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Sunday
Feb102008

Flickr finds - Saarinen

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lexuhAlex Brey
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beeeeejStebbi
Lorena & DavidMoakidi
paper ponyjoel_pirela
m.bibelotDervala

While digging around Flickr for these photos I came across the following from Flickr user stereolab. Here's the description of the photo below: "we made the floors in polished concrete, but a big crack appeared between the dining area and the lounge room. my idea was to make a bigger opening, and plant some dracenas, and cover the dirt with local river rocks." FREAKING BRILLIANT!!!

Saturday
Feb092008

Finished!


At last that #*%*# credenza is finished. So much work for a $39 thrift store find! I can't complain though because we needed the rain. Here it is with my tarted up lamp. (Just wish I had remembered to turn the seam away from camera.) The chair is a Grant Featherston R152 from the 50s. The artwork is a mixed media I made from vintage Penguin paperbacks. Papua New Guinea spirit house pole and stool, West German floor vase, vintage Portuguese copper coffee set and one of a pair of Murano glass vases round out the group. Except for the New Guinea pieces and rug everything is from a thrift/secondhand store or made by me. (I'm trying to furnish my apartment on thrift or handmade.) OK that's one piece I can tick off my "to-do" list. What's next?

Saturday
Feb092008

WINKS - PART II

There were so many links for this weekend that I thought I'd help Jo out and do a post too.


WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?


  • Laura Simak of Emmerson Troop emailed to let us know that William Emmerson just unveiled the last piece of the Ab Ovo collection - a stunning, hand carved dining chair. It was literally just unveiled last week after 4 long months of design and production. William also has four additional limited edition, gallery quality collections planned for 2008 that are currently in the design phase, and she'll keep us updated on those. LOVE this chair! Thanks Laura!

  • Greg at 2Modern is looking for guest bloggers to contribute weekly to their blog 2Modern Design Talk. If anyone out there is interested, here is the contact info. Fellow bloggers, if you have time this would be a great opportunity to get your name out there!

  • Judy of Naked & Angry emailed about her new line of fabulous rainwear: "I work as a graphic designer for a distributing and marketing company - but now, instead of representing OTHER people's brands, we've decided to start our own line! It is a rainwear line called "dav." About 80% of the designs shown here are of my own creation!! I also created the flash animation teaser thing...It's pretty much one of my small dreams come true - while web design is fun and all... it's so freaking AWESOME to be able to help with product development, and see my pattern designs show up on an actual product. We'll be launching our rainwear line this month, at the Las Vegas "Magic" tradeshow. Very exciting - please send us good vibes - I hope everyone falls in love with it!" Judy, those are the coolest rainboots I've ever seen and I SO need a pair now that I walk to work. But how does one choose from so many amazing patterns and colours?!?!?!

  • Leah of More Ways to Waste Time wants help spreading the word of a wonderful exchange program that brings art to orphans around the world, and gives them a chance to express themselves with art as well. That is such a great idea! Here is her post with a summary of the program and this is the organization's website.

  • I had to mention Claudia's blog sofablog, because the other day she sent me a really sweet email. She thought I'd get a kick out Frau Maier, a German label for lamps and furniture. The kicker is Frau Maier is a dog, and the dog is all over their product shots, like below:


    But more importantly, I wanted to give her blog a shout-out because she also had this to say "I only started blogging and still need to learn a lot about this, but so far it is great fun. Blogging is not quite so big in Germany yet - certainly not with the design crowd. But I believe in it, thanks to some great inspirations like desire to inspire." Claudia, I wish you tons of success with your blog!

Saturday
Feb092008

Watching paint dry


It isn't raining! Hooray! I have a chance to finish my credenza. What do you do though while waiting for paint to dry? Lampshade! I bought this fabric from Metremade back in August for another lampshade. It sat all this time in my linen cupboard confronting me everytime I opened the door. Today I measured cut sewed ironed glued and pegged until I had this "new" lampshade for my vintage Italian pottery lamp base (secondhand shop find). I must admit the old one was looking rather ratty. If my credenza is dry by Sunday (and I can drag it into the dining room) I'll take a picture of my tarted up lamp on my tarted up credenza.

Saturday
Feb092008

WINKS


WINKS - weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we've found and things we think you'll want to see. If you'd like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we'll link you. So what's in this week?

  • To celebrate the launch of his first ever decorating book due out this fall Thom Filicia, celebrity interior designer, star of Bravo’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and Style Network’s Dress My Nest is scouring America in order to find his next family room makeover muse. To find this lucky makeover candidate he is sponsoring his own online contest. The winner most deserving of a family room style intervention will receive not only a free entire floor-to-ceiling overhaul by Thom, but may also be featured in the new book. To find out more go here. Not fair! I don't live in America! Get those entries in before March 4, 2008.
  • Mark Cutler designer and blogger extraordinaire sent some images of his latest venture. I'll let him explain. "They are a series of Tables that I have designed called "Tableaux Cloths". I designed them to fill a need I had for a low cost, yet stylish solution for a covered table. They come in a number of different sizes. The Tableaux cloths come in beige with a black image but can be custom colored (for just a little bit more) in any Pantone color you choose, so the possibilities are endless! I love the whimsical blend of antique and modern, and have used them in many different situations. It is one of my favorite tricks! They are currently available at Colburn Sassaman, and we are happy to ship all over the world."
  • kontakt magazine, a modern design magazine focused on architecture, urban living, interior design, art, and travel based in Phoenix, Arizona, is hosting a furniture design competition. The competition invites independent designers or a group of designers to submit original contemporary furniture designs for a chance to be featured at the Phoenix Contemporary Design Fair. Finalists will display for three days at PCDF in April and will appear in a post-show issue of kontakt. Renderings and/or sketches of the design are due by March, 14, 2008. If chosen as one of ten finalists, designers will be required to have a live prototype by the time of the design show. You'll find more information and registration forms here.
  • Kathryn emailed me to introduce her blog and I'm glad she did! "I thought I'd share my blog, Snippet & Ink with you. It's a little different, and though it's not interior/home design, it is about design and inspiration. Every day I post one or more wedding inspiration boards, some of them just for fun, some based on requests by brides." Beautiful and so inspirational. Thanks Kathryn!
  • Nadine from Munich, Germany also wanted to share her blog Creative Lounge. It's about fashion, interior design, lifestyle and travel and it's full of lovely eye candy. I'm off to check out the archives!
  • Muse is a new online wedding space to help couples plan their weddings online. Muse wants to make it easy for you (and fun). They've made each planning tool with the couple in mind. Muse is very easy to use and completely free. Thanks for letting us know about your site Clio!
  • Katie Howlett opened a small home accessories shop in Richmond, VA with her partner Megan about 5 months ago. The girls sell primarily handmade goods by independent designers, their philosophy formed around the idea of quality over quantity, and sustainability. You can check out the shop and the designers they carry at their blog. Katie let me know when you go online so I can wink you again!
  • Dom Trapp sent images of his newly designed modular storage system Quad. Simple, elegant, durable the Quad can be coffee table, bookcase, night stand or storage column. Endless possibilities as you fit the cubes together. Merci Dom for sharing your design.