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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site
elaineperlov.com

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Awards

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
brownstoner
racked
coutorture
the girl who ate everything
coutorture
queens eats
(into) the fray
stylefinds
funky finds
style document
stylefinds
gowanus lounge
far too cute
modish
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

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inspiration
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.

 

 

 


2.21.2006

reading corner


I like to think of interior design as I do my clothing design: modular sculptural options that complement each other in a mix-match sort of way. I like to have a lot of options to change arrangments in the home, just as I do my outfits. I love this reading area because it gets great sun for most of the afternoon. I change the arrangements on the table and the pillow combos every so often. Pictured above, the window sheers, lampshade, pillows and cushions for the chair are some pieces I have made. When I found this chair and matching lamp, they were both in need of repair. But the curved wood on both pieces captivated me. And they matched!

I had the lamp rewired at my local hardware store (very inexpensive to have done, and sometimes free!) and then made a new wire frame and fuschia silk shade to complement the fabrics for the chair. And for the chair, I had to redo the webbing on the seat, and then made the seat cushion with high-density foam I had custom-cut. I decided to keep the finish on the wood as is. The vintage fabric decorated with sculptures, I found at Brimfield for a song. If you live anywhere near central Massachusetts, you must go to Brimfield sometime. There are 2 miles of dealers and they love to bargain. You can find pieces for great prices, no matter what your personal style. Here is a link for the information.

The most recent addition to my chair was the Yellow Bolster Pillow. The edges of the rectangle are pressed and topstitched to hold the shape. I love this detail. The fabrics are a cool yellow silk dupioni paired with a shiny silver rip-stop nylon. The filling: down feathers for a structured-yet-soft look. If this pillow is a must-have for you, let me know. You can choose from a range of custom colors for the silk dupioni. My recommendations: hot pink silk with silver rip-stop or dark turquoise silk with silver rip-stop. Limited edition. Price upon request. Dimensions: 18" x 6" x 6"

There you have it. Home Installation #1. Stay tuned for more.

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