How to easy make your own designer Shuttlecock Pendant Lamp

The Brooklyn based designer Kiel Mead is vastly popular with his jewelry cleverness, quirky designs and his casual way to give new meanings to trivial objects. If you haven’t been already dazzled by his work, search for the clever Forget-Me-Not ring, which is modeled on a piece of tied string, the charmed hung casting of chewing gum or the emblematic matchstick necklaces.

Kiel Mead is from those kind of designers who doesn’t intentionally create something, but rather grows his work out of own personal obsessions and researches, on topics that electrify his interest. This is exactly the case with the Birdie Light – fascinated by the “gentlemen’s” sports, like croquet, tennis, badminton and the eloquence and poise that such activities require, Mead started to play around with the classic objects, used in such sports to finally come up with unbelievably simple and enormously cool looking Shuttlecock lamp-shade.

How to easy make your own designer Shuttlecock Pendant Lamp

Shuttlecock Pendant Lamp instructions provided by Ready Made Magazine

Ingredients and tools:

  • Goose feathered shuttlecock
  • Power drill
  • 1/2 and 1/4 drill bits
  • Candelabra socket
  • Plug
  • 15 Watt light bulb
  • 1m. lamp cord

Make it:

Start with a proper shuttlecock. The plastic ones that you and I grew up with were dumped down for modern culture – authentic birdies are made with goose feathers, which are way more appropriate for their purpose to glide back and forth through the air.
Working from the feathered end of the shuttlecock use a 1/4 bit to drill part of the way into the cork top. Use a 1/2 bit to drill the rest of the way through and thread the lamp cord through the shuttlecock. Attach the candelabra socket to one end of the cord, so that it will end up nesting inside the core of the feathers. Secure the plug to the other end. Press the socket into the cork, screw in the light bulb and hang. Resist the urge to swat.

How to easy make your own designer Shuttlecock Pendant Lamp

Birdie Light is most likely to become a favorite interior companion, but it seems really hard to resist the temptation of testing your forehand on it every single time you pass close by.

Alternatively if you are not into DIY stuff you can buy the Birdie Light from The Future Perfect for the affordable $50

Check the entire creative portfolio of Kiel Mead   via (Slectism)


4 extremely practical kitchen appliances by Tomas Kral

Tomas Kral became a designer by accident, as he explained, but his design talent is beyond any doubt. You can say that his latest work is outstanding with its design maturity and originality, but what really impressed me are couple of his old creations, which explore people everyday needs and gives a different meaning to the common objects, by optimizing their purpose. Following is a selection of Tomas Kral’s 4 extremely practical kitchen appliances:

Lap Counter
The Lap Counter is a plastic tray and a neat kitchen facility, which gives you the mobility to peel, chop, slice fruits and vegetables almost anywhere in the house. It’s ergonomically shaped to fit the lap of the sitting person and it’s molded for both a container and a working surface. It will barely sit on your drying rack or fit in your washing machine, so it’s better thinking in the direction of assembling different modules, but besides that the Lap Counter is a brilliant facility for your prep cooking comfort.

Extremely practical kitchen appliances by Tomas Kral - Lap Counter

Jetspoon
It’s just a plastic spoon with a container for water, which will save you the effort to stir and pour out with both hands at the same time. It will be even smarter to dose the liquids inside the spoon for a given quantity of the product to stir.

Extremely practical kitchen appliances by Tomas Kral - Jetspoon

Big Race
Is actually a bowl inspired and designed as a simple car. Big Race tends to change the way we percept traditional objects and give different user experience – no matter the age, everyone likes playing. As it comes in 3 different sizes you can easily pile the bowls up for space optimization. Simple, practical and stylish, the Big Race is a dream object in your kitchen.

Extremely practical kitchen appliances by Tomas Kral - Big Race Bowl

Molecule
Like 2 atoms are grouping together to form a stable molecule, Tomas Kral joined 2 utensil to create a stunning double carafe for wine and water at the same time – handy, practical and stylish.

