come fly with me


firebird ballerina

Designer-craftisan @ Folkmanis

I was thinking if I want to give or get a gift this X-mas what it would be! Among very few things I am eyeing this firebird. It seems this puppet ballerina has played some magical tricks on me!

From a humble beginning as a sidewalk vendor on Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, California; Judy Folkmanis and her husband Atis have created a puppet empire. Their realistic and heartwarming work see  here.

reshaped tradition



Kathi Stertzig and Albio Nascimento @ The Home Project

I am going to ask few questions first.

Why few young designers just do not design beautiful luxurious products, follow market trends and be happy with fame and fortune!

Why research for endless hours?

Why rummage through the tradition and think new designs?

Why insist on sustainable life style?

Why develop new material culture?

And why ask disturbing questions through designs?

Hats off to those young designers who do all these and much more and bring beautiful things to make our life easy!

Kathi Stertzig and Albio Nascimento @ The Home Project are two such designers whose designs, I am unable to ignore.

I already did a post on their postcard-which evokes a succinct remark on our life and times!


Here is their stunningly beautiful and eco -sensitive ‘unblossom’-salt crystal bowl .

Traditional hand-crafted crochet -work doilies are given new shape and function by crystallizing salt which raises them into bowls.



Egg-holder is a natural useful object to expose, serve and eat boiled eggs.

An old Portuguese tradition sells boiled eggs out of a plate which is filled with salt. The salt conserves the egg for a longer period and avoids strong smell. The crochet technique builds a structure for salt to crystallize. The outcome is a standard egg holder made of pure white salt crystals. A natural useful object to expose, serve and eat boiled eggs.

Few more of The Home Projects’ designs…..

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magnet me!


magnet tack

Designer Hironao Tsuboi @ 100%

This simple object I am portraying today seems as if I have designed this!!! No I am not joking; I am merely saying that this magnet tack is so close to heart that it feels like my design! And if you have read my ‘about my blog’ page you know I have used magnets in everyday life.

So I am very happy to present this simple, extremely useful product from 100%.



magnet tack

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do I know these lanes


courtesy Kiki van Eijk

I have never seen so many colours in a city architecture ever before.

Have you?


courtesy Michael R. Swigart

May be you know a lot about San Cristobal de las Casas, a city in Mexico.

I did not know until a few days ago.


courtesy Alma Roma

Ever since I saw images of this colourfully rich city, I feel haunted. Yeh haunted!

I ask myself again and again – do I know these lanes?


courtesy esterpics

India is full of colours too. But no I haven’t seen these palettes.

Yellows, blues, red, greens, violets in every merry hue. All the contrasts, new combinations you can check in San Cristobal.


courtesy TommytheA

If you see any colour or shade missing do write to me, I will post them for you.


Though I am an Indian colours do not easily attract me but I do not mind these colours. In fact San Cristobal colours are mind boggling for me!


Do check all the links (all credits for these colourful photos go to them), they have many more wonderful photos. (as if my post is not exhaustive enough!)

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time does fly


wallpaper puzzle

Designer : Andreas Graffelder @ details-producte+ideen

These three products from details-producte are fun, beautiful and intelligent.

Wallpaper puzzle and carton : if you love the challange and the wallpaper, this is for you.


wall clock

Designer Chris Koens @ details-producte+ideen

Time does fly with this ceramic and feathers wall clock. The little, the big hand and the second are feathers; the ceramics are light or dark blue.


the file pecker

Designers: Patrick Frey & Markus Boge @ details-producte


Designers maintain after creating this mischief – After a long search, we found him. Who else is responsible for the holes in the files?