Friday, April 18, 2008

Design Obsessions

My dearest friend Meniek invited me to write down my obsessions, hoping to make me admit things that would embarrass me. Well, since this is (mainly) a blog dedicated to all aspects of design, I decided to make this post about my design obsessions. So here they are, in no particular order:

1. Colour: Green, especially lime green, is an obsession for at least five years now. My kitchen (see the previous post for a photograph, you can see the green wall of my kitchen behind the shoes) and bedroom walls, various home objects, many of my clothes - latest acquisition are my All Star shoes (Chucks) in army green.

2. The Eames lounge chair - I posted before about this, it will haunt me until I get my hands on one (maybe even after I ever do).

3. 50's & 60's Scandinavian furniture - the absolute must for a well designed space. Timeless, elegant, simple, comfortable. What more can one ask for?

4. Alexander McQueen - for me the best fashion designer working today. I wait breathlessly for each new collection of his. The rest of the pack follows.

5. Calvin Klein ads, shot by Bruce Weber. The best ones out there since the late 70s.

6. Christy Turlington - my inspiration and favourite model.

7. Bottega Veneta - Tomas Meier is doing amazing things with this label, from bags to dresses to anything: the modern classics.

8. Sterling silver rings for men - best hand decoration out there.

9. Steven Klein. I do not think I have seen any photos taken by him that I did not like. Ever.

Vogue cover - Christy Turlington by Steven Klein

W photo shoot - David Beckham by Steven Klein

10. Dave McKean. The best illustrator out there. Period.

11. Frank Lloyd Wright. Most of his work is still relevant, his buildings are still talked about, the Guggenheim in NY is still the most beautiful museum out there.

12. Karim Rashid - I'm obsessed with his choice of colours, materials, organic forms. And of course his chess and backgammon sets are gracing my home (along with his dish rack!)

13. Eiko Ishioka. The genius of set and costume design. Her work is rare and exquisite, blending ancient Japanese tradition with modern sensibilities and historical references. You all remember her costumes for Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula.

14. Apple products. Enough said.

15. Fabien Baron. Master art director, he has worked for so many iconic brands that you get dizzy just reading his cv.

Harper's Bazzar layout

Harper's Bazzar layout

Prada men's perfume - bottle designed by Fabien Baron

16. Marimekko bags. I own one. Sadly only one.

17. Versace from early 80s till early 90s. Everyone wanted to dress and be like the models in his ads (male or female).

18. Texture in fabrics. I love rugged, torn, fuzzy, intricate woven fabrics for clothing and furniture alike.

19. Modern design. Need I say Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe once more?

20. Photographers David Seidner and Herb Ritts. They are no longer with us, but their images are for me unforgettable. David made his subjects look as if they posed for Sergeant, while Herb made his look like Olympian Gods.

The Miller Sisters by David Seidner for Vanity Fair 1995

Fashion photograph by David Seidner

Versace ad - Christy Turlington by Herb Ritts

Record sleeve - Olivia Newton-John by Herb Ritts


  1. Δεν άφησες και τίποτα! Ολο εμμονές είσαι δηλαδή...

    Πάντως μερικά κολλήματα από αυτά τα μοιράζομαι κι εγώ. Θα διαγωνήσω μόνο στο άρωμα που υποστηρίζω μέχρι θανάτου το Individuel της Mont Blanc

    Καλή εβδομάδα :-D

  2. Πωπωπω κολλήματα! Παρόλο που ξεγλύστρησες, ομολογώ πως φάνηκαν αρκετές από τις εμμονές σου;-)

    Καλημέρα και καλή βδομάδα.

    ΥΓ. το τσουρέκι ήταν ΘΑΝΑΤΟΣ! κι εσύ ήσουν άπαιχτος. Χάρηκα πολύ με την έκπληξη. Να την ξaνακάνεις;-)

  3. @mad: το μπουκάλι είναι ένα από τα πολλά που έχει σχεδιάσει ο Baron, το έβαλα σαν δείγμα (της Mont Blanc η αισθητική δε με αγγίζει καθόλου). Καλή βδομάδα!

    @mamma:Καλή βδομάδα - κι εγώ χάρηκα πολύ! Θα το επαναλάβουμε όταν ξανακατέβω!

    δε φαντάζεσαι πόσο σε νιώθω,
    για τις καρέκλες Barcelona και για την άλλη του Eames....
    αν ποτέ τις αποκτήσω (αχ βαχ) δεν ξέρω πως θα γίνει να μην κοιμάμαι τα βράδια μαζί τους...

    αν ποτέ αποκτήσεις καποια ή και τις δύο, που σου το εύχομαι ολόψυχα, να με καλέσεις να σε φθονήσω από κοντά!

    (κλαψ λυγμ)

  5. Μα πώς τα αντέχεις ολα αυτά στο μαζεμα εννοώ; Πώς αντέχεις να συγκεντρώνεις εικονες, σκεψεις, εντυπώσεις...αντε μωρε, καλη δυναμη και καλό πασχα ευχομαι
    ριτς, φιλια και αγαπη

  6. @ α, μπα? : φυσικά και θα σε φωνάξω! Να τις απολαύσεις όμως, όχι να με ζηλεύεις!

    @ ρίτσα: είναι ο τρόπος δουλειάς μου ούτως ή άλλως αυτός! Πολλές ευχές και πάλι!

  7. έξοχο post. έξοχο blog. δε στο λέω συχνά, σχεδόν καθόλου εδώ που τα λέμε, αλλά τουλάχιστον έχω τις ανάλογες τύψεις.. καλό πάσχα

  8. Και τώρα μόνο που το είπες είναι υπεραρκετό... ευχαριστώ για τα καλά σου λόγια, τα αισθήματα αμοιβαία!
    Καλό Πάσχα!