Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I am usually loathe to suggest that people buy from a chain store such as Pier One or Pottery Barn, although my love for IKEA stands uncontested. I usually buy artisan made pieces, thrift store finds, or retro-fit pieces myself. There are definitely stores that I snoop through but I am lucky enough to live in a place that has an abundance of artists and finding a unique piece is, to me, a far more enjoyable and satisfying option.
Having gotten this disclaimer out of the way, I have to say how much I love these pieces out of the new Pottery Barn catalog. I love the fabric selections for both the 'Madison' and 'Brooks' chairs and the simple style of the chairs themselves.
There are a few accessories that I may have been tempted into buying if I lived anywhere near a store, but with the headache of shipping glass and the added cost of shipping period, I can get an artist here to reproduce them. This is something that you can always consider, in this day of greener thinking and trying to support a local market, there is no reason not to collect your ideas from stores, catalogues or the WWW, but always keep in mind that these can be re-created by an artist in your area and often sourcing them out is a wonderful experience. Getting together some friends and doing a tour of a studio or even an art school (where the prices tend to be much lower) can make for a rewarding weekend activity.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Oh, the sheer sadness of it all. The Bluelines Blog, the Ghost of Fabulousness Past, Blueprint magazine, has pulled the plug on it's connection to the outside world.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I love this 'Havana' seating combo and 'Argyle' cube storage by Lunar Lounge Design. I tend to gravitate towards people from Winnipeg because they always seem to have a personality bordering on psychosis. In a good way. My ex, who was from there, used to say that it's because there is snow there for so long that if you are not creative you go stir crazy. Sounds like a good breeding ground for people destined for the arts. The guys of Lunar Lounge started their Canadian company with the same ideas of the obvious recognizable icons who created the furniture that inspires these designs- affordability and use of materials that are readily available. With the introduction of formaldehyde-free birch plywood and a decidedly lower price tag than you will pay for an Eames these days, Lunar Lounge may be the way to go.
Photo Credits: Etsy Lunar Lounge Designs
Unique is difficult to find these days. When they came up with the notion that great minds think alike, they weren't planning on billions of people taking over the planet and consequently ideas happening at an exponential rate, good or bad or neither. It always pleases me to find something that everyone else is doing but taken to another level. So I was most pleased to come across the sculptures in Jennifer Khoshbin's 'Handmade Wilderness' series a little while ago, done with paper mache over resin.