Jul 12, 2007

(Welcome again to Manuela, one of the finalists in our Blogger search. She's writing from Seattle. Comment away!)

Guillermo del Toro, director of the fantastical Pan's Labyrinth, describes finding beauty in "the horror of nature." No pretty Tinker Bell in del Toro's film; instead, a fairy resembles a stick insect, and a faun appears to be carved out of wood. They are what del Toro describes as "Ugly/Beautiful."

We've noticed the advent of "Ugly/Beautiful" in design, with Roost spearheading organically shaped furniture and objet d'art that mimic tree branches, logs, coral, and rocks. Take a look at this "Hot or Not" post from AT:LA for one of Roost's pendant lamps. There is a careful balance to this kind of design; one needs to consider what tips the scale from "not" to "hot," from ugly to beautiful.

Roost is based in Sausalito, California, but items can only be ordered by designers and retailers. For Seattleites (and online shoppers), many Roost items can be found at Velocity.


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