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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

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'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

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.





brooklyn flea find: ama home

Yellow Morocco with 2 drawers, 24" H x 26.5" L x 16" D

Have you been to the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene yet? Not only is the food fantastic* and the atmosphere convivial, but there is also a rotating crop of exhibitors with quality merchandise. The vendor pool includes around 200, and depending on the day, you will find vintage clothing, records, books, mid-century modern furniture, architectural salvage, plus Brooklyn independent designers (Bonbon Oiseau), artists (Bicycle Paintings) and artisanal (if I may use this word) treat purveyors (Nunu Chocolates), to name a few. Check the Brownstoner Website for a complete list with links, as well as updates about the market.

After fortifying myself with the best pain au raisin** this side of the Rive d'Est,*** I spied a piece of furniture so bold in its yellow-ness, I had to rush over and touch it. Inside the two drawers was an unexpected fine detail: delicate Moroccan-style printed paper liners. The piece, available at the time, but alas, now sold, is the Yellow Morocco, named for the recessed 8-pointed overlapping squares **** on the drawers.

The company is Ama Home. The designers, Amy Williams and Karen Willard are the "modernizers" as they call themselves, a name which conjures up the science-y space-aged sytle of some of the pieces they rescue. Master recyclers with an eye for the aesthetic, Amy and Karen breathe new life into vintage pieces of furniture and small sculptural objects. They select a single bright shade per item, apply many coats of paint, and update drawer pulls and knobs where appropriate. Their collection also includes modernized chairs, which feature said painting technique and bold upholstery choices. The most successful examples, like the set of four Moroccan-inspired Chairs (pictured below), use graphic prints centered on the seat that explode like starbursts.

Each piece Ama Home offers is a unique item, and as such, once it sells out, it is someone else's forever. But don't despair. You can beat the other shoppers to the punch by contacting Amy and Karen about their next Brooklyn Flea show date (they sell exclusively at the Brooklyn Flea and on their blog). Just be sure to show up as close to 10am as possible. That is the start time for the market. I have a feeling this company is going to be in the pages of Domino quite soon. I could also see Ama Home furniture featured in Trina Turk's Palm Springs store. Perhaps I will make some calls.

*The latest longest line this past Sunday was for the amazing Mexican food from the Red Hook Food Vendors. I cannot wait to try everything on the menu.

**from Choice Market, regular vendors at the Brooklyn Flea

***I have a theory that the French from France make special pilgrimages to the Brooklyn Flea and to Choice Market, their permanent shop and catering company around the corner at 318 Lafayette. Their patisserie is that good. Especially when it involves almond paste, which the pain au raisin, by the way, did. Stay tuned for a dedicated feature on this place from me in the coming weeks. Oh I could go on and on about their food.

****Does anyone know the exact name for this shape? It is like a pointy double-quatrefoil. But that can't be the name. Wait, could it be called simply the "eight-point star?" That seems too simple. A good article here, nonetheless.

Rococo figures, $50 each or $85 pair, sit along with the Red Flower Vase, around $25,
atop the Bahama Blue End Table, $250, next to a Moroccan Side Chair, $350 pair

Cane Back Chair, $120, and Yellow Morroco (sold)

This post is featured on Brownstoner for July 11, 2008

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Blogger Bonbon Oiseau said...

thanks for the mention Elaine! love the yellow dresser.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Permission to drool copiously, please? I do not want to short-circuit the BLOG.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Betsy said...

Oh! My heart started racing when I saw that yellow dresser--It is a good thing that I am far, far away or I think the Brooklyn flea might be my downfall!

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remarkable that people will buy this crap.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Total Delights Handcrafted Jewelry said...

This looks like a great place to spend some time and money, I am just like Betsy good thing I am across the country. . . but a girl can dream can't she. . . . Di

5:53 AM  
Anonymous dining room table said...

This blog is on the right timing. I am looking for that kind of cabinet. And It is so perfect because I am looking for a yellow colored cabinet. That will fit perfectly in my new renovated room.

4:30 AM  

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