I had not heard of this store before but it is pretty good. In terms of style and offering it is about half way between Whole Foods and Stop and Shop. The selection is good and the prices are ok. I think that North Carolina is one of their primary states and judging by this photo DF might have done the design.
This has to be the strangest design of any of the small electric housewares leaders. The form is neither modern nor transitional and blue light (though visually compelling) does nothing to support the category and the finishes lack continuity. none of it adds up to a $100 product and yet they are the category leader. It must be the machine-like professional feel that separates it from the standard brewer and makes it work
While in Richmond we went to this refined little wine bar. It serves two options of three course meals changing weekly with excellent wine pairing for each course. By far the best meal I have had in Richmond. Portion and presentation were uniquely perfect. Wish the rest of the team could have been there but it was a great find john.
A couple people have mentioned the new mini projectors recently. Very convenient size and cool form but unfortunately they do not have the power of the standard size projectors. Reminds me a little bit of when I first started presenting and we were switching over from slide projects with circular carousels to ones auto loading magazines.
According to Tome Wilson, Wright's goal in Racine was to seal off the interior from the surrounding industrial environment and provide a work space that was, as Wright said, "as inspiring a place to work in as any cathedral ever was in which to worship." Light floods the large interior space from skylights and a clerestory through tubes of Pyrex glass.
It is a lot more impressive in person, although the colors and furniture have not aesthetically held up as well as the structure.
Here is another shortlisted entry in the Designboom Colombo door handle competition. I think that these guys are getting an amazing amount of value for the investment. Most of the entries are very nicely resolved and the variation in concepts is amazing. Rather than have an in-house design team Colombo might want to just sponsor these competitions, that way they only pay for the designs they want.
Rubbertastic is the name of my current show at Carole Pecks Good News Cafe in Woodbury. This is the first series I have done in silicone rubber and it is also the only show I have designed for a specific space. The collection of about 18 pieces took a little over two years. The reception is this weekend, early word is that people are enjoying it. I achieved my goal of more adequately filling the space, I even had a couple pieces left over.
The project was conceived for the designboom and COLOMBO competition: 'hands on door handles' by John Caswell. A clever idea, not sure if it won the competition or was a part of the shortlist. Interesting to see that in this competition the winning submissions seem to be very close to production.