Charming custom stamps designed, hand lettered and produced by San Diego County’s Paper Pastries. They’re a great bargain for a totally cute way to personalize correspondence. Yes, I know – we all write via email these days. Well, maybe if we had such an adorable stationery accessory we’d start putting pen to paper and actual letters in the mail? (As always, click to shop!)
This is the week when Maison et Objet – arguably the best trade fair for trends and design inspiration – takes place in Paris. And I was not there. Executional obligations at work roadblocked my ability to pursue my passions. And, yes, I’m slightly bitter about it. But, rather than stew (or perhaps “rather than stew in an epic, pathetic fashion”; I prefer to stew with a bit of class), I though I’d pay homage by featuring another of Parisian favorites. Cherry Blossom Girl, the single, by Air, 2003.
From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming Women’s young contemporary fashion color trends for the Spring Summer 2015 season. Their outlook includes three distinct trends: Mixed Metals, Green Scene and Graphic Underground.
Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.
I’ve been noticing lately that a lot of decor items are, well, uninspired. It’s like every manufacturer out there has decided to play it safe; resigning themselves to make tasteful things that appeal to the widest possible demographic. I suppose that’s par for the course in a slow economy; there’s a tendency to play it safe, rather than create something fresh. (I sincerely question whether that wisdom actually pays off much, but that’s fodder for another post.) The dearth of spirited products has me craving stuff that makes me look twice and say “OMG – that’s amazing, refreshing, stunning!”. Enter Pilgrim Waters, out of Southie, Boston Massachusetts. Owners Susy Pilgrim and Keith Waters met at art school in London and moved to the US in the early ’80’s. They produce a micro-assortment of everyday functional objects with a modern aesthetic that put a little fun back in decor. Yes, the retails of some items are pretty unattainable, but I can dream & dream & dream of that tray… (As always, click to shop!)
Loving this identity created by Brooklyn-based designer Kellie Anderson. Developed for The Munchery, which offers quick, healthy prepared meals, handcrafted from scratch by top local chefs that’s available for same-day delivery in the San Francisco area. It’s a pretty darn cool and handy idea for those of us who are not fans of cooking, but wilt at the thought of nuking yet another Lean Cuisine. Wish there was one in Minneapolis – I’d be their best customer! Plus, for each meal you order, they donate a meal to a local food bank, which is pretty extraordinary too.
All this snow. And gray skies. It can bring on a smidge of the doldrums. So, I’m tapping into my promenade through last May’s ICFF (the International Contemporary Furniture Fair) to find some relief. It comes in the form of totally irreverent, highly colorful, tres-patterned chairs and sofas by Fama Living from Yecla, Murcia, Spain. Ah, yes… that hits the spot.
Spin Expo is a tri-annual, yarns, fabrics and knitwear trade fair that takes place in Shanghai and NYC. They’ve also become known for creating very seductive, albeit quite heady, trend forecasts. “Interactions” is their theme unifying the color and fashion trends they’ve identified for the upcoming Autumn Winter 2014-2015 season.
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!)
Olivia King is a designer based in Sydney, Australia, who “sees opportunity in everything and harbors a not-so-secret love of red wine“. In creating and identity design for the 2013 UTS Visual Communications Grad Show, she wanted to portray the fun, youthful and dedicated personalities of the graduates, particularly with reference to the idea of “working our butts off” and their “exposure” to the industry. Using a series of visual and verbal puns, a mark and identity was esablished across a variety of collateral including letterpressed invitations, screen printed posters, bags, book, website and exhibition mural. So cheeky! (I couldn’t help myself..) Designed in collaboration with Sebastian Andreassen, with help from Nina Harcus, Steph Tsimbourlas. and Elle Willams. You can visit her website at oliviaking.com.