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Fishbol- Toronto Design



Fishbol is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Toronto.  Established in 2005 by Elie Nehme and Mani Mani, the company creates original pieces of furniture, design objects and architecture. 
In their words: Our aim is to create innovative work that offers a reinterpretation of the everyday built environment.
This dinnerware collection is called Oh No! and was featured at the Hong Kong Housewares Fair.
I totally love the concept of this rug as does my oldest monkey who likes to 'blink' at me in Morse code:

The 'Dit-Dah' Rug is a play on the character encoding of Morse code. The "dits and dahs", traditionally found in Morse code, are replaced with solid white and bright orange dots to represent the letters, numerals, punctuation and special characters of a given message. The idea is that each rug would contain an encoded message. The rug comes with a set of solid walnut 'S' and 'O' playing pieces, as the rug transforms into a giant S.O.S. playing surface - a nostalgic take on the pencil and paper game.

I am smitten with their furniture collection and especially these chairs:
This chair is called the Gaziibo and has a cool morphed hole designs on either side
I saved my favorite for last-
This chair is called Bookseat and is made using Canadian birch plywood, molded to fit ones body comfortably. With small urban spaces in mind there is a conveniently located book shelf along the base and back of the chair. (This chair comes with a felt cushion- not pictured).

This design won accolades at the 2009 Toronto Interior Design Show
I definitely have a soft spot for books and if you have not already seen my home library check out THIS link
All Photos and quotes via http://www.fishbol.com/index.php

30 comments:

Alice said...

Haha! The chair is really amazing ;)
xx, Alice from bells and whistles

dotblogg said...

WOW! I love everything!especially the armchair with space for books:D awesome!thanks for sharing!:)*
hugs
J.

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Pretty and funny things that make the world more interesting !

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

You are so right, you saved the best for last. What an amazing use of space!! How great would that be in a super tiny apartment in NYC? Awesome.

XO
Lenore

Café Bellini said...

The bookseat is a good idea ha! And cool, an encoded message in the rug, I love that sort of thing!!! I'm off to check out the link...

Susan Erickson said...

The plates make me want to jump up and grab some paper towels!...love the chair/bookcase!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Fun. My father was the morse code guy in the Army - must show him that run. The chair is genius. My daughter needs about 10 of them.

Bossy Betty said...

So cool! I love these designs.

Jude said...

They're all lovely, and I'm especially loving those chairs! So genius when designers combine aesthetics with practicality (my favorite kind of design).

copywaitress said...

this Bookseat is made for me... :) great idea!

drollgirl said...

whoa! this is some killer stuff!!!

Dancing Branflake said...

I seriously love those cups and saucers. Seriously love them!

Phoenix said...

Holy crap I would die of book-nerd happiness to have a chair like that. What a brilliant idea!

heather yalin said...

haha that bookcase chair is pretty awesome and the oh no dishes. I do so love that your monkey blinks morse code to you!

britni @ Antika Moda said...

Very unique designs!!

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

A morse coded carpet, a splash china set and an extra convenient reading chair. I love this post!!!

Mo Pie, Please said...

Wow, those chairs are so awesome!

Avery James Photography said...

I have a strange obsession for dishes, and I absolutely LOVE those black and white ones at the top!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours! :)

Clair said...

OK-Cool contemporary style. The dishes are different, BUT realistically I could not serve food on them. They look, well they look dirty. As for reading in the chairs, hummm the green one would need a lot more pillows and the birch one-if you leaned back to get comfortable you would slip off.
I like the colors.
Clair

Stacey said...

Love the dinnerware-they'd make conversation starters. That chair deserved all the accolades it received-genius! xx

sherri said...

that's all good. love the chairs, especially.

Lovely World said...

My favorite is the book chair. I could station myself there for very long stretches (with a pillow or sheep wool blanket to cushion my seat!).

char said...

that chair is fabulous! imagine just being able to reach under you and select a book at any time :)
thank you for your comment!
xxx

Krystal said...

these are so unique, i love them. that last chair is so cool - i'd totally have that in my house!

Nell said...

Oh my, I love that Gaziibo. Truly inspired! xx

tulpen said...

Swooning over bookcase chair!

Pat Tillett said...

I love the furniture also!
and the built in storage is a bonus...

Faiza said...

coveting the bookcase chair!

Bombay Beauty said...

That bench is genius! I believe where possible in dual-purposing most things, and if they can accommodate my overflow of books, even better! xo bb

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Love the cups and soucers and the chair looks really interesting! Actually, I might even blog about it on teh ChairBlog if it havent been blogged already! So thank you for teh inspiration :)

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