Monday, November 26, 2012

Nerd Alert!

Two years ago a friend of mine introduced me to the amazing innovation of 3D printing, which will undoubtedly change the future of the production of products big and small. As a designer, 3D printing will allow me to create small scale prototypes of furniture, lighting, and entire homes. I read that MakerBot had just opened their first flagship store in my neighborhood, so I stopped in to check it out last week.

Not only can you purchase your very own 3D printer in their store, you can have a 3D bust of yourself made for $5!!! They also have ornaments, small figurines, model homes, helicopters, etc that you can purchase all for around $5 as well.

Here are some of the pictures I snapped of the store on my iPhone.

 Photo booth where they take your picture and turn it into a 3D bust of your head

 Color options for your bust

There are 3 different sizes you can choose from for your own 3D bust

 Examples of the 3D model homes that can be made with the 3D printer

The roofs are removable so you can make your very own dollhouse that matches your own home!

100% custom dollhouse + furniture

Here is a custom 3D house being made inside the 3D printer. 

Small figurines make great stocking stuffers

Helicopters make great Christmas gifts for boys (and men)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Table for Two

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently moved into a temporary sublet apartment.  I finally found a fabulous apartment and it is 4 times the size of my little West Village shoebox! Did I mention it has a fabulous bathtub, fireplace, walk-in closet, and the owner is leaving the baby grand piano for a few months until they can arrange to have it moved? Anyone want to teach me how to play?

There is no separate dining room , and not quite enough room for a full size dining table next to the baby grand piano, but there is room for a two person bistro table.

I have put together a tablescape for my apartment. The table and chairs work well with my current living room furniture, and the place mats and napkins make the space an entirely new scheme all together. I can mix up the color scheme within the dining area depending on my dinner guests, the seasons, and my mood in general.

I happen tho think this scheme is girly yet sophisticated and warm, and inviting. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Working at the carwash, yeah!

I am currently looking for some art pieces for a client. I came across these fabulous photographs by Karen Tompkins on Art + Interiors. Her "carwash" series makes me nostalgic about the times as a child when I would accompany my mother on her daily errands, my favorite being the carwash.