Who doesn’t feel like a small kid again when they pick up a snow globe, shake it and watch the tiny snowflakes slowly settle ? It’s mesmerizing. It makes you smile.
That is exactly the feeling Marie-José van den Ende captures with her enchanting snow globe brand Shake it Baby.
After working for several years as a men’s fashion buyer and later as a magazine photographer, Marie-José accidentally branched out into her current occupation.What started out as helping out a friend quickly transformed into the production and launch of a brand.
Marie-José explains : “Some years ago, a friend was opening an eclectic concept store in Amsterdam and was on the look out for distinctive products. I thought it would be fun to make people smile with an inspiring quote and beautiful illustration inside an XL snow globe. It would be an original gift. They directly sold out in his shop, so I designed new ones and soon there was a waiting list. This led to the idea of launching a brand”.
Living and working in Amsterdam contributes immensely to Marie-José’s creativity. The rich cultural and historical heritage of this beautiful city with its intersecting canals, innovative lifestyle and open-mindedness makes it unique. Shake it Baby’s offices and ateliers are located in the heart of Amsterdam close to the Herengracht, one of the oldest city canals.
Desert Palisades Guardhouse forms a security checkpoint for a residential area under construction in the Californian desert city. The building’s most prominent feature is a large canopy that extends 34 feet (10 meters) over the space where cars stop on their way into the neighbourhood.
The guardhouse includes a sitting area, mailroom and bathroom inside. Connected to the attendant area is a sunlit space with floor-to-ceiling windows, while a break room with a small kitchen and rest area make up the rest of the facilities.
This cantilevered roof designed by Studio AR+D is truly stunning.
Some of the most amazing cakes are made at a Moscow based pastry school called Annushka School. Redefining cake-making with their sleek, contemporary, minimalist look, all the cake creations from the instagram account @tortikannushka are mouth-watering. Whether for weddings, birthdays or any celebration you have planned, check out their incredible selection and be inspired.
The Cobra Lamp is one of the beautiful Italian design classics. Elio Martinelli’s Cobra Lamp was designed for Martinelli Luce Italy in 1968. Elio Martinelli was one of the forerunners of Italy’s space age design movement with a real futuristic style characterized by organic free-flowing lines and a timeless look. It is a very functional table lamp with a swiveling upper arm which allows for 360 degree rotation.
Mona Isotupa’s Pine Lip Balm concept has won the FDS Award design competition, organised by online store Finnish Design Shop.
The winning design is an ethically and ecologically produced pine lip balm, where the product and packaging form a natural unity: the container is crafted of Finnish pinewood and one of the key ingredients of the balm is organic pine essential oil.
Giovannoni and a group of designers have launched a design brand QEEBOO that aims at producing affordable, injection moulded plastic furniture & objects. Stefano Giovannoni and well-known creatives Andrea Branzi, Gabriele Chiave, Richard Hutten, Nika Zupanc contribute with their designs. source : designboom.com
In the heart of Turin, a new restaurant has opened its doors in an abandoned printing house. A 70es style inspired space where steel meets concrete, architect Fabio Fantolino has succeeded in mixing these different materials and combining intimate areas with larger busier surfaces. source : yellowtrace.com
The Design Museum has opened its first ever standalone retail space, moments away from the museum’s new west London site.
Located on Kensington High Street, the Design Museum Shop presents a curated edit of design classics, collections based on current exhibitions and an ever-changing array of design-focused objects from around the world. source : Dezeen
Haruka Misawa (@misawadesigninstitute) is redefining aquascaping, introducing 3Dprinted sculptural forms as compositional elements for fish, turtles, shrimp and aquatic plants to interact with: miniature landscapes inspired by the natural, but displaying the modern and artificial output of a 3D printer. source: designmilk
When Caitlin and Samuel Dowe-Sandes bought a 1950s house in Gueliz, a neighborhood in the heart of modern Marrakech, they painted it in shades of inky blue, clear azure, and cool gray, animated by similar colors in the vividly patterned tiles they produce in their small factory in town. The couple came to Marrakech nine years ago, with the idea of taking a year off from their busy Los Angeles–based lives. Two months after arriving, they started a bespoke tile company, Popham Design, with a factory that grew to employ some 60 locals. source : Elle Decor
Japanese design studio Nendo has created a series of 50 chairs, which are each based on the abstract lines and grids used in graphics for manga-style comic books. Each chair in the Manga collection is made from polished stainless steel, and is intended to emulate a design element used to illustrate emotions or actions in stories.
