click here to maximize your minimalism!
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.
let's not forget tord boontje, or chandelier-inspired design now comes full circle
If we are talking about scroll work, cascading tendrils, and designs inspired by crystal chandeliers, we cannot forget the work of Tord Boontje
. Although a tad overexposed by the mass roll out of his lighting products at Target in 2006 for their 'Christmas experience,' which in turn triggered Tord-style tendril graphics to be in every ad and branding campaign this side of the Pecos, including perhaps those on the Gen Art site
which started this whole cascade of chandelier posts, Tord Boontje is still the original innovator with a valuable contribution, whose designs must be recognized. (Perhaps that last sentence does not ring true for you. I have different perspective on mass design. We can talk about that in the comments section.)
Pictured above are two of Boontje's cascading tendril chandeliers which I like. The Garland Light
is a DIY modern-day chandelier which includes a naked bulb on a hanging cord and a long garland of etched metal flowers which the owner can fashion and refashion as (s)he wishes. Options and customization!
How very now.
The Midsummer Light
is a clever take on another familiar form, the silhouette. (Need I discuss here again my undying attraction to the silhouette
? I think not, for now.) This piece is less DIY, but just as modern-day, with a naked bulb on a hanging cord blanketed with layered Tyvek paper cut-outs of cheerful flowers, leaves and tendrils. If you can trace back in your mind to the moment you first saw these pieces in exclusive design boutiques, you will remember that you once thought that they were totally new and exciting. They still are great innovations and inspired takes on the chandelier.On Tord Boontje's 2006 collaboration with Target:
Boontje designed 35 products as well as packaging and graphic design to be used in all of Target's Christmas catalogues, store graphics and 'environments,' outdoor public displays and television ads. Boontje also worked directly on the art direction for the catalog photography and the 5 television ads.
Labels: chandeliers, garland light, midsummer light, silhouettes, tord boontje