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Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Would You Stand Underneath a Chandelier Made of Scissors?

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Our pals over at iittala sent over this video and it gave me a nice little eye candy work break today. It’s of a group of very creative people putting together an amazing pavilion at their parent company, Fiskars. I’m not sure how long it took, but the video gives you the satisfaction of seeing it all come together in a little over two minutes.

I love the chandelier made of Fiskars orange-handled scissors; it’s so clever and beautiful, but adds tension to the space. Which begs the question, how comfortable would you be standing underneath it? I think I would be a bit nervous, yet I would want to see the view from directly beneath it.

The pavilion opened in May of this year at Fiskars Group headquarters in Arabia, Helsinki. Pentagon Design created the installations  from various products from their brands, including Iittala, Fiskars, Gerber, Arabia and Hackman.

The installation includes Ateenan aamu (Morning in Athens) glass pendants and Kastehelmi votives designed by the likes of Kaj Franck and Oiva Toikka creating a pixilated art piece that lets the light through.

Toikka also designed the many beautiful iittala birds I’m constantly coveting. Right now my favorite is the Whooper Swan in Gray, but tomorrow it will probably be the owl or the magpie!

Have you ever seen a really cool installation made of something unexpected? One that sticks out in my mind was a lampshade made of aviator sunglasses at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair years back.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

A Little Moroccan Inspiration

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As I perused a Moroccan style house last night, it got me thinking about what a wealth of inspiration this far-off land has to offer. I thought I’d share a few ways Morocco’s style can inspire you at home.

One of the very first design blogs I ever started following was My Marrakesh, and it’s been such a joy to watch its creator, Maryam Montague, touted by major trendsetters and media outlets. While Moroccan inspiration has been a style influence around the world for a long time, I believe she was a major factor in making it so popular for the past few years.It’s also been exciting to see Maryam land her book deal. If you want a tome of Moroccan inspiration, pick up Marrakesh By Design stat!

It’s also been fun to follow her and her architect husband build their boutique hotel, Peacock Pavilions:

Peacock Pavilions, Morocco

Use bold colors and layers of textiles. Moroccan details you may pick up for your own home are the rich textures of kilim textiles and Beni Ouarain and groups of perforated hammered metal lanterns. Exuberant colors stand out against white walls, and one can never have too many layers of rugs, pillows and other textiles.

Borrow Morocco’s deep and electric blue. When I think of Morocco, it’s all about Yves for me. Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge bought his Moorish villa from French painter Jacques Majorelle. To learn more about the joint, Jardin Majorelle, I recommend this excellent post, Chic in Morocco, over at Habitually Chic. This electric shade of blue is seen in many images of Morocco.

3. Make your courtyard a peaceful retreat. While gardens as lush as those at Jardin Majorelle are rare, Morocco is full of gorgeous outdoor spaces. Many houses are riads, which have interior courtyards. While some are full of intricate tile and fountains, others, like Riad Tarabel (another private guest house where you can stay), are more subdued.

Another iconic Moroccan image is of original sixties boho queen Talitha Getty (taken by Patrick Lichfield). Minarets are a common sight from Morocco’s rooftops.

4. Stop with all that boring white and tan tile and go bold. Life is shore. Handcrafted tiles in bold color combinations and intricate patterns are the way to go sometimes.

5. You can never have too many layers of textiles, or throw and floor pillows. Just ask Yves.

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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

What Are You Pinning These Days?

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So peeps, are you on Pinterest? What do you like to pin? Are you planning out renovations by pinning inspirational ideas to one board for each room? Do you like to pin fashion style? Inspirational quotations? National Geographic wonders? Cats playing the piano? I find I like it all and have a little bit of everything. I also get to contribute to our Design Public Pinboards sometimes, so when you see something weird on there, it probably came from me, like this:

So whomever I pinned it from says it’s the “Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, Rotorua, New Zealand.” The thing is with Pinterest that you just have to hope that’s true and be grateful that anyone left any sort of note whatsoever. If there’s one problem with Pinterest, it’s their crediting proecss. Luckily, this one linked to a conscientious Tumbler user who linked it to the original picture taken by lengkiong on Flickr.