Extremely practical kitchen appliances by Tomas Kral - Molecule Carafe

It’s absolutely worth checking Tomas Kral’s remarkable portfolio, where you can closely track out the creation process of some of his products.


Sustainable shopping selection to enhance your green living II

Our second sustainable shopping selection comes in consequence of your high interest for the first one and it will logically evolve in regular, eco-oriented shopping series.

It’s a world known fact that we need to be eco smart and tailor our modern living in more meaningful shapes and purpose, which starts as soon as we become aware of the simple facts and messages in the environment around us:

  • - The Bamboo has an immense tensile strength that rivals that of many metal alloys and it’s highly resilient even in extremely conditions.
  • - The Bamboo has a renewal rate that no other plant can match. It grows 60cm in just 24 hours, reaching its maximum height in several years.
  • - The Bamboo is capable of regenerating itself upon harvesting without need of replanting, making it possibly the most valuable material and renewable resource.

Here’s the deal: we’ll continuously select sustainable products till you get constantly inspired and turn irreversibly green.

Kickstyle's sustainable shopping selection to enhance your green living
  • 1. Magnetic Wooden Tongs - The little details in your kitchen betray what kind of housewife you actually are. Don’t make any compromise with the David Mayhew’s food tongs, handmade of Jamjuree wood and gracefully designed in the shape of a whale's tail. Marvelous realization - $40.00 at MoMA Store
  • 2. Nussbag - woddy designed bag, extremely elegant and unusually official. Unfortunately at the time of writing Nussbag's website went down for an update, so you can alternatively check the Nussbag corporate designers - Salamanda
  • 3. Cork Cuff - From the website: Studio 1A.M.'s Cork Cuff explores natural cork as a wearable material. 100% recycled and recyclable, flexible, and water repellent, cork is the perfect unexplored resource for jewelry - $48.00 at Feel More Human
  • 4. Vers 2X Sound System - From the website: The Vers 2X is a compact, all-in-one system with full-size sound. It's not only the world's first hand-crafted real wood iPod speaker, but also the most sustainable. The 2X plays and charges iPod Video, iPod Nano, iPod mini, iPod, iPod classic, iPod Touch, iPhone and 3G iPhone - €179.99 at Feel More Human
  • 5. Cork Mosaic Sideboard - designed by Iannone Designs and preseneted on 2008's NY Design week, this eco-chic cabinet features a charming woodland tableau formed from layers of sustainably harvested cork - $3,400.00 at 2Modern
  • 6. Wooden Bracelet - this wooden sustainable bijou was available at Oculus Jewelry, which website is in process of reconstruction and you'll need to check it later - Oculus Jewelry
  • 7. Spa Canister with Lid - designed by Susanne Augenstein and manufactured by Blomus, the elegant spa canister will bring contemporary style to your bathroom. It's crafted from bamboo, stainless steel and porcelain with an attractive and cozy design - $29.60 at All Modern
  • 8. Wine Arc - From the website: Molly Kinney creates this clean line for wine display. Made from bamboo, it uses the weight of the bottle to keep upright - a sure conversation starter - $21.00 at Zanisa
  • 9. Bamboo Circular Mirror - This stunning Bamboo Mirror has 110 cm diameter and it's hand made from strips of bamboo laid into a black resin - £165.00 at Puji

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iDream Pillows for fine tuning your dreams

The visual appeal of the iDream pillows by the Ukrainian Studio Psyho totally corresponds to the neat idea behind Accident Explanatory Slings and completely deserves smiles and applauses. The pillows come in 6 design versions, each one promoting different dream balloon to provoke and inspire person’s real dreams while sleeping. So out of superstition or just for personal motivation you decide that the forthcoming week you want to feel free as a bird and you start the process by tricking your sub-consciousness with the iDream Bird Pillow – generating a smile and positive thought every night will fine tune your dreams and charge your batteries for a happy day ahead.

