valuing gold - the value of gold

valuing gold - the value of gold: which is worth more, a kilogram of stone or a kilogram of gold? the question about its value probably seems ridiculous but only to the merchant.  the artist will always answer "all materials are equally valuable as I am concerned". 
Venus de Milo would be equally precious, whether made of common stone or gold... 
in Paros Greece the streets are paved with marble - in Wall Street with stone

S.T.E.M. Education - science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Here's a unique Italian twist on S.T.E.M. Education anno 1962 presented by Lambretta.  STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.  Hailed as something futuristic; STEM has been around for centuries.  Case in point, the master of STEM; Mr. Leonardo da Vinci.  This vintage Lambretta video proves it's always a good time to lighten up and keep things in perspective.  So don't stress out.  Enjoy the ride. 

Unique Felt Ornament - Felt Christmas Ornaments

felt snowman ornaments made from needle-felted wool
The Snowman-styled Christmas Figures from NOVA68 are a traditional hit during Christmas with you and old who take delight in their whimsical looks and stylish outfits.  Dressed to the nines; these Christmas Snowman decorations provide a nice touch on the tree. Complete with scarves, buttons, glass eyes, woolen hats and...carrot noses; these showmen provide everything you need to make your home a holiday wonderland this season. Price includes 6 (six) unique felt Snowman figurines in various holiday attire as pictured. Each snowman has a natural sisal hanging loop. 

cat christmas ornaments in felt

 This cute-as-a-button set of 5 Christmas Cats are ready to be hung as tree ornaments during the holidays. Complete with scarves and balls of yarn; these playful kittens come in various holiday attire as pictured. Each cat ornament is expertly crafted by master artisans from fine needle-felted wool while eyes are made from glass beads. The cats have natural sisal hanging loops so they are ready to hang on trees upon arrival. Unbreakable, simple and timeless these festive Xmas Cat Ornaments are sure to provide an playful touch in your home.

animal ornaments 'german squirrel family' dress for oktoberfest
Ready for Oktoberfest?  Straight from the world's largest Volksfest in Germany, just in time for Christmas, our delightful set of fun german squirrel ornaments feature detail-laden Oktoberfest accents. Each animal-themed ornament is delightfully hand-crafted from expertly needle-felted wool. Each ornament has a natural sisal hanging loop. Unbreakable, simple and timeless these festive German-style ornaments are sure to provide an entertaining touch on any Christmas tree. 

reindeer felt ornaments - complete family of 5 deer made from felted wool
Felt Reindeer Ornament Wool Decorations Woodland Tree Fairytale Handmade Holiday Home Decor Brown White Green Christmas. Sweet-eyed Reindeer style Christmas Tree Ornament Family of 5 is needle felted with beautiful wool.  They perch on the forest floor...they are simply adorable.  Deer are needle felted from 100% wool and hang from twine loops.  

fun felt dogs christmas ornaments with button eyes
Celebrating our best-loved Dog Holiday Tree Ornament tradition; this new set of 5 Dog Breed Christmas Ornaments are ready to be hung as ornaments on your Xmas Tree. Each puppy is expertly crafted by master artisans from fine needle-felted wool while eyes are made from glass beads. Unbreakable, simple and timeless these festive Dog Christmas Ornaments are sure to provide an jolly touch on trees. 

Christmas Felt Tree Ornaments from NOVA68

ARCHITECTMADE Strit wooden figure small - Teak and Beech

Hans Bolling's famous wooden Strit with a mischievous look and a light belly turns desks into playgrounds. This Strit was designed by Danes Bolling in 1953, and soon got company from Kay Bojesen monkeys, bears and elephants.... 

Edison-Filament Style Light Bulb 'Monument For A Bulb' from Ingo Maurer Lighting

modern design and lighting retailer stardust introduces ingo maurer's monument for a bulb lamp; a mesmerizing tribute to the classic edison filament light bulb of yesteryear.  monument for a bulb features eight human figures standing on a dark metal plate. monument for a bulb features the frosted halogen bulb which hovers horizontally, propped up by simple brass. each of maurer's monument for a bulb features 8 human figures which are cast in nickel silver and fixed on the plate, creating a playful sculptural composition. monument for a bulb is an intriguing small lighting object that looks like a tiny maquette for a huge monument. the sculptural lighting fixture is part of the i ricchi povery collection by ingo maurer, so well known for its whimsical designs. the design is of a table lamp that is larger than life, dwarfing humans who appear as little white models gazing up at it.

