Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. Which means I’ve taken the day off (as I have throughout my entire career), to lunch with my most devoted reader (of course, that would be my mom). She’s been asking me what I want for my birthday, and the only thing that comes to mind is one of her delicious home cooked meals. However, we’re going to poke around Anthropologie this afternoon and I get to pick out a treasure! Hmm… what will it be? (See something you love too? As always, click to shop!)
It’s not often a company does something that compels me wholeheartedly to switch to their brand on principle. Always has done just that. This video has been making the rounds on social media, but just on the off chance you haven’t seen it, I had to share.
Urban Organics is a local organic food co-op in Oklahoma that retrieves crops from local farmers and brings them to the city, allowing members to purchase local organically grown food direct from the farm. When it came time to do their branding, they turned to the Dallas-based agency Foundry Collective. The approach is as fresh as their produce; modern and optimistic with enough polish to be credible without seeming disingenuous.
In honor of the the final day of the National Stationery Show in NYC, I thought I’d share one of my all time favorites. Pikku is a brilliant line of charming textiles and stationery products by designer Valerie Ormiston. I adore that in a world of constant change and the urge to reinvent, her wares evolve at a snail’s pace – and stand the test of time. Simple, modern, unpretentious and happy. (As always, click to shop!)
Paula Greif is a NYC-based ceramic artist who was originally trained as a graphic designer. Her enviable and varied career began in the art department at Rolling Stone, followed by stints at Mademoiselle and Barneys NY, after which she turned to making rock videos for the likes of the Smiths. It wasn’t until later in life that she decided to take a pottery class with the intent of “remaking everything in her kitchen”. These days. she hand-makes small batch ceramics (only about a dozen of each design) of things she finds useful and beautiful. Indeed. (As always, click to shop!)
Budget tightening meant that one of our spring trend trips was cancelled this year. So, in an attempt to brew some lemonade out of those lemons, we decided to embark on a 2-day intensive shopping excursion in our own back yard; treating the experience just as we would if we were actually exploring a new, uncharted city. So with those fresh eyes, we took to the streets of Minneapolis on a voyage of discovery. While we made space to check out the “usual suspects”, we also ventured off the beaten path to new shops and places we don’t ordinarily go. I must say, the experience proved totally inspiring and reminded me what an incredibly vibrant retail scene we have right here!
I’m delighted to have discovered these exquisite works by Montreal designer Elizabeth Laferrière. Elizabeth “creates still and moving images that encompass her poetic, sensitive and spontaneous vision through typography, collage and video.” In this project, she took on the branding and promotional pieces for Bleury, a progressive vinyl bar in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles. C’est merveilleux!
As promised, here’s the second batch of pics from my visit to New York earlier this month. These photo montages represent a bunch of the inspiring eye candy I took in while perusing NY Now (the International Gift Fair) as well as exploring Manhattan’s retail scene. This series is less so about color than the first, and much more eclectic. Hope you enjoy!
And if you missed the first chapter, you can check out the images HERE
Darling Clementine was founded by designers Tonje Holand and Ingrid Reithaug in 2006 as a part-time buisness in a tiny apartment in Oslo, Norway. They specialize in both design and illustration (everything from book covers to food packaging and children’s books…), and offer their own collection of modern-nostalgic stationery and homeware. Their playful, boldly sophisticated sensibility totally resonates with the Scandi inside me! (As always, click to shop!)
In honor of black Friday, some pottery in black and white by Half Light Honey Studio. Artist Samantha Carter creates these small vessels by hand from her studio in the foothills of Western North Carolina. At just 4″, these stunning ceramics are perfect for nestling succulents while still making a design impact. All pots run between $27-32 US. (As always, click to shop!)
I’m currently obsessed with products that unabashedly showcase and celebrate the hand of the maker. Imperfect forms, inconsistent colorations, no two exactly the same… Beautifully elegant pieces by skilled artists. A great example is the work of Anthea Carboni of Australia’s Yuniko Studio. Handmade in her Perth studio, these ceramics are both functional + soulful bits of art.
(She does not offer all styles on-line, but does have an edited collection available on her Etsy shop. She also considers special orders and, yes, she ships to the States.)
For her thesis project at Auburn University, Designer Caroline Morris imagined a non-profit organization that would inspired people to build relationships with healthy food, farming and the land. Using that fictitious premise, she built an amazingly rich & complex identity system as well as materials promoting the “organization’s” Field-to-Fork benefit dinner. Unexpectedly sophisticated and spot on compelling; brava, Caroline!
Last weekend, I had a chance to visit a few of the amazing houses showcased at this year’s Luxury Home Tour in the Twin Cities metro area. (It runs weekends through June 23rd, if you’d like to check it out for yourself). It was fun to get totally inspired by the various interior designers’ visions for transforming the spaces. Here are a few snippets I captured and compiled along the way…