On one of my latest shopping wanderings, i stumbled upon MOR Cosmetics out of australia, and am absolutely taken by their packaging (products seem fabulous too, but haven’t had a chance to play with them much). Awesome story of how a talented visual merchandiser and industrial/interior designer team up to create a stunningly beautiful line of soaps, scents, cosmetics, and more. The lip glosses are presented in fun pyramids, making for a beautiful stocking stuffer or gift add on… the lip balm tins are SO pretty in their ornate oval tins… and the gift tins even more so, and they are a great size to reuse around the house. Of them all, the Little Luxuries collection is definitely making my “perfect random gifts” list! See lots of pics of my favorites of their packaging on the next page…
From their about page ~ i love the story of MOR:
MOR is the expression of a dynamic collaboration between Australian designers, Dianna Burmas and Deon St.Mor.
Creative spirits merged when they first met in 1998 unaware that in just over three years, they would be running what would become a hugely successful international body care company.
At the time of their meeting, Dianna was carving a reputation as a talented visual merchandiser, stamping her refreshing aesthetic on department store floors across the globe. Meanwhile, Deon, an industrial design graduate, was co-owner of a budding, Melbourne-based interior design company.
With a shared passion for travel, food and the arts ~ their union led to the development of an extensive range of contemporary lifestyle products and the opening of an interior-design retail store in the Melbourne CBD. Their signature pieces included lamps, vases, cushions, candle holders and stationery with a distinct, chic-urban edge.
In the midst of discussing their newly made plans in May 2001, in the back of a New Delhi cab, Deon spotted a street sign with the word, MOR (meaning peacock in Hindi). It struck a chord and upon their return to Melbourne, the pair immediately registered MOR Cosmetics.
The collections combine Deon and Dianna’s flair for design and are presented in uniquely beautiful packaging. The duo is continuously refining their ranges ~ sourcing new ingredients & innovation to capture the essence of luxury and well-being.
Visually track your working day with this free app called IOGraphica by Anatoly Zenkov. Formerly known as MousePath.
Formerly known as MousePath it was made by Moscow designer Anatoly Zenkov to brighten up the routine work. Posting it at Flickr caused informal interest and afterward Anatoly Zenkov and his colleague Andrey Shipilovdecided to evolve the app.
IOGraph — is an application that turns mouse movements into a modern art. The idea is that you just run it and do your usual day stuff at the computer. Go back to IOGraph after a while and grab a nice picture of what you’ve done!
An interview with Mayumi Haryoto, a very talented illustrator who has already begun to received public recognition for her illustrations.
Jakarta based illustrator, which already gain a lot of achievement and awards, including best cover design for album, and several more acknowledgment from several media, which lead her into top ranked illustrator in Indonesia.
And it such an honor to us, to have a brief interview with yours trully Mayumi Haryoto.
How do you begin your career as illustrator? I just quit my job. Was working in a game developer, advertising agencies then work here and there in film production houses, also in records label. In the end, I just wanna grab my pencil and draw. I didn’t know if I could make illustration as a career, so it was a gambling back then. But there are always upsides and downsides in every profession you choose, so why not choose the one you most passionate about? To make it short, I didn’t think about it. I just did it. Even if I get hurt so many times, stuck in so many downsides of it, I keep coming back doing what I do. I guess, it’s like an addiction. Never been so dedicated before in my life. I just know I was meant to do this. There’s no turning back.
How to keep your creativity works? I think I try to keep myself open to almost anything. I mean, even a boring mundane everyday life can be an inspiration. So keep observing, collecting every details I like everyday. It doesn’t have to be an object, it can be a sound or even just be a split second of a moment.
Favorite media? Pencil and graphite.
What’s your favorite object? Waves.
Do you have any tips to keep the mood flowing? Make sure you always get a good laid. Ha! Honestly, no. I don’t have any tips. I guess, as I get older I just know how to switch my mood easier.
Your future plan? I consider myself more of a doer than a planner. So I don’t really like to share my plans unless it almost near launch. So, just wait and see.
How to reach you? Just say a prayer. Five times a day or every Sunday. However you like.
Few homes warrant the label ‘Jaw-dropping’, or ‘Breath-taking’, but this contemporary home in Madrid, Spain is certainly one of them. It’s currently on the market through luxury real estate firm Signature Residences, commanding an asking price of 9.5 Million Euros, which is approximately $12.85 Million at the time of publishing. Even at that price, you won’t be disappointed. Images courtesy of W International Management Ltd.
The current owner set out to create a modern home that was as much a piece of art as a place to live and the result is a stunning contemporary and sleek architecture for this unique property. The external architecture is utterly futuristic, but uses earthy materials and tones to bring a sense of warmth to the building and to enable the contemporary structure to blend into its surroundings.
Inside, the home is contemporary modern wonderland, with luxurious appointments and chic furnishings. The home offers a massive 1700 square meters of living space (approx 18,000 square feet) and includes 5 bedrooms and living quarters for 3 staff.
The home makes use of extensive glazing in its design, to bring abundant natural light and luminosity in the home as well as to provide views of the lake, gardens and pool where available. With its Japanese-themed gardens and position on the lake, the home has a zen-like quality that makes it relaxing and inviting.
