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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
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'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
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
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
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
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.
dinner party = new arrangements
I like having dinner parties, not only for the cooking aspect, but for the moving around the furniture into new modular arrangements aspect, different from the day-to-day. Plus I get to use all of my cocktail napkins
Before I moved from my first apartment on Beacon Hill (it looked roughly similar to this)
to my second in Bay Village (oh my gosh, this is my old street!)
, I decided that all of my furniture had to fold, convert or come apart. I was in a condensing and organizing mindset at that moment. But I still like the idea, and still choose pieces of furniture that have a multi-use quality. Stools that can double as end tables, bookcases made of smaller cubes (to resemble a Japanese tansu
), a coffee table made of two smaller tables, etc. It makes for easy moving, and more design combination options. Modular living.
Living in New York now, the thing I wanted in my apartment above all was the feeling of space. Empty space. Empty calming space. It took many yard sales for us do it: nine yard sales in Boston before we moved here. I also went around "interviewing" my minimalist friends and studied their apartments and closets to discover what it was like to live without "back-up stuff" or "just-in-case chairs," which is what I was doing. After setting up and striking 9 yard sales, I think I realized the true pleasures of owning less stuff.Above, our living room set up for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
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