iDream Pillow for fine tuning your dreams
iDream Pillow for fine tuning your dreams

More happy ideas at Studio Psyho website     via (Fubiz)


InRetro – massive line of retro bags for your modern urban lifestyle

Have you seen how a retro bag paradise looks like? Look no further, as it’s virtualized on the web pages of InRetro and you won’t leave it without checking every single funky retro design and you’ll definitely bookmark it to come back over and over again. For your sublime delight you can order online whatever number of pieces you need for your modern urban lifestyle and comfort and as it's the UK based paradise, you can certainly benefit from the low price and the currently week pound rate. If you take into consideration the worldwide shipping and the substantial wholesale discounts on top of the product uniqueness and dazzle, you can even start your long planed business in that artistic local studio around the corner.

Be prepared for a complete fascionation from the Airline Flight series and their original and unique retro branding and for a total style kick from the retro mod bags for the ace-face townie boys and girls.

As the InRetro range of cool retro bags is quite extensive, it’s almost impossible to enclose all top notch bag favorites, which will otherwise blow your mind. Of course you will not leave this page without checking our special Kick Style teaser:

InRetro – massive line of retro bags for your modern urban lifestyle

For a complete retro fashionating experience, check the tremendous InRetro bag paradise and don’t forget to drop us some fancy pictures of you and your retro bag favorite – they’ll get posted here.


Smash Clock – wake up, releasing the stress every morning

There are so many examples of successful product design, which ingeniously envisages functionalities, corresponding to the real human behavior and the Smash Alarm clock promises just about that. Designed by Matthias Lange, the Smash Clock is a conceptual device tending to release the frustration of waking up every morning by the alarm beep. You know, you don’t necessarily need to go to work, you’re getting stressed, you want to smash that little beeping thing and you certainly will do it at some point – it’s just a matter of time, work and irritating everyday factors.
You have to hit the top surface of the Smash Clock to switch the alarm off and with the time being the deformation will become a sign of how you’ve precisely used it – some sort of artificial intelligence will track the damage and bring the device out of order when everything gets too far.

I completely adore the idea and will get the clock once it hits the market with the only clause that it will snooze while just pressed.

Smash Clock – wake up, releasing the stress every morning

Check the Matthias Lange portfolio    via (BenLegaus)


Get on the yellow airplane business lady

Business trip assignment. Early next morning, First class flight. Client meeting straight from the airport. Insomnia, Redbuls & Coffee. Snack and walk on the favorite iPod tunes. Nervous rereading of quickly printed presentation. Feeling uneasy in everything but the top notch look and the indelible impression left in everyone eyes. And despite the uncertainty of doing things in the very last moment your dress to impress business appearance and self confidence, certainly will bring you 200% success.

All because of the yellow harmony in the air....

Kickstyle's Yellow Airplane product selection for succesfull business ladies
  • 1. H&M earrings - elegant patterns, nickel proof material, original and extremely affordable as only H&M know how to do it best - €2.90 at H&M
  • 2. Balenciaga twist detail dress - grey twist detail dress. Round neck. Cap sleeves. A wrap sits over the bust. Elasticated twist details sit on each side seam. The hemline falls to the knee. Pricey, but worth the investment for being irresistible - £750.00 at Browns Fashion
  • 3. Italian Blood Orange Soap Bar - Triple-milled Mor soap provides a delicious, thick lather and skin softening properties for maximum sensuality. Floral essences of jasmine, rose and Lilly of the Valley, infuse this Italian Blood Orange scent with femininity and grace. Smells like a sunset over Sardinia - $36.00 at Bestow Boutique
  • 4. Yellow Piu Bag - 65 x 40 cm dimensions allow you to dispose everything you might need or not, but have to, as in the very last moment a lady bag has to take it all. Folded design, fresh yellow patterns, brown handles for the perfect color combination - €85.00 at Sessun
  • 5. Bronze Age Bangle - patterned in beautiful gold and bronze tones, this glistening bangle will add old world sophistication to your business look grace. Classically feminine etched flowers, which perfectly combines with the H&M earrings for a top high-class look - $15.99 at Modcloth
  • 6. Cedar of the Pac Shoes - this citrine, 3 wedge heel, gladiator style pair of shoes will admire everyone and makes them turn heads down. Leather lining, rubber outsole, metal buckle closure for a complete comfort - $79.00 at Piperlime
  • 7. 19" Jelly Bean Yellow Trolley - carry-on sized trolley, in a glossy yellow candy colo for a massive travel impression. You can go straight out of the airport in any business meeting and feel on the right place without any worries. Your Jelly Bean Trolley is equipied with light blue interior featuring anti-bacterial lining, zippered mesh compartment, zippered pocket and elastic bands, 4 "silent moving" wheels. What more you can wish? - $185.00 at Flight001

