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“Cutting and Folding and Gluing things”…

… that is how Ann Arbor based, paper engineer, Matthew Shlian describes what he does and let me tell you, the end result is absolutely breathtaking! Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Printmaking and Sculpture) from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2002 and, following that, a Masters (Print Media and Paper Engineering) from the Cranbrook Academy in 2006, he now allocates his time between teaching at the University of Michigan, collaborating with top companies (Apple, P&G, IMTEK, Levi’s, VW, Facebook & Chrysler, to name but a few) and folding his way to some of the most amazing art around. I have fallen absolutely in love with his paper sculptures and couldn’t help but sharing them with you here. Most of them, especially the “smaller” pieces available via Eight Emperors, are very affordable. Editioned works, available via The Ghostly Store, tend to be slightly more expensive but still definitely not “out of reach”. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t live in my own apartment anymore, or …

With Love from Italy…

I discovered Miniforms a few weeks back and it has been on my ‘to blog about’ list ever since. So, today I’m gonna briefly feature and introduce it to all of you – if only to get the (constant, nagging) thought out of my head before the Christmas holidays… Miniforms is a design company that was established in Italy, back in the beginning of the 1970’s, as the evolution of an earlier (and smaller) one – which produced tables and accessories. The firm expanded its production internationally in the 1980’s and its pieces can now be found in a number of countries, including Greece (you can check the website for info on stockists). Miniforms works with and showcases young & talented Italian designers and its offerings include a number of essential pieces characterized by minimal, clean lines and made out of wood, steel, glass, aluminum and eco leather. I leave you with a few of my favorite pieces – and urge any of you with a bit of a design knack, to go check out …

Ones’ to Watch: Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier

I’ve got a new, favorite (dream – unless I win the lottery) jeweller: the talented Parisian Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier. Having started designing in her grandparents’ atelier, she recently (2013) celebrated her 2oth year anniversary in collab with Swarovski crystals (which she has used in her designs, since the beginning). A look at her website will leave you breathless (both because of the designs and some of the price tags), but is well worth it. You are bound to find favorite pieces (both classic and edgier) in most, if not all, of her 38 current collections – which, I guarantee you are gonna be dreaming of and lusting after for days to come. To give you an idea, here’s a few of the (multitude of) things I loved: [Jewellery Images © Delphine- Charlotte Parmentier]

Gadget Alert: Zapi Luxe Toothbrush Sanitizer

We all, obviously, know how important oral hygiene is. How many of us are aware of the need to ensure the hygiene of our actual toothbrush, though? It may sound like going slightly overboard but, when you think about it, it makes total sense. The other day, I bumped into this extra cute toothbrush sanitizer by Violife and fell head over heels in love. It’s beautifully designed (would look extra cute on any bathroom counter) and claims to “eliminate up to 99.9% of germ with UV light”. Unfortunately my favorite design (the little, grey chicken) seems to be sold out (discontinued?) but there’s a fancy little ninja still on offer – for those of you who like a bit of whimsy in their day. If you are more of a minimal- chic kinda girl (/lad) you can always try the cobalt blue (personal favorite), gun-metal grey or pearl white one. These little cuties retail for $29.95 (currently on sale from $39.95) and are available to ship internationally, to 249 (!) different countries…

X.Pose(d)

China- born and Brooklyn- raised/ based Xuedi Chen has designed X.Pose – a “wearable data-driven sculpture that exposes a person’s skin, as a real-time reflection of the data that the wearer is producing”. Everytime data is transmitted and/or shared, a little piece of the design turns from milky white to transparent (making you think twice about how much you choose to share online). The garment is meant to serve as a reminder of how vulnerable people are (or, rather, can make themselves) in the virtual world. Definitely not something I’d like to wear, considering how much time I spend on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, WordPress & the like – but an ingenious idea, nevertheless! {Image/ Video: © Xuedi Chen}