Now that spring has actually sprung, it’s time to start living outside! Which has inspired me to begin to reconsider my entire patio set up… and in doing so, I stumbled upon the work of Zachary A. Design. Produced in Chicago, this line of contemporary outdoor pieces look like well-weathered concrete, but in fact, they are made made of fiberglass – meaning you can actually move them around. (A fact my practical side adores!) Prices range from $300 to $3000 (A fact that less so appeals to my practical side, but a girl can dream, no?). As always, click to shop!
Today’s overview of print & pattern directions for Spring Summer 2014 comes from the Trend Council, a trend forecasting agency for the fashion industry that provides both analysis and design inspiration.
Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.
Spring may have finally sprung. Monday’s blizzard appears to have given way to a touch of sunshine and promises of a 70 degree day on the horizon. Besides that heartening news, I get to reconnect with former colleagues tonight. These are characters whose eccentric personalities, spirited thinking, boundless wisdom and tireless sense of play made my last job an incredible and unforgettable experience. Times are good indeed. Good Times by Chic from the album Risqué, 1979.
I like featuring the work of indie designers from this neck of the woods, so I thought I’d share some beautiful stationery products by Madison-based designer Kristin Joiner of 622 Press. I suppose – technically – Madison is in a whole different state; but I figure if you can get there by car in 5 hours, that’s close enough to be considered a neighbor. (As always, click to shop!)
In the mood for a flower show? Check out these new textile prints by Liberty of London from their new spring summer 2013 collection! “This season’s series, The Flower Show, is a collection of botanical print stories influenced by inspirational visits, artistic collaborations and archival documents. It is a celebration of wonderful and inspiring research, collaborations and a studio passionate about print, and capturing and drawing nature at its simplest and most beautiful.” These gorgeous fabrics run between £22.00 – £45.00 per metre and a simple click of the mouse will take you right to the website to order. (Interested in how these fine fabrics are produced? I’ve included a video of their printing process at the end of this post.)
I am on a mission. The pillows on my front porch have outlived their usefulness. The ones on my patio likewise do not appear to have enjoyed wintering in Minnesota. Of course, they’re still covered in snow, so I can’t be 100% certain of this, but I tend to err on the side that lets me go shopping. So shopping I am, trying to find some worthy replacements to spice up my outdoor spaces, should spring ever arrive and I actually get to use them again. Here’s a round up of the contenders (as always, click to shop!):
Snowflakes have been on my mind lately. I can attribute that to the fact that they were blizzarding about last weekend, when I rightfully should have been planting pots of pansies. So today, a brooding bit of British garage to express how I feel about being kept out of my garden by what seems like a perpetual cold front. Snowflakes by Just Jack from the album The Outer Marker, 2003.
Vahram Muratyan is a French graphic designer with high-profile clients like Prada and Hermès, who still somehow finds time to indulge his creative energy through personal projects. Paris vs. New York is one of those labors of love. He describes the work as “A friendly visual match between two cities told by a lover of Paris wandering through NewYork. Details, clichés, contradictions.” I shared a few of these clever juxtapositions a couple of years ago, and couldn’t resist sharing some of his newer pieces – along with a great little video. Hope you enjoy!
Considering that it’s still cold and snowy in these parts (yes, really. sigh.), I could really use a jolt of spring color! Today’s post comes via Lenzing, an Austrian company known best for fiber / textile production that also offers great trend insights. Here’s their forecast of incoming color trends for the Spring Summer 2014 season in Womens, Mens and kid’s fashion…
One might say there’s a fine line between cheeky chill and full-on muzak. And I think it could be argued that I’m seriously blurring that line with today’s track, which would be very much at home in an elevator, I suppose. But here’s the thing… they were playing it at ABC Carpet in NYC last week (where I Shazamed it somewhat less than discreetly, to the horror of my co-workers). Besides, the artist is French for goodness sake – surely that counts towards a bonified hipness factor? Either way, I’m hopeful it induces a little grin (smirk?) and all will be forgiven. Your Love Has Got A Handle on My Mind by Vanessa Paradis from her self titled album, 1992.