Other boards we’ve been having fun with as summer approaches are I Want To Go To There, full of bucket-list worthy destinations with a disproportionate amount of them in Greece.

We’re also having fun grabbing up pictures for a Treehouse pinboard. Is it because it makes us feel like kids? Probably!

Of course, we’re loving Outdoor Spaces and Vertical Gardens for spring and summer, and have been stashing up photos during our winter hibernation!

The possibilities are really endless; what are you guys pinning these days? Is there anything you’d like to see us gathering? I so appreciated it when a reader requested that we start to collect Modern Basement Renovations – it was a great idea I had not thought of. Please dont be shy, shoot us a comment and let us know what you’d like to see from Design Public’s Pinterest Page!

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Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Products With Buzz This Week

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I love seeing my favorite products in places around the web, movies, TV, museums and around town. Today I got an almost simultaneously double dose. First I flicked on The Rachel Zoe Project and spied her entire accessories team seated on Magis Chairs while analyzing handbag prototypes, and I was all “those chairs look bananas in that room – THEY ARE KILLING IT! I DIE!”

photo via bravotv.com

The Magis_One Stacking Chair is a super-sleek  – our own Ali has deemed it’s clever geometry fit for Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. In addition to black, white, gray and red, it’s available in my new favorite, polished aluminum …

Speaking of metallic finishes, New York Magazine’s Jessica Silvester singled out Blu Dot’s Real Good Chair in it’s shiny new copper plated finish her New Stuff selections.

As you can see from the places on the new chairs pictured above where hands have touched them, the chair will patina naturally over time giving each one a unique finish. It’s a modern take on today’s hot patina style, which until now was pretty limited to antiques.

Photo by Johnny Valiant for Coastal Living magazine

I loved seeing DwellStudio founder Christiane Lemiuex’s Amagansett beach home in the April issue of Cottage Living, and I have serious surf shack and furniture envy. It’s been such a joy to watch Christiane build her business and firmly establish herself as a tastemaker.

photo by Johnny Valiant for Coastal Living magazine

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Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Design Books On Our Wishlists

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I’ll let you in on a secret. I have a serious online book binge spending problem. My throw pillow and shoe impulse buys don’t hold a candle to a gorgeous hardcover book about architecture, landscape architecture or interiors. To try and find some balance, I hoard my spare change and then take it to one of those Coinstar machines so that I can get Amazon gift certificates. Here’s what me and my coffee table are currently literally saving our pennies for.

Designers at Home: Personal Reflections on Stylish Living by Ronda Rice Carman. We love designers. We love peeking into their homes. And most of all, we love the author Ronda and her blog, All the Best.

Kengo Kuma: Complete Works by Kenneth Frampton. This monograph is full of breathtaking ethereal designs by the Japanese architect, and organized by materials – water and glass, wood, grass and bamboo and stone, earth and ceramics. If you have a loved one graduating from architecture school this spring, this is a perfect gift, trust me!

Conde Nast Traveler Photographs: 25th Anniversary Collection. This beautiful compilation of photos from the pages of Conde Nast Traveler will have you thinking “I want to go to there!” every time you turn the page. Plus, on a shallower note, the taxicab yellow cover with its and graphic punch of type makes it a great design accessory that will draw the eye no matter where you stash it.

Speaking shallowly of eye-catching covers, this one caught my eye. Living Modern: California Design 1930-1965, edited by Wendy Kaplan, celebrates the unique way California architects interpreted mid-century modern style during the height of the movement. The book accompanied last year’s exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The 50 Best Plants on the Planet: The Most Nutritient-Dense Fruits and Vegetables, in 150 Delicious Recipes by Cathy Thomas. OK, so not technically a design book, this book can help you plan out your spring garden for some yard-to-table treats, and is perfect for foodies, budding chefs and green thumbs alike.

Which design books do you have your eye on this spring? Let us know in the Comments section!

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