Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Snow Day

Yesterday there was snow and sleet overnight.  Today it will be in the 50s.  I prefer the snow because it makes the city look prettier, like tree blossoms do in the spring.

Even City Hall, which sparks a yearly debate about how it's so ugly it has to be torn down, somehow looks nice.  In the building's defense, brutalist architecture is a style.

Even the "Gotham City building" looks less imposing.

I know most people prefer warm days but there's something nice about the snow.  Everything is quiet and peaceful.

Monday, January 28, 2013


A lot of my work these days is designing offices where cheap and fast is the name of the game.  Laminate is both the bane of my existence and something that can make me very, very happy.  There are a lot of bad styles and patterns that need to be retired, but with a bit of searching you can find some that are actually nice.

I happened to hear a story on the radio last week that mentioned it is the 100th anniversary of Formica about the same time I took this snapshot of some laminate {and the shiny, modern pulls} that I loved.  I mentioned this project previously in a post about the finishes that got away, and this is what we wound up using.  There's no high-gloss, but I'm loving the cross hatch pattern on the door fronts.

the lunch room

The rest of the office is light and bright with of my favorite corporate office carpets {this is the shot from the carpet company below}.

It's nice when a project turns out well, and it really helps when you have an excellent client.

What do you think, could you live with this acid green carpet?  It was pretty controversial when it was proposed but is pretty subtle on the floor.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Anthropologie Winter Window Display

I'm going to let this Anthropologie window display be an image post without many words.  This is the Rockefeller Center location, I'll post the Boston windows separately.  There are a lot of interesting details to see.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Walltech Bookshelf

I found these photos I took back at the ICFF of this bookshelf by Walltech. I wish I could tell you more about the company but I can only find a vague reference to it being located in Seoul, South Korea.

I'm really drawn to the colors of this bookshelf and the fact that it's also an art piece where you push and pull the pieces of wood in the bundle to make your own shelf.  I really love that it's adjustable for what you are storing or displaying at the moment and that it doesn't take itself too seriously.  For this reason, I think it would be really fun in a retail setting.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dior Window Display

I'm 99% sure this is a Dior Window display.   I really liked how everything is made to look as if it has been chipped out of ice.  If you look closely under the furniture you can see the work has been left "unfinished".

Interestingly enough, the door handles looked just like the acrylic "ice" in the displays.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hu Kitchen

Warning: This may get long and rambly so feel free to skip to the pictures if you don't feel like reading today.

I don't really talk about it too much here but I'm on an annoyingly restricted diet for the most part and it's rare that I can eat out {this explains my habit of pinning millions of food recipes, many of which I can't or shouldn't eat}. I actually envy those who are gluten or lactose free since the ingredients they can't eat are labeled. One of the things about travel is that it's hard to find a place that I can find food to eat that won't make me feel cruddy the next day.

On my last trip to Manhattan, I took a couple of boring food bars with me {the Pure Organic ones that are really just meh tasting but I will eat in a pinch} but since I was sick I really wanted something healthy. Leaving at 4 am meant that I hadn't planned a bit for food other than the two food bars {I kind of figured I could just drink more coffee if I was hungry, please tell me I'm not the only one who does this}.

I was walking from Haven's Kitchen, where the girl at the counter was so hung over she never gave me the coffee I asked for, when I stumbled upon this hippie restaurant called Hu Kitchen, and figured I'd stop in.  I was ready for lunch, or at least that lost coffee.  I didn't actually get food, but I found what might be the cutest bottle of freshly-squeezed orange juice, coffee, and a nice looking interior mixes birch logs and rustic stumps with stainless steel, marble and modern lighting.  It's part fancy and part hippie. 

These side tables were pretty much everywhere, as was the marble.  I like how the bright stainless is paired with the slab of wood.

I also got to try 3 kinds of milk since they were all almost empty and I was too lazy to ask for more.  Luckily I'm not weirded out by non-homogenized things.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thrifting :: Bungalow 5 Edition

For my trips to Manhattan, I have always driven into the city and parked and then driven out.  Part of this is that it is super expensive to take the Amtrak train all the way.  Part of it is because I always thought, "What if I find something large that I want to fit in my {small} car?"

The last trip I was sick beforehand, so sick that I figured I'd only go if I woke up at 3:30 am {with no alarm} and felt well enough to go down.  I did wake up on time, but I was tired and recovering so I stopped at a random train station in Connecticut and took the train in.  At one point I walked by a thrift shop, decided to see what they had inside, and found these.....

Brigitte 3-Drawer Side Table

Harlow 1-Drawer Side Table

Paramount 3-Drawer Side Table

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Hourglass Stool/Side Table

It is like a whole Bungalow 5 sample sale.  Needless to say, none of these were hauled back to Grand Central and the random Connecticut train station I came in from, but they could be a serious score for someone.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Prada Window Display

In keeping with my snow theme for the week, this Prada display has a snowy hill {or snowboard thing or some sort of white fuzzy logo, I can't figure out what it's actually supposed to be} displaying it's new items.

It's interesting and simple, but I actually really like the backdrop the best.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Joe Fresh - Winter Window Display

I finally have my computer fixed and I'm really happy to have it back after almost a month, after this post, the tags and photos should stop being crazy. I wound up fixing my broken laptop myself which makes it that much more exciting to have it working again.

After a month of sporadic posting, I have an overabundance of window display photos that were locked on my computer so I thought I'd post a week of winter window displays, all with snow and/or winter themes.

This Joe Fresh window with the piles of snowflakes was fun and would be an easy DIY project, these were made out of foam core but cardboard would work just the same.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Red, Blue & DvF

If you remember all my posts on combining red and blue last fall.  This is mint and an orangey tomato {similar to this - ps. those Trina Turk clothes are all on sale and that purple cardigan is so nice in real life} but similar idea.

DvF Spring 2013

This is from Diane von Furstenburg's Spring 2013 runway line.  I think we would get along just fine.
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