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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

more press...

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.

 

 

 


5.01.2007

apartment therapy's smallest coolest pad

I was basking in the glow of our clean apartment this morning, looking around happily, sipping my coffee, when I decided to check my email. I found out from my friend Megan that Apartment Therapy's annual contest for the Smallest Coolest Apartment 2007 is on again. I decided to photograph our apartment to see how it stacked up to the applicants'. For some reason, my decluttered minimalist apartment looked cluttered in my first batch of photos. There was some unpleasant 'compression of space' going on. After studying some of the more successful shots on Apartment Therapy, I picked up some new tricks. Here is what I observed:


Alterations for the photo: tip #2. I used champagne glasses. Why not.

  1. Place an item of interest in the foreground like Anusha's Modern Merge (#24) or Ron's Hotel Sweet (#40).
  2. Set the scene with candles, plants or glassware like 42Anderson's Love, Eat, Party (#22) or Fernanda & Adam's Hidden Storage (#23).
  3. Don't shoot anything straight on without the hint of a second wall. It looks too lonely and stark like Nick's Lucid Lucite and Clinical Creativity (#32), first picture. Of course, it always helps the photo to have darker, more defining colors on the walls, like Olivia Leigh's Limited Time (#10). I love this one.
  4. Aerial views can be effective too, like Manuel's Houston Cottage (#12) or Billy's East Bay (#20).

I love to see how other people live, decor-wise. The Apartment Therapy contest is such a great idea. Below, some photos I took of our living room after studying and making slight adjustments. Try photographing your place. It's kind of fun.


I used compositional technique, tip #1: foregrounded yellow lamp.
Alterations for the photo: none.
(oops, forgot to remove the dangling extension cord behind the
Eames chair. You notice these things more in photographs
than you do in 'real life.')

tip #1 & tip #2: that plant in the red pot is normally in the kitchen,
and there is normally a stack of books where the plant is.
The magazine stack above the yellow lamp in 'real life' is also much taller.

I used compositional technique, tip #4: a slightly 'aerial' view.

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2 Comments:

Blogger sulu-design said...

Apartment Therapy is from heaven. I love that site. And I love your place - great style.

9:57 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Fab! I particularly like the bookcase/divider wall, because it's dual purpose, and the step formation, so it's not dull.

11:25 AM  

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