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click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
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.
more musings: pleasant surroundings
Everyone wants to exist in a pleasant surrounding, whether they admit to it or not. I know some will protest pretty surroundings, claiming that they never notice, could care less, are concerned with content over form, aren't design wimps, etc. But I beg to differ. It is simply more pleasant to be in pleasant surroundings.
Take my Y for example. The locker room was rather, well, yucky before they closed for the end-of-summer cleaning. And now, WOW! We got a new paint job, new flooring, new lockers, new shower stalls, new shower curtains, new automatic paper towel dispensers, new sinks, new faucets, more countertops, new lights. I rather like the color combo they chose: chartreuse walls, blue lockers, olive green floors and shower stalls, burnt umber tiles that transition from grey to greenish brown depending on the angle of light, olive countertops, grey other walls, and one red pipe. It is a bit wacky, but very very nice. The fact that they even chose a color scheme rather surprised me.
So while I swam today, I thought all about little finishing touches they could add to put the place over the top. Like gold accents. If the locker room had mirrors framed in gold, that would warm the place right up. How about some fancy shower heads too. And why not put a a big script L and M on the locker room doors, instead of those old yucky old plaques that they didn't bother to change, that are sloppily painted over and a bit rusty anyway.
I wanted to write up a punch-list too. I want to submit my punch-list to the Suggestion Box. They need to clean up the construction dust. They need to finish the floor in one corner. And some molding for the floor. If only they would finish it, keep the place clean, add some shower caddies and towel hooks (they removed those in the renovation for some unknown reason), the place would be great. I am almost tempted to do some guerilla decorating
for them. With a laminated tag on each improvement that could read, "Donated by a caring Y member who saw a need," or something like that.
I am tempted.Musings from the Pool is a new featured regular column for the blog. gee
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