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Monday’s News: Weathered wood, exhibiting emptiness and warming winter woollens 30 November, 2009

Posted by katiehodgkiss in Daily news.
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Isnt it funny how the weather seems to reflect the national mood – or maybe it’s the other way around? Anyhow  we don’t like to feel left out at mydeco, so today we’ve decided to contribute to your Monday gloom with a rather sombre selection of design news. (But then we felt bad, so we threw in a nice story about woolly gloves to cheer you up).

mydeco’s pick of the top three news stories:

1. dornob; ‘Formed wood furniture’

Image credit: dornob

Created by acclaimed designer Joseph Walsh, this collection of dining furniture is probably more enjoyable to look at than it is to eat from. An aesthetic exploration of the natural processes of erosion and formation, the wood bears an eerie resemblance to animal bone. Probably not the ideal furniture to ease family tensions over Christmas dinner.

2. Moco Loco: Ross Sawyers: Contained within

Image credit: Moco Loco

Continuing with our austere theme today, Ross Sawyer’s minimalistic photographs utilise light to suggest emotion and memory within rooms seemingly devoid of  human presence. The use of plastic sheeting adds to the ominous nuances of these images, playing with notions of creation and destruction. Follow the link for more examples of Sawyer’s work.

3. Inhabitat: Solar-powered knit at and gloves keep you warm for winter

Image credit: Inhabitat

You know you’re getting old when function begins to take precedent over fashion. This realisation struck me when I was immediately attracted to these solar-powered woolly accessories, which convert the sun’s energy into extremity-warming heat. They may not be likely to feature in Vogue anytime soon, but with temperatures predicted to drop as low as-5˚C (23˚F) today, I would be more than willing to make a minor style sacrifice in order to avoid frost-bitten fingers.

Daily Mail: Have a merry Christmas: ‘Tis the season to find the holiday home of a lifetime

Financial Times: Design: When culture meets commerce

The Guardian: Kitsch and tell: a 70s dream-pad in the Cotswolds

The Guardian: Crumbling concrete erodes house prices in Cornwall and Devon

The Times: Jamie Theakston: Leaving the past behind

The Times: Buy-to-let is back for cash-rich landlords only

The Times: Is it worth it? Carmarthenshire, £70,000

dornob: Invisible chair

dornob: DIY holiday decor idea

Design week: Boris Johnson adds Farrell and Parry to London design panel

That’s all for now folks, but make sure you come back tomorrow to see if we’ve managed to find a more jaunty selection of design stories for you.

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