Thursday, June 25, 2009

Frank Fuzzy, Paris

With vinyl wall decals a dime a dozen, I was very impressed with Frank Fuzzy's flocked wall decals at the ICFF. Other than for custom work, it looks as if they have not yet started to distribute this self-adhesive velour in the US but perhaps some day soon it will be available.

They will also work with architects and designers to produce custom designs which could be a nice addition to paint in a retail or hotel with a small budget.

{photo: jeanine}

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bespoke Wallpapers

I love these bespoke {custom} wallpapers from South African visual artist, Anne-Sophie Leens of Apartment. Both the designs and colors are beautiful and have a lot of depth, they remind me of some of the beautiful interiors I've seen in Living Etc magazine.

Although these are shown in a residential setting, they'd certainly be at home in a retail or hospitality setting as well.

{photo: Spo0ky}

Friday, June 19, 2009

Soft Seating

I am always intrigued when I see this seat, by Molo, since I love how it looks, but I'm not so sure about it. I realize practicality isn't everything but it is only pretty until someone sits on it and squishes it.

And at $3500 a pop, I'd want it to still be pretty after I used it.

On the other hand, I do love their urchin softlight. The quality of the light is amazing and since they aren't moved as much they hopefully wouldn't be damaged as easily.

{photo: jeanine}

Blu Dot

Blu Dot has some great new basic modern furniture pieces, as usual. I loved the sofa with a modern take on tufting. It had 'x's sewn in the place where you traditionally would find buttons.

A simple, modern gray sectional could be used almost anywhere and pulled apart when the mood strikes.

I have to say though that the favorite thing in their display was the blue squirrel patrol.

They also have a great clock to download from their website for the desktop of your computer. It keeps time with a different picture for every minute of the day.

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dancing Table

I love this new table by Joel Escalona, called the Dancing Table. As you can see in the ruffle on the edge, the table has been modeled after Mexican traditional dances and dresses.

I came across it at the ICFF studio by Bernhardt Design and can't help but think of how great the white one will look next to my sofa {once I have reupholstered it}. Unfortunately there are only a limited number available so by the time I've made up my mind, they'll probably be gone.

The table itself is very simple and modern and I have to say it was one of my favorite new pieces at the show this year. The only drawback I can see to the table is the material it is made of. It was made of plastic {fiberglass?} and it didn't seem all that sturdy, meaning it would be more of a show piece than a useful side table.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eco-Modern Nursery

I love this eco-modern nursery by the creator of Boopalina + Bebe, Kristen Angelo, who makes a line of organic baby blankets, bibs and other fabulous items for the stylish, modern baby. I have to say this room makes it to the top of my great baby rooms list {this list is in my head really, but it's there somewhere}. It is very bright and the splashes of color make it such a cheerful place.

The numbers on the wall serve both as a design feature that adults can appreciate and that children can learn from. The mobile is made from salvaged needlework hoops and painted with zero-voc stain and zero formaldehyde and low-voc polyurethane. The mobile is another design that appeals to all ages. The retro print on the blanket hanging over the crib reminds me of my childhood but is still modern, not dated.

I love the mixture of modern and vintage toys. The ugly doll looks quite at home next to the vintage duck toy and wooden xylophone.

To see more complete information about the room, and sources for some of the items, you can visit their blog here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Recycled Leather Belt Flooring

I love Ting Studio's idea of using recycled belts as modular leather floor tiles. They are handmade in the UK with vintage leather belts destined for landfills. The belts are mounted, with water-based glue, onto a reconstituted leather backing.

Tanning leather is pretty hard on the environment so I am very happy that Ting Studio is producing these tiles and reusing the leather that exists. Also the water-based glue won't add any harmful chemicals to the finished product.

I can see this product not only in a residential use, perhaps a modern loft, but also in a retail or nightclub/restaurant setting. It's a whole lot of trips to Goodwill for a large space though.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Fluttering Wall Covering

Catherine Hammerton is a London-based textile designer. I took this picture of Catherine Hammerton's new line of wall covering at the ICFF, I think it would be great in a small entryway as it has a great texture that is best appreciated in a small area with a lot of light.

The wall covering is hand cut pieces of paper, shaped as leaves and stitched to a backing. The paper below is from her new line but you can see the previous ginkgo wall covering on her website, she has an online shop as well. What I really love about her designs is that they are produced by a cooperative offering training to local people with mental health issues, she uses FSC certified papers, reclaimed and vintage materials, and vegetable based inks.

This means it is good for the environment and the community.

{photo: jeanine}

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Belgian Shade Company

The Belgian Shade Company had their beautiful tailored shades on display at the ICFF. The shades are very well constructed and come in all sorts of fabrics. They would look great in both modern and traditional spaces.

Although I'm not sure of the pricing, they say they are 'rationally priced'.  They would be even better if you could use custom fabric but it appears, at the moment, it is not an option.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, June 12, 2009

Chair, Deconstructed

I visited ABC Carpet & Home last month for the first time.

