Perusing ICFF 2019 in NYC

When I first attended ICFF about a bajillion* years ago, I remember it being SOOO epic; so unattainable. This year, I had a totally different experience. It seemed edited & intimate; fresh, yet livable. Not that there wasn’t editorial-worthy content, it just wasn’t quite as outlandish (or pervasive) as years past. I didn’t feel like the products were designed for an exclusive, haughty club, but rather, just designed to be kinda great. And they were.

*Technically, 1996 is slightly less than a bajillion years ago. Only just….

 

 

Clay in Play

I’m enchanted by these little clay treasures by “AITCH“, an illustrator in Bucharest, Romania.

Inspired by my travels, naturalistic illustrations, Naive Art, childhood memories, legends and folklore, I create colorful watercolor artworks on paper, characters cut out of wood, painted murals and intricate patterns and illustrations for clients allover the world.

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Etsy Al Fresco

Etsy isn’t usually the first place that comes to mind when I’m thinking about furnishing my patio. But, it turns out there are some pretty cool things to be had! (as always, click to shop!)

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Kentucky Stick Chairs – Folding Patio Chair, $247.50
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Real Simple Wood – Chunky Garden Bench, $475
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Justin Gray Design – Outdoor Concrete Bench Planter, $1495
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Handsome Industries – Outdoor Porch Swing, $1200
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Goodtimes LT – Table + 2 Lounge Chairs, $400
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Asian Gallery – Live Edge Table + 3 Chairs, $3800
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MidCentury Woodshop – Reclaimed Redwood Adirondack Chair, $1675
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Revival Supply Co. Walnut Bench, $900
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Matheson Woodwork – Custom Adirondack Chairs, $600
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Swing Tables – Swing Table with Planter Box, $8050
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Petrified Design – Nodo Outdoor Chair, $520

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Amazing Vase

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Loving these hanging vases by Nicolette Johnson, a ceramic artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Working primarily in stoneware using wheel throwing and hand-building techniques, Nicolette applies clean, modernist lines and colours to reimagined ancient forms. With a background in photographic art and social documentary, Nicolette began studying ceramics in 2015 and is currently continuing her practice-led exploration into functional and sculptural ceramic artworks. Nicolette hand-makes each one of her pieces in small batches in her undercroft studio, beneath their Queenslander home.

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Maker in Milan

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Modern Botanics creates handmade, eco-friendly illustrated and hand printed goods; all using high quality materials like recycled paper, organic cotton, linen and non toxic inks.
All the patterns and drawings are created by the artist in her studio in Milan, Italy. (As always, click to shop!)

My desire to live, work and create in an ethical and sustainable way has influenced how modern botanics developed in its time.

I love adding vintage fabric to my accessories to make them even more unique and to re-use some beautiful old textile.

Most of my pieces are one-off or part of a limited edition.

This is what I stand for, who I am and what I do.

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original monoprint, 35.00
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linen tea towel, 18.00
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pocket journal, 12.00
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linocut art print, 35.00
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tribal pocket notebook, 10.00

 

 

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

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So there it is… Purple. Okay, fancy purple. Purple about which they penned:

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

So, there’s that. Except… I dunno. I think of purple as being for Unicorns and my 10-year old niece’s new bedding, and gypsies’ scarves, and grape popsicles. Do I really want a purple couch? If I think about it – do I really want purple  a n y t h i n g ?

So I’ve done a bit of soul searching. And while I’m still squarely in the skeptic box, I’m opening my mind a tad.

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ABC Carpet – 8′ x 9’3″ Color Reform Spectrum Overdyed Rug, $3680
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Anthropologie – Bowen Chair, $1100
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May Day Studio – Letterpress Birthday Card, $5
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A Cats Life Pottery – Macha Tea Cup, $24
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Chanel – Nail Polish, $28
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Compedium – Here & Now Composition Notebook, $7
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Tom Dixon – Flask Oil Ball Pendant Light, $350
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Ultimate Sheepskin – 11″ x 22″ Mongolian Lamb Pillow, $86
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Anthropologie – Chained Prisma Mirror, $58
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CB2 – dip milky purple double old-fashioned glass, $5.95

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