We all leaving in yellow airplane from time to time. Make it with KickStyle

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LIEUL bookshelf - stunning design and innovative book organization

LIEUL is a masterpiece creation from the industrial designer Ahn DaeKyung, presented on 100% Design London 2008. The name and the really outstanding form are inspired by the Korean consonant LIEUL, which communicates the impression of infinity - similar to the shape on the popular Snake game when you reach 2000 points. LIEUL comes as an improvement to the regular bookshelves, which are inconvenient to hold a whole row of books, unless you have bunch of holders to divide the shelf itself. Ahn DK personally observed this effect with an IKEA bookshelf, which is a really top fault discovery for a brand mastering the usability to perfection. LIEUL technology simply uses elastic bands, which can be re-positioned on the shelf, thus way customizing the space according to the number of books you need to stock.

The result is astonishing piece of furniture, which will inspire your interior, while you enjoy customizing it.

LIEUL bookshelf - stunning design and innovative book organization

And we have 1 minute video bonus out of the Ahn DK kitchen, that illustrates it all:

Me totally want my hands on it!

Check the DaeKyung Ahn official website for more great design ideas
100% Design London 2008 full product gallery


Clocks and Birds, Birds in Clocks or free as a bird product selection

Friday. The end of another productive week, in the middle of another warm winter, when the Hope and the Change are in the air – your frivolous mood is making you whistle, dream and do everything else but working, so our shopping selection comes nicely to diversify your browsing time.

The cuckoo clock is one of these eternal inspirations with the magic of the happy bird living in a house-shaped clock, who pops out to announce the hours – birds, clocks and houses to inspire your Friday.

Kickstyle's Cuckoo Clock inspired product selection
  • 1. Cuckoo Clock - An authentic Black Forest Cuckoo Clock with sleek and modern house design, with contemporary lined casing, traditional chains and metal weights. Brilliant - $450.00 at MoMAStore
  • 2. Boodalee Trees Throw Pillow - each throw pillow actually combines two colorful graphics when flipped. Eco-friendly, hand sewn and printed with certified non-toxic pigment - $42.00 at Velocity
  • 3. Stelton's Vacuum Jug - Stelton's 1L Jug is available in many eye-catching colors and equipped with a highly insulated glass for keeping your beverages hot or cold - not only practical but a great looking, chicken designed "must have" - $89.00 at Horne
  • 4. Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse - your little girl will simply love this lightweight and easy-to-carry playhouse. Made of 100% biodegradable, recycled cardboard, the house features eight secret rooms, spy holes, and an attic for storage - $24.95 at MoMAStore
  • 5. Cuckoo Watch - designed back in 2006 by Hannes Grebin the Cuckoo Watch is part of the series of products with complete re-think of the concepts, traditions and development.
  • 6. Egg Bird House - this is the best design compliment for your outdoor space and the perfect home gift for the birds outside. Egg Bird Houses are handmade masterpieces, exclusively designed by J Schatz, build from handcrafted glossy ceramic, available in various colors - $135 at J Schatz

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