Sunday, September 7, 2008

Design Blogs I Love: Cribcandy Edition

Cribcandy isn't so much a blog as it is an I.V. drip of contemporary design tapped directly into your veins. It's the Internet manifestation of ADHD for design. There's really no commentary either -- it's just a presentation of hundreds of new items of furniture, home accessories, architecture, consumer products and weirdness from all over the world. As far as navigation, you can flip through page after page or you can view by category. Unfortunately, there's no search function, as far as I can find. There are also lots of technological gadgetry, but it almost always crosses over into the world of design. There are some great design links at the bottom of the page, too.

The editorial perspective leans toward the techno-sleek, over-the-top, way-high-end that if you ask how much it costs, you probably can’t afford it. There's nothing very traditional on the site at all. I'd say very few of the items are handmade. There’s also some pretty weird stuff on there. They even have a category dedicated to weirdness.

So why am I recommending the site? Well, for every turkey leg phone and giant hairbrush, there’s a cantilever hall table and writing desk. The reason I look at Cribcandy pretty much every day is the sheer volume of interesting things to see there. When I last visited, the site featured 1,838 chairs, 119 benches and 1,193 tables. It's helpful for every designer, once in a while, to open his or her mind to new possibilities.

Cribcandy is not for everyone, but I think it's a great site if you want to break out of a mold and look at lots of innovative, if occasionally absurd, design. Think of it as a good palate cleanser.

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