Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

I Want To Go To There: How Do You Find Cool Lodging?


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Reading the New York Times Travel section this weekend, I stumbled across a site I hadn’t visited. Now that I have, it is sure to become a giant time-sucker in my life. It’s called, and it’s full of carefully curated, unique vacation roosts (houses, inns, B&Bs, even yurts) and restaurants that aren’t likely to earn you any Starwood rewards points.

This led me to their post about Fair Folks and a Goat, an amazing shotgun house in New Orleans that has a boutique, a coffee parlor, a gallery and one bedroom for guests with a rotating art installation inside (the one above is by local artist t Hannah Chalew), among other things. This spot can’t be summed up in a category or two; what’s so great is the way they support local artists and craftspeople. I also loved seeing local artwork (Time Out chair – so genius – is by Sarah Ashley Longshore), combined with two of my favorite items we carry, the Blu Dot Real Good Chair and Patrick Townsend’s Orbit Light, combined with classic New Orleans shotgun architecture:

UPDATE: Since posting this, I found that Fair Folks is moving their creative action north to Greenwich Village and will be opening a new a retail boutique and design emporium featuring the works of established New York designers and talented young artists in September! Learn more here.

What are some of your favorite ways to find chic vacation spots? Do you browse through Wallpaper*, drool, rip out the pages and then start saving money? Enjoy cruising through sites like airnb and vrbo, sure you’ll find that perfect needle in a haystack while looking out for scammers and the kind of homeowners who take bathroom pictures with the toilet seat up and all of their products all over the sink (I’m not talking in a Todd Selby kind of way)? Hit your local AAA? Let discount sites like Jetsetter do the searching and the discounting for you? Post what you’re looking for on Facebook and see who has good ideas? Are you laid back enough to do the CouchSurfing thing? Have you been doing the travel agent thing since long before the interwebs were invented and swear it’s still the best and only way to go?

There are so many options out there it’s really hard to keep up; while DesignTripper does NOT handle bookings and reservations, they certainly cut down on search time for the cool spots. Please share your favorite travel search methods with us as well as favorite places you’ve stayed in the comments section – I’d love to know about your experiences, good or bad!

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

Inspiration Monday: The Work of Eric Hopkins


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Are you familiar with the artist Eric Hopkins? His beautiful renderings of Maine’s landscapes continue long tradition of artists being inspired by the sublime landscape there. This list includes Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Alex Katz, Winslow Homer and Neil Welliver. If you’re lucky enough to be in Maine this summer, check out his gallery in Rockland (a stone’s throw from The Farnsworth Museum) and/or his show at Isalos Fine Art in Stonington, Maine.

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Designer Interview: EVRT Studio


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Today’s interview comes from Brian Everett from EVRT Studio. Known for his use of color, texture and layering techniques, Brian offers simple yet bold prints to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to your walls. Oh, and he really likes dessert. Enjoy!

Tell us about the process of starting EVRT Studio and how you got where you are today.

It really all started while I was working for a Home Decor & Gift company as a product designer, and an amazing opportunity through them. We had contacted the retailer CB2 in order to show them a line of stretched canvas prints we had done for our own product line. They loved them so much, they were interested in some custom work. I was sent to Manhattan, and spent 3 or 4 days just wandering the city with a camera and a backpack full of gear. It was an amazing experience to see the city like that. CB2 picked up three prints as a result of that trip. I later left the company but kept my contacts at CB2, and luckily they were excited to continue working with me. I didn’t even know it, but EVRT Studio was born!

What do you use as inspiration for your designs?

I would have to say most of my inspiration stems from what is going on around me in everyday life. Nature is also a big influence on me. Before I studied Industrial Design in college I was actually studying Forestry if you can believe that!

I love your use of bold/bright colors and layered effects. Tell us about your creative process and how your pieces come to life?

Most of the time it begins one of two ways. Photography has been a big part of my life for a long time, and sometimes I get an idea for a new print from a photo I have taken. It could involve extracting a portion of that image, or using the entire image, and re-imagining it in another form. For example, the Vases Print was inspired by a photograph of colorful glass vases that were overlapping each other. Most of my other ideas originate from sketching my thoughts. Actually, every print I design starts with a rough sketch to get the proportions right. All the details are slowly worked out, and I experiment with colors. Textures are added at the very end.

Four sites/blogs you visit daily:

Not counting my Twitter and Tumblr feed, my four favorite sites would be Archdaily, Contemporist, Design Milk, and Design Work Life.

What was the best advice anyone ever gave you?

In college, my Industrial Design professor always told me to worry about the details later, when getting started on a project. I often get bogged down in the details, far too early on, when I know I can figure that part out later and adapt it to a design.

What’s your favorite color or material?

Right now I am really into Orange. And I love seeing contrasting materials, such as soft textiles next to painted steel.

Favorite interests outside the design world?

Music. I am obsessed with Music; it’s what keeps me going most days. In fact, I used to be in a small two person band in Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Book on My List


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I first encountered the work of Pam Longobardi when I came across this sculpture she created in collaboration with Joe Peragine and Craig Dongoski about a mile from my house. It’s called The Water Bottle Art Project:

I then came across her in the Atlantan, who describes her much better than I can:

Not content to just observe, Atlanta artist, Georgia State Professor and avid surfer Pam Longobardi acts. She crafts powerful artworks from the soup of plastic waste she finds floating in enormous trash islands or washed up on beaches, bringing them into the white box settings of international galleries.

If eco art is your thing, I have a feeling her upcoming book will be one you will want for your shelves. It comes out this fall, but you can pre-order it here. To see more of her Drifters Project, click here.


Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Inspiration Monday: Richard Woods


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I know I mentioned Richard Woods when talking about the 9 by Design house on the West Side Highway. I thought I’d swipe a few images from his site and tempt you to go visit it. Woods plays with graphics and materials in unique ways, playing with expected conventions and artfully amping them up. Before I checked out his website I was familiar with his faux brick house and his furniture, but I hadn’t checked out his entire body of work. Here are a few favorites:

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