So, if you hated that matching doggie 'brella set, there may be times when you don't want to pull on a parka, but don't want to get wet either. If your dog's half as crazy as mine (scratch that, a quarter), this product would come in handy . . . or out of handy, actually. Fresh from the MoMA Store, this Ryo Masaki-designed Hands-Free Umbrella ($50), is absolutely perf for walking the dog on a rainy day. The handle is made of a flexible rubber that can be wrapped and molded around the shoulder for easy protection. I'm not brave enough to try to carry a normal umbrella while grappling with North's leash, so I think this product is amazing – wouldn't you agree?
Dutch born Tejo Remy's 'You Can't Lay Down Your Memory' Chest of Drawers, designed in 1991, is part of the MOMA's permanent collection. It's a group of found drawers strapped together to create a single cluster of drawers, made of metal, paper, plastic, burlap, contact paper, and paint. You can purchase a unique, made-to-order set, one of only 200, for $51,616 at Retro Modern. What do you think?
Molo's Softseating ($130- $2,390) is made entirely from kraft paper with 50% recycled content. The paper is cut into a honeycomb-like structure that flexes to fan open into stools, benches and loungers. Not only is it flexible, it's versatile and compact; you can compress it like a book for easy storage. It was also recently acquired by the New York MOMA for their permanent collection. I can see the appeal of Softseating in a public space — it's fun, eye-catching, and memorable. But would you want this in your home?
Wooden toys are oh so popular these days so I was delighted to find some fun for mom and dad to play with, too. MUJI, a Japanese based company, manufactures a unique set of blocks – cities in a bag. For $14, fans of the big apple can buy New York City in a Bag and get the Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, the original MoMA buildings, and six cars. Made from sustainable wood, these timber toys are eco–mindful and avante–garde.
Choose from Barcelona, London, Spain or New York and teach your children about bustling big cities all around the world or let them use their imaginations to create their own wooden metropolis.
I wouldn't say the KarrySafe Phone Pouch ($12), looks like something you'd see the trendy BlackBerry fanatics on The Hills carrying on Melrose, but I do see its practical purposes. According to the MoMA the cases were "thoughtfully designed to deter common-criminal techniques like pick pocketing and bag snatching, these street-safe features include secure closures, locks, alarmed-breakaway straps, impact padding, and durable slash-resistant and waterproof materials." What do you think of them?
Architect Jean Nouvel has been commissioned by an international real estate developer, Hines, to design a tower adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan, which will house a hotel, luxury apartments and three floors that will be used by MoMA to expand its exhibition space. The MoMA sold the lot to Hines earlier this year for $125 million, but insisted on veto power over the architect Hines would choose. The choice is certainly a bold one, which is a bit hair-raising considering the amount of money at stake.
According to the New York Times, the 75-story tower "promises to be the most exhilarating addition to the skyline in a generation." The soaring, faceted structure is said to be "rooted in the mythology of New York, in particular the work of Hugh Ferriss, whose dark, haunting renderings of an imaginary Manhattan helped define its dreamlike image as the early-20th-century metropolis."
How do you rate the rendering of the to-be-built skyline-transforming tower?
These compact speakers might not be those loud surround-sound high-quality speakers you were hoping to dock your iPod on, but they do make the perfect travel companion. Featured on GeekAlerts, these sleek portable mp3 speakers fold neatly together and work by plugging the stereo plug into your earphone jack. Available in black and orange for $28 (or $25.20 for members). Something you'd use? Leave your comments below!
A little while back, I was lucky enough to be sent a ticket to the Museum of Modern Art's biannual gala fundraiser, The Modern Ball. The event, which took place on Wednesday night, was absolutely spectacular. When I spoke to event planner Stanlee Gatti, he explained how he sees the world vibrantly through colors and it was wonderful to see his words transformed into reality. Gatti transformed the bottom floor of the museum (and part of Minna Street) into a lush playground perfect for a party. The entry room was lux and gracious with its billowing red curtains and plush velvet ottomans. Another room was green with astroturf covering every surface and artistic black and white photographs patterned on the walls. The third room was wallpapered in a shiny silver foil a la Andy Warhol's factory, with specially crafted Campbell soup cans as centerpieces.
I feel the U.S. Postal Service is underutilized by our generation. Stationary is very special. Receiving and opening a handwritten note from a long lost friend can brighten your day. And we all know the badgering in store for those who forget to send Glam-Ma a birthday note. There are so many fab stationary designers out there and holiday cards are no longer cheesy and stiff. Here are some websites showcasing the best of the best holiday cards.
These are all available at the MoMA Store online, packs of eight range from $15.95-$18.95, available here.
These are all by Uncooked, sold separately for $3.25, available here.
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