Friday, June 29, 2007

PErfeCtly ImPerFect

So, I have a set of mugs from Pottery Barn that I absolutely love. They are the perfect shape and weight to be cupped in your hands. Their shape and finish is slightly imperfect, in an appealing way. And they have adorable little paintings of trees on them, with words such as inspire, grow, create and believe. I LOVE these mugs. I often pick the mug for my day based on its saying, and on what sort of inspiration I need. I have used these mugs for several years, and for the first time yesterday, I turned it over and read the bottom insignia. It turns out that they were designed by Rae Dunn. So, after a little more research, I found her website and proceeded to drool over her gorgeous wares.

Here's a snippet about her work:
"Her inspiration comes from the earth and she finds beauty in simple shapes, natural forms, and found objects. Her work captures the simplicity and playfulness that are the cornerstones of her own life...Her work is strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete."

Click here for her website.
Some samples of Rae's work:



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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sneak Peek II

On the tail of Monday's post about peeking into some design agencies, I thought I'd mention a great resource on design*sponge. Here you can peak into the homes of some great artists, designers, and crafters. It's so much fun to see how these artists bring creativity into their daily lives. Click here to view.

Below are pix from Shelly Klein of K Studio (1 and 2) and Rebecca from Moontree Letterpress (3).



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Monday, June 25, 2007

Sneak Peek




I saw this posted on the How Design Blog a while ago. The site, called This Ain't No Disco, gives you a peek into the offices of creative agencies around the world. It's interesting to see the differing personalities of companies, and perhaps to "borrow" some ideas.


Here's a descriptor from the site:
"It’s a well known fact that some agencies spend huge chunks of their hard earned money turning lifeless commercial spaces into bastions of creativity. These interiors provide insight as to the breadth and depth of their thinking and creative execution. They create spaces to envy. Places to shout about - loud.
The interiors we feature vary from the most well known to the most obscure agencies across the world, the one thing they all share is that they provide an environment to nurture creativity, fun, frolics and damn right posing.

Whilst our main focus is to showcase these interiors we also hope that this site will act as a good resource for seeking agencies of different specialties across the world, providing information about the agency, contact details, specialisms and a sneak peak into the four walls that encompass the company."


Take a peek for yourself here.
Below are some pix from the most recently uploaded agency, The Happy Corp, in NYC.




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Friday, June 22, 2007

Eco Cute

Baileys Home and Garden site is full of cute products for your home, garden, office, kids... just about anything. A lot of their products have been created from found & recycled materials. (You know I love that!) And they now have a line of eco-friendly cleaners... better for your home and health. Besides, the packaging is adorable! Take a look below, and click here for the website.





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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Luscious

Founded by Marie Rodgers & Maria Livings, the UK-based Lush Designs, is a company that truly specializes in what they do best. In this case it's lamp shades. I know it doesn't sound terribly glamorous, or exciting, but just take a look at the gorgeous, hand-painted works of art. This is such a great way to add a bit of pizazz to a room.
You can check out more products on their website.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Royal Showtime

Every summer, the renowned Royal College of Art hosts it's "Great Exhibition Summer Show." This lets 385 graduating students, from more than 36 countries, exhibit their best work. It's a great way to see some interesting work. If you happen to be in town, it's worth a stop. If you're not, you can still browse some of the work through their website.

Here is just a tiny sample of what's on display. In order: "Table R" by Il Hoon Roh, Textiles by Kaori Ueda, and ceramic plate by Heidi Parsons.




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Friday, June 15, 2007

BODIE and FOU

Here's a great site that I read about in the June issue of Maria Claire UK. It's called BODIE and FOU and their mantra is all about: "Bringing together European designer home accessories and furniture with the best of chic French homewares. We aim to make your online shopping a pleasurable experience and hope you enjoy our chic, stylish and unusual range of home accessories. "

They have some really great products to browse, and the best part is that they ship internationally! Yippee. I just love the tiles & lamp shown below by Brazilian ceramicist and textile designer, Flávia Del Prá.



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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Another cuppa?

This was posted over on design*sponge a little while ago, and I thought it was a great follow up to my last post. This one takes place State-side in San Fransisco, at Rose and Radish. They are a store with a fabulous concept on retail space. Instead of piles of "stuff" all around, they create a new theme every 3 months to display their wares. They sell everything from beautiful housewares, to textiles, toys and flowers. And they have an online shop... so you can partake even if you're not planning a trip West anytime soon.

Their theme this month (if you couldn't guess) is Tea Time. And it's fantastically pretty and girlie. Below are some pix. Click here for the company website, and here for the blog, where you can find some of the previous installments.



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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Spot... err... Stripe of Tea?







While sitting in a spa last week getting my feet prettified for an upcoming event, and flipping through the June issue of Elle Magazine, I came across an article about afternoon tea in London. They mentioned my favorite place, and I thought it was worthy of sharing.
The Name:
Prêt-a-Portea

The Place: The Caramel Room at The Berkeley Hotel, London
Why it's Great:
Besides the fantastic food, and never ending supply of pastries, the whole event is fashion-focused. The China was designed by Paul Smith (LOVE the stripes!), and the pastries are based on the fashion highlights of the season... including designers such as Marc Jacobs and Valentino. Fashion, champagne, pretty china, and fantastic food... does life get much better than this???
Click here for more info.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

London 1989?

Oh my! Let's review the importance of branding, especially when you're doing something as worldwide as say... the Olympics! My good 'ol hometown of London has revealed it's chosen identity for the 2012 Olympic games. And let's just say that the response has been less than favorable.

So much so that the BBC has requested people to send in alternative logos with the hope of prompting a redesign. You can read more about the debate here. The best part is the it only cost £400,000! What a bargain.

Here's the chosen identity, as created by Wolff Olins (Whom I do, generally, respect for their research and design). Perhaps it will grow on me.
















And here are 2 alternate designs by BBC readers which (though they need some work), I think are a bit higher on the "visually pleasing" scale.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Greek Out 2

Ahhh, Greece. What a wonderful place. We spent time in Athens and then moved on to the islands of Crete and Santorini. Each place had it's own charm, style and appeal. Below is some eye-candy. Enjoy.









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Saturday, June 2, 2007

Breaking News








Thanks, HOW magazine!

I've just been informed that HOW Magazine is listing Sketchy as one of it's Top 10 sites for June! Waahoo! Check out HOW's website and magazine for great design and business tips, along with a lively message board.

And here's the link to the Top 10 list. Don't forget to check out my portfolio site, as well for recent work.

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