Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Hey there-hope everyone's enjoying the holidays so far! We wanted to quickly let you know that our blog has been nominated for Best Shelter Blog on ApartmentTherapy.com. We'd love for you to cast your vote and help spread the word so that we can continue to share inspiring design ideas to as many people who are as passionate about design as we are. It literally takes less than 5 seconds. All you need to do is type in http://www.designtherapy.com/ right here!
As always we appreciate your continued support and look forward to much more excitement in 2010!
UPDATE! We came in 48th out of 648 blogs....we'll take it!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
First up is HUE, the new book from Kelly Wearstler. Full of rich, vibrant images from several of her recent projects, we continue to be impressed and stimulated by her bold strokes and amazing sense of scale. We're still obsessed with this project and were happy to see even more images of it in this book. Whether you like her work or not, you can't help but applaud her risk taking and the fact that she's unapologetic about going for it. We think she knocks it out of the ball park and it doesn't hurt that she also happens to be a genuinely nice and down-to-earth person (the truly talented usually are). To learn even more about this fantastic book click here to read a great article on 1stdibs.
Our second suggestion is Kid Made Modern written by another one of our favorites Todd Oldham. Todd's got terrific talent and a recent article about him in New York magazine really made us start thinking about what's truly important. This newest DIY book of his (a great follow-up to his last book Hand Made Modern) is all about having fun with kids and mid-century design. Colorful, exciting and informative, this instructional guide is perfect for our design-within-reach generation and will bring joy to anyone who loves a craft project whether you're 5, or 55!
Our next choice makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who's ever been a fan of modern architecture. Titled Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master, this small scale book measures just under 7" x 10" but has 400 pages of exhilarating photography and offers a stunning overview of Wright's work from the well known to the obscure. We were blown away a few months ago when we went to see one of his most famous projects Fallingwater in person, so a few of our nearest and dearest shouldn't be surprised when this adorable but highly informative book shows up under a few trees this year.
Finally, we were thrilled last year when Taschen decided to release a limited edition over-scaled book on one of our favorite artists Walton Ford entitled Pancha Tantra. However, we weren't as excited about the almost $2,000.00 price tag! So imagine our delight when a few weeks ago we walked into a store and saw that they had re-released the same book in a much more manageable size and, a much more manageable price. Ford's large-scale, highly-detailed watercolors of animals may recall the prints of 19th century illustrators such as John James Audubon. But a closer look reveals a complex universe, full of symbols and sly jokes. This book is must have for anyone who appreciates the fine arts and also enjoys a bit of clever irreverence.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
For a high-end version of these clocks, check out the ones below from BDDW. We've used them in a couple of our projects and love their simplistic beauty. They come in either metal or wood and can be made as a desktop, wall or standing version. Hope you like them. We better run for now .... time to get busy!
Monday, December 14, 2009
We've always had a tremendous amount of respect for Ralph Pucci and his ability to integrate such a diverse mix of talent and fortunately for all of us he has a new book entitled Ralph Pucci Show that highlights his remarkable enterprise (see images from the book below). We think this would make a terrific holiday gift for anyone out there who considers themselves a design enthusiast and we've made it even easier for you to get a copy of it by clicking here!
We had an opportunity to ask Ralph a few questions before last week's event and wanted to share with you his answers. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
DT: Is there anything in particular that inspires you?
RP: Going to museums, galleries ,off beat fashion boutiques...listening to music...reading a great biography.....
DT: What are you most excited about right now in the world of design?
RP: I’m most excited about the freedom to explore and merge all the arts in our presentations ..furniture, sculpture, photography , fashion, dance and music.....
DT: Any new products coming down the pipeline we need to know about?
RP: On January 28th we are having a group show DISCOVERY featuring new work by Jim Zivic and Robert Bristow as well as modern minimalist quilts by Denyse Schmidt, photography on concrete by two young artists MICHNER AND SPINDLER and new paintings by Paul Mathieu. RE- DISCOVERY will feature work by the legendary 93 year old designer Jens Risom.
DT: What 3 people would you love to take to dinner?
RP: I would've loved to have had or have dinner with Miles Davis, Cy Twombly and Keith Richards.
DT: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you want to go or what would like to see?
RP: I would love to go to Easter Island off Peru to see the giant stone sculptures or go see Brancusi’s Endless Column in Targu Jiu Romania
Photos from Ralph Pucci Show
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Large: 14.5"l x 8"d x 1"h $70.00
Medium: 8.5" x 7.5" x .5"h $56.00
Small: 6.75" x 5.5" x .5"h $48.00
We really like the idea of using all three together on our coffee table with an assortment of dips and appetizers for our next cocktail party. Be sure and check out Merchant no. 4 for some other incredible gift ideas and you'll soon discover why we're crazy about this fantastic on-line resource.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Also, we got such a great response from the George Michael Christmas Song we posted, we thought we'd give you another one of our favorite holiday tunes. This is one we discovered last year and it's already become an instant classic in our book. We certainly like traditional Christmas music, but we're always on the lookout for a modern take on a traditional theme and this one really got us humming along. It's entitled Christmas Song and was recorded by Joy Zipper. We hope you enjoy it...(this video is somewhat cooky!)
Thursday, December 3, 2009
And since we've officially kicked offed the holiday season...Here's a new Christmas song and video from George Michael that we're equally wild about. The song is beautiful and the animation mesmerizing. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.