Thursday, March 26, 2009
And it is to mitigate that vacuum that designers like Alessi come up with the trend of 'personification', and reinterpret and design ordinary household gadgets and tools. Useful, yet playful, with loads of personality and pep, these are guaranteed to add a sparkle and the reassurance of the human factor to any home/ desk.
Now why can't an enterprising designer do that for the real technology tools - computers, mobile phones and the like?
Monday, March 23, 2009
This weekend I totally bored the husband by visiting a cacti and succulents exhibition at Dilli Haat. I would have bought some but the prices were extortionate - Rs. 500 per tiny pot, when I've bought similar ones for barely Rs. 10 a pop in Bangalore.
Euphorbia Milli ( Crown of Thorns)
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
And though I'm not really looking for comfort in anything so pretty, these shoes unexpectedly are comfortable!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
In China, from about the 17th century up until 1949 when it was outlawed, Chinese women had their feet tightly bound from childhood. The objective was to force the toes to be squished up against the heel so a deep cleavage would be formed. Women with lotus feet had tiny little feet which couldn't bear their own weight so they had to be supported by attendants and would walk with a swaying gait that was meant to be alluring, called the Lotus walk. It was a sign of aristocracy and a disdain for manual labour since women with bound feet really couldn't get down to work in the fields or the kitchen.
Looking at some of the latest fashions in shoes, Lotus feet seem to be making a comeback, though this time with high-ticket price tags in tow. While I'd love to own one of these marvels and put it into my display case in the living room, could you see yourself walking anywhere – even in a hotel ballroom – in these for longer than a nanosecond?