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Monthly Archives: December 2009

  • Shiny Distractions

    Today we ran out of dish soap.  When I unscrewed the bottle to add some water to the little bit that remained, a million teeny tiny bubbles dashed into the air around me. tiny_bubbles




     When the world throws magic at you during the most mundane tasks in life, this is truly a gift.  In other less lustrous times, we have to create our own magic amongst the dishes or surround ourselves with shiny distractions.  A few magical kitchen tools worth mentioning include…

    Magic Bunny Toothpick Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi: 


    (worth noting: this made a fine gift for my après dinner-gum conscious grandmother this Christmas)

    Pino Funnel by Stefano Giovannoni & Miriam Mirri for Alessi:


    Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer by Philippe Starck for Alessi:


    Big Love Ice Cream Spoon by Miriam Mirri for Alessi:


    Bunny and Carrot Paper Towel Holder by Stefano Giovannoni for Alessi:


    Alvar Aalto Cookie Mold by Iittala:


  • House Birds

    CrowA neighbour in my apartment building has two fake stuffed crows in his window that curiously peer out at me while I fill up my watering can.  At first glance, they were a bit scary … but after meeting their gaze a few times, I’ve grown to like them … a lot.  Crows get a bit of a bad wrap in our culture – like when you refer to a group of several crows, it’s called MURDER. 

    That’s harsh. 



    Also, they eat garbage and that’s no good for their rep.  The other day outside of Zellers I noticed a MURDER of crows trying to bust into an entire bag of bagels with a series of teeny tiny punctures inflicted by their pointy beaks.  It seemed as though they had been working tirelessly at this for hours, so naturally I sympathized.  I bravely approached the MURDER to rip open the bag and free the yummy circles of doughy goodness and all traces of bagel disappeared within seconds. 

    It was amazing.


    Anyhoo… Apparently Charles and Ray Eames also had an affinity for the black bird (maybe not crow specific).  On one of their many travels they picked up an American folk art object … a black wooden bird and brought it home to live in the centre of their living room. 


    Vitra has re-produced the Eames’ beloved pet as a beautiful smooth black bird with the very same skinny stick legs and round eye balls.  It’s elegant and endearing and makes a nice alternative to a feathered friend of the live variety.  Against a back-drop it becomes a graphic image and on the carpet in the middle of room it’s just sweet and loveable.

    Eames house bird 2


    Eames house bird


    MURDER of house birds


  • Tizio LED

    Tizio LED


    The Tizio lamp was originally designed in 1972.  Now redesigned in 2009 by Richard Sapper as a LED Tizio Version.  5 led bulbs using only 8 watts of power.  Equivalent to 55 watt halogen bulb.

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