Monday, September 27, 2010

What would you do with this room?

Images via Resene Magazine Habitat

That was the question I was asked about this room...  so this is what I think...

What would you have done?

Check out Resene's Habitat Magazine for the full story!

Thanks Sharon Newey and the Resene Habitat team for showing my wares.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I hate trends but love mfamb

As a newbie on the blog front, lately I have been girlie-swotting up a storm on what is out there.  Up till now most blogs are fairly same-same with fairly generic pretty pictures and standard superlatives.

That was until I found "My Favourite and my best".  Jenny really is a girl after my own heart.  She had me in tears with her colourful cussing and full frontal take on design (and her life).  She had when when she got drunk at a Jonathan Adler Vase signing and nearly "pooped" in the loo.  Do read it for yourself.

I also recommend the particularly funny take down of trends
Trends give me "the williams" anyways and many items on the list ring soooooo true.  Personal favs from this section are Bus signs, Burlap, and Foo Dogs.  V entertaining.

She also introduced me to some choice vocab which appealed immensely.  "Fart-tastic", "clusterfuck art" and "decorating out your ass" are just some of my new besties.

Something to aspire to....

Monday, September 13, 2010

Interactive art from Magma

I'm like a magpie when it comes to colour and circles so therefore it's a natural feeling to be so drawn to the super creative artworks being made by New Zealand company Magma  

Magma is "forged from the enjoyment of art, design and the desire to share the pleasure that creativity brings".  Amen to that!  Any chance to bring creativity into everyday life is a thumbs up from me.

Here is how it works:
Magma interactive artworks involve coloured magnetic shapes which hold to a steel canvas in any configuration you fancy. How those shapes are arranged is up to you, your children, your dinner party guests.
They are also nicely priced (most under $500) and can be shipped any where in NZ and worldwide via the website  Cranfields here in christchurch also stock them.
Covet your own today and happy creating!

**NEWSFLASH** - Magma art can now be purchase even cheaper ($300 plus shipping) if you follow them on facebook

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kartell Plastic Fantastic

Firstly apologies for not blogging during the week.  Darn earthquake.  But happy to report that the alexfultondesign offices came out fairly unscathed - just a mess to tidy up so we were very lucky compared some poor people.  Our thoughts are with you all!

Anyway - lets crack back into it!

Colour is an obvious friend of mine but these puppies have other features I admire in a well designed product - they are versatile, child friendly and multi-purspose.

They are of course La Boheme from plastic pundits Kartell.  Use as a stool or side-table or to simply define a space.  I love too that they can often be mistaken as glass therefore making it perfect in our "aftershock environment".  Use them for inside or outside living.

Designed by the famous Philippe Starck, who is a brilliant and well known french designer, who has translated his vision into a wide range of objects - from toothbrushes to lamps, from underwear to motorcycles - he has even designed a spaceport for virgin galactic.
Whatever the object, whether as simple as an ashtray, or as grand as a yacht, Philippe Starck always puts his heart into his design and the result is something intelligent that is good even before it is beautiful.

They come in an assortment of colours: Red, Violet, Green, Yellow and Clear
In two different styles: Style 3 (fatter base) and Style 2 (taller stem) and Style 1 (slimmer base), see above images for colours and styles

Pretty reasonably priced too for a designer object that is so handy!

You can order one or more from alexfultondesign 021622900 or you can find them locally (christchurch) from McKenzie and Willis

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Yippee it's spring at Bolt of Cloth!

Hello pretty cushions!  You would look great on my couch, chair, beanbags, bed or bunched up in a sunny corner.

Suz and her amazing team at Bolt of Cloth, based here in Christchurch, have pre-empted spring by stocking many beautiful cushions that will make your heart sing with springy-ness.

What an easy was to jazz up a dull area!

All these wee beauties are available on-line from the Bolt of Cloth website and what is even better is that they are so well priced and available right now!

They sell a fabbo range of fabrics and also provide a making service that is efficient and high-quality.