TEA REX Kettle with Dragon Whistle by ALESSI

Alessi Tea Rex Kettle with Copper PA Plastic Dragon Whistle and Black Handle

Tea Rex by Michael Graves turns the Bird Whistle into a Dragon

Light 1980s Miami-Beach Style Art Deco Green Dragon Whistle with Light Blue Handle

Tea Rex Kettle features a little Dragon-Shaped Whistle

Tea Rex Kettles make boiling hot water fun

Tea Rex by Michael Graves for Alessi Kettles's Alessi Tea Rex Kettle, a hot water stovetop kettle equipped with a Dragon Whistle, isis a follow up to the cult Bird Whistle design icon of American industrial designer Michael Graves. The original kettle design featured a conical stainless-steel body with a plastic bird-shaped whistle at the end of the spout. These functional 18/10 stainless steel mirror polished kettles, now outfitted with dragons, capture the fusion of function and form for which Michael Graves is famous for. The Alessi Tea Rex tea kettle gives you Alessi's boiling power without the hassle of a cord. We had a chance to review the Alessi non-electric Dragon Whistle powers of Alessi's Tea Rex Kettle at our office. Producing a similar high-pitched whistle tone compared to the whistling bird kettle; this new release is constructed with an air-tight lid, a stay-cool handle, quality stainless steel and a PA plastic dragon whistle. The Alessi TEA REX water kettle is available with either black handle (copper metallic dragon whistle) or light blue handle (light green dragon). The choice of the little whistle shaped like a dragon is a reference on the part of Michael Graves to Chinese culture for whom these beings symbolise strength and fortune. The wording Tea Rex 9093 30th anniversary is stamped on the lid of the kettle. 

Alexander Calder-Style Art Stabile: Red, Blue & Yellow

Modern tabletop sculpture inspired by the forms of Alexander Calder. I really enjoy the stabiles by Alexander Calder. Whenever I go to Paris, I visit the Arche de la Défense. They have on view one of the best stabiles of Alexander Calder sculpture. The piece on display is the "Grand Stabile Rouge" which was installed in 1976 and measures a whopping 15 meters in height. I always think of Caldern's modernist forms whenever I am practicing my craft of creating Calder inspired tabletop sculptures. This all-metal stabile is a miniture size 12inch long by 8inch high by 12inch wide. It is finished with a rich and vibrant powder coating in red, blue and yellow for durability. It was made in the USA by master metal craftsmen. Alexander Calder was the most important American sculptor of the 20th century, and the most popular and internationally celebrated sculptor of the post-war period. The foundation of Calder's approach was metal works, something he derived not only from European modernism, but also from children's toys. He abandoned the process of factory-made casting that had been the basis for other modern artists such as Henry Moore, and instead worked on materials directly. He liked the fierce involvement brought with materials such as metal and painted them in vibrantly bright colors such as reds, yellows and blues. Watching the slow motion of this stabile is a remedy against stress and it looks stunning in any interior. 

Contemporary Modern Laundry Basket with Seat

Contemporary Modern Laundry Basket with Seat: A stool that stores laundry in a perfect way, the Alessi "Baba" Laundry Hamper is chic and stylish. Made of mirror-polished steel and designed by Stefano Giovannoni, the basket with a sculptural shape looks dapper sitting in the corner of your bathroom. SG74 - BABA, laundry hamper - Alessi bathroom laundry hampers. 


Modern White Wall Clock

white home & office wall clock with simple and contemporary 'modern italian design clock', made and imported from italy.  size: 12” (30cm) diameter x 1.4” (3.5cm) depth. material: pmma plastic, stainless steel, quartz movement.  inspired by mid-century modern wall clocks from the 1950s-1960s, our attractive small white wall clock features large and easy-to-read numbers with contrasting black markers on a white background. the elegant raised numbers and contrasting hands instantly add a modern touch to your space while the black on white numbering lets you clearly see the time at a glance. with a modern design that is both pure and stylish; this contemporary styled wall clock looks stunning on any wall including your kitchen, living room or even at your office. requires 1 x standard aa battery (not included) made in italy.

