Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Kips Bay Showhouse - The Stereo Lounge

I kind of love the idea of having so much extra space it's possible to have a room solely devoted to listening to records {or lounging on the super long sofa}.

The lounge was designed by Brad Ford, and I have to say, it is very Ace Hotelish, but not in a bad way.  I didn't photograph the entrance, but I also liked that the public toilet was hidden behind the wood panels.

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, May 27, 2011

So-Ro Cradle

One of my favorite things at this year's ICFF was the so-ro cradle by Ane Lillian Tveit.

I spoke the the designer for a few minutes about her concept for the cradle and not only is it beautiful to look at, it's very well thought out.  As an occupational therapist, she designed the cradle to rock the baby the way you would rock them if you were holding them, not side to side which can feel unnatural.

It can be used for a child up to toddler size, and if you look at the top of the picture, you can see part of the version designed for twins {you'll probably be better off going to the website for that one though}.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Old Favorite Coffee Place

This space used to be a pretty great place for coffee right near my work.  I was really, really, really upset when it closed since now coffee is a 30 minute {at a very fast walk} round-trip away, to a local hipster cafe with un-delicious coffee and tea.

I finally visited the new vegan restaurant that took it's place and, while they literally didn't have the first 3 things I tried to order, the food was good and the interior is nice.  It almost makes up for the fact that this is no longer a coffee shop.

It's a bit dark but you can still tell it's a pretty calm space.  Really though, they had me with the tin ceiling and the new lights.

{photo: jeanine}

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

George Sacaris Studio

Tree stump side tables seem very popular these days, they are funny to me since people happily pay $200 for something I can find on the side of the road {I realize if you are stuck in the city this may not be the case}.

A less rustic alternative to these stump tables could be these faux bois tables by George Sacaris Studio at this year's ICFF. I thought they were very fun especially since, being made out of aluminum, they don't take themselves as seriously.  The largest would be really great in a children's clothing store as a display table.

I just wish my sister {a forester} would enjoy this as much as I do. 

{photo: jeanine}

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kips Bay Showhouse - The Spiral Staircase

I'm normally a color person, and not much of a brooding color person {although I'm generally a fan of red with grays and black}, but there is something about this dark stairway by Rauber + Rauber that I found myself fascinated with. 

It may just be the little tables.

Or the chandelier {though I would love it in a colored glass instead of the amber}.

My pictures are terribly dreary but the New York Times has a slightly brighter one.

{photos: jeanine}

Monday, May 23, 2011

Timorous Beasties Fabrics

I know these fabrics from Scotland-based Timorous Beasties have fairly specific places they can be used.   With their huge scale and judicious use of flora and fauna, they aren't for everyone.

I enjoyed them though and find myself drawn to the fabric on the bottom right.

It reminds me of Missoni.

{photos: #1 & 2 - jeanine; #3 & 4 - yoox}

Friday, May 20, 2011

Discocó Pendant Light

I posted about the Discocó pendant from Marset two years ago when I first saw it.

This year there were a couple of additions to the line, a larger size and some color.  My favorite is the tiny turquoise colored pendant.

{photo: jeanine}

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kips Bay Showhouse - The Porches

I think one of the best parts of the Kips Bay Showhouse this year is the porches.  In particular, the fourth floor porches, which were designed by Robert Stilin & Gunn Landscape Architecture.  I spent a good amount of time in one of the covered areas {it rained lightly for a second and I made myself at home} and it was one of the nicest parts of my day.  At four floors up and facing a small outdoor garden it seemed quiet and relaxing. 

Just look at the giant comfy bench on the side.

And the view if you look up.

The street-side porch was a bit narrower and didn't have the nice covered areas the larger porch did, but it had plenty of greenery and seating so you can people-watch.

I think if I had a few million dollars burning a hole in my pocket I would seriously consider buying this place for the porches alone.

{photos: jeanine}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Zorine Design

One of my favorites items this year at the ICFF were these tiny little rocking stools by Zorine Pooladian of Zorine Design {part of the ICFF Studio}.  The stools were shorter than my knee and I was honestly afraid to sit on them because I thought they were for kids.

They are actually quite sturdy and comfortable to sit on and feels a bit like a bicycle seat, but most of all they are fun!  You can {and I did} sit and rock.


I love the walnut stool especially since it is quite sculptural but is also practical.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Nine West Sophie Theallet Window

I love the quilling I spotted in the window of the Soho Nine West store for their Sophie Theallet collection.

If you enlarge this photo, you can see how they used the paper as "shelf brackets" below.

I have no idea how they attached it to the glass but it looks amazing.  I would love to learn how to do this on my own.

{photos: jeanine}

Sunday, May 15, 2011

ICFF & Kips Bay

Yesterday I went down to Manhattan for a visit to the ICFF and Kip's Bay Showroom.

I returned with a ton of pictures and a couple of broken feet.  After March's trip, I swore I wouldn't walk so much this time.  Somehow I still managed to walk over 10 miles on Saturday {not including inside the Javits Center}.  While my feet are recovering, I plan to spend some time sorting through all the photos I took and scheduling a bunch of posts to share the best of what I found. 

{photo: jeanine}

Friday, May 13, 2011


I've been a bit stressed out lately for a bunch of reasons but last weekend I was signed up for a paper cutting class at the CCAE.  It was a kind of "what the heck" decision I made when a friend of mine was looking for someone to join her.

After some googling I decided this stuff, made with just scissors and paper, is really amazing and I decided I wanted to learn how to make a flower {the course description said we would be making stars but I had high hopes}.

Wycinanki flower image via
 I really love how it's used in restaurant of the State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw.

Images via Lou et Tom

And I laughed hysterically when I got an email from my friend {the "tourist" in the last post} telling me she had decided her flower was very Georgia O'Keefe-ish.  Then I looked at mine.

Whoops, yeah, I'd agree.  I still have a ton of practice to do but it's really fun and there's really not a pattern or super special skill involved, or a right or wrong way to do things, you just need a lot of patience and practice.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Anthropologie Window Display - Cork & String

I passed by Anthropologie in Harvard Square this past weekend and found new windows.  A very 70s sign was up, the stripe made with string {I think it's actually yarn}.


The stripes have a quality that almost looks like an oil painting.

Around the side things were rustic.

On Brattle Street, there was an abundance of cork along with moss and plants in what looks to me like an ant hill and hanging moss.

I'm also fascinated by the scales in the back wall of the store.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

More Chairs!

For the last few years I have been going into what used to be my favorite consignment shop to see what they had in the store and I have come out empty handed.  This is the shop where I have, over the years, purchased a lot of my furniture - an amazing velvet sofa and chair, a dresser, a bench, and tons of accessories.  They moved a few years back and haven't had anything worth looking twice at until last week.

I came out with two bentwood chairs to add to my collection {the price was under $15 for the pair}.

If I find one more I will be happy.

I also found a silly looking 60/70s upholstered chair that I kind of love.  I'm thinking it might be a perfect candidate for me to practice upholstering with the fabric I "accidentally" bought from Design Diva Fabrics last week.

You can see part of it in the upper left corner of the photo below.  If it's there, marked down in red super sale marker like the bentwood chairs were, then it was meant to be.  They seem to have preemptively placed it in the sale corner already, like they expect it to end up being marked down like crazy.

{photo: jeanine}
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