Stuart Karten Design has created a piece of discursive design sure to hit home during these fiscally-obsessed months. Kurrency Chandeliers are hanging lamps are made out of paper money, available in dollars, euros, and pesos (no Monopoly version, yet). Here's the part you can take to the bank:
As US taxpayers become the owners of the economy's most toxic investments and the stock market continues its volatile plunges and surges, many Americans are tempted to store their money under the mattress. But we've devised a better idea: hanging your money above the dining room table.
Kurrency is a new series of chandeliers made from genuine legal tender. "In today's economy, there is perhaps nothing so beautiful as cold hard cash," designer Stuart Karten says of the chandelier's materials. "But money is beautiful not just because of what it buys. Bills from all cultures display intricate artwork, unique textures and, most importantly, a beautiful translucency under light."
couple months ago, CranbrookDesign.com is back up and better than ever. This site is dedicated to the single most important institution in the history of American design... after Core77 of course. ;) Check it out.
gotta give it up for Julie Iovine's design quote of the year in last Thursday's NYT. Rounding up Milan's Salone warm-up week, she writes, "Forward-looking Italian furniture companies know that it is no longer enough to try to sell a plastic chair by having Philippe Starck tart it up...