1. Maison Martin Margiela in Tokyo
Designboom’s photo essay captures designer Maison Martin Margiela’s remarkable Tokyo retail store located in a former electrical products factory warehouse in the Ebisu area.
2. Dressed Up Furniture
We wouldn’t have guessed it, but the Seoul-based designers at Kamkam found a way to create modern, colorful furniture using felt upholstery, adding utilitarian pockets. Dezeen takes a look at the collection and all of its impressive design detailing.
3. Replenish Cleaner System
Utility Journal picked up on a new household cleaning product called the Replenish System, which cuts down on wasted materials by concentrating the cleaning agents and packaging them in replaceable pods that snap into the easily refillable water compartment.
4. Public Pop-Up Shop at Gap for the Holidays
While we were busy installing our pop up shop for Gap on the East Coast, our favorite new bike brand
Public did the same in San Francisco, creating a retail location complete with embedded iPads for online ordering of their beautiful European-style bikes.
5. Nathan Sawaya’s Lego “Carlton”
For their 2010 holiday window, Moss tapped renowned Lego artist Nathan Sawaya to build an exact replica of “Carlton,” Ettore Sottsass’s iconic Memphis bookshelf. For the Memphis or Lego enthusiast, the over-six-foot-tall structure sells for $19,500.
6. Jonathan Safran Foer’s Interactive “Tree of Codes” Book
After other publishers claimed it was impossible, “Everything is Illuminated” author Jonathan Safran Foer turned to the Belgian publishing house Die Kuere to
literally carve a story out of another by using a die-cut technique.
7. The Love Movement
Organized by CH contributor Jeremy Brautman, help bring recently-married artists Shin Tanaka and Nao Shimojo from Japan to San Francisco for their show that invited artists to customize blank versions of their toys with love as a theme by
funding the Kickstarter project.
8. The Standard Limited-Edition Blanket
The Standard Blog conducted an interview
with Geoff McFetridge, the artist behind their limited-edition blanket featured in our gift guide and found in each room at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood.