Design Year Book

Design Year Book

Beagle in Boots by Brett Neal

Posted: 30 Oct 2011 10:30 PM PDT

"I'm just a monkey with a paint brush. Put something in front of me and I paint it. I can only paint what I can see." That's Brett Neal, the artist who creates a history of art series by taking everyday ordinary objects and make them extraordinary. His witty fiberglass sculptures, such as this Beagle in Boots is to take the kitsch object to the point of art at the same time creating a diversion by placing the work of great masters on the object that is totally out of context to the paintings. Pondering the fine line between kitsch and art.

+ Brett Neal

Calling You For Freedom

Dedicated to all the people struggling for freedom and dignity in the world.

To Be Like This

Not To Be Like This

Lailahaillallah | There is no God but Allah

لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ
There is no God but Allah

Lailahaillallah NASHEED | Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy

Sahih International
So woe to those who write the "scripture" with their own hands, then say, "This is from Allah ," in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
( Al-Baqarah - 79)

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Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, "Be," and it is.
(Al-Baqarah 117)

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Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,
(Al-Ikhlas 1)

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He neither begets nor is born,
(Al-Ikhlas 3)

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Nor is there to Him any equivalent."
 (Al-Ikhlas - 4)

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And of His signs are the night and day and the sun and moon. Do not prostrate to the sun or to the moon, but prostate to Allah , who created them, if it should be Him that you worship.
 (QS. Fushshilat 37)

Sahih International
So have you considered al-Lata and al-'Uzza?

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And Manat, the third - the other one?

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Is the male for you and for Him the female?

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That, then, is an unjust division.

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They are not but [mere] names you have named them - you and your forefathers - for which Allah has sent down no authority. They follow not except assumption and what [their] souls desire, and there has already come to them from their Lord guidance.

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Or is there for man whatever he wishes?

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Rather, to Allah belongs the Hereafter and the first [life].
(An-Najm 53: 19 -25)

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O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, "Three"; desist - it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.
(An-NISA - 171)

Sahih International
Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. And those who were given the Scripture did not differ except after knowledge had come to them - out of jealous animosity between themselves. And whoever disbelieves in the verses of Allah , then indeed, Allah is swift in [taking] account.
(Al- Imran 19)
أشهد أن لا إله إلا الله و أشهد أن محمد رسول الله.
ʾašhadu ʾan lā ʾilāha ʾilla (A)llāh, 
wa ʾašhadu ʾanna Muḥammada(n) rasūlu (A)llāh
There is no god but ALLAH, and Muhammad is the messenger of ALLAH


Design Year Book

Design Year Book

Echo Cat & Dog Bowl

Posted: 28 Oct 2011 06:32 PM PDT

Spotted these super cute dog and cat bowl from Reiko Kaneko online shop. The Echo cat & dog bowl are made of fine bone china, and believe it or not, Reiko claims the pets apparently prefer the bowl. 

+ Reiko Kaneko

Justin Bieber posters wallpapers riding his bike and watching the fans on the Tropical Paradise Island background

Justin Bieber posters wallpapers riding his bike and watching the fans on the Tropical Paradise Island background

Justin Bieber free posters wallpapers riding his bike and watching the fans on the Tropical Paradise Island background

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Dream Suzuki Kizashi

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Dream Lamborghini Diablo

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Dream Lamborghini Paint Tribal

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Colour Trends For 2012

Posted: 27 Oct 2011 10:46 AM PDT

It's October now, and the world's largest paints company, AkzoNobel (Dulux) is releasing their Color Futures 2012, which present one dominant trend and five relating trends. The single color that best sums up the prevailing mood, attitude and fashion of the time is deemed the Color of the Year 2012.

Trend 1: Living Scrapbook
Our preoccupation with documenting and sharing our lives has become multi facetted with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and a myriad of blogs all allowing you to invite people into your personal, self designed zone. This culture of showcasing 'who I am' has crossed over into the physical world and influenced how we present ourselves through our homes.

This palette reflects the quirky aesthetics of blogs and social media. Happy, yet mature pastels beloved by designers like Ray and Charles Eames. This collection is modern but ever so slightly degraded and non-mainstream.

Trend 2: One Small Seed
We can't save the world on our own, but we can enjoy the small wander of nurturing our own plants at home and creating new life from one small seed. Growing our own food helps us reconnect with the importance and delicate balance of nature. Plants are no longer simply decoration but a vital part of our interior environment.

Nature inspires a palette of watery greens, fresh sky blue and earthy neutrals with deeper accents of dark soil, leaf green and bright pink and red blooms. Which one will you choose?

Trend 3: Rediscovered Heroes
Hard times have their advantages; they prompt us to look around at what is already there and find new ways of using it. Abandoned buildings and discarded objects are re-invigorated and re-imagined to create useful and individual design. It's time to celebrate the humble lamp post, paperclip and milk bottle as heroes of design.

This palette rejoices in the down to earth colors of our industrial heritage. Denim blue, rusty metal tones, concrete grey and sewing machine green are accented with signal brights inspired by the bold hues of wires and pipes.

Trend 4: Delicate Mix
In times of turbulence we are attracted to design which offers silence and visual stillness. Very simple, beautifully made pieces are a real luxury and exude subtlety and refinement. A juxtaposition of materials creates the perfect balance and the smooth lines and polished surfaces demonstrate the love and care that has been taken to produce them.

If you're feeling elegant and understated, these might be the colors for you. Refined neutrals, warm caramels, and blushing corals paired with polished concrete, wood tones and a hit of copper orange to add spice.

Trend 5: Different Worlds
We have always been fascinated with the idea of exploring the line between fantasy and reality. Ever since Lewis Carroll's Alice dropped down the rabbits hole we have been enjoying weirder and more wonderful worlds and today's technology allows us to inhabit several worlds at the same time through gaming, Skyping and 3D movies

This color palette is dreamy and surreal. Choose from lush blues, greens and reds or set your sights on a delicate, ethereal pastel.

Color Of The Year
This radiant shade is the most important color for 2012 as it is at once whimsical and serious, dynamic and soft, perfect for a tiny accent or for a feature wall. Red is held in high regard around the world. In China, it is associated with good fortune; in India it signals marital bliss and insightfulness.

Design Year Book

Design Year Book

The Design Work of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

Posted: 26 Oct 2011 06:04 PM PDT

Internationally acclaimed designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have their first monograph published by Rizzoli in New York. 

Britain two of the most most innovative industrial designers, the firm Barber Osgerby has won numerous awards since its founding in 1996. Distinguished by clean, modern lines, BarberOsgerby engages in furniture and product design, as well as consumer electronics, architecture, and interiors, making their mark with technical craftsmanship, formal vigor, and inspired use of color. BarberOsgerby's work includes iconic designs like the best-selling Tab Lamp (2008), and is part of permanent museum collections worldwide. Their portfolio ranges widely from accessible work to custom one-off pieces, including pews for a cathedral, hangers for Levi's, and the brilliantly hued Iris Tables. Their work has been produced by manufacturers and clients such as Cappellini, Swarovski, Stella McCartney, and Coca-Cola. Featuring sketches, concept renderings, and compelling photographs, the book is organized thematically with an emphasis on materials and process, tracing the inspirations and working method of this unique design duo. 

If you like the book, buy it here! 

+ Barber Osgerby