Paper Boats: Lighten Up!


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How cute are these? It’s hard not to admire them. Slovak designer Roman Ficek was inspired by the paper sailboats of our childhood while designing these candles. He used the basic, well-known origami formula in a new material which enabled it to serve functional as Floating Candle Sailboats.
size-plavajuca-sviecka-sailThey are available in seven pastel colors and they look even more aesthetic with their thin walls that lets the light to pass through them, highlighting their beauty. Reflections of the colored light on the water surface also enhances the effect. They have a burning time of 3,5 hours and are designed for calm water surfaces such as a water-filled bowl for decoration or simply a garden pool. How georgous they will look in a pool at nighs, right? I would definitely recommend them for weddings and events too.

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For more information you can Google Translate the original page http://www.dizajne.sk/produktovy-dizajn/design-sviecky-sail-boat.htm or check out http://www.candledesign.eu/en/floating-candles/floating-candle-sailboat.htm . You can purchase them from http://www.shop.candledesign.eu/?198,sailboat-balenie-6ks .

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Coolest Canned Beer: Maui Brew Co.

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Sometimes, all you need to SELL is just good packaging!
That’s how Maui Brew Co. acquired me as a customer and as a new fan.

It was 3 weeks after I have moved to LA. I was totally a stranger to USA, to LA and of course to the products they sell here. I was just gazing over the beer section in the market and ta-daa! A really cool can got my whole attention. When I saw whole types of Maui cans there, I stopped looking for any other thing. I was so in love with them, I decided to buy all types one by one whenever I come for shopping -eventhough they were far more expensive than the regular beer brands.

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Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest Craft brewery. They have 4 flagship beers including the coconut and pineapple flavours. Also, they offer other flavours according to the season as limited releases.

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These remarkable illustrations are work of Edward Smith who has done some great designs for Maui over the years. My favourite one is the one I bought firstly: the Mana Wheat design. It is so artistic. Smith was influenced from Italian poster designer Luciano Mauzan for this design of a ukulele player wearing a traditional palm frond hat. Mana, if you’re wondering, is a form of spiritual currency in Hawaiian culture.

Mana Wheat Design

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What’s inside the can is just as great as what’s outside! I am not a beer expert but I really liked what I’ve tasted and probably experts liked it too because MBC have won various awards for their beers. If you are familiar with the terms, you can find more about the features of every flavour and the awards they got: http://greatbrewers.com/story/ben-e-keith-beverage-distributors-introduces-maui-brewing-co-texas

Bonus: Here is an interview with the owner and founder of MBC, Garrett Marrero, enjoy it! http://mauimadeblog.com/2013/06/15/whats-brewing-at-maui-brewing-company/

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“Balloon Bench” by Satoshi Itasaka

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“Balloon Bench”

After bicycles here comes the balloons! I guess there is still a child inside me:) Balloons make me happier whenever I see them so I thought I should share this immediately.

The designer, Satoshi Itasaka is a product and furniture designer. He operates under the studio name H220430 with his partner Takuto Usami.  As some of you may guess, he was inspired from the 1953 French movie Le Ballon Rouge. He wanted to give the feeling of floating just like the main character felt with his red balloon in the movie. That way, he created the “Balloon Bench”, the “Balloon Chair” and the “Balloon Lamp”.

#balloon #bench #furniture #design #red #redballoon #littleboy #satoshiitasaka

“Balloon Bench” with little boy

Illusion is what made these designs possible. Although the bench seems like it is floating on its own; in reality it is suspended from the ceiling by 4 anchors which are concealed wih balloon shapes. Nothing is as it seems.. He really accomplished to create that illusion and that’s what makes this design that dreamy and -wonderful.

#balloon #chair #furniture #design #child #dream #red

“Balloon Chair”

I can’t say that it is a functional or marketable design but still it is available for purchasing. If you want to make this dream real in your home then check out gallery SOMEWHERE in Tokyo, Japan.

 

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“Balloon Lamp”

 

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“Balloon Bench” detail