Be still my beaten, battered and bloodied credit card. Society 6, purveyors of the hottest prints on the interweb (and regular frequenters of my bank statements) have only gone and created a whole new genre of things; floor posters. Except they're not calling them that, they're just calling them "rugs". Which is more descriptive I suppose. I've never been a big fan of rugs, because they're usually expensive and pretty crap, even when Ikea are misting their buy-everything-serum all over me. But suddenly I'm looking around at my stupid floors thinking how lacklustre they are without witty sayings or thought provoking cartoons. Damn I love Society 6. And, inkeeping with Society 6's usual shenanigans, every artist who sells through the store can offer their fans the option to buy their art as a (machine washable) woven polyester rug. Prices start at around €20 for a 2' by 3'version. Which I can totally squeeze on to the creddie.Click for direct links; Skull Bubblegum rug, Floral, Couple, Sharkasm, Cat, Palm Trees, Ice cream,
There's little in the world as wonderful as a compliment. Empty, backhanded or even genuine, they all work for me. Which is why I've bookmarked Emergency Compliment, an ingenious website that spits out some good old fashioned ego-boosting flattery for those moments when everybody sucks. Better yet, you can even buy the one that works for you as an art print. If Google Glasses develop a function that allows me to scroll through compliments from people when I meet them, I'm in. But only then. In the meantime, check out Emergency Compliment's Society6 shop to get your oh-my-I'm-so-flattered on.
Damn Fine Print is a Dublin based community print studio that deliver exactly what their name claims. Acting as a hothouse for designers and illustrators, DFP aims to offer rental space and access to expensive printing equipment for Dublin's up-and-coming print art movement while producing some damn brilliant art in the process. With exciting plans in the pipeline, the fledgling company is currently offering bespoke prints as well as a selection from the country's most promising artists. I'm getting all misty eyed looking through their selection of prints inspired by Dublin, some of which have already sold out. Fair warning.
We mentioned before that the lyrical folks at Paper Jam Press give damn good letterhead. Well, PJP have come up with an ingenious way of allowing all of us to hand out some of their awesomeness to complete strangers; pre-designed business cards. Featuring PJP's musically inclined inspirational quotes on one side and room for your customisable deets on the other, I can't think of anything I'd rather be handed at a business meeting. Besides an overflowing hip flask and a spoon to dig my way out. The best bit is that this is a charitable effort. Moo.com, a rather hip online printing company, launched The Luxe Project last year which sees a different designer every month create a range of stylish business cards with proceeds going to the charity of the designer's choice. PJP have rather aptly chosen VH1 Save the Music Foundation, so good deeds all round.
Fighting over the quilt, slamming your head on the bedside locker after being sleep-shoved out of bed, landing in dirty socks; ah, the gentle bliss of living with your loved one. All's fair in love and war until somebody loses their slice of the blanket...then all bets are off. Here are ten bed sets that will help your bedtime feel like less of a battleground...unless you're into that kind of thing.
1. Yes, No, Maybe pillowcases(€52, Minna's Room). Make your message loud and clear and get exactly what you want with these hanky panky pillowcases...or just throw them in the air and let destiny decide.
2. Seven Deadly Sins pillowcases (€32, Dustys and Lulu). Option 1 a little too discrete? Then get to the point with Dustys and Lulu's sinful pillowcases. Other options include Shouty, Fatty, Angry and Slutty so your every mood is covered.
3. Make Love Not War duvet set (Miss Geschick and Lady Lapsus). Sharing is caring so put an end to the your-side-my-side debate with this 50/50 duvet cover. The gun, alas, is not included but highly recommended.
4. Buon Appetito duvet cover (Miss Geschick and Lady Lapsus). Nobody should be kicked out of bed for eating biscuits. Nobody. Luckily the clever folks at Miss Geschick and Lady Lapsus have created this duvet cover/napkin that allows you eat a full Sunday roast between the sheets if you want to, without ruining the bed. About bloody time.
