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Posts Tagged ‘Hella Jongerius’

“As Long as it Lasts…” Designer Tattoo Parlor Claims Its First Victim


What can we say? We get excited about the fact that people will let someone dig a needle into their skin for an hour or two in the name of design. We stopped by “As Long as it Lasts…” booth last night where–before the exhibition officially opened to the public–someone was in the chair getting inked. Supercute Tobias Wong already had the KAWS one on his calf, too.

Like any tattoo parlor, this is a place where the cool kids hang out, and will definitely be the social center of the Design Miami hoopla. They’ve got a lounge perfect for relaxing while you watch others wince in pain. Bernadaud is serving Haagen-Dazs with Delphine Frey‘s porcelain cones next door. So the whole thing is kinda like a circus. With that pleasant buzzing sound in the air.


Team Tattoo: Josee Lapage, Tobias Wong and Aric Chen.

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The first victim opted for Lawrence Weiner‘s Sink or Swim design. He didn’t cry or nothin’.


Philip Wood of CITIZEN:Citizen, Google’s Jenn Shreve and Chronicle Books’ Alan Rapp abstained.


Jill Singer models her 5.5 Designers ink–oh, just kidding, it’s only a temporary.

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Sleeping Pigs Don’t Lie When It Comes to Pushing Product At Design Stores


Your life will never be the same once you’ve cast your eyes upon the infamous Sleeping Pig by George Chang for Auto, featured as a best-seller in “Best Sellers and Bombs, and What Stores Are Betting On” in yesterday’s NY Times House & Home.

Flip through the slideshow to see picks from stores across the country–it’s very interesting to see what made it and what didn’t, especially when it comes to brand-name designers: They’re betting on Tord Boontje‘s new table for Moroso, but two Hella Jongerius pieces bombed (like the poor Hella Hippo), as did glassware by Karim Rashid, while John Derian‘s decoupage projects fared well with skeletons but not with playing cards.

Victore’s Plate Gets Fuller, Rubino Kills Animals

For those not stuffing themselves with cake last night in celebration of’s boa models, the place to be in NYC was the Art Directors Club. And that’s exactly where our Stephanie Murg was.


Designers James Victore and Chris Rubino headlined the third in ADC’s series of four Adobe-sponsored “Young Guns” events. The pair kept the crowd amused and riveted by discussing some of their DIY-flavored projects and how they relate to their client work.

Cliche-clobbering Victore hinted that he’s close to a deal to produce plates featuring his designs with Royal Tichelaar Makkum, the Dutch ceramics firm that has collaborated with the likes of Hella Jongerius. The venture would build upon a series of recent Victore plate exhibitions (at venues including Design with Reach and The Future Perfect) that stemmed from the designer’s habit of drawing on plates in restaurants during his salad days.

Victore emphasized that he went after the project, cold calling and e-mailing the company during a trip to Europe. For him, DIY doesn’t mean going solo. “Don’t do it yourself,” he told the audience. “At my studio, when we want to do something, the first thing we do is figure out who we know that can make this shit happen.” Among the shit they’ve currently got happening is work on the Yohji Yamamoto men’s collection, a line of handpainted surfboards, and, intriguingly, “starting a school.”


Rubino, who was off to Hong Kong today for the Tuesday opening of a solo show of his work, had the crowd in stitches over a series of his hilarious “Something I Saw This Week” snapshots. Then he talked about killing animals–specifically how the animal-adorned holiday packaging that he designed for Banana Republic led him to draw more animals that factored into a number of personal projects, until finally, he said, “I had killed animals.”

Our pick for quote of the night, however, came during Rubino’s discussion of the evolving poster-based work he has done for Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz‘s Labyrinth Theater Company. Explained Rubino, “The meetings are like, you won an Oscar, you won a Pulitzer, I’m eating pizza.”

Stephanie Murg

Artecnica Designs With Conscience


Our good friends at LA-based Artecnica sent us some sneak peeks of their new Design With Conscience pieces, which you can see on the floor should you be Javits-izing. Founded in 2002, DWC is a program that manufactures and produces products in accordance with humanitarian and environmentally-friendly principles. Famous designers team with artisans and communities around the world to spread the wealth…and the love.

This year, we’ve got Fernando and Humberto Campana‘s TransNeomatic prototype, using a discarded scooter tire (above), Hella Jongerius‘s Beads & Pieces ceramic collection, and Stephen Burks‘s TaTu coffee table and stool, created with artists in South Africa and Zimbabwe. We also like Tord Boontje‘s Ivy metal etched screen, which is not part of the collection, but you still can enjoy it with a clear conscience.