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BLIKMAS DAY 9: WIN A SIGNED CHARLES ARNOLDI BOOK

BLIKMAS DAY 9: WIN A SIGNED CHARLES ARNOLDI BOOK

 
You might remember that last month we debuted three wall wraps from WRAPPED, and Macro by Charles Arnoldi for WRAPPED was one of those graphics. Since Charles Arnoldi’s work inspired WRAPPED, we thought it only fitting to give away a signed book that presents the work of Arnoldi.

Titled Charles Arnoldi, the 360-page book is a beautiful representation of his paintings and includes a forward by Frank Gehry. Arnoldi has been described as an artist who “draws in space” to create his unique assemblage works of art. We’ve got one book (published by Radius Books) to give away to the Day 9 winner.

What are you waiting for? Enter now. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Day 10.

UPDATE: Congrats to Tracey! She is our Day 9 winner and is getting the signed Charles Arnoldi book.

7 FUN FACTS ABOUT BABYBOT

7 FUN FACTS ABOUT BABYBOT

Last week, we launched Babybot in Dinoland from our friends at Babybot. Who’s Babybot? Just the award-winning Canadian baby store for modern parents. We thought we’d delve a little deeper into the brand and find out more about those crazy Canucks.

So we give you 7 Fun Facts about Babybot – in their own words.

1. Babybot was created by a small group of designers who worked together at a digital agency on brands like Rolex, Hyatt Hotels, Mercedes Benz, Gucci + Infiniti. One time a client said “no” to a cool idea we pitched, so we started Babybot.

2. The name “Babybot” was inspired by an episode of America’s Next Top Model. (Don’t ask).

3. We hail from the great white north (Canada). We don’t ship our products by dog sled but we do say ‘eh’ a lot.

4. Our studio was a local pub for a year. We don’t remember much about that year… or even which year it was.

5. Last year’s Babybot fan of the year (on Facebook) won for being “Silent but Deadly”. He narrowly beat out ‘Half Monty’ and the ‘S-bomber’ for the big win.

6. We have a lineup of fun brand mascots that hang out with Babybot including Beaverbot, The Cyclops Twins and Xylobot. A poop-bot named Skidz debuted in our Babybot Land decal by Blik last year.

7. Our warehouse phone’s ringtone is “Intergalactic” by the Beastie Boys. Sometimes we don’t answer right away because we are bustin’ out some fresh moves.

Another fun fact about the Babybot and Blik partnership is that illustrator, Felix Wong, who designed all of the Babybot x Blik graphics, also designed the graphics for our custom project with Kaiser Permanente. When Kaiser commissioned Blik for wall decals for the three pediatrics floors at their San Francisco Medical Center, we immediately thought of Felix. Each floor has a distinct San Francisco theme (City, Golden Gate Park, and Fisherman Wharf), bringing the outside in for visitors and patients. Felix excellently created individual characters to guide visitors through each floor.

VOTE FOR BLIK! INTERIOR DESIGN’S BEST OF THE YEAR PRODUCT AWARDS

VOTE FOR BLIK! INTERIOR DESIGNS BEST OF THE YEAR PRODUCT AWARDS

Our Keith Haring ~ Pattern Wall Tiles are up for Interior Design’s Best of Year Product Awards! You can cast your vote and help give us a shot at winning. Just make sure to get your vote in by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.

How to vote in a few easy steps:

1. Go to WALL COVERINGS: OTHER page (Blik’s category).

2. Select the Keith Haring ~ Pattern Wall Tiles by Blik (it’s the first one listed.)

3. Scroll down the page and click on the red “I’m Finished Voting- Submit Now.” button.

4. Register with Interior Design to make your vote count. We promise the form is short and sweet and doesn’t require getting more emails!

5. Give yourself a virtual high five as a thank you from us.

VOTE FOR BLIK! INTERIOR DESIGNS BEST OF THE YEAR PRODUCT AWARDS

The seventh annual Best of Year Awards honor exceptional products in more than 40 categories. YOU help select the finalists. The finalists will be announced on November 5, 2012.

BE A BLIK DESIGNER WITH BMD AND BLIK

BE A BLIK DESIGNER WITH BMD AND BLIK

 
Raise your hand if you’ve ever wanted to design your own Blik. Today, we are launching a do-it-yourself design tool with Bruce Mau Design (BMD) that allows you to create eco-friendly wall graphics from your own computer. It’s simple to produce personalized messages using dynamic letterforms – spell your name, write a message or just create a pattern from the interesting shapes.

IT’S GREEN TOO: Using alternatives to the traditional PVC sources, the BLIK and BMD line of wall graphics is produced without sacrificing print quality, durability or ease of application. The material is non-vinyl, PVC-free and phthalate-free and contains no VOC’s.

HOW TO: The process is simple: Create your own message, choose your preferred shapes, and customize your design to suit your own personal aesthetic. With the ‘Create & Share’ function, you can share your creation through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and tumblr or email it to a friend. Not interested in tapping your inner designer? Choose a finished design from one of BMD’s talented designers.