5. Doodle duvet cover (from €55, Doodle and Stitch). Now this is my kind of duvet cover. The notepad print is awesome in it's own right but throw in the possibility of writing lovey, lusty or don't-forget-the-milky notes and you have the perfect bed linen for busy couples. Simply pop it into the wash and you have clean slate to write on all over again. Something like 'seriously, remember to bring home some goddamn milk', perhaps?
6. Love Birds pillow cases (€25, Xeno Tees). Let the shenanigans commence with these Love Birds pillowcases. They say the secret to a happy relationship is never going to bed angry and I'm guessing that a few minutes spent chirping at each other in bed would ease the tension. If that doesn't work, invent your own version of Angry Birds.
7. Happiness In Bed duvet cover (€264, Happiness In Bed). With built-in sleeves to keep your arms warm while you read, this ingenious duvet set has got loved-up bookworms covered. Well, anything that staves off the need for the powerfully contraceptive Slanket is good in my book.
8. My Side Your Side pillowcase (€37, Cushions Covered). Forget compromising, mark your territory early with these pillowcases and put your partner in their place. And yes, you can buy two My Sides if you want...that should help clear up any misunderstandings.
9. Twister Duvet Set (€100, Ebay). Having originally started out as a Mexican ad for Viagra, the Twister duvet set has turned into one of the most sought after bedroom accessories since, well, Viagra. It may take a little hunting (Ebay is your best bet) but a few rounds of naked Twister is probably equal to a decade of couples counselling.
10. Blandito Transformable Pad (from €415, Blandito). Admittedly this isn't bed linen, but how often have you looked at your lunchtime burrito and wished you could just climb on in? Well, now you can. Kind of. These transformable pads wrap you and your amigo up like little donkeys for some seriously spicy snuggling. Is this what they mean by Food Porn?
If the words 'You had me at meat tornado' mean anything to then you are either living near a Big Head Joe's (luckyyyyy) or you're well versed in all things Ron Swanson. The clever Canadians at Paper Chat are certainly the latter if their rather beautiful Parks and Recreation typography prints are anything to go by. Paying stylish tribute to some of the most brilliant P&R quotes, Paper Chat are worthy of a Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt handshake. Take that Eagleton. Check out Paper Chat's store for more P&R, 30 Rock, The Office and Seinfeld inspired posters (€18.50). Now if you'll excuse me, there's a hot, spinning cone of meat in that Greek restaurant next door.
Hurray, the Leaving Cert is over. Boo, it's time for college. As students the world over brace themselves for for the sweet purgatory that is college, I thought it apt to feature The Carbon Crusader's profanity-riddled pencils. The first day in a new school is the perfect setting for trying out a badass new attitude and these lewd leads will make you look tough as nails even if you spend each night sobbing into your blanky. Sure, pencils are a bit nerdy, and I'm not definite that the iPhone generation even know how to use them, but these sketchers are bound to earn you some kind of scary-cool nickname. Like Snake, yes I rather like Snake. Well, if someone's going to borrow your stuff and never give it back they might as well be reminded just what a bad mo-fo you are. The pencils come in sets of three (€3.10) and six (€6.10) from the Carbon Crusader's store.
I suspect that the reason there are so many quotey inspirational posters these days is that they work way too well. Imagine working down a motivational print mine? You'd never go home. That is, unless that mine belonged to Cliché Zero. Merging cheery optimism with a healthy dose of sarcasm, Cliché Zero's typographic prints play up to the traditional self-lovery that most The Secret-inspired quotes extol, but deliver their message with a good sharp kick to the funny bone. Fill your boots people, this is some good advice. Available at Cliché Zero, €12 each.
Combining two of my greatest passions, Star Wars and shitty novels, artist Timothy Anderson has created these clever prints that imagine Leia and Han's love story as a work of pulp fiction. Twisting iconic quotes from the trilogy into the blurb, like The Princess and the Scoundrel's "She loved him and he knew it, but would that be enough?", there's more cleverness in one of these prints than there is in every piece of Jar Jar Binks dialogue combined (mesa thinks). Anderson has also turned his eye to space-cowboys with his spaghetti western inspired threesome of prints that are more Stellar Guerre than Star Wars. Visit Timothy Anderson's prints store to get yours.