yesterday i shared some of my favorite pieces from this year’s bklyn designs and now i’m diving back into my photos for part 2. in this post i’ll be focusing on some great new wallpaper designs, a light-up floor, some gorgeous wooden furniture, and a frame design that turns artwork into an ant-farm. yep, an ant-farm. i’m prtty torn on that one so feel free to join in the conversation after the jump!
[images: ant farm picture frames from framicarium. read on after the jump for more info…]
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hugh hayden and katie vitale joined forces a this year’s bklyn designs to launch a project called “FRAMEicarium”- a play on the idea of ant farms (formicarium) and antique frames. the frames have sand in them where ants can tunnel and create patterns against colored plexi or an actual painting. my initial thought was “WOAH. COOL”. but then amy brought up a good point about “what happens when they die?” ant farms can’t keep living and reproducing without a queen (which is illegal to ship over state lines) so the ants will die every 4 months and you’ll need to dump out all the sand and install new ants (unless you want to leave the bodies in and preserve the tunnel pattern on its own). i think it’s an interesting idea, but i’m a little uneasy with the idea of using living things as decoration. this came up when i posted the fishpods a few years back and i’ve never forgotten the points people made about fish living in a small pod as decoration. so i’m torn: good idea with the possibility of being altered to work well? or an area that design should leave alone?
beautiful new wallpapers and polar-bear inspired ceramics from shannon at eskayel. a portion of the profits from the polar-bear themed pieces will go to support polar bear preservation causes.
i had to resist the urge to jump on these like tom hanks in “big”. light-up floor and wall tiles from madbutter illumination systems. when you touch then they light up and the colors spread. beautiful.
city joinery debuted a beautiful table and bench system that was designed to let people lean up against the end of the bench seat with their feet up on the bench. the swivel bookcase can be used as a room divider as well as a shelf, and was inspired by a vintage italian design.
it was so fun to see katie from grow house grow‘s new collection of wallpapers in person. i love the theme of “women in science” and thought the orange style was particularly striking in real life.