Plates, Please!

On a cold, gray day like this one, I’m needing a jolt of the earthy yet whimsical work of Lisa Neimeth. Creating her pieces of functional art in a converted chicken coop right in the middle on San Francisco, she captures the spirit of craft-made-modern.

Individualist Dinner Plate, $85
Individualist Dinner Plate, $85
Individualist Salad/Dessert Plate, $75
Individualist Salad/Dessert Plate, $75
Individualist Cereal/Soup Bowl, $75
Individualist Cereal/Soup Bowl, $75

Night Lights

Anyone else noticed the bits of neon signage popping up here and there? I’m fascinated that this kitchy bit of gas and glass has taken on a rather arty reputation as the typographic medium du jour? (As always, image links will take you to sources!)

Something Underfoot…

Have you ever had that moment when you look around your house and it becomes painfully obvious that many of your decor statements – that, at the time of purchase you assumed would be timelessly modern – well… aren’t? I’m having that crisis of confidence when it comes to a few of the decade-old rugs I am currently co-habitating with, and have begun the mission to repent and replace. Here are a few of my favorites under consideration – though I make no guarantees they will stand the test of time; only that they’d be jolly good right now.

Jewel Geometric, 6×9 carved wool rug, $1425
Soho Dhurri Rug in chocolate 5×8, $338
Mosaic Tile Hand Tufted Rug 8×10, $699
Moab Wool Blend Rug 5×8, $1263 (sale: $219!)
Surya Organic Modern wool rug 5×8, $645
Mod Floral 8×10, $550
Dwell Studio Home Gate 5×8, $495
Dwell Studio Almonds Ink 8×10, $655 sale
Inhabit Pyrus in Persimmon Hand Tufted 5×8, $876
Second Studio Caccia Sunday Rug 67″ square, $1530
Thomas Paul Organic Gray 3×5, $350
Dash and Albert Plain Tin Slate wool hooked tug 4×6, $255
jill rosenwald fallon peacock green hand woven rug 5×8, $385
Winthrop Gray Multi-Branch 5×8, $876
Trina Turk Vivacious Pink wool hook rug 3×5, $160
Grandview Ivory Swoosh 4×6, $369
Angela Adams Nasturtium Hand-Tufted Wool Rug 3×5, $375
West Elm Ikat Links rug 9×12, $849

Black (and White) Friday

As part of my new job, I actually have to go “experience” a black Friday in action – live and in person. This is distressing to me, as I am a decidedly foul morning person and am significantly more likely to go to sleep at 4am than wake up at that time. Besides, I deliberately try to be less so compelled to buy products because they’re a good deal (anyone else have a closet full of “good deals” – unworn and with the tags still on them?), and more so because I love and adore them. So, my ode to Black Friday is simply a menagerie of lovely things… in black. And to those of you braving the crowds today – good luck and Godspeed.

Misao Yajima Pottery
M Lab Cleanser, $60
Peter Raacke 50-Piece Place Setting, $400
Elisabeth Michael Ikat Pillow, $77
Boneshaker Zinfandel, $25
Archetype Z Cuff Bracelet, $32
ASOS Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, $17
Megan Auman Cluster Lampshade, $144
Underwearables Soaps
Pia Wallen Reversible Cross Blanket, £145.00
Melissa Borrel Vines Pop-Out Pendant, $39
Marimekko Kaivo iPhone Cover, $48
BLK Beverages – spring water with fulvic acid, $55/24 bottles
Raw Art Letterpress 8″x10″ Print, $18
Opening Ceremony Haircalf Boots, $506
Tokyo Milk Shea Butter Handcreme, $22
West Elm Souk Rug, $199 and up
Piano Man Umbrella, $30

Today’s Track – Thank You, Mary Mary

7 minutes of gospel to mark the day’s festivities. May you fill your tummy with delicious dishes and your heart with gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Thank You by Mary Mary from the album Incredible, 2002.

Spring Summer 2013 Trends: Color, Lifestyle and Fashion from MM&T

MM&T (Materials, Manufacturing & Technology) is an international trade fair held in Hong Kong that features innovations in leather, materials and components, technologies and services, for the fashion and lifestyle industries. Today, we’re showcasing their predictions in color, fashion and lifestyle trends for the Spring Summer 2013 season.

Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

Want additional spring/summer trend resources for the season ahead? Click on “TREND”!

  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Top Fashion Colors
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Prints and Colors
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion and Lifestyle Colors and Themes
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Color trends from Pantone
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Women’s Careerwear
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Kids
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Menswear
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion: Knitwear and color
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Fashion color trends from Pantone
  • TREND spring/summer 2013 – Home Interiors

Or click HERE to see all trend-related posts!

Design on the Fly

Corporate partnerships with design houses are nothing new, but I can’t help by be totally excited and inspired by this particular one. A desire to provide passengers a “unique experience” led Finnair to pursue a collaboration with the much beloved Finnish design company Marimekko. Starting in the spring of 2013, Marimekko’s signature patterns will adorn the airline’s textiles and tableware, as well as the exterior of the planes themselves. You just have to love a company that proudly declares “Our goal is to become a design airline.” Looks like I’ve gotta figure out how to get myself to Helsinki  so I can experience a style flight for myself!

Want to learn even more? Click HERE to see the extended video!

Autumnal Notes

Have a hankering to send Thanksgiving greetings – via the actual mail? Well, in support of the fine art of letter writing and the thrill generated when one receives a bonified letter (as opposed to a bill, catalog, or offer for 20% off your next plumbing crisis), I’m featuring an assortment of lovely autumnal stationery. Put a stamp on it! (as always, click to shop!)

Inkadinkadoodle – Acorn letterpress, $4.50
Pepper Press – Leaves letterpress, $5
Squeeze My Hand – Corntopia letterpress, $6.50
Pressed in Brooklyn – Turkey in Gold letterpress, $4.00
Kinaloon – Pomegranate silkscreened, $16/6
Dutch Door – Orange Turkey, $4
Sweet Harvey – Acorn letterpress, $18/10
Jennifer Wick – Give Thanks customized, $1.58 each
Cornflower Press – Happy Fall letterpress, $4.75
Pike Street Press – Autumn Leaf letterpress, $6

Today’s Track – Gate 36, Electrapilot

Dropping temps put me in the mood for a bit of fluffy, shoulder-swaying Euro lounge (i.e.: comfo-chill). Gate 36 by Electrapilot from the album Gate 36, 2007.

L’Atelier des Garçons

I’m having a rather intense love affair with Pinterest. It’s become part of my daily decompression ritual. As soon as I get home from work (and get settled in to my flannels; that’s a given), I retreat to a cozy corner with my iPad and spend some time totally blissed-out; exploring the wealth of design inspiration pinned by amazing creative individuals and lovers of design. It was during one of those delicious sessions that I stumbled upon Eric Hibelot of L’Atelier des Garçons, a ceramics studio located in Saint Amand en Puisaye, a small village located in the east center of France. There, they create wonderfully simple artifacts that boast a playful combo of bold primaries and pattern. Wholly unexpected, unpretentious – and incredibly smile-inducing.

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