Archive for August, 2007

A Rodent in Black

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007


We wear it to work and social functions every once in a while. It’s not flashy, but people are sometimes curious if it’s a rat or something else. We’ve found some of our friends wearing it on their Facebook photos, and we’re also hoping to catch you wearing it very soon. Only $10! Only a few left, though. Buy now.


Monday, August 27th, 2007


The Barrel Extreme Makeover (Part 2 of 3)

Saturday, August 18th, 2007


With the exception of a couch, we’ve bought just about everything we need for the office. I spent many nights browsing through Craigslist to secure some quality pieces for great bargain prices. The following search keywords yielded some great results: design within reach, dwr, room and board, eames, west elm, crate barrel. Since I repeated searches with the same words quite frequently, I found that bookmarking the results pages of each term made it easier for me to stay on top of the latest available items. (more…)

DoubleTake: Kanye/Murakami and Polite Umbrella/Pillowig

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

DoubleTake is our weekly post on two things that catch our eye during the week.


1 We’re excited for Kanye West’s upcoming Graduation album and definitely liking the album cover that’s been designed by pop art superstar Takashi Murakami. The two are a good fit – artists whose works are often defined by their referencing and repackaging of pop culture (see: the “Louis-Vuitton-Don” and Murakami Vuitton).

2 We stumbled upon the site of Joo Youn Paek, who has a collection of very creative and witty projects. We especially love the Polite Umbrella, which you can adjust as to not brush up against others (watch video), and the Pillowig, something I wouldn’t mind wearing to work once in a while.

The Barrel Extreme Makeover (Part 1 of 3)

Thursday, August 9th, 2007

After one week, we’re about 85-90% done with our new office. We moved all our furniture and equipment in on Tuesday, and although Verizon won’t have Internet access ready for us until next week, we’ve been able to function off someone else’s open wireless network.

For us, the most difficult part of the move was the flooring. We spent more than 70% of our time laying down the IKEA laminate flooring and making sure the pieces were in place. We also replaced the floor molding (the wall “trim”) and gave the lower walls a complete spackle and paint job. For less than $1,300 (and many painful man-hours), we turned our vomit-green carpet-tiled floor into a shiny, clean design-friendly surface. And no, the $1,300 does not include the beers, chips, and other comforting on-the-job commodities.

Next entry: Filling the spaces with furniture and other large goods.

Note: Photos by our intern Pramila, who was spared from actual flooring, but did stack up the carpet tiles pictured in the fourth slide.

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