In my hometown, it is a tradition for people to line the streets with luminaries on Christmas Eve. As you are driving around to all the holiday parties, it feels as if you are being led by candlelight! I am going to take a few days off to visit with family and friends, but will be back on Jan. 1st.
Archive for December, 2006
Yesterday while walking around Newbury St. in Boston I stumbled across the home decor store, Bliss. Inside, I spotted this great wool rug called ‘Roses’, designed by the Barcelona-based Nani Marquina. I love the simple circle cut-outs and the color is perfect for the holidays. I made several other fun finds in Bliss, but unfortunately I bought these items as gifts for friends and they might be reading this post! Maybe after the holidays I can share a few photos.
The tough part about having a blog is that you have to reveal all your secrets – but sometimes these things are for the best. Such is the case with Supayana, a clothing line created by Brooklyn-based designer Yana Gorbulsky. Yana makes an amazing line of unique, handmade tops that have fanciful features ranging from ruffles to bows. But don’t mistake these shirts for being all sugar and no spice – Yana’s tops are sassy and made for the girl who wants to set herself apart from the crowd. Her online shop is updated regularly and her goods are also posted weekly on eBay.
Now here’s the trick: you have to be fast. FAST! I recently snatched up the cutest navy blue number, (after many months of being a click too late), and I have to say it is worth the wait. Yana puts a lot of craftmanship into her work and her pieces are all limited edition (usually 2-4 made for each design). Now go sign up for her email list and get your mouse finger ready!
Marie Christophe is a French artist who designs lovely wire lights and sculptures from her studio in Paris. Her works’ irregular shapes and freehand-style framework create an irresistible charm – almost as if they are sketches that have come to life. Adding a dash of ceramic beads and baubles give the pieces a little color, while keeping their delicate beauty in balance.
This is such a great idea! ‘Me Magazine‘ is a quarterly publication that, “explores the life of a guest editor and their circle of friends. It was founded to support, document, and get to know people in the creative community we admire.” Personally, I love hearing people’s stories and reading about their creative endeavors (hence designklub). I’m going to have to track down a copy in Boston ASAP. (via hoping for happy accidents)
p.s. Claudia Wu, if you are reading this, I want to be a guest editor for Me!
The one piece of furniture that has alluded designers and consumers alike throughout the ages is the unseemly, uninspired coat rack. Nowadays it can’t just hold jackets, it has to store keys, scarves, ipod accessories – the list goes on. Well UK designer Jennifer Marriott is making a valiant effort on front line of this time honored battle. Her ‘Cube Rack’ is simple and effective in its design, but nice enough on its own that you won’t cringe at the thought of having it attached to your wall. The user just has to tuck in a corner of his/her coat, hat, mittens etc. between the cubes and voila: instant storage with style. (via The Cool Hunter)
Just spotted artist Joanna Mendicino’s pretty vases at Rare Device. I am particularly fond of her cut-out designs, which include everything from shorebirds (above) to cobblestones and pin cushions. Joanna’s “crafty modern” style reminds me of Jonathan Adler’s work: simple, clean and above all – fun.
A quick thanks to Holly at decor8 for selecting designklub as her ‘Blog of the Week’! The spotlight has ended for now, but hopefully people will keep coming back to visit.
Another RCA star is textile graduate Caroline Till. Caroline’s work focuses on renewal and re-use of materials. Here are some samples of her reclaimed ceramics, which I love. I especially like the pieces on the left which look like they have hand drawn scribbles on them. A nice, personalized touch to objects which usually appear to be decidely mass produced.
So I was looking through the online album of the RCA Graduation Show and came across a couple of great young designers. The first is Liliana Ovalle Piedra, who created these fun hot pot stands. Titled ‘Small Flame’ or fuego lento, they are made from sandcasted aluminum and are perfect for adding a little fire to your next feast.
I mentioned the French paper artist Pierre Pozzi in a previous post and he has been nice enough to track me down to share some photos of his work. Pozzi molds, slices and even crochets(!) kraft paper to create a line of simple, elegant vessels. The bottom image, which is a table made from kraft paper, is similar in style to his wallcoverings (the piece that first caught my eye). Imagine a whole wall filled with sliced paper like this! Special thanks to Pierre for his patience (navigating the French/English shuffle) and for sharing some samples of his lovely, delicate work.