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.
taking things seriously
I happened to be clicking around the margins of Design Observer
just now, which was lucky, because I came across this book, Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance
, by Joshua Glenn & Carol Hayes. These are the sentences that sold me:
[...]though I call it The Robot. It was found on Tremont Street in Boston, discarded by the Lord's & Lady's Hair Salon one garbage night in August 2000. [...]
I've never seen a commotion on the subway like that caused by The Robot. Half the train insisted on meeting him. And yes, he's a "he."
I know that very salon! And I've had similar subway rides when I schlepped things on the subway while living in Boston.
I am on the hunt for good books at the moment, as I recently was given a $50 gift card to Amazon, which was quite unexpected and very nice. I have been compiling my order for two weeks, being careful to get just the right combination of books that I have been wanting for longer and shorter amounts of time, about concepts I have been thinking about and not (yet) thinking about. My order as it stands so far: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art
by Jacquelynn Baas & Mary Jane Jacob (Editors), Textiles Today: A Global Survey of Trends and Traditions
by Chloe Colchester, and Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects with Unexpected Significance
, added as an impulse buy.
I wholeheartedly recommend reading Design Observer
, especially when you want to read about concepts and trends relating to the design world around us. And if you are shopping for books like me, I recommend one by Michael Bierut, editor of Design Observer, called 79 Short Essays on Design
After I receive my three books, I will let you know if I recommend these too. I must report that turning off the TV
has been working out just the way I wanted it to. I even turn off the monitors on the treadmill at the gym. I figure that watching soundless stories about Britney's latest trip to the L.A. courthouse in her inappropriate white lace mini-dress would be cheating. Unfortunately, that subtitled image inserted itself into my brain before I could reach the Power button.
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