Archive for October, 2007
Bring a bit of nature indoors with Janne Kyttänen’s Palm sculpture, inspired by artfully arranged plant leaves. Granted, it’s a modern take on Mother Nature’s bounty, but that’s what makes it a feast for the eyes. Light diffuses through the petals, in an upwards or downwards direction, which makes it suitable for use as an elegant pendant or table or floor light. In its hanging version, it is available in three sizes.
Iconic international design, fashion and lifestyle magazine Wallpaper* has launched an online retail directory featuring the best new stores around the globe. The trusted editors take you on a world tour of hot spots, and not just the usual suspects. From niche emporiums and indie fashion houses to an optician in Japan and patisserie in Monaco, this list is one you must explore. We’re giddy about discovering such an indispensable resource and even more excited to share it with you.
Spruce up your living room wall with Anthropologie’s two-dimensional silhouette cuckoo clock, made of aluminum and plastic. The striking design bears the traditional bird, which emerges and chirps to announce the hour. Blue and green clocks have white cuckoos; the white clock has a red cuckoo. Between the three of them, you’ll find one to match your existing motif.
Your bedroom has immense impact on your mood, therefore its décor (or lack thereof) certainly affects your mental and physical well being. In a nutshell, if you nurture your nest, it will return the favor. London-based True Love Always creates digitally printed bed linens for those who like to dream out loud. An online catalogue allows you to browse by artist (take, for instance Steven Tsang) or by collection (Tsang designed Angels seen here).
Charting your next shopping trip? Be sure to check out L.A.’s Plushpod home store on trendy West Third Street. The ample space stocks one-of-a-kind modern furniture, lighting accessories, and other decor from around the world, and many of them are marked at fair prices. This veritable design playground is filled with funky finds, like Karim Rashid’s stackable Oh Chair with molded polypropylene seat and powder-coated steel legs. They can be used indoors or outdoors, and add a splash of color to a grey, gloomy day (although we don’t recommend sitting in them for prolonged periods if your lower back is bother you).
This pierced resin Meri table lamp is evocative of coral you might find while wandering the seashore—and you know how we love to bring memories of the beach into our homes year-round. A blend of the contemporary and traditional, it’s another stunning piece by designers Kate McIntyre and Brad Huntzinger of Berkeley-based Oly Studio.
Dare to decorate with Viesso’s spotlight-stealing Blumen chair, which comes with the back and side pillows shown here. Sexy and functional, it is sure to become the crown jewel of your living space. High, angled arms lend this design a comfortable backrest so you can curl up for hours with a mug of hot cocoa and a few of your favorite movies (or books, for all of you literary types).
Looking to turn a boring bathroom into a sanctuary that encourages indulgent pampering rituals and relaxation? Susan Ardley’s The Bathroom Planner is a functional resource full of fun ideas. Dual-split pages allow you to mix and match wall options, fixtures, storage solutions, and floors. Just flip back and forth to find the combo that suits your fancy.
The Knock Out Abuse candle, designed by Melanie Apple of Voyage, is close to our hearts because proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence. Each one is richly scented with an enticing fig fragrance and made from all-natural essential oils. Packaging is recycled and wax is environmentally friendly. FYI: Each year at holiday time, Knock Out Abuse Against Women collects hundreds of gifts to help benefit victims living in shelters. For more info about ways to help, visit the official site.
Dry off your too-cute tush with these ultra plush Yves Delorme towels, emblazoned with striking embroidered appliqués. The collection of French linens (fitting for bed, bath and table) boasts sewn-in labels with universal laundering symbols, as well as fine natural fibers. Fashionable designs run the gamut from breathtaking florals to casual patterns.