When talking real estate, the old adage location, location, location always comes into play. Situated on a lake in the ultra-exclusive Somosagusas neighborhood, in NorthWest Madrid, this amazing home combines mind-blowing style with location. Worth of it’s lofty price tag, this is definitely one ‘Jaw-dropping’ and ‘Breath-taking’ Modern Dream Home.
I went to school with my sister just like any other day. I was in the 9th grade and being in a new area and new school was already difficult enough as is. But that day, early morning (every classroom had a television) every television was turned on and every student was watching the news. They kept replaying the planes flying into the towers. I didn’t understand. I thought to myself, “Is this an awful movie? What is going on? Who would attack America? What did we even do?”
Students were being picked up by their parents one by one. After a class or two, I saw my sister in the hallway. I asked her what was happening, she just looked at me and said, “Some people are starting to blame Muslims for what happened. Becareful and stay safe. Wait for me before you get on the bus.”
She is two years older than me so hearing the fear in her voice made me feel even worse. I knew that there would be discrimination but I didn’t know how much. The rest of the day went by terribly slow. I wanted to cry but I couldn’t. I didn’t know any teachers there well enough to vent to them and tell them how sad and confused I was. My mom wears a hijab (scarf) so I feared someone might attack her. My little brother was only three and I feared somebody might hurt him too. I didn’t know what to make of anything. I wondered why anybody would ever do something terrible. I got home and cried my eyes out. I hugged my parents and kissed my little brother so many times. I sincerely thought that I was going to die. I kept asking God, “Why? Why did this happen?” I heard so many different stories of Muslims getting attacked left and right. People being beaten up and killed. Blamed for something they didn’t even do.
It’s difficult to mourn a terrible tragedy when you are being blamed for it.
“I am American too.” I kept having to explain that to people but it didn’t matter. There was a night where you were suppose to light a candle and place it in front of your house for those who died. My house was the only one with a candle lit on my entire street. I read prayers for the victims. I read stories about children losing their mothers and fathers. Husbands losing their wives and vice versa. It was awful. My heart broke everytime I thought about it.
Muslims began apologizing. I didn’t understand. Did they do it? Why are they apologizing? Islam doesn’t teach this. If it did, why the hell would I follow such a religion? I began reading more of the Quran, books on the Prophet Muhammad and talking to scholars. Nobody I knew said that the attacks were okay. Every single Muslim I knew condemned the acts. Every. Single. One.
But that doesn’t matter to anyone. People were upset, they had every right to be but they should do some research before blaming the wrong people. Our posters for the MSA (Muslim Student Association) were being torn down and parents called into the school saying they will take their kids out of school if we have any meetings. What did we do in the MSA? Oh nothing just prepare lunches and dinners for the homeless. I would hand the lady at the front desk the papers for our club to give to the principal (each club had to do this once a week) and she would throw them away. While in a classroom, the teacher who was palestinian kept being called Osama’s wife. I confronted a student. I took off my braclets and I stood above her chair and I told her, say it one more time. She got in my face and told me she wasn’t talking to me so I should stay out of it. I just got closer to her and she walked away. She came back later with a few friends and apologized. It was something like, “I didn’t know you were muslim and would be offended, So…like…I’m sorry.” I didn’t say anything. I was told many times that I should go back to my country, once even by a teacher. A friend of mine who was in history class told me her teacher, when having the class locate different countries, told them to draw a bomb on Afghanistan because there will be nothing left.
Now… Islam does not teach people to kill or bomb or hurt or harm. But that’s not enough. To tell someone whose family member was killed in an attack by a Muslim person that Islam is a beautiful, peaceful religion simply doesn’t cut it. I know I would still be pissed.
The Prophet Muhammad, never hurt an ant. He only fought in defense. If you read about the Prophet, your heart will melt. Tears will stream down your face. His compassion and his mercy and his beauty will overwhelm your soul. I read about him and the beautiful things he’s done and I get goosebumps. There was a lady who used to throw trash at him every single time he passed by her house. Every single day. He would never say anything to her. One day she was not there to throw anything on him. He went to visit her, he came to her house and asked if she was okay. She wondered why he came after all the mean things she had done. She cried her eyes out and apologized. He forgave her.
When in prayer, there is a position where you kneel down and place both your palms and forehead on the ground. When the prophet did this, His grandson Hussein would climb on his back. He would not rise from that position until Hussein climbed back down because he did not want him to fall or be sad. If you ever go into a Mosque, you will notice little kids do this a lot. It’s sort of cute but it does hurt your back after a while.
Why is my sleep pattern so screwed up? I’ve been up since 7.00am and I didn’t get to sleep ‘till about 2.30am; also waking up a lot in between those times. It’s really annoying, I’m on sleeping tablets and they’ve worked until now.
Mum’s really sick and so’s Niall. They’ve been vomiting and…
Designed by Jo Meesters, Light Box is a series of lamps made in the tradition of furniture making. The lamp which is made out of wood has a pattern of 8.000 holes reinforced with transparent resin. In combination with the pattern of low growing trees, Light Box is the ideal room divider forming an artificial hedge or a nocturnal landscape with your home.
Oasis! Dictionary definition: (figurative) - a pleasant or peaceful area or period in the midst of a difficult, troubled, or hectic place or situation - i.e an oasis of calm in the center of the city. Now for concept designs and abstractions!
Can’t very well make something that looks sounds and smells like a duck can I? Aaah Mr. Venturi you knew too well <3