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Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Designer Interview: Heather Lins Home

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You’ve got to admit you are slightly intrigued by the Heather Lins Home 3-D Eye Chart pillow. Or maybe you are thinking, is that really the form of human anatomy sewn on to a pillow in the Science Project Collection? Yes it is. Now meet the mastermind behind these highly creative and rather quirky Heather Lins Home pieces, Heather Lins. Enjoy!


Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in the design industry and how you got to where you are today.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be an interior designer. In college, I got interested in graphic design because I had always enjoyed art and writing and it seemed like an area where I could blend the two. However, I kept having ideas for designs that were outside the traditional client/designer relationship. (3-D Eye Chart Pillow anyone?) In 2008, I entered a competition for up and coming designers held by the New York International Gift Fair, the A+: Young Designers Platform. To my surprise, I won one of three exhibit spaces and debuted my home textile collection at the nation’s largest gift fair.

Did you have good or bad experiences at the doctor (i.e. what provoked the eye chart and anatomy pillows)?

No. My husband accuses me of being a hypochondriac so maybe I’m working out some issues.

How would you describe your design style?

A writer once called my work “very literate.” I like that. I often start brainstorming by free associating words and then sketching. I strive to make my designs modern, accessible, witty and beautiful.

Love your sketches for your Numbered Edition (among your many other drawings!). Where do you do most of your doodling?

Just about anywhere and everywhere.

We have to talk about the Science Project Collection. Brings me back to elementary school when I was almost a finalist with my science fair project (think cotton swabs of dog saliva and testing antibacterial creams…aka thanks for doing my project, Dad!). What inspired you to dive into such a theme?

I have always found science diagrams very interesting and beautiful. I find I am more able to see their beauty if I take them out of their usual context (science class) and put them someplace unexpected — like on pillows! I love designs that are beautiful and quirky.

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Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

DP Customer Profile: Mindy and Her Fatboy Headdemock

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Who knew our customers were tribal belly dancers? Well, Mindy is, how fantastic is that?! There is nothing better after a long tribal dance than relaxing on a Fatboy Headdemock (at least I can only imagine…)

Name: Mindy

Where do you live? Pennsylvania [right outside Philly]

What do you do? Art Psychotherapist & Licensed Professional Counselor

What’s your favorite DP product and why? Fatboy Headdemock Hammock — This is by far, the most awesome hammock that I’ve ever “met.” It’s large enough for me & my husband [and our dog]

How would you describe your design style? Modern-eclectic, colorful, art”full.”

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? “stop, breathe, think”….very helpful most days!

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Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Interview with Philippe Starck About the Parrot Zikmu (With a Splash of Lady Gaga)

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Our recent addition of the Zikmu speakers by Parrot on Design Public need a little explanation but the only way I thought we could truly do their story justice was by finding an interview in French. So, here is an Philippe Starck. Don’t worry…there are English subtitles.

Oh, and Lady Gaga likes the Zikmu:

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide

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In glancing at the new DwellStudio Home 2010 Collection images I thought to myself, “Self, the folks at DwellStudio have such an amazing eye for putting various patterns and colors together…this is certainly something that doesn’t come easy to the rest of us. So, Self, why not create a quick and easy ‘Deconstructed DwellStudio Home Collection Guide’ to help DP peeps put together the looks they like?” And I did. This is super basic but should hopefully help create the “bedscape” of your dreams without having to go back and forth between Design Public product pages to figure out what is what.

DwellStudio Peacock Bedding in Dove; DwellStudio Gate Euro Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Standard Cases in Ash

DwellStudio Gate Duvet and Shams in Ash; DwellStudio Chinoiserie Pillow; DwellStudio Gate Sheets and Cases in Ash; DwellStudio Pyramids Matelasse in Pearl Coverlet

DwellStudio Peacock Citrine Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Dark Bronze; DwellStudio Linen Edge in Ash Sheets and Cases

DwellStudio Etching Duvet and Shams; DwellStudio Woven Pyramids Euro Sham in Ink; DwellStudio Pin Dot Sheets and Cases

This is just a smidgen of imagery from DwellStudio. If you see any other images on our site for DwellStudio or any other designer that you’d like to me deconstruct leave a comment and a link to the image and I’ll see how I do!

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Monday, March 8th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Designer Q&A with Jodie Fried of Bholu

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Today I have a super special designer interview to share: Jodie Fried of Bholu. The women who make the Bholu pillows and toys are not just manufacturers, they are true artisans and Jodie has given them the platform and opportunity to make a living in majorly underprivileged areas of India. The products are inspired from children’s drawings AND Jodie has worked to provide these underprivileged and malnourished kids schools, food and incredible care. All of this while following strict Fair Trade practices. Inspiring? Yes, I do think so.

Where does the word Bholu come from?

Bholu was born after I had been living in India for a couple of years. I had gone to India on a scholarship to work as a set & costume designer for a traditional Indian dance company. I had been working there and fell in love with the country and its people.  After the devastating Jan 2001 earthquake, which flattened most of Gujarat, I went to assist aid for a traditional village situated in the desert region of Kutchchh, in Western Gujarat, India, near the border of Pakistan. I worked with a NGO (non government  organization) based at the  Mahatma Ghandi Ashram in Ahmedabad,  Gujarat, my job was to help build huts and traditionally decorate  them.

I experienced amazing hospitality by these incredibly rural and poor traditional people. I became particularly close with the women, whose beautiful traditional embroidery is only really used for their own clothing. They are amazing women; they have bangles up to their armpits and do their embroidery with a child strapped to their back in low light. Their skill and art amazed me, and I thought immediately, I have to do something with this.

A few years later, I went back with my designs and gave the samples to different village women to see what would happen. I achieved some amazing results, which excited me and started the possibility for production.  The women laughed at the lack of sophistication of my designs and thought that their “Bholu” could do better! (Bholu meaning a small child, often a term of endearment to a grandchild). The name stuck and Bholu was born!

The craftswomen in Gujarat traditionally are all skilled in embroidery, it is a skill that is passed form generation to generation. Each village, in each area in each part of the state is known for their particular type of embroidery. This is only done by women. Men are known for their woodcarving. The products they make are only for their own use. They embroidery their own elaborate clothes, their daughter’s dowry, ornamental pieces for their homes, their own bags etc. The community I started with do not do any of this for commercial use.

I sometimes feel like a conductor of a creative orchestra. I love the circle of creativity in which Bholu fosters starting from the children and their creativity and the women and their craft. The products are merely a result and reason for Bholu existing. We end up with a beautiful designed product, which has passed through so many hands and creative processes to end up in our living rooms. The products, part from being useful are also meant to provide inspiration and awareness for ethical consumerism.

India is a crazy, crazy wonderful place. The people made me fall in love with the country. They are such generous, hardworking people where life revolves around family, food, colour and festivities. It is a country of such richness from all walks of life there. The bonds I have formed with the women, their families, the children in our schools and the artisans we work with, inspire me to Read the rest of this entry »

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