When did you use a laundry pin the last time? I bet it was in 1970 something……… Actually I haven’t eaven seen one in a while you know the wooden ones with a spring on it. Yes like the one Claes Oldenburg made for the town of Philadelphia in 1976. As they have been outconcurred by the drying machines or the plastic ones from China a lot of creative people have found another use for them. In art for example. When you put a bunch of them together the result is pretty impressive. The Venezuelan artist Gerry Stecca has chosen this pin as his medium. He creates some marvelous non figurative sculptures with it. The Dutch design group Wemakecarpets are assembling everyday items of use into carpets with impressive size. Using products that normally have no value once used as plastic forks, pasta, cotton bolls etc. The result not just a beautiful carpet but leaves us with a thought of the consumer society we live in. Yes this carpet is all made out of plastic knives and forkes. However, I think the most admirable user of this invention is an Argentinian architectural bureau Normal. As they painted the tips of the pin it gives a remarkable graphic design in their installations. They did several installations for the inauguration of H&M’s Homestore in London. Yes the “wallpaper” is all made out of clothes pin precisely put together. In another project, the interior of the architectural studio in Madrid, Juan Herrero. the clothe pin was used as a room divider. What a beautiful “wall” to walk around. The Brooklyn designer Steffi Min kept the design of the peg as is, so it doesn’t only look like it but acts like it. In her “Peg” lamp you just clip the bulb in. The clothe pin has eaven been tryied out in the fashion industry. Here a design by the Swedish fashion designer Sandra Backlund. Ole! To end off with something different, but yes it is a clothe pin lamp at the end of the room, Starbuck has given birth to a new Coffee shop called 15th Ave. Coffee and Tea shop started out in Seattle. I wanted to bring it up because I love the interior. The use of the reclaimed wood all over makes it a very warm place filled with history. If our Geneva branch would look like that I think I would go more often! They received in 2010 2 Grand Prizes for their retail environment from the Awards and Recognition Association. Flipping through my “interior photo” file I stumbled over this photo. It was taken in a hotel during a travel to the national parks in Arizona. Inspired by the Native Americans feather art! Quite clever I think.