Bristol-based Zara Picken is a young illustrator who is influenced by mid-century modern design and has a passion for old paper-based ephemera. Her work is retro-tinted with textured blocks of colour, and combines digital and handmade elements.

Starman is just one of Zara's many beautiful illustrations. If you still have a spot on the wall... threat yourself this weekend and check out Zara's little shop.


Studio Gorm
has designed a wonderful kitchenette "where nature and technology are integrated in a symbiotic relationship. In this kitchen, processes flow into one another in a natural cycle, efficiently utilizing energy, waste, water and other natural resources. It provides a space not only for preparing food but an environment that gives a better understanding of how natural processes work. A kitchen where food is grown, stored, cooked and composted to grow more food."

I love the clear and simple lines of their designs, and this kitchen is just another perfect example of the signature style that they have truly mastered; great 'Dutch' design with a twist as seen by many Droog Design items.

Studio Gorm is a collaboration between American John Arndt and Korean Wonhee Jeong who met while studying in the masters program at the Dutch Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

Train tray surprise

Every now and again there's someone who can really surprise us. One person who does for sure is English Dominic Wilcox. Dominic created a 'pop up train tray surprise'. What a great treat! For sure a fresh look on street art, graffiti and guerrilla art, putting some smiles on people's faces!

Dominic was recently featured on many sites with one of his latest projects, called 'by a thread' where cotton thread is wound onto a wooden cane, one spool at a time. 'By a thread' is now on show at the Designhuis in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

More i29

Earlier this year I shared one of the many magnificient projects done by Dutch Interior Design firm i29. And today, I came across another i29 interior gem (via Irene). The colors, graphic lines, the contrast of materials make this apartment look spacious, organized and welcoming... All that, and more, on just 45 m2.

Kyoto town house

The beautiful Kyoto town house is like a origami dream. Beautiful wood sculpted the house in such way that it's given a surreal and spectacular look and feel. All the different angles, nooks and levels, give the interior such a magical touch. It's like Japanese Alice in Wonderland could walk in any moment and serve you some (green) tea.

Tired lounge

Verner Panton's relaxer rocking chair has always been one of my favorite rocking chairs, and now Leo Kempf has taken the design to another level.

Although the original is - in every way - simply amazing, I'm pleasantly surprised by the twist Leo managed to give it. Like Verner himself dusted it off and is getting the relaxer ready for a new rock show.