Category Archives: Products from the Homevoyeurs.com webshop

Design classic; Dorothee Becker organiser


Designed in 1969, but still in production by Vitra. This very clever organiser Utensilo. I fit well into any of the era’s that passed after it was designed. Plastic fantastic 70’s, bare 80’s and all the revivals of these since. But it’s timeless and simple design make it fit for any trend or style anyway. And it’s very practical!

Utensilo by Dorothee Becker

Created by Dorothee Becker it comes in three different colours: white, black and red. Try finding one on sites like eBay, but if you fail, there are lots of online shops selling new ones staring at around $250.

Inspired? The Homevoyeurs webshop sells many books about design classics and Vitra. For instance Project Vitra: Sites, Products, Authors, Museum, Collection, Signs from Birkhauser Architecture. The book costs $32.25 and is eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25!

Project Vitra began in 1957 in Birsfelden near Basel with the production of the furniture of Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson. Today Vitra is active and known throughout the world for its products and cultural initiatives, which are evidenced by the Vitra Design Museum, its collections, and the architecture of the firm s own corporate campus. Vitra sees itself first and foremost as a project driven by the desire and determination to design the world.

This ambition is also the driving force behind Project Vitra, which offers an inside look at the firm s collaboration with architects and designers, including Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Tibor Kalman, Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, SANAA, Jasper Morrison, Zaha Hadid, Hella Jongerius, Maarten Van Severen, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Jean Prouvé, Mario Bellini, Antonio Citterio, Alberto Meda, Verner Panton, Herzog and de Meuron, and many others. The copiously illustrated chapters with contributions by Alex Coles, Rolf Fehlbaum, Luis Fernandez-Galiano, Deyan Sudjic, and Alexander von Vegesack tell stories about the places, people, and products connected with Vitra. This overview is rounded off by a history of the firm and a comprehensive glossary.

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Yarn Bombing


The days that knitting was something for the nerdy or elderly are far behind us. Knitting has taken the streets with some true street creds! Yarn Bombing, also known as Knit Graffiti is a form of graffiti with less destructive results. The tags are colorful displays of knitted objects or collages instead of paint.  Anything can be yarn bombed. Busses, benches, poles, parking meters, statues or, as the yarn bombed Banksy below shows, existing graffiti. It is said to have originated in Houston Texas in 2005 by design collective Knitta Please.

 

Banksy Yarn Bombed

Yarn Bombed tree with Twiggy portrait

Yarn Bombed graffiti spray 'paint' cans

Feel inspired? Read more about knitting and Yarn Bombing in some of the books for sale in the Homevoyeurs webshop. In particular this book about Knitting art. Available for $23,09 and eligible for free shipping!

 

Knitting Art

 

 

 

Sit on a London bus


The red London Bus is one of London’s principal icons. In particular the archetypal red rear-entrance double-deck Routemaster type is recognised worldwide. This type of bus is now only used on two heritage and touristic routes, but the vehicle will remain one of London’s most iconic symbols.

These great London bus cushions celebrate the icon and make it part of you home; anywhere in the world.

Selfridges London Bus cushion

Selfdridges & Co sell this one at £97.50. It is also available with the London black taxi and Bobby icons.

ASDA London bus cushion

At ASDA, this one is a bit cheaper at £7. I am having a hard time to find online retailers for this item. If anyone can help me I´d greatly appreciate it.

Debenhams London Bus cushion

At Debenhams, this graphic cushion sells for £20.

We Loves Cushions London Bus cushion

Welovecushions.co.uk sell this in their online shop for £24.99.

Ultraluxe.ca London Bus cushion

Canadian webshop Ultraluxe.ca sell this flowery and patchwork-esque cushion for $34,95

Baby-bedding.com.au London Bus cushion

This one at $16,95 with Australian baby website Baby-Bedding.com.au.

4M London Bus cushion

A very hefty $265 for this photo-printed cushion at 4M.

Not enough London transport for you? Check out some of the books on London design in the Homevoyeurs webshop. For instance London Transport Posters; a Century of Art & Design. For sale at $41,32 and eligible for free shipping.

London Transport Posters By David Bownes and Oliver Green

A single man home for sale


Tom Ford’s award-winning movie A Single Man was aesthetically stunning. I was in awe with the decor, light, set dressing, design; everything. It helped that two of the most beautiful people in the world starred in it. I really loved Julianne Moore’s house, but was also quite partial to Colin Firth’s glass mid Century gem of a home.

Scene from the movie. Image by Hookedonhouses.net

The home, designed by renowned architect John Lautner, was built in 1949. It’s currently on the market for $1,495,000. The house has been recently restored to its original natural redwood and glass beauty. A classic that Frank Gehry and Frank Escher both count among their absolute favorite homes. It boasts so many glass walls it feels transparent at times.

