Archive for the ‘Objects’ Category

OBJECTS IN COLOR: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Bleu, Bialy, + Rouge

May 6, 2009


Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs trilogy is not only his cinematographic tour de force, but is also a collection of well-choreographed objects. The mélange of objects that star in the film build bridges of memory through color and shape and place. Because of the blur of blue, white, and red that appear throughout, this essay employs a series of circular charts derived from the cataloguing of all of the objects that appear in the films.



Sound On

March 22, 2009

More often than I’d like to admit, I buy stuff more because of how it looks than how well it works. I can’t help it, though I know the functionality should be part and parcel of the appearance of any well-designed thing. (Remind me to tell you sometime about my gorgeous sofa that dresses up the living room and is a heinous mockery of sitting in comfort.) But here we’re talking about headphones.


Disguises by Design

March 20, 2009

Today I thought a lot about privacy. It was just one of those days in NYC when you get tired of trying to pay attention to everything going on around you, just to make it through the day. When I found OOOMS City Hideout, I really understood why someone might need such a mobile human-locker. I can’t say that I would want to carry it around all day, but it makes sense to have this kind of urban camouflage. It also seems like something Superman could benefit from, especially today, as phone booths are far more scarce.


Like Peanuts

March 16, 2009


One last comment on vintage vending machines: Look how happy this model is pretending to be about her purchase, Love Among the Haystacks. Other books on offer here include Tropical Passions, Kept Woman, and the disturbingly-titled Finger Man. Would readers buy The Odyssey or Moby-Dick from a vending machine? No, because the context devalues the content to the level of a snack: cheap, easily consumed, not very nourishing or filling, and disposable.

‘Round the Clock Protection

March 14, 2009

Original Dial

Shut me in a room with access only to Flickr, and I’d be happy as a clam. Roadsidepictures has an incredible album of vintage packaging, you know, back when products where fun. Look at that package of Dial soap! Wouldn’t you much rather have that sitting in your bathroom than this?


Technology + Art = Design

March 14, 2009

Modular Jewelry

Modular Jewelry

Fiona Carswell’s work is a fascinating combination of science and artistry. With a background in Interactive Telecommunications and Art History, it’s no wonder she designs such clever and intense objects. From Smoking Jacket to Cell Stickies, Modular Jewelry to Co-Dependent Gloves, Carswell is addressing human issues in an unexpected way.

Thank you, swissmiss.

Company Freebies: How UPS Won My Heart

March 13, 2009

UPSOh this is too much. During last year’s holiday season, UPS sent promotional gifts to its store employees. Among them was a notepad block, made to look like a UPS Freight shipment. The whole pad sits on a miniature wooden pallet! Call it silly, but this is my idea of promotional freebies. Who knew UPS could be so fun?

I saw this notepad while shipping a few boxes today and begged the employee to tell me where I could get one. She shrugged, thought I was nuts, and told me to look on eBay. She was right!