Just back from the New York International Gift Fair, where I discovered a plethora of awesome new products that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks. One of the brands I became incredibly fond of is Denmark’s Ferm Living, an interior company that designs everyday home objects with a modern retro flair. I couldn’t take my eyes off their gray pillows with neon orange accents; although I can’t for the life of me figure out how I’ll incorporate them into my decor scheme. I may be headed down one of those slippery slopes where I redecorate an entire room around one crazy object… but that’s a story for another day. (As always, click to shop!)
From the folks at Rethink and Langara College – a video to mark their 2012 Call for Entries. It promotes the chance to win a 2-year scholarship to the Vancouver College’s Communications Arts Program and an internship with the agency, Rethink. What it also does (quite effectively, I think) is use a clever, charmingly low-tech approach to take the viewer through the creative ideation process. I, for one, am totally inspired to take out my trusty lead pencil and exacto, and start exploring!
From Design Options, an innovative trend forecasting company based in Los Angeles; a look at upcoming color, design and pattern trends in home decor and lifestyle for the Fall Winter 2013-14 season.
Interested in more interior trends for FW 2013? You may like this video tour of Maison et Objet Autumn Fair: MAISON ET OBJET
A cautionary tale about dependence on technology. As we were waiting for our table at Red Rooster in Harlem, this music started playing that I simply had to own. Easy enough; out comes the iPhone and push of the Shazam button and… nothing. Thinking on my feet, I quickly downloaded the SoundHound app. Same results: “nothing found”. I was defeated… helpless… ready to surrender. Luckily, though, I was in the company of a friend much more clever than I, who suggested we simply ASK the DJ and write it down on a piece of paper. The fact that this painfully obvious alternate solution did not even cross my mind is hard evidence that one’s reliance on a smartphone can negatively impact one’s capacity for common sense. Feelin’ Who You Are by Peven Everett from the album of the same name, 2008. (I’ve included 2 versions – the original, and the almost instrumental dance track.)
Chevron seems to have infiltrated just about every decor category imaginable – in a big way. Funny thing is, up until recently, I didn’t much care for Chevron patterns. Too bold, too aggressive, too, well… zig-zaggy. But I have to admit, the visual bombardment of the statement pattern has won me over, and I’m trying to figure out how to work it into my decor scheme. Anyone else got the fever?
I have to believe that Landor Associates had the best time EVER creating the identity for Bardot Ice Cream Bars! The passion totally comes across in their wholly committed efforts to make these artfully crafted Mexican ice cream bars sexy and chic. The approach feels brand-right for an Ian Schrager hotel – yet a bit cukoo for frozen novelties… and they managed to pull it off. “One mouthful, and the moment ahead of it becomes infinitely better than the moment behind it… At Bardot, we don’t sell ice cream bars. We sell Love. On a stick.” How can you help but appreciate that level of pure nuttiness? Bardot has 3 locations in California (La Jolla, Arcadia and West Covina) – stop in if you have the chance and let me know what you think!
Another favorite from this year’s National Stationery Show: fully customizable letterpress invitations from Bella Figura. This Syracuse NY shop offers an extensive collection of exquisite designs that can be personalized with different fonts and colors to suit the buyer’s tastes. Although, with their tasteful typographic sensibility and eye for pleasing palettes, I wouldn’t recommend straying too far from the original. Bella Figura works with over 20 different talented designers to create the line, so there’s plenty of variety to choose from.
Looking to jazz up your space or dining table with some bold graphics without going overboard or breaking the bank? Check out the punchy patterns available from notNeutral. This California-based home goods company (and offshoot of architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios) synthesizes ornament and object, shape and surface, to create decorative, everyday modern objects. (As always, click to shop!)