Archive for the ‘Architecture’ Category
No, this is not a reflection on what we look like after a holiday season of eating our weight in dark truffles, but rather cute wall decals that somehow caught our fancy. Available in 9 color palettes, (though we prefer the B&W) each packet contains two Fatty Birds for 12€.
If you secretly covert one of those traditional bearskin rugs, buy this one instead. Shaped like a bear but made of durable fabric, it works as a friendly doormat. 200 x 225 cm. At Atypyk it will put you back $700 berries.
Don’t tell anyone, but one of our favorite havens in LA is “Pot-ted“, two charming stores “dedicated to transforming your outdoor space into a personal Eden.” Run by the Garden Tarts, Mary Grey and her best friend, it includes everything from lovely stone fountains, concrete “wok-styled” outdoor fire pits to Fermob lounge patio chairs, whimsical bird baths, with plenty of neo classic and wild bohemian chic tables to satisfy everyone. If you’re not lucky enough to live close to their stores — the original store is located in the trendy Atwater Village and a brand-new second store just opened on the Westside on Montana Ave. — they ship pretty much everywhere in the U.S. Check out the blog for a breath of fresh air, something of a rarity in this town.
Hanna Werning has teamed up with Boråstapeter to create a new collection of wallpaper. She says ” My new wallpaper collection London was a challenge, like writing asecond book,” But she isn’t just satisfied with creating something new. Hanna wants to change our way of looking at things. To surprise. The inspiration comes from London. Cascades of water and light spectra have been filled with the colour of the streetlife and an ethnic mix of fragrances, symbols and impressions. The pattern is built up with different graphic techniques – screen print, collage, abstracts.
Wallpaper*—the go-to publication for all things pertaining to design, fashion and lifestyle—is now peddling selected images (signed by the artists!) from its resplendent archives. Wallpaper* Selects is the magazine’s first foray into contemporary photograph sales. Expect limited edition prints, produced in batches of 10, 20 or 30, by such acclaimed photographers as Jonathan de Villiers, Mauricio Alejo, Jonathan Frantini, Christopher Griffith, Stefan Ruiz, Daniel Stier, Benedict Redgrove and Joël Tettamanti.
FIVEten studio in Oakland has an amazing installation by Annalise Vobis at their studio space this month. The show is titled Second Nature, and it’s a romantic collection that mimics a natural treasure, coral reef. The interplay between personal and organic influences creates a jaw-dropping display of texture and colors. Vobis has many influences for this collection. Everything from “powerful and intense” childhood memories of the wild and rugged Odin’s Forest in Germany to mathematical fractal patterns. The show runs through July 29th. To view more photos, click here.
New Orleans isn’t the first place you’d think of for chic accommodations within the US, but the city’s boutique hotel Loft 523 is one sexy, sophisticated sanctuary. Located in the cavernous old carriage and dry-goods warehouse at 523 Gravier Street, the soaring spaces are designed with an unabashed edge, and dressed up with modern electronics and other decadent touches. Triple-sheeted Frette linens are sure inspire a good night’s rest.
If your walls are any shade of white or buttercream, we have one word for you: drab! Enter Avalisa Stretched Wall Art, designed by Lisa Masterson. We like to mix and match the collections, while staying within one bold color palette (note the brilliant orange cityscape pictured here). Each piece of art is handmade to order and the company offers handy tips for making a room pop. For instance, you can buy a 28×28 pattern and put a 12×12 pattern on each side to add more movement or choose one design and get it in multiples colors. The company also offers hand-tufted New Zealand wool rugs and will launch children’s games and crib bedding this summer.
Screen printed wood art panels will add panache to your place. Silkscreening guru Joe Futschik offers a series of limited edition marine images (oh so modern, oh so graphic) that have been hand printed on wood. The warm and thoroughly unique color combinations make them a must for lovers of unusual art pieces.
Dolls, just a quick update about what Charlie Lazor, co-founder of Blu Dot and creator of the famed FlatPak house is up to. Since introducing his prototype FlatPak house in Minneapolis in 2004, he’s been developing homes all over the US in Lincoln, MA; the Catskills, NY; Woody Creek, CO; and Pt. Reyes, CA. More are under way in Sausalito, CA; Fort Davis, TX; Teaneck, NJ; Woodstock, NY; Culpepper, VA; Tucson, AZ; and Minneapolis, MN. Check out his stunning system of prefabricated parts and see if you agree with Cathleen McGuigan of Newsweek, who claims it “represents the first revolution in American housing in decades.”