The 50 Manga chairs were presented as an installation for Friedman Benda gallery, New York at the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Settentrionale during Milan design week.
Passionflower is a floral design studio specializing in floral fashion and jewelry, floral styling and weddings. Created by designer Susan McLeary, and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan Passionflower and is available for editorial styling, workshop instruction and destination events worldwide. Considered one of the country’s top designers of floral wearables and living jewelry, Susan received one gold and three silver medals and placed second overall in the 2014 Fusion Flowers International Designer of the Year competition.
She creates some beautiful floral and succulent jewelry.
Seated comfortably in the Lafayette neighborhood, Casa Fayette is known as Guadalajara’s first design-led hotel. Casa Fayette is a meeting point for art, design, fashion and architecture. Conceptualized and created by design studios, DIMORE STUDIO, in partnership with Grupo Habita, the hotel carries a distinct blend of tradition and modernism, Jalisco design and European style. source : Trendland
The new lamps are inspired by classic and vintage-style desk lamps with a modern twist. Each flat LED “ by BULBING ” lamp is made from a thick and strong sheet of acrylic glass that has been etched with dozens of intricate lines. Which enables to create a sense of dimensionality, as LED light travels through the lines illuminating the design and creating a powerful optical illusion. Features include bright LED light with a lifespan of 50,000 hours, a warm glow, and dimmer.
Architect Ammar Eloueini worked with architect Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY™ to complete this Corian screen/handrial that spans the side of this wooden block staircase in Paris. The computer generated pattern is fairly open at the bottom and gradually becomes more opaque towards to the top, while the wooden treads become thicker. source : designmilk
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has completed a space combining retail, culture and the arts for the contemporary chinese brand Shang Xia. Embodying Asian, high-quality craftsmanship in their opulent products, the store is located in a classical french villa within the historical and prominent district of Xintiandi in Shanghai. Inside the boutique, furniture, tea ware, clothing and jewelry are amongst some products that are elegantly displayed meanwhile a distinct and delicate canopy characterizes the space. The subtle and sculptural feature is the combination of natural wood and sandstone- instilling a sophisticated and refined look. source : designboom
Grandly proportioned, with a low seat, plush padding and allover button tufting, our Soho sofa is comfort writ large. Its lavish styling recalls the classic Chesterfield – plush seating for London’s turn-of-the-century gentlemen’s clubs – but squared-off arms and a rakishly low profile imbue it with contemporary, of-the-moment style. source : design walker
The Paris, France-based design team of Bonsoir Paris is made up of graphic designers, Rémy Clémente & Morgan Maccari. Along with their team they created Duramen, a series of sculptures, which began as wooden frames that are then reimagined into something indistinguishable. The sculptures create juxtaposition between the distorted nature of the designs themselves and their use of fine woods such as oak, fir, wenge, pear, and linden. Source : designmilk
Created for the 2014 Fall edition of Maison & Objet in Paris, who asked designers to consider the relationship between language and design, the word rain was chosen for its many nuances in Japanese, a language that has dozens of words for rain depending on the condition and time of day.
The exhibit consists of 20 clear acrylic bottles lined-up, each containing a different kind of ‘rain’. ‘Kirisame’, ‘biu’ and ‘kosame’ refer to different degrees of fine drizzle, while ‘niwaka-ame’ is a sudden downpour.
‘Mizore’ is sleet, and a ‘yudachi’ falls in the evening. ‘Kisame’ is rain that drips from the ends of tree branches, and ‘kaiu’ is rain that falls mixed with dust and pollen
Seasonal rains were also included, from the ‘samidare’ that falls in the spring, to ‘shigure’, rain specific to autumn and winter.
“By exhibiting twenty different kinds of ‘rain’, we hoped to express Japanese culture’s unique relationship to nature and the depth of this relationship.” says Nendo.