Recipe of the day: Grow your moss design

A nice way to start the week: take after the British designer Anna Garforth and grow your own moss creation. Courtesy of Materia, here is the actual recipe. All you need is moss, yogurt (yes, yogurt), sugar, water and a blender. No kidding.

The Bill Murray Affair in San Francisco

From PSFK: San Francisco gallery-goers will be able to spice up their regular routine on August 8th. Expected to contain over 100 works of art, this show will pay homage to the seemingly countless roles and angles of one man: Bill Murray. “The Murray Affair” is hosted by San Francisco event space and gallery Public Works, and is conceived by curator, musician, and promoter Ezra Croft. In a time when many art lovers are feeling pop-culturally inundated by snarky memes and TV references, the show seeks to bring about a thoughtful — but also fun — gathering of the actor’s admirers.

Melt your own slippers

Playful Tokyo-based designer Satsuki Ohata presented his "Fondue slippers" in Milan: a new kind of footwear obtained by "dipping" your own foot into melted PVC, before blowing it dry. The DYI kit is on the way. "I have named it "Fondue Slipper" because the production process is similar to cheese fondue. It's very easy to make. You just dip your foot and dry it. That's all. *This prototype is using PVC, which hardens at 200~300 degrees Celsius (392~572 degrees Fahrenheit). This time I used my foot mold instead of my foot. I am currently developing a kit which allows Fondue Slipper to make at home. Soon this new kit will be complete and you will be able to make your own Fondue Slipper that fits your foot perfectly. You can wear Fondue Slipper both inside and outside. It can also be used as slipper by folding the heel, or you can wear it without folding the heel if you want to run."

Design fail: Even designers can get drunk

Yes, design failures happen. This strange attempt at fixing something which wasn't broken, so to speak, originated from Norm architects. The Danish architecture & design studio intended to make beer taste better by whisking up beery foam to pour on top of your glass. Were they drunk when they first had this idea? One can reasonably imagine they must have been, hence unable to pour their beer properly. But, then, it probably took some time developing this gizmo… A winter-long drunken haze? Le monde du design n'est pas à l'abri du ratage. Cette étrange tentative de réparer une chose qui n'était pas cassée est signée Norm architects. Le studio d'architecture et de design danois avait l'intention de conférer un meilleur goût à votre bière, en imaginant un stratagème pour générer plus de mousse, qui viendrait ensuite couronner votre boisson. Etaient-ils saouls quand l'idée a germé ? On peut l'imaginer - ce qui pourrait expliquer (simple hypothèse) leur incapacité à servir une bière convenablement. Mais il a bien fallu quelques mois pour développer ce gadget… Et une certaine quantité de bière pour traverser le long et rude hiver danois.

Droog Design x Merci: Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?

Forget the "Night at the museum": Droog design paired up with Merci in Paris during the D'Days June festival to offer 3 happy couples a "Night at the Concept store"… Please bring your linen pajamas. Oubliez "La nuit au musée" : Droog design et Merci se sont alliés pour proposer à 3 couples, à l'occasion des D'Days au mois de juin, de passer une "Nuit au Concept store" parisien… Pyjama de lin lavé de rigueur.

Grandma Thelma’s cookies

In Iowa, Grandma Thelma got revamped for her 108th birthday: Monroe-based Saturday MFG agency gave the local brand a new visual identity, starting with these funny delivery boxes for warm cookies, designed to look like a gas stove... A comforting sight. En Iowa (USA), Grandma Thelma fête ses 108 ans. A cette occasion, la marque s'est vue concocter une nouvelle identité visuelle. Une agence locale, Saturday MFG, installée à Monroe, s'est chargée de réveiller l'auguste grand-mère, à commencer par d'amusantes boîtes en forme de cuisinière spécialement imaginées pour la livraison de cookies tout juste sortis du four.

Cat Potter, Wooden Shoes & the Interior Designer

You probably know Maurice Padovani for his coveted interior designs. From now on, you may remember him for his (wooden) shoe fetish. But this man of distinction favours a one-of-a-kind design by London College of Fashion graduate Cat Potter, winner of the Jimmy Choo Award for Excellence 2012, no less. Be my guest blogger. La "patte" de l'architecte d'intérieur Maurice Padovani lui a souvent valu l'attention des medias. C'est désormais à son fétichisme avoué pour les chaussures (de bois) que le public associera son nom. Mais cette homme distingué a le bon goût d'idolâtrer l'oeuvre de Cat Potter (issue du London College of Fashion et récompensée par le prix d'Excellence Jimmy Choo 2012). On sélectionne drastiquement les invités, sur ce blog.

Designers’ paper planes: le must de l’avion en papier

This is going to be the hypest, coolest hobby of the month: Shortlist magazine asked five designers to create topnotch paper planes (check Keiichi Matsuda's "Modern dart"), with downloadable plans for DYI fun. Childish perhaps - but chic, indeed. L'avion en papier ? Le hobby le plus hype de la rentrée, grâce au magazine britannique Shortlist. Cinq designers ont créé des avions de papier, projectiles parfois élaborés (la "Fléchette" de Keiichi Matsuda), dont les plans sont à télécharger. Un poil puéril, régressif - mais franchement chic.