more great brits for your shopping pleasure....
block uk works in acrylic and makes some really great accessories out of the stuff. i got way into acrylic awhile ago, but had been turned off by it recently, but what do you know?- i seem have been sucked in again! take a look for yourself...
brits that don't suck
i love love love witty design. especially witty design that is equal parts fun and function. the brothers of j-me design have nailed this type of designing. i am dying to get their cute key holder. it's such a brilliant idea. and it's funny. see? fun, function? j-me design is great.
SUCKIEST SUCK THAT EVER SUCKED [gun vases*suck uk] ok. maybe they're not that bad, but suck uk is definitely the most overrated design team. ever. well, in my opinion. and well, it's my blog so my opinion is the only one that matters. hahahaha!
i just think these guys seem like super smarmy british guys- you know, the type that would hang out at a pub and make lewd comments at girls. ick. i just think the guns thing is soooo cheesy. i mean, they made a cool bottle opener but, so what?
uggh. i'm still in the land of thanksgiving and sleeping in late. so, in honor of the truly lazy (and i mean lazy in a good way), i've decided to start doing a little best of the online design shopping world...for those of us who still need to shop and don't have time to go store to store for the perfect gift. so, let the clicking and buying begin!
this week: urbanoutfitters.com. yes, you can actually find cool things there. see below for proof. really, it's not all overpriced hipster crap (ok, there's A LOT of that, but trust me, it can be cool). and that's saying a lot for someone who lives and breathes independent design. sometimes the big guys aren't so bad.
things for which i'm thankful....
on a site where i continually wax poetic about material posessions, i wanted to stop for a minute and be thankful for all the things that make me smile in my life. i'm eternally thankful for my family, my wonderful wonderful arc, my dear friends (especially those who put up with my apparent inability to return phone calls- sorry bry), my cat, the fact that i'm lucky enough to have food, shelter and clothing AND a place where i can cover myself in my favorite thing and have people share that with me (that's here!). i hope everyone has all the same and more. here's wishing that you all have a happy, healthy and bountiful holiday with your loved ones.
so, in light of my absence for the next five days (makin the trek to va tomorrow...), i thought i'd pass along some more things i'm thankful for: my fellow brooklynites who work so hard to churn out interesting, thought-provoking designs every day. here's to people like matt dilling, lorena barrezeuta, redstr/collective, bettencourt wood, the future perfect and some new kids: 3 square, design can, aswoon, nikolai moderbacher and the ladies of decoradar.
after their showings at brooklyn designs (minus decoradar), the first three companies have really gotten some great attention that i hope to add to. located on dwight street in my home borough, 3square makes some really really beautiful wooden furniture. the pictures really say it all. i'm rather fond of their custom projects and the wood used on the desks, but you can't go wrong with any of it. check out their website here for more info.
with a showroom in dumbo, aswoon as really got some great stuff going on. with a whole host of artists working for them, aswoon's designs are as interesting as they are practical. well, all except for the couch i chose to show. it's cool (even if it is bent ply...) but i really wonder how comfortable it could be. either way, if you've got some time this holiday weekend check them out.
the design can has been covered a fair amount, but you can never have too much coverage, right? man, pr starts to rub off on you after awhile...eesh. anyway, i love love love their achoo table. too cute. if you happen to have fallen for someone with a snuffy nose, like me, then you'll get just how cool this is. check em out here.
i saw nikolai moderbacher's tear candle holders awhile ago at the future perfect. they're still cool. and just now i discovered his rustic flower vase and i think it's worth checkin out. so, have a browse here.
last but not least, the ladies of decoradar are doing something entirely different than the aforementioned brooklynites. they make insanely cool murals for homes, stores, etc. jen passed their work on to me and i think it's pretty cool. if you've got something that needs mural-izing, give em a call. or at the very least, check out their site!
so, with that said, i'll be taking a wee blogging break over the holidays, but promise to be back monday afternoon, refreshed and ready to go. i hope you all have a wonderful holiday and remember- if you're sick of watching the parade, take a look at some of these designers' websites! they're worth the trip! besides, it's better than passing out in a tryptophan-induced haze front of some football game....
happy t(of)urkey day! xoxoxo,
HOLY MOLEY [holy tears*nikolai moderbacher] i'm sure he's nothing like him, but i keep thinking about ruth's boyfriend nikolai on six feet under. it's fun to imagine he now makes furniture in brooklyn...hahaha. man i crack myself up....
CORK SEATS [cork family*jasper morrison] morrison's collection for vitra at home is full of rather, well, predictable furniture. however, his cute little cork family is comprised of three small units that can be used as stools or side tables. i like their raw material look and the simple design. perfect for kids or your brand new loft. check out this link for a quick peak at what's in store with vitra at home...not all of this is coming to the states (don't ask me why, cause i don't know)...but if you have any questions you can email me (remember? day job?).
in a world where originality is hard to come by- it's worth stopping to appreciate those who blaze their own trail. artist adam fuss is one of those precious few who go their own way. i discovered his unique photographs at the mfa boston a few years ago and thought it was high time to celebrate his work.
working in the rather untouched medium of cibachrome photograms, (and the laborious process of full-plate daguerreotypes) fuss' work is breathtakingly different. it's hard to describe the physical and emotional reactions i felt when seeing his work in person- the eery, etherial effect of the silver and gelatin photograms is otherworldly. you can find details on his camera-less (yes, camera-less) process here.
in the meantime, enjoy the prints below and, if you have the means, i highly suggest contacting cheim and read in ny and purchasing an original adam fuss photogram. if i could, i would in a heartbeat. this is attention well deserved- adam fuss is an artist with an amazing talent that deserves to be celebrated. enjoy.