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channel your inner christoph niemann

so wow, christoph niemann.  he is a german artist who has gained a lot of recent exposure since his feature on the documentary, "abstract" currently on netflix.

i'll let the images speak for themselves, but christoph is basically a magician with a bottle of ink and a paintbrush.  he is equal parts insanely creative and skilled, and judging by his images, he might rival jerry seinfeld in his hilarious observations of the ordinary.

seeing christoph's work has certainly planted a refreshing bug in me.
look around at the inanimate objects close by and let's practice channeling that inner christoph!

i definitely need his book for my coffee table.

and here is the ink he uses!

watch for asteroids

um, yea, so polyhedrons.  i love them.  i love their complexities, their facets, and that they are so in.  i talked about some of my favorite facets here, here, and here, so clearly i have an obsession deep appreciation.

when i came across this asteroid floor lamp by innermost i was compelled to post.

available in a clear indoor version or a frosted outdoor version.  don't you love how they just sit on the ground?

gather around your coffee table

since today is monday and it's the first of october, for some reason it feels like the perfect day to talk . . . not about resolutions, or how giddy i get at the onset of cold weather, not about celebrity gossip because frankly, living in switzerland i feel so disconnected from the realities of katie & suri, the kardashians, the pitts, and so many, many more that i can hardly bear it.  rather, it's time to gather around your coffee tables because it's time to talk . . . coffee tables.

for me, they are a must.  when they aren't there, it's like the elephant that's not in the room.  the void in front of your sofa holds a bounty of potential and opportunity.  it's a prop for your little legs to rest upon, your cup to sweat upon, your shins to hit, and a blank canvas to compulsively arrange and rearrange things on.  aside from its utilitarian resume, coffee tables provide visual balance and are a great way to add interest to your space via the table itself (more on that below) and or the items you place on top of it.

currently, this is my coffee table:

they are ideal for a quick wardrobe change, so i like to switch it up.  right now i have a large design book about norway that i got in milan, a little wooden puzzle from tokyo, an orchid that i keep talking to in hopes that it will survive another season, a brass kaleidoscope that i got for my 9th birthday, and then some random coral/ urchin things that really mean nothing to me.  i like to have things that have some personal meaning, are quirky and that people can engage with.

when you have a simple piece of furniture, it calls out for accessories.  however, duffy london's Up Coffee Table is hardly a simple piece of furniture.  this thing is the outfit and accessories all wrapped into one.

typical of duffy's style, the table plays on gravity-defiance.  the piece is handmade and is a limited edition of 20.  i think it's so funny how in the description on the website it says, " . . . designed without compromise to manufacturing processes, and extremely time consuming to create, hence they are a teensy-weensy bit expensive".  ah, that they are, at 5800 british pounds/ 9,359 US dollars each.

animal in disguise

david suhami has revamped the ultimate swiss icon--the ubiquitous swiss army knife!

aren't you just loving this thing?!  david's revamp comprises a rhino, giraffe and an antelope, and i spotted it on his portfolio at http://dsuhami.wix.com/davidsuhami.  he writes that his "fields of interest are technology and humor".

so i know what you're thinking . . . animal + wood + metal + modern = charlotte will love.  if you are indeed thinking this, then you must read clev rev often and i am deeply flattered!

you're killin' me, smalls!

(i have nothing to say . . . )
because these signs speak for themselves!  i'm loving these funny signs made by oh dier living; just another great etsy find.  i'm thinking that if i personalized a sign it might say something like "check yourself before you wreck yourself", "i stop for quasars", or "because i gots to" (that one could be especially useful to just point at).  i'd even love a quote from jack handy or the movie anchorman.  maybe, "great story.  compelling and rich", or "60% of the time it works every time".  i think my man, brady's should be "i love clipboards".  or another one . . . ok, this is getting out of hand.

oh dier also makes these cool faceted boxes.  

i of course love the shape, the cool colors, and the swivel lid.  who doesn't love a swivel?  maybe that should be another one of my signs?  ok, i'll stop.

stylish traveler

i really don't need another excuse to want to travel, but i officially have one!

isn't this hardcase karat luggage by delsey rad?  it's totally within keeping of the angled, faceted, gem-trend that i've been seeing everywhere.  if it were matte black, i would be even more in love (matte is the new high gloss, people!).

modern grandfather

a modern grandfather sounds like a pretty cool guy.  maybe he wears some black converse chuck taylors, 
some ray ban aviators, 
loves sushi, 
and uses words like 'phat' and 'boss'.  he might even drive an LR4, 
and enjoys chillin' in his eames lounger while surfing the web on his ipad.
perhaps he lives in these digs (he opted for bunker-style because he didn't want anything too showy and insisted that it have a pool for the ol' grand kiddos), 
and he has this in his entry hall:

so what do you think about this concrete grandpa designed by forsberg form?  i'm feelin' it. 

'sushi' image courtesty of me hungry.

lifefactory bottles

i was first introduced to lifefactory by my lifelong bestie, chelsea.  (literally, lifelong.  we were born 9 days apart.  our mom's were besties before we were born, and they had lamaze classes together.  i am seriously the luckiest girl in the world.)  so chelsea gave me a lifefactory water bottle a few years ago, and it is still going strong!

and when i saw that they make baby bottles, too?!  i have to get some for my little cub!

lifefactory was started in 2007.  the bottles are a nice, thick, quality glass, and all come with a silicone sleeve to protect from breakage.  and don't you just love all of the colors?  i like the idea of mixing and matching the tops and sleeves . . . like a cute little silicon outfit. ;)