COST: Designs can be custom ordered in 24″ X 12″ ($20) or 48″ X 24″ ($40) at Blik.

Hooray! Sustainable design is now customizable.

A VISIT TO FREDERICK FISHER & PARTNERS

A VISIT TO FREDERICK FISHER & PARTNERSLast week, Frederick Fisher & Partners hosted Blik co-founder Scott Flora. Scott spoke to the firm about Blik and shared some of the recent work by Blik Design/Build. A big thank you goes out to FFP for hosting Scott.

We wanted to share a few shots of their office in Santa Monica. A little history lesson… The FFP office was the original office of one of the most celebrated architects in Southern California (and a hero of Scott’s), A Quincy Jones, FAIA.

If you are unfamiliar with Jones, he was a LA-based architect and educator known for innovative buildings in the modernist style and for urban planning that pioneered the use of greenbelts and green design. In 1950, he began a partnership with Joseph Eichler, a post-war real estate developer known for developing MidCentury modern style tract housing in California. Jones designs are reflected in approximately 5,000 of Eichler’s homes.

Now, take a look around the FFP offices. The photos are in order of movement.

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Happy (or not) Valentine’s Day from Blik

Happy (or not) Valentines Day from BlikBe my Valentine – or not!

Love it or hate it, it’s Valentine’s Day. And finding the right words to express yourself isn’t always easy. Let Blik help you tell that person in your life exactly how you feel with one of our 4 Valentine’s Day cards. So whether you’re feeling ”you’re the one” love-struck or “I threw your stuff on the porch” heartache (we realize love isn’t always rosy), we understand your sentiment. Available now on Flickr, you can share each Valentine virtually or download and print one and add your own personal message inside.

Happy (or not) Valentines Day from BlikHappy (or not) Valentines Day from Blik

Happy (or not) Valentines Day from BlikHappy (or not) Valentines Day from Blik

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Happy New Year (yes, we checked and you can still say that until January 31st!) We’re back with a new Blik in our Homes. This time around we headed to the home of Blik’s PR and Marketing Director, Heather Koopman. We asked Heather to give us a tour of her sunny beachside home and convinced her charming kids to pose for a few pics.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

“I live with my husband Michael and our two kids Sam (3 yrs) and Kate (17 mos.) We moved into the house three years ago after living in a condo in Marina del Rey. Moving from a one bedroom into a house meant we had a lot more wall space to cover. We’ve been fans of Blik since its inception (years before I started working here) and had tested out Organic, Eames Crosspatch and Fly in our old place.”

“The first Blik graphics were in Sam’s nursery (now Kate’s room.) Seeing that we live in LA, Blik was my go to option for what could safely hang over the crib. We picked Mel Lim’s Bambinis in custom colors. My thought was that they could easily work in a boy or girls room and I liked that the designs were kid-friendly, but not babyish. When Kate was born, we traded in the blue decals for pink ones. Now that she’s getting older, I’m thinking about what her next wall decals should be…”

“The painted striped walls are my favorite part of Sam’s room, but if you ask him he’d tell you the best part is the robot sheets. A friend recommended the robot and martian canvases from Oopsy Daisy and they turned out to be perfect match for his robot-themed big boy room.”

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

A stroll down the hall leads us to Sam and Kate’s playroom which is filled with brightly colored toys and what’s that we spy? A retired Threadless wall graphic, “The Day The Fire Brigade Went on Strike.” One of our favorites.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Downstairs leads us to the living room. Behind the couch are a series of photographs by Mickey Smith: Word Study and More Books. “We searched for months to try to find the right art for the living room. When we saw the Volume collection by Mickey Smith on 20×200 we were sold. Not only did the colors match the pillows to a T, but we loved the story behind it – an ongoing project documenting bound periodicals and professional journals in public libraries.”

Above the fireplace sits “Hannah” by LA-based photographer Alex Prager. “Michael and I went to Alex Prager’s first solo show in 2007 and it was love at first sight. We know that it’s the kind of piece that evokes a love it or hate it reaction.”
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Last, but not least we take a peek into the family room and kitchen where it’s clear that kids live here. Our eyes stop on the Slim Aarons photograph “Poolside Gossip” taken at Neutra’s famous Kaufman House in Palm Springs. We immediately have leisure-envy and wish we were sitting by the pool with a cocktail in-hand.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

The kids break our trance and happily show off their easel where the budding artists are learning to color and paint. Hanging above the easel on an industrial metal clip is “We Are So Good Together” by Dylan Fareed, also from 20×200.
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

And what we assume is an homage to living close to the beach, the family has collected sand from various beaches both far and near. Ok, now that has us wanting to slip off to the beach.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: HEATHER KOOPMAN

Thanks for the tour, Heather. We’ll see everyone back in April for the next Blik in our Homes.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO-FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

In August, we gave you a look inside Scott Flora’s home and this time we are back with the other Blik co-founder, Jerinne Neils. We asked Jerinne to give us a tour of her sleek, Venice apartment.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

“After living in the infamous Oakwood section of Venice for 10 years, I moved into a new apartment complex in Venice designed by Kanner Architects with plenty of smooth walls perfect for Blik. My old place was where Blik was born. It was used as a testing ground for new products and materials and there was Blik everywhere – but not in a homey kind of way.”

