Monday, January 31, 2011

Eye Candy and Rabbit Food

I'll admit I'm having serious withdrawals as my current city of residence is lacking a quality salad joint.  But even if I had a good local fix, I'm sure I'd still be obsessed with this playful fast-casual salad shop designed by Singapore-based Asylum design. Maybe if our American restaurants were as hip and healthy as the Salad Shop, we wouldn't have to beat people over the head to make healthier food choices!  I can't decide which is my favorite - the bold, graphic stools, or the cutlery in the windows. You can find more photos here.

So if you find yourself in Singapore in the near future, check it out and let me know what you think.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sao Paulo's Vitra Showroom

Continuing with the theme of up and coming fashion cities, Sao Paulo was another top contender in my peers' research project.  I am in love with this gorgeous Vitra Showroom designed by Studio MK27.  The grit of this raw concrete block contrasted against the sleek storefront and colorful furniture makes for a store that just draws you in.  Also, it seems the perfect symbolism for the vibrancy and possibilities hidden behind some of Sao Paulo's notoriety.

Naif Tasaram

Some of my fellow grad school classmates did an in-depth study predicting the next fashion city, and Istanbul came up as a potential contender (along with Seoul and New Delhi, to name a few).  After having just seen their presentation yesterday, I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about prominent designers there.  The bold work of Istanbul-based designer, Naif Tasaram, helps to advance this city as a major player in the global design world.  Images shown are from his Obvian chair and Urchin lamp.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Tom Fruin created this colorful sculpture out of over 2,000 pieces of salvaged plexiglass in Copenhagen.  According to the Coolhunter, they were rescued from a closed distributor, framing shop, and dumpsters near the Danish Architecture Center.  Just another beautiful example of what can happen when we keep our waste out of landfills!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Room with a View

In terms of unique hotels, Treehotel might be the most unusual one I've seen yet.  If you're looking to get in touch with nature, or have always wanted to spend a night up in the trees, a quick trip to Sweden (Harads, specifically, 60km south of the Arctic Circle), and you're all set.

The goal of this project was to allow people to be in the midst of nature without demolishing forests.  Each tree room is uniquely designed, and the management focuses on running operations as sustainably as possible.

And in case you're worried about birds flying into the glass cube, they incorporated a special infrared film (visible to birds only) into the glass.  See, they thought of everything!

Greek Treat

I love the simplicity of this beautiful Greek bakery, Elektra, designed by Studioprototype. The cararra marble and dark, rich woods, gracefully complement the beautiful breads on display.  And the Tom Dixon lamps in the window are the perfect design complement, adding interest without overpowering this minimalistic space.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chocolate Studio

The only thing better than chocolate is beautifully wrapped chocolate, such as that from London-based Curious Chocolate.  Apparently, their inspiration come after stumbling upon a letterpress shop in Amsterdam.  Good thing they convinced the owner to share some of his printblocks!

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Tale of Two Cities

J'Adore!  Paris and New York.  I love them both and love how this artist, Vahram Muratyan, has beautifully contrasted them.  She has many more iconic designs you can check out on her blog.  Even better?  They are available for purchase here in the States!

Happy MLK Day!

I wanted to share an excellent article that my former coworker, Tucker Viemeister, wrote for Fast Company celebrating the values of diversity.

"Diversity should be tolerated and encouraged. Plain vanilla is bad. Problems spawn innovation. Variety is a prerequisite for progress -- without mutations and change there would be no opportunity for dreams!"

Check the entire article out here.  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Eat, Sleep, Whiskey

From restaurant to mini-hotel, hip Michelin star awarded Chicago restaurant Longman & Eagle just opened up a six room hotel upstairs.  Some cool factors in the rooms include hanging terrariums, organic soy mattresses, and Apple TV's.  Best wishes for them that their new hotel is as successful as their restaurant!

All photos by Clayton Hauck.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beer Garters

I love me some witty packaging, and this Russian-based design, Ram is pretty brilliant on many levels.

Dancers Among Us

This incredible photography project by Jordan Matter makes me insanely homesick for New York City.  As anyone who has lived there knows, you bump shoulders (literally) with all kinds of interesting people as you go about your daily life, but you never know who these people are and what hidden talents they hide.  I love how this project visualizes the fantasy world we could see if we had a glimpse into the talents of those we encounter but never actually get to know.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Graphic Grammar

Here's an ambitious project: make a symbol for every single noun that exists.  The goal of the Noun Project is to create a universal, visual language.  They have quite an impressive collection generated.  Rumor is a search function is in the works, now that they've secured funding.

Wonder if they'll move onto verbs next.  I don't know about you, but I'd much rather draw a symbol than figure out how to conjugate hundreds of verbs when learning a new language!

Concrete Jungle

I'm a big fan of concrete. What's not to love? Strong, durable, modern. However, I'll be the first to admit that it can seem a bit cold and impersonal, at times. Try living in a concrete loft in the dead of winter...brr.  

This is why I'm thrilled to see a fresh take on this material, courtesy of Transparent House Studio.  As they're a visualization studio (not the ones actually making the product), I'm not quite sure how these are applied, but I love the concept!


Welcome to chic 'n scoop. My primary goal of this blog is to celebrate exceptional design. I'm a licensed interior designer (focusing on hospitality design), so the postings will likely skew in that direction, but as I love everything related to design, I plan to include my discoveries from various design genres. Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts with me so we can inspire and learn from each other!