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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Modern gift ideas for the eccentric in your life

Nicole

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Everyone has a friend or relative that’s… ‘special’.

I know you know what I’m talking about.

They’re fun to be around but a pain to shop for.

Here are 5 quirky gifts ideas for the eccentric in your life:

1. Give them a pet that can’t die. Thomas Paul Goldfish Linen Pillow, $94.

2. A robot that doesn’t require batteries. David Weeks Cubebot, starting at $25.

3. It glows in the dark. Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Print, starting at $40.

4. For the cat lady. Elizabeth Paige Smith Kittypod Mini Standard, $98.

5. For those who like gags. Heather Lins Home 3-D Eye Chart Pillow, $95.

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Friday, October 8th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Artful Arrangement

Becky

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Ah, arranging artwork. It can be so confounding. It certainly helps to look at inspirational images like this one from Flickr member Plastolux. Love the black wall, love that blonde bureau on a stand, love the images, love the way they are arranged. This is from Plastolux’s former house – be sure to follow the new house adventure on the Plastolux blog!

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Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Designer Interview: EVRT Studio

Ali

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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 »

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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Q&A with Susie Mendive of SUM Wallpaper

Ali

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I never thought I would say this, but thanks to designers like Susie Mendive of SUM I am actually ecstatic wallpaper has made such a solid comeback. This is gen-u-ine excitement. My parents coated our home with wallpaper in the early 80’s, and it wasn’t pretty. It was so bad I remember as a little girl trying to peel it off to hint to my parents that they needed to do something with the walls. Now, times are different and I want to paper my walls myself!

Wallpaper actually gets me all riled up so I apologize in advice for my lengthy list of questions with Susie Mendive. Enjoy!

I know a bit about your background…a graphic designer with a graduate degree from North Carolina then to LA then to NY as art director with stila cosmetics…but I think there are some holes, especially in how you transitioned from branding cosmetics to designing modern wallpaper. Tell us more! How did SUM come together?

It happened very organically. I very much wanted to design and produce my own product and call all the shots. It just made sense at that point in my career. There is a lot of hard work involved and it can be consuming but I like taking it one step at the time.

Tell us about the name, SUM. How did you come up with this?

My husband and I were in Tokyo and it just hit me, Su is from Susie and M from Mendive but more than that it was the idea of a total home concept…SUM of all parts. A total approach to design and living.

The female silhouettes of your Floral Femme Fatale prints are an amazing graphic. They have a significant presence let alone bring Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday, August 22nd, 2008

If I Were Off to College I Would…Part One of a Few: Wall Decor

Ali

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I decided after writing about college bedding that the dorm decor advice station shouldn’t stop with sheets and duvets. There are so many other dorm decorating tips that need to be dished out. Thus, this is numero uno in a multi-part serious: “If I was off to college I would….”

If I were (corrected: thanks Adam!) off to college I would…seriously think about what you plan to put on your walls. Shortly after college begins there will be loads of sidewalk vendors attempting to sell the cliché “College” John Belushi from Animal House poster, or an overly large image of Bob Marley’s head, or something related to beerz. Although John, Bob, and beerz are great, put your blinders on! You can do better than that.

At most schools you are not “supposed” to nail items to the walls and many colleges have tight restrictions and what types of adhesives you can use…that is when a light bulb went off in my head…wallbands! These puppies only require a bit of water to get them up and down…and they won’t leave anything on your walls when the school year is over. Have a look-see at a few twenty2 wallband visuals to get an idea:

twenty2 Seymour Wallbands

twenty2 Dixon WallBand

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