Zebra by Kay Bojesen

At the start of the 1920s, Kay Bojesen (Danish, 1886–1958) started creating wooden toys. At the time, Bojesen spent his summers abroad and was inspired by animals from far flung places such as Africa and South-America. Following earlier crafts in silver, during which he was inspired by the structural clarity of Danish design and the natural colors of silver/wood, the designer created the Zebra for the Danish Rosendahl design firm in 1932. Impressed by the quality of these handcrafted wooden toys, Danish consumers were further introduced to additional animals, monkeys, elephants, dogs, bears, who welcomed the zebra into their magical world, and gave him access to all the tools and resources he needed to express his creativity in wood. In exchange, the Victoria and Albert museum in London in the nineteen-fifties would exhibit his entire range of wooden figurines in the 1950s. The Zebra - which today is considered a design classic - is being re-introduced through design shop NOVA68 - in the original edition featuring a white lacquered beech body with a black striped design.

Suprematism Watch by Projects Watches

Designer Denis Guidone’s Suprematism Watch homage to the abstract Russian Suprematist art movement is a bold Projects Watches timepiece ripe with color, shape and movement. Suprematism, the invention of Russian artist Kazimir Malevich circa 1913, was one of the earliest and most radical developments in abstract art. Its name derived from Malevich's belief that Suprematist art would be superior to all the art of the past, and that it would lead to the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts. Suprematism's 37mm unisex case is made of black IPB stainless steel and paired with a black silicone band. 

Simon Karkov: Normann Copenhagen Norm 06 Pendant Lamp with Electrical Cable

Love DIY modern light kits? Sometimes it’s not so much about creating new – but rather about taking existing things and putting them into a new perspective… or background. We hope you like this beautiful Norm 06 flower-shape do it yourself lamp kit from Normann Copenhagen. Norm 06 is a sculptural lamp shade with its own expression. It is easy to assemble without the need for any tools or glue. Norm 06 is a good place to start your lamp-puzzle adventure. The lamp distributes a soft, surrounding light that works well in most rooms. Hang it over the dining room table, in the entrance hall or use it in the bedroom. Norm 06 can be cleaned with a duster or by using the shower head in the shower. The lamp shade is made of a special, non flammable plastic material. 

Simon Karkov graduated in architecture from The Danish Academy of Architecture. Since the sixties he has been working for several architecture offices in Denmark. The past 10 years he mainly worked for the Municipality of Frederiksberg. During this period he left his mark on several projects, for example Frederiksberg Hospital and Frederiksberg Gymnasium. Today Simon is enjoying his retirement in Turkey working on different projects.
“Whenever I get an idea I draw a sketch which is then transformed into a model. The model is then adjusted over a period of time until the final prototype can be done. I dream of developing new ways of designing furniture and larger objects through the self-assembly concept. This concept must be able to work on a larger scale and that thought fascinates me.”

Denis Guidone Meantime for Projects Watches Inspired by Minimalism

From the Denis Guidone Collection. A dazzling, minimalist accented modern timepiece based on Projects Watches's philosophy to meld design and functionality. Denis Gudone's iconic Meantime watches takes on black silicone band with a modern Black IP stainless steel case. Quartz movement. Round stainless steel case, 38mm (1.5"). Line Second markers.


The Ledraplastic SpA, manufacturer of the Gymnic line, was founded in 1963 and was a pioneer in the processing of non-toxic vinyl. The first two decades of production focused on toys for young children, such as puppets made ??under license from the Walt Disney Company. From the mid-eighties, Ledraplastic SpA has established itself as a manufacturing leader in various areas ranging from toys to fitness to physical therapy and wellness. Gymnic - The Way to Move is the brand where design is based on the concepts of movement and comfort of people of all age groups.

Size: 21 x 18 x 10 inches ; 3 pounds.
Material: soft, super strong, latex-free, BPA-free and phthalate-free vinyl.


Tom Dixon Sculpture-Like "Stacking-Seating-Decorating" Contemporary Jack Lights are modern multi-functional light objects made from plastic that use the process of rotary moulding.  The Jack Light was first launched in 1994 and became somewhat of a design icon. Since then, Jack floor lights were designed and mass produced to prove industrial manufacture was still possible in the UK. Dimensions Height: 52cm x Width: 58cm x Depth: 58cm Cable length: 3.5m Materials & Finishes Produced from polyethylene Jack uses the industrial process of air rotation-moulding. Bulb (included) 1 x E27 5W CFL bulb. IP20. rated. Tom Dixon fell into the design of the Jack Light by accident when he found himself with “time on his hands" while recovering from a motorcycle accident. As an art school drop-out with no technical training, he taught himself how to become a designer-maker in 1983 after discovering welding when trying to repair his motorbike which led to the design of the industrial-like Jack Light.