For quite some time now, a large proportion of my internet time-wasting has been dutifully conducted on design-porn sites such as DesignSponge, DesignTaxi and Wallpaper*. I’m not going to go nuts and spend my free time productively or anything, but to at least bring a little structure to my procrastination I thought I’d start a little weekly round-up of the best bits of design I can’t afford, and that in any case would look ridiculous in my unglamorous, shoebox-sized home where the shower is actually inside a cupboard (hard to explain the logistics of this but an excellent party piece nonetheless). So, here are this week’s beauts:
5. Victorian-style cushion by Thornback & Peel
I’ve just discovered design duo Thornback & Peel, whose illustrations are a mix of the weird old stuffed animals you find in the dusty corners of the Natural History Museum, intricate-looking Victorian jellies and drawings that could be from Mrs Beeton’s cookbook. Coincidentally, I’ve also just found out that Mrs Beeton is buried less than five minutes from my house. In honour of both these facts, this kooky kushion makes number five.
4. ‘Diamond’ ring by byAMT (available via Fab)
As a kid I used to have a big thing for those plastic ‘gemstone’ rings you could buy from 20p-machines. Little has changed. I’m not one for subtlety where jewellery is concerned – I’m firmly in the loud n’ proud camp (camp being the operative word), and as such this would be a perfect addition to my tastefully-tacky collection.
3. Square Heineken bottles by Petit Romain
I went to see the new James Bond film this week, and a hilarious incident of product placement involving a bottle of Heineken (if you’ve seen it, you’ll know) got me wondering whether these more environmentally-friendly square bottles that were in the news a few months ago ever came to fruition. I mean, obviously you’d feel entirely ridiculous drinking from them, but there’s something about the neat stackability that I really love. Of course, this might just be me speaking as someone who has worked in a bar and knows the pain of refilling the bottles fridge every half an hour.
2. Nest divider computer tables by Dylan Freeth
Bit kitsch, bit nerdy, totally bloody brilliant. What else can I say?
1. Cowboy Comb by…Cowboy Comb (available via Fab)
I love being a female for 11 months a year, but when November rolls around I get genuinely upset that I can’t grow something ridiculous on my upper lip for a good cause. I’ve thought long and hard about chick-friendly alternatives, and short of tattooing myself a ‘tache this is the best I’ve come up with.