[uhp-steyt fan-see] - adjective

1. not exorbitant or extravagent by city standards, however in a rural setting (like upstate new york) it is in fact, quite fancy.

2. a wonderful blog dedicated to art, design and other things that are indeed upstate fancy.

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Sep
18
design
OLD ORCHARD BEACH car show

Matt and I spent the afternoon checking out the classic car show in our new Maine home of Old Orchard Beach. I had my eye on an old wagon that was a bit out of my price range but I had a great time day dreaming. There is just something about old cars that really resonate with my design sense. It’s all about the pinstripes, bullet lights and pretty script typography because they just don’t make cars the way they used to.

May
25
design
CUSTOM map inspired gods

Check out Fluid Forms, a new interactive custom map inspired shop from designer John Briscella. Have a pair of stainless steel earrings made to commerate your hometown. Or perhaps a beautiful wood bowl that showcases the typography of your alma mater. Maybe a map clock so you always know what time it is in New Zealand. These goods are not only beautiful but they can be designed just for you! Check it out.

May
06
design
PECANPALS are back again

You may remember last year when I posted about these amazing designer wood toys called Pecanpals. I got myself one of the all wood versions of Jac-Jac before they sold out.

Well they are back again in a whole new colorway. Check out the new Monochrome Pecanpals from the amazing designers over at noferin. You can pick up a new friend over at My Plastic Heart between now and May 31st to be entered to win some other awesome stuff from Noferin. If I were you I would act fast because these little guys will sell out fast!

Apr
29
design
AND AND… and I want these

Love these two completely different ampersands from Veer and House Industries, respectfully. The ampersand on the left is a lovely wood brooch and the one on the right is a iron bookend. I wouldn’t mind having either one of these graphic design themed lovelies.

Mar
30
design
THE INFINITE usb port

I love this concept design by Gonglue Jiang. As laptops get smaller we also lose the number of USB ports. I know that I have to unplug my cooling pad to plug in my camera, but perhaps those day would be over with the Infinite USB ports. The daisy-chain idea is a very interesting concept, and could power a few devices when the first usb device was an exertanl power supply. The only flaw I see is the stress that would happen without proper support on the chain of ports. This could eventually damage the internal motherboard. But I love this idea!

Feb
22
design
REDESIGNING the clock

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I’m so amazed when people just completely redesign the way we look at something. When you think clock you either see in your mind digital flashing numbers, or a circle with two or three long sticks that rotate around the circle. If you want to be different and extraordinary you need an Aspiral clock handmade by the designers Bespoke in London. These spiral based clocks contain a single ball that tells the time while the spiral encasement rotates throughout the day. It really is cool to watch, so jump over to their site and check out the video!

Feb
01
design
A BOOK for your macbook

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Love these laptop cases from Twelve South. Such a classic look for a very modern machine. Best of all they look pretty darn padded in case you are anthing like me and a little rough on hi-tech devices.

Jan
21
design
AN EXTENSION CORD that’s not ugly

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Check out this prototype for a built in wall extension cord, the rambler socket. A great concept designed by Meysam Movahedi. Reminds me a little of the wrap around hose caddy we used to have in the backyard. I really just love this idea, simple and uncluttered.

Jan
13
design
GAMA-GO floats to the top

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Admit it. You had a floaty pen when you were a child. It was something so magical, like a snowglobe that actually had a function. Well the awesome crew over at Gama-Go have created a new line of floaty pens that would look awesome in that empty cup on your desk. For a limited time if you but the complete set of six you get two for free. So the next time someone asks to borrow a pen you won’t have to worry about breaking up the set.

Jan
11
design
BURNED FURNITURE you will never throw away

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The work of Cecilia Galluccio is in a word, stunning. I love seeing a traditional craft taken to a whole new level with a modern design sense. Cecilia markets her work under the moniker of Burned Furniture but these are pieces that will become instant heirlooms. She burns each of her designs freehand into the wood so no two works will ever be the same. If you are ever looking for a housewarming gift that will make the new home owners jaw drop, look no further. These are sure to be the first thing you grab if your house really was on fire.

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