“Now our office is where we do our testing so I bring only a decal or two home to live with for a time; I like the mix of Blik with other accessories and artwork. Right now I’m living with one wall decal (Mulher Skull which is so creepily cute, I like how you only notice them looking at you when the door is closed) and two Pattern Wall Tiles – Psychedelic Garden and Fishwall.

I’m thrilled with the Pattern Wall Tiles and how easy they are to install and the way they can completely change the look and feel of a room. Fishwall really warmed up my living area; I love it. And yes, that’s me in the Fishwall product shots.”
BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Next to Fishwall in Jerinne’s living room, your eyes gaze up to the striking painting by LA artist Liz Brizzi. The bookshelf is sprinkled with various objects from Africa and Thailand. As a former food editor, she has (what looks like to us) an extensive cookbook collection, although according to her, that’s just what’s left of it.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 

That leads us to her kitchen, where “He is not hurt badly” by LA artist Walt Hall rests next to her stove and two African figurines. In Jerinne’s bedroom, a Psychedelic Garden wall tile frames her bed. We are digging artist Gene Guynn’s “Catching Bullets” on the nightstand. And as she mentioned, Mulher Skull peeks out from her bedroom sliding door.

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Stroll down the hallway and you’ll see her Amy Ruppel collection. The pieces were the inspiration for working with Amy on a line of wall decals. Jerinne first came across Amy’s work through a mutual retailer, Velocity Art & Design, six years ago and has been collecting her work ever since. “Amy is an artist close to my heart, because of our shared Portland roots and she represents the transition from owning art to then working with that artist on a line for Blik.”

BLIK IN OUR HOMES: CO FOUNDER JERINNE NEILS

 
Thanks for the tour, Jerinne! We’ll be back in January with another chapter of Blik in our homes.

BLIK ON FAB.COM

BLIK ON FAB.COMWe are big fans of Fab.com. The minute we read about their plan for daily design sales, we signed-up and waited (not so) patiently for the site to launch. And when it launched in June, we were not disappointed. Fab lived up to their promise of daily design inspirations and sales at up to 70% off retail – and have become the new arbiters of impeccable style.

After testing the waters with a few or our artist partners (BY:AMT and Rex Ray), we are very excited to kick off our own Blik sale this Sunday, October 30. We curated it to give you a snapshot of the “best of the best” of Blik and we think it speaks to where we started 9 years ago (think forever fresh Sweet 16) and where Blik is today in 2011 (eco-friendly fabric Pattern Wall Tiles). As cool as ever. BLIK ON FAB.COM

Enough talking, now mark you calendars to do some shopping with Blik and Fab on Sunday, 10/30 at 8am PST. The Blik sale runs until 11/2 at 8am EST. Don’t have a Fab account? Sign-up today and we promise you won’t regret it.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THE PROCESS OF A COLORFUL PORTRAIT.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THE PROCESS OF A COLORFUL PORTRAIT.Last week, one of our super-talented designers here at Blik, Ryan Bubion, took it upon himself to revamp a sad, tagged truck parked outside our office. We think Ryan describes his process best, so we’ll let him speak in his own words.

“Tired of looking at the same tagged truck every day, I decided something had to be done. Right away I knew I wanted to do some sort of portrait, go big and super colorful. While thinking about what to paint I noticed helicopters flying overhead and then the idea hit me. Why not do a giant colorful head looking up? It could be a metaphor for looking at things on the bright side, keeping your head up and thinking positive.”

“I really enjoy the process of painting big and outdoors. Being exposed to the natural elements and textures is a big contrast from designing on the computer. Climbing up and down the ladder, getting my hands dirty, and talking to passers-by are all things that added to the experience.”

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THE PROCESS OF A COLORFUL PORTRAIT.Congrats to Ryan for the amazing job. Part of our inspiration at Blik is leaving our comfort zone, being creative and building things. This is a great extension of the design work we do everyday at Blik.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THE PROCESS OF A COLORFUL PORTRAIT.


So, how did he do it?

1. First he sketched the face directly on the truck. According to Ryan, getting the proportions right at that scale was tricky, but once he had the form of the head the way he wanted it, he began filling it with different geometric shapes.

2. Once the fill’s and colors were segmented, he realized that he wasn’t happy with the line quality. Getting a super straight clean line is tough with spray paint, so he taped off each shape to achieve the clean polished look he was after. The taping and finishing is what took the longest.

3. Six hours later, and a few empty spray cans later, he was done.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. THE PROCESS OF A COLORFUL PORTRAIT.

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