They have great window displays, and were very into broken and old but interesting looking chairs. This trend continued into the store where they were selling ripped apart chairs with springs hanging out of the bottom. They all had great silhouettes and sturdy frames that with some love could be fabulous one day.

The interior of the store was like a high-end {translation: wicked expensive} Pier 1 imports, it had furniture and accessories piled high and you could spend hours just browsing and still not see everything. 

I fell in love with this floral chandelier in the white section, covered in small white porcelain flowers.  You can kind-of see it hanging over the table, I think it was my favorite item in the store.

The fabric and drapery section downstairs was a huge contrast to the commotion of the upper floors. It seemed very quiet and serene and they had aisle after aisle of beautiful fabrics.

I didn't have as much time to spend inside as I would have liked to so at some point I will have to make a return trip but it was a fun place to see.

{photos: jeanine}

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Banq, South End, Boston

I recently visited Banq, a restaurant in the South End of Boston. I had been meaning to go for a while to see what had grown in the construction pit near my old job. When I was working in the area they had torn apart the old Penny Savings Bank so there was nothing left but the brick exterior.

The interior was clad with plywood boards and made me feel like I was sitting inside a whale, it was very impressive. I am always excited when a client is brave enough to agree to a design that is a bit difficult to carry out, but I have never been fortunate enough to have a client agree to something like this.

A close-up of one of the columns.

** Update: Banq is now Ginger Park.  Same interior, different restaurant.

{photos: jeanine}

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thomas Paul & Duralee Fabrics

I spotted this display from Duralee on my way out of the Boston Design Center yesterday and was very impressed by what I saw. Their new fabrics and wall-coverings remind me a bit of Osborne and Little (a showroom I always stop into when I have extra time) and despite the dark background of the wall-covering shown, it is quite a cheerful pattern.

I went on the Duralee website to see their product range and I am quite impressed. I have to say that although the the displays and people in the Boston showroom are very nice, I have generally thought of the line as very traditional and though I've designed traditional spaces in the past, I have never used their products.

From the information I found on the press release on the website, they have partnered with Thomas Paul, and they seem to have more modern patterns available. I would say their new lines deserve a visit.

{photo: jeanine}

Monday, June 8, 2009

Retro Kitchen

I came across this image on Flickr, where I love to browse the photos. The title was "The Angry Viking Will Protect Your Roast Beef". It's an image, probably taken by the proud owners of a happy 70s kitchen.

I'm not ashamed to say, I LOVE that viking picture. It makes me happy, and with a bit of updating, that kitchen would be great for me to rotisserie roast my tofurkey next Thanksgiving!!

How fantastic is that!

{photo: amy.arch}

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Zaza Hotel, Houston

I found these great photos of a fabulous boutique hotel in Houston, the Zaza Hotel.

I'm intrigued by the slightly creepy feeling of sitting with not only all the celebrity head shots following my every move with their eyes but also the hungry-looking wolf in there with them.

Thankfully the bedrooms are a bit more relaxing to be in than seating area above and I love the sconces over the bedside tables. If you look a bit closer in the headboard design, there is a watcher over each pillow. I'm sure it's not an accident.

Cue the creepy music.....

{photo: Photographix}

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Where Stylish Cats Do Their Business

I came across these new litterboxes and think they are fantastic. They made me giggle they were so great and the people at the ICFF booth were great as well. Finally a litter box that is a bit nicer on the eye, you almost don't know what it is {except for the scoop on the side}. I think in white it is the most unobtrusive.

It looks a bit small on first view but on the Modkat website they have a video of a fairly long cat using the box and it seems to work quite nicely.

The downside I see is that, at $180, they cost about as much as a {very low end} toilet but it doesn't flush, you still have to clean it by hand.

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

IKEA PS 2009 Products

IKEA had a display of their new PS collection, which I believe is due out in the late summer or fall {2009}. They had a fairly large collection of new items some of which were fabulous. I admittedly have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I like to buy items that will last forever and are well-made or at least look like it. There are so many things I see at IKEA where I love the style of the item but, when I see it close-up, the quality doesn't justify a purchase. That said, I have a number of items from IKEA that I am happy with, I'm just very selective and make sure the item will last {at least in theory, like the world's most expensive scratching post}.

 I love the pendant light in the image above. They are quite simple and made of natural materials.

While I was there I really focused on the lighting but looking at my photographs when I got home I kept seeing these great chairs in the pictures. On the photo above you can see it in gray against the red wall and below it is the red chair to the left. It's a bit hard to see but there is a better image here.

I thought this pendant light was fascinating. It is quite large and I think it would be even better with some sort of screen around the light source. I just wonder, with it being from IKEA, how long it takes to assemble.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, June 1, 2009

Kotori Pendant Lamp

I came across these pendant lights, made by Hiyoshiya, at the Japan by Design section of the ICFF. The picture doesn't do them justice, since my photography depends more on luck than skill and luck seems to have deserted me here.

The lights are actually made of bamboo and fabric-like washi paper but can be custom-made with your own fabric or paper. They are constructed like traditional Japanese umbrellas and fold down to a very small size for storage and portability. You can see better images here.

{photo: jeanine}
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