amazing show.  The collective creativity was really inspiring!