(Dirt) Devil in the Details - Beauty Addict

Friday, February 02, 2007

(Dirt) Devil in the Details

Don't worry, I'm not turning Beauty Addict into a housewares blog, but there's something I've just got to share with you. It does tie into beauty, I promise. During a recent visit to Target I picked up the Dirt Devil Kone Hand Vac in a lovely shade of pale pink. I am a bit of a clean freak and had been on the hunt for something in between a Swiffer and a full-out vacuum, for quick raids on unwelcome specks of dust.

I have become quite enamored of this little device, and even though it's nearly hidden behind a plant near my kitchen, it garners many compliments and inquiries from my friends. It is rather odd looking for a vacuum, but in a modern, unique way. Plus, it deftly rids my home of dust bunnies, Christmas tree detritus, and stray particles of uncooked couscous.

The Kone's unique shape is the work of acclaimed designer Karim Rashid, and when I started snooping around his website I found that he is also responsible for the design of three of my very favorite things:

From left: Summer by Kenzo, Kenzo Amour, Kenzo Ryoko travel spray (read more about the ingenious Ryoko packaging here. I am obsessed with them).

I have been a fan of Kenzo fragrances for years -- in fact, Summer by Kenzo in its pretty leaf bottle was one of the first products I ever wrote about on this blog.

Amour is the newest addition to my collection and is a lovely warm vanilla oriental. And of course, the bottle is just exquisite. I find myself trying to justify buying one in each size just so I can have all three colors.

Karim has also done packaging for Issey Miyake, Davidoff, and Carolina Herrera, as well as the design for Morimoto in Philadelphia. I could go on for days about this, but the bottom line is, should Karim Rashid show up at my door one day and tell me he wants me to start a cosmetics line for which he would design the packaging, I would consider my life complete.

Check out all his designs at www.karimrashid.com.