Current Hero: Porn Revolutionary Cindy Gallop

UK-born New Yorker Cindy Gallop is an endlessly chic, intelligent, confident, articulate entrepreneur who also happens to maintain a "stable" of twenty-something men she sleeps with and watches hardcore porn on the reg--we love her! Founder of, she's taking strides to re-educate the country about sex where, due to a lack of comprehensive, frank and realistic sex education, the exponentially prevalent hardcore porn industry becomes the baseline. Not only that, her apartment is unbelievably badass. 

Designed to feel like a "Shanghai nightclub", Gallop's entirely black painted apartment creates an atmosphere that is sleek, slinky and sexy but still welcoming (especially to twenty-something men), plus the dark walls and floors helps highlight her eccentric collection of designer and fea market objets d'art--gold-dipper alligator or Gucci chainsaw anyone? And who wouldn't worship a woman who displayed her shoe collection in the living room because she treats them like art pieces? I can only hope to be lounging in leather and a sharp bob in my sprawling club-chic New York apartment when I'm in my 50s!

See more photos of Cindy Gallop's apartment at The Selby.

Insta-Finds: Mark O'Brien Recycled Cardboard Shoes For Folklore

If you haven't already noticed, I spend a lot of time on Instagram, more so than I have with this poor neglected blog (the 1 billion Facebook paid is well worth it in my opinion)! I'm always randomly coming across cool things on there that I've always thought of sharing, and these adorable cardboard oxfords by British artist Mark O'Brien really kicked me in the butt to start this feature.

Created out of recycled cardboard, as all his pieces are, artist Mark O'Brien made some incredible shoes that are in so many ways cooler than "real" ones. Not just because they're made of cardboard and look exactly like shoes, but his choice in materials with the random box prints make for very cool color swatches and corrugated texture that couldn't really be recreated with leather.

I found these photos on London-based housewares shop, Folklore's Instagram. An independent shop owned by married couple Rob and Danielle Reid, Folklore offers clean, minimal design pieces ranging from upcycled furniture, recycled glassware, hand-carved wood brushes, decor and everything you'd need for your chic, sustainable home and office. 

Mark O'Brien's cardboard shoes were specially made for Folklore for a giveaway contest to celebrate the shop's official opening. But we just missed it by a month! No bother, but these shoes brought me to fall in love with the shop--an eco-conscious, design savvy home decorator's dream. My own fantasy is to one day have not a scrap or screw from Ikea in my home and a couple pieces from Folklore. Now just have to find the right home...

Follow Folklore at "shopfolklore" on Instagram.

Fixie Horsey by Eungi Kim

Horse head on a broomstick no-more, here's a wonderfully innovative bicycle design by Eungi Kim that was shortlisted in Design Boom's Seoul Cycle Design Competition 2010.

Designer's Own Words:'Horsey' is an attachable bicycle ornament/accessory which makes one's bicycle look horsey! The 'horsey' package includes wooden ornaments (horsey shape body), metal parts, and screws. The manual is very simple so that anyone can easily arrange it according to one’s needs. Through this 'horsey' project, I wanted to give a special look to bicycles so that people would care about cycling not only as transportation but also as a lovely pet.

Now if only the silhouette were a neon light...

Images via Design Boom

Dirty Glasses: "Moist and Merry"

The "Moist and Merry" drinking glass collection by the aptly named German design company
Donkey Products. Unfortunately this collection is no longer for sale on their site, but you can check out other quirky items in their shop, which is like a cross between Spencer's Gifts and Fitzsu with Presidential tea bags, nipple doorbells and crocheted power tools. Leave it to the Germans to create a crass, yet clean and appealing product design--despite the fact that it insinuates you're drinking pee.

Some other non-pee designs:
Dentures Glass
Little Red Riding Hood Glass, designed exclusively for Brigitte Magazine(wolf gets bigger when water is inside)