“Aesthetically pleasing miniature landscape for display and contemplation.”

Especially now that it’s consistently over 20-degrees on a daily basis, the greenery of Spring is on my mind.






These are ienami Bonkei Planters in a minimalist design from Metaphys.

Bonkei can be both imaginative and calming. According to Wikipedia, “[t]he goal of the form is to provide an aesthetically pleasing miniature landscape for display and contemplation.”

Not only are they attractive, but a few next to each other starts to create a whole little planter village!



Rooftop agriculture IS a surging urban phenomenon, after all.







What’s In Your Junk Drawer?

First, this question of “what’s in your junk drawer” assumes I only have one. I think maybe all of my drawers are full of junk, but that’s not the point.

The point is that Matt Stevens has this clever little series, Junk Drawer, that depicts icons from pop culture… well, it tells us a lot about them by showing what’s in their junk drawer.

Like Batman:
Batman's Drawer











Would Fancy be considered a dirty magazine in this context? Mee-ow!

Batman Drawer 2








Stevens is also brave enough to dive into the drawer of Pee Wee Herman:
Pee Wee
Pee Wee

















Prints for sale in his online store, too!


Design, iron, fish, and condoms.

Sometimes, good design comes in handy in unexpected ways. Like ways that play with the human psyche to solve a problem.

This headline is a distillation of a great story I read recently on core77.com.

Lucky Fish
The basic idea is this: in trying to make sure villagers stave off iron-deficiency health issues, these cute little lucky fish made of iron became an unlikely problem solver. It doesn’t necessarily feel right to plop a hunk of iron into your pot when you’re making soup. In fact, that sounds really unappealing.

Know what’s cute, also made of iron, but symbolizes luck and health? These iron fish.

Lucky Fish
When hunks of iron were distributed for the same purpose, no one used them, because EW. But recognizing the importance and symbolism of the fish in this particular village culture, a tweak in the presentation made all the difference! Now, it’s more or less standard to throw your lucky fish into the pot, AND the rate of illnesses related to iron deficiency has dropped significantly.

Brilliant! But to find out what condoms have to do with it you’ll have to read the Core77 article: How Designing Something Into the Shape of an Animal Can Actually Improve Human Health, and Why You Shouldn’t Put Condoms on Broomsticks.

WARNING: Extreme Kitty Cuteness + Good Idea = AWWW.

Awww, cute kitty Maru LOVES boxes! But this post isn’t about Maru and his boxes. It’s about that fact of life when you have fuzzy friends, and their curiosity becomes SEVERE ANNOYANCE as you just try to get work done as they crawl around and chase things all over you.

If you don’t have any boxes, never fear: Ruan Hao of LYCS Architecture has solved your problem with… the CATable!



I particularly like the way this project is described as I poked around The Internet to find more information. It’s a shared table, for human AND cat. Not a human table that cats can play with.



I need this.

The design principles involved largely revolve around humans feeling anguish when they have to shoo their kitties away, coupled with the irresistible temptation to a cat of that magical thing: the small opening.



Everyone might need this.





Love the name. Love the brand. Love the environment. Love food.

There’s not much wrong with Munchery.

The idea was pretty simple: you can order delicious food prepared by local chefs delivered right to you door that just need that finishing few minutes in the oven or microwave. After a while, though, they noticed a flaw in design–their packaging. It wasn’t oven safe, or environment safe. So they made a commitment, and voila!


From the website:

Eco-friendly packaging. No eco-tradeoffs.

  • Trays made from all natural, renewable plant fibers (bamboo & sugarcane)
  • Microwave and oven safe
  • Compostable and biodegradable
  • Plastic from recycled plastic bottles
  • Paper products from 100% recycled paper







What a cute design, and was a decent company:

As you can see, responsibility was a big focus as part of this relaunch. So on a related note, we also partnered with The Conservation Fund to offset our delivery drivers carbon footprint by planting trees. We also partnered with The San Francisco Food Bank and donate a meal for every order placed on Munchery.

Time to place my order!


Color of the Year

Sephora and Pantone Universe have declared the color of the year for 2014:
Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid. From the Pantone Universe press release:

Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.

radiant orchiv





Of course, Sephora has released a whole series honoring the color, as the annual collaboration continues.

Sephora Pantone






Especially with the Spring rolling in, I suppose we’ll be seeing extra radiant orchid in 2014, and since that means great joy, love, and health, that’s fine by me!

Pantone chip