November 23, 2011
aside from the fact that i have already been in love with john derian, the master of decoupage, for a long while, the addition of his "shadow puppets" plates has made me very happy. i love the play between the delicate shapes of the hands and the slightly menacing shadows they create. the series would look great on the wall in a kid's room! explore more of the magical world of john derian here.
1. selima optique yasmine 2. tarte cheek stain in flush 3. voluspa figue de bordeaux 4. current-elliott skinny leather jeans 5. madewell skyscraper shirtdress 6. ophelia ring 7. ld tuttle haunt wedge 8. jollytimeone smith corona 9. agadir twists rug 10. donna wilson beardy man plate
November 16, 2011
trying to pull my jaw up off the floor after seeing these gorgeous shots from photographer richard mosse's project infra. taken in north kivu in the eastern congo, mosse's photos achieve their surprising pink hue with a type of obsolete film called aerochrome that reveals a spectrum of light not visible to the human eye. the bright, saturated colors are an interesting juxtaposition to the tense political situations otherwise represented in the photos. to quote a recent article by whitney johnson in the new yorker, "he aims to shock the viewer with this surprising bubblegum palette, and provoke questions about how we tend to see, and don't see, this conflict." richard, you've got my attention. see more of his amazing work here.
November 14, 2011
i'm loving these luxurious kiva platters by rablabs - natural hunks of stone offered in a mix of crystal, rose and emerald quartz, and calcedonia and then tipped in sterling silver or 24 karat gold. they certainly don't come cheap, but that's the price you pay to feel like royalty. cool royalty. find them here.
this past weekend there was a feature in the new york times magazine on a collection of amazing bug vases entitled schwarm, a collaboration between dutch curator thomas eyck and german design duo RaR (comprised of beate reinheimer and ulrike rehm). there are 10 porcelain models, each with approximately 6 different glazes, so for a full collection you would end up with 60+ unique and glorious insects crawling up your walls. normally i'm a bit squeamish around bugs (the live kind, at least), but these are just the type of creepy crawlies that i can get down with. learn more about schwarm here.
November 10, 2011
i just came across these lovely type sculptures which are a collaboration between artists keetra dean dixon and jk keller. the two pieces shown above, "i've been thinking of you for a while" and "become," respectively, are mind-bogglingly rendered from layers and layers of wax and acrylic paint, though they have the look and feel of a piece of ancient psychedelic rock. i can't imagine how long this took, but damn was it worth it. see more of their great work here and here.
November 9, 2011
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1. super lucia brown stone 2. free people chevron leather bracelet 3. hine grande champagne cognac 1928 4. canyon de chelly scarf 5. madewell striped lamppost sweater dress 6. rag & bone wool-felt fedora 7. national parks poster 1930s 8. crosley archive turntable 9. d.s. & durga my indian childhood 10. becca moon cody in london boot
penguin has pretty much been knocking it out of the park with their book redesigns in recent years, and their latest series, penguin threads, is no exception. i love books and i love embroidery, so these were more or less made for me. the lady behind the design is jillian tamaki, an illustrator and cartoonist who hand-embroidered each cover, and the final book was then sculpt embossed to give it a real texture. and that's not all - when you open the covers, you can even see the backs of the embroideries! swoon. buy the series at penguin and learn more about jillian here.
this item isn't super new, but i think the recent episode of brian greene's the fabric of the cosmos i just watched has me re-hankering for this digitally printed christopher kane scarf. i'll restrain myself from making any "out of this world" puns and just say that it's spectacular. even if it may only be a hologram projected from a black hole.
even though the weather is transitioning away from warm afternoon picnics and long bike rides, i'm still dreaming of cruising the streets with this lovely wooden detachable bike stereo by etsy seller mr lentz. each piece is made to order and has a built-in amplifier that turns your tinny smartphone tunes into something glorious. and luckily it's so good looking that you can take it anywhere! check it out here.