i would like this house…

…filled with books and art and rows and rows of little brown bottles and large tin cans of mysterious chemicals and sciency things.

sissel tolaas and her fab lab/apartment, photos by todd selby.

i’m a big fan of todd selby’s portrait photographs and often check out his photo project at theselby.com. the apartments are always interesting to begin with; quirky, stylish homes reflect the personality of the creative dweller, or at least, todd selby makes them look that way. every home he shoots has flair and a little touch of weirdness, in the very best kind of way. this one is sissel tolaas’s place. sissel is part artist, part scent theorist, part designer living in berlin. i like the neat, pseudo messy rows of singular objects set up throughout her apartment. more photos of her home and research lair here.

invisible bookshelves

i have these invisible umbra bookshelves all over my apartment just floating on my walls. i love that they can make a hefty stack of books look exceedingly light; so sturdy! so unexpected! they’re also cheaper than the bike shelves i’m coveting, easier to get use out of, and easy to install, too.


pretty bike shelf. pricey bike shelf.  knowing me i’d wind up knocking everything off the shelf trying to get my bike down, so perhaps not entirely practical, but it sure does look nice. bikes are already aesthetically pleasing when they’re out on la rue. bikes on my wall? biketastic.

@ knife and saw.

bright ideas

plumen lightbulbs are popping up all over town. sleek, energy-efficient (up to 8 times the lasting power of your average incandescent bulb), plumens were a no brainer as winner of the 2011 british insurance design of the year.

this is what i mean about good design. lightbulbs!  so often overlooked as merely utilitarian, every now and then they get the spotlight (ha!) they deserve. with plumen and other designs, they’re finally hitting their stride.

check out the plumen bulbs at coutume cafe in Paris:

photos courtesy of dezeen mag

at h.a.n.d. (have a nice day) restaurant, lightbulbs are grouped together for a hanging chandelier effect:

i haven’t been able to i.d. these lovely lightbulbs yet (anyone?), but they sure look nice. (i only wish h.a.n.d. put as much thought into their burgers as they did their design, but that, my friends, is a whole other story.)

photos courtesy of hypemeanseverything.com and Ambroise Tézenas @nytimes.mag

bright finds indeed.