The Urban Living Room

The Urban Living Room

Those of you who follow me on Instagram might have noticed that I was in Madrid recently visiting friends of mine and maybe you even saw a couple of the shots I took in their beautiful apartment. When I stepped into their new living room I felt like I entered a special kind of wonderland – a grown-up’s playhouse, full of treasures and magical creatures. I was instantly in love with this place. My friends have a very, let’s say, playful taste in interior design and decoration.

Seeing this place made me once again realize how much a living room reflects on the character of a person, their tastes, their sense of humor, their meticulousness (or the opposite of it). We create an urban space around us as an extension of ourselves. It’s almost like a different kind of arrangement of the same things that make up our personalities. We take a big box – a room – and customize it to our own standard and comfort.

My urban living room, the new Facebook photo contest by mobility brand smart, tries to capture exactly that: How do we design and shape the urban space around us, how does our urban living room look like? With their recent collaboration with Danish brand BoConcept smart has already successfully ventured into the field of interior design bringing out a collection of furniture and home accessories that combine the style and expertise of both companies. More about the contest and a few more shots from my new favorite living room after the jump.

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Taking it literal


Today I made the effort off digging through all 65 pages (!) of t-shirt designs that were submitted to the Boss Orange creative challenge so far. People were asked to submit their parrot inspired designs and they can still do so until the end of April to win a meet and great with the design team of Boss Orange and have their design become part of next year’s summer collection.

While I was flipping through all the submissions I found basically everything from cool, to dull, to horrible and I was actually almost considering posting the worst designs, but that would just be mean. So I stick to my favorites that you can see above and even more after the jump. But what I noticed is that the contestants took the inspiration quite literal using parrots (often even the one from the flyer) or feathers in their designs. A lot of people used the color orange probably assuming that Boss Orange means all their clothes are orange. (Orange is a terrible color for fashion!!) The contest guidelines said: Be inspired by a parrot, not use a fucking parrot, like 99% of the people did. That’s not exactly creative, no? That’s probably why I like the horse with roses because it’s NOT a parrot, haha!

If you think you can be a bit more creative than that, go submit your design or vote for your favorit t-shirt here.

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There seems to be no end to all those creative challenges of this world. Here is yet another one: Create Berlin is calling for entries to the BerliNordik design competition. Its concept is all about sustainable design and while the last edition of this contest was about fashion, this one is about product design. Product and interior designers still have time until April 23, 2010 to submit their designs. The best entries will be part of the exhibition Bright Green Design that will take place from June 8-13 during DMY. For more infos about the challenge read on here.