Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nutella Freaks Greenpoint.  Who doesn't love Nutella??

Via:  and 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cantilever and Press Wolf Den Coat Racks

My assortment of outerwear-- coats, parkas, capes, fleeces, and anoraks-- would look pretty amazing hanging off of this...

Via: Cantilever and Press

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Negative Space Illustrations

Designed by Noma Bar...


Monday, March 28, 2011

Jane Eyre - THE MOVIE

This weekend I saw Jane Eyre, the new Joji Fukunaga film , starring Mia Wasikowska, who takes on the titular role. I'm familiar with the novel having read and deconstructed so many passages of the book during my impressionable, formative years, when I gravitated to all things literary, brooding, and romantic (which now = depressing!).  I always found the Gothic sensibility of the novel and the mystery behind "Bertha" to be an alluring dimension of Bronte's perspective.

Ultimately, the story of Jane Eyre is about a woman who seeks to retain her individuality or "freedom", while not being held down by the attendant constraints of love and societal mores. Fukunaga's film is mostly a love story, and less of a story of transformation, but it's still a very compelling adaptation.
The film is at its strongest when rendering evocative atmospherics-the creepy castle, the dreary moors, the rain, the rain, the rain... The director paints a beautiful picture--really visually persuasive. His pairing of Jane and Mr. Rochester is comparable to recent depictions of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, minus the wit, humor and sunlight--and this is not a negative thing. To me, some places were slow and slightly underdeveloped; however,  I would highly recommend seeing it.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Curiosity + Appreciation = Imagination

Here's a cool video that spotlights designer, Michael Wolff, as he muses about what inspires him professionally. I want his umbrella collection!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My favorite hyperbolic paraboloid....


 Blue Dot's blog, Good Design is Good,  posted "Pringles is the “green” alternative to traditional potato chips.  Consider the waste to ship traditional bags of potato chips with their vast amounts of bagmosphere (part of the bag not occupied by chips) as compared to the highly efficient and compact tube of Pringles.  And think of how that paraboloid shape facilitates downing three or four crisps in one bite.  Or how that saddle shape gently cups the top of your tongue – the food equivalent of “spooning”."

Via: PSFK and Good Design is Good

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Persimmon Mid-century Lounge Chairs

They sort of look like Hans Wegner Papa Bear Chairs....The arms are similar. Saw these at ABC Carpet and Home...

Getting Angrier?

RIP, Elizabeth Taylor....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Art of the Title Sequence

A Brief History of Title Design from Ian Albinson on Vimeo.

A two-minute snapshot of some memorable title sequences...My personal faves: Dr. Strangelove, Catch Me If You Can, Superman...

Via: The Art of the Title and Swiss Miss

Monday, March 21, 2011

Alexander Wang Backpack

I carry a LOT of shit  everyday, so I'm always on the hunt for an elegant belt bag (errr, some people call it a fanny pack) or  a chic little backpack to take take load off my ailing back. I stumbled across this item and subsequently dying to put my stuff in this thing.  Adore the zippered detailing. This Alexander Wang number does look like a miniature of my Triple Five Soul backpack, which cost about $800 less!  Man, style comes at a price...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Nakashima Coffee Table

Looking for coffee tables.  This Nakashima table is really lovely.  '


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Japan Relief Poster

W&K  designed this  Poster  to generate donations for the relief efforts in response to  the earthquake and tsunami hitting Japan. 

You can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10. 

Via: Swiss Miss  and American Red Cross 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Make Workshop

I have a Janome sitting in my closet and a new apartment to spruce up, so I made the decision to take a "home lab" sewing class with Diana Rupp who wrote the book, Sew Everything Workshop. She's a great instructor and really knows her stuff. Very hip and cool taste. We made these cafe curtains today. I guess they don't look like much lying on my kitchen counter, but they are really cute up close ( to me at least) Next week, patchwork pot holders.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Red Ballet Flats

Loving my new Repettos...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Peeps Season

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Environment End Tables

The Leblong End Table

I have multiple wood tones in my new apartment and I'm looking for a piece that pulls all of the variation together. The end tables below might do the trick. I found them browsing the showroom for Environment (the e is backwards in the logo), a home furnishings retailer that specializes in sustainable living. I remember seeing the brand's furniture on Gilt Home or some other Flash sales site and the images didn't really show off the texture of the materials. Do we like them?

Via: Environment

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Have a Moon pie, it's Mardi Gras! 

Monday, March 7, 2011

Good Morning

Food art! There's some very whimsical and useless about oversized eggs on a kitchen counter...
Petros Chrisostomou- "Wasted Youth"

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fernando Botero


John Chamberlain...armory art show

Friday, March 4, 2011

Michele Varian Pillows

Via: Michele Varian at ABC Carpet & Home