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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.





jan & aya will move online

Jan & Aya, currently 30-50% off

Owner, Carolyn Veith Krienke [left] and organic baker, Sarah Magid [middle]

A sample creation from Sarah Magid

Sad news Greenpointers. After a year in business on Franklin Street, it is likely that Jan & Aya will close their store and move the whole operation online. I chatted with owner and master interiors curator, Carolyn, at her cupcake farewell party on Sunday (the cupcakes made by Sarah Magid* were amazing of course. Oh the frosting! But I digress...) Where was I in this sentence?

Anyway, Carolyn said that they will have discussions this month on what exactly to do with the space and the incredible backyard. There will most certainly be a push to grow their online business; but they might retain the space to do some fun designer events. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, you can drool over the desserts you missed.

See all previous posts on Jan & Aya here.

Attention shoppers: there are some great deals to be had at Jan & Aya. Especially on the jewelry! Stop by this weekend. The store will close at the end of March.

Jan & Aya
99 Franklin Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn

*Sarah has a book coming out in June 2009. Congratulations Sarah! The launch will be held at Word, right in the neighborhood. More details to follow on this.

As always at Jan & Aya, you can find beautiful objects with delicate details
such as this porcelain mushroom (approx. $12. by Roost) I fell in love.

Cupcake like, no? This felt flower pin is so precious.
Made by Llubav Choy Duerr

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