John Lautner's Schaffer Residence

Want to know more about John Lautner? The Homevoyeurs.com webshop sells many books about this influential 20th Century architect. For instance this coffee table book Lautner, 1911-1994: disappearing Space, by Barbara-Ann Campbell-Lange. It’s on sale for $9.99.

Lautner, 1911-1994: Disappearing Space

Books: Lost Russia: Photographing the Ruins of Russian Architecture By William CraftBrumfield


In the Homevoyeurs.com webshop; an amazing book about history, architecture and forgotten monuments in Russia

Lost Russia: Photographing the Ruins of Russian Architecture

The twentieth century in Russia has been a cataclysm of rare proportions, as war, revolution, famine, and massive political terror tested the limits of human endurance. The results of this assault on Russian culture are particularly evident in ruined architectural monuments, some of which are little known even within Russia itself.

Over the past two decades William Craft Brumfield, noted historian and photographer of Russian architecture, has traveled throughout Russia and photographed many of these neglected, lost buildings, poignant and haunting in their ruin. Lost Russiaprovides a unique view of Brumfield’s acclaimed work, which illuminates Russian culture as reflected in these remnants of its distinctive architectural traditions.

Capturing the quiet, ineffable beauty that graces these buildings, these photographs are accompanied by a text that provides not only a brief historical background for Russian architecture, but also Brumfield’s personal impressions, thoughts, and insights on the structures he views. Churches and monasteries from the fifteenth to the twentieth century as well as abandoned, ruined manor houses are shown—ravaged by time, willful neglect, and cultural vandalism. Brumfield also illustrates examples of recent local initiatives to preserve cultural landmarks from steady decline and destruction.

Concluding with photographs of the remarkable log architecture found in Russia’s far north, Lost Russia is a book for all those concerned with the nation’s cultural legacy, history, and architecture, and with historic and cultural preservation generally. It will also interest those who appreciate the fine art of exceptional photography.

The book, 144 pages in paperback,  is available through the Homevoyeurs.com webshop and on sale for $28.59. In some countries your order will be eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

William Craft Brumfield

Bemz teams up with Designers Guild


Ikea-furniture pimp company Bemz have incorporated designs by Designers Guild in their ever-growing collection of prints and fabrics to give your Ikea sofa a second chance in life.

In an earlier post I wrote about companies offering slip covers for Ikea sofa’s and chairs. Bemz was one of them. The Stockholm based  compa ny, spawned from the mind of the owner whilst on maternity leave, offers a large variety of fabrics they turn into slip covers to pimp your Ecktorp, Karlstad or Klippan sofa’s and chairs. Most recently they added designs from Designers Guild to their collection.

Designers Guild @ Bemz.com

“Founder and design guru Tricia Guild is famous the world over for her bold and graphic designs and unique pattern combinations. She has also authored several books, in which she encourages us to introduce colour and pattern into our homes. Tricia finds a lot of inspiration among plantlife which she injects with asian, antique and bohemian elements.”

Inspired? Or need to be? Try one of Tricia Guild’s books available through the Homevoyeurs.com webshop.

For instance Tricia Guild Flower Sense; The Art of Decorating with Flowers. Now available for $30.40 & eligible for FREE Shipping in some countries.

 

The Adirondack Chair, an American classic


The Adirondack or Muskoka chair is an all time favourite for anyone with the luxury of a terrace and a bit of a view. In America, one will find them in great abundance in rural, outdoor settings and city porches alike.

Adirondacks

The original design of today’s chairs was drawn by Thomas Lee in 1903. He was on vacation in Westport, New York, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and needed outdoor chairs for his summer home. He tested the first designs on his family who loved the comfort of his design. A local carpenter friend gladly produced a few for him. This friend, a certain Mr. Bunnell realized the chair was the perfect item to sell to Westport’s wealthy summer residents, and  without asking Lee’s permission, Bunnell filed for and received patent 794,777 in 1905.
The original Adirondack chair was made off eleven planks and pieces of wood. It had a straight back and seat, which were set at a slant to sit better on the steep and sloping mountain inclines of the area. It also featured wide armrests, which became a hallmark of the Adirondack chair. Today’s Adirondack chairs usually feature a rounded back and contoured seat as this is considered a bit more comfortable.

Adirondack chairs are becoming popular as outdoor seating at cafés and bars because the flat armrests are suitable for setting food and beverages on, making it possible to provide individual seating without tables.

Homevoyeurs.com’s webshop sells a great book about the chair with many inspiring photographs. At a mere $14.00 it works as a great coffee table book or present. Buy it here.

The Adirondack Chair: A Celebration of a Summer Classic

If you want your own chair, Google for instructions to make your own of for nearby retailers. They are sold all over the world.