Last night I stopped by a friends book launch at West Elm on the Upper West Side. The book,Â called Bringing Nature Home,Â is a collaboration between the super talented floral designer, Nicolette Owen and photographer, Ngoc Minh Ngo. West Elm was beautifully decorated with Nicolette’s arrangements andÂ Martha Stewart even stopped by. Nicolette is the most talented floral designer I know and I am so excited for this beautiful book. I was even lucky enough to have her do the flowers for myÂ wedding.
Heath has recently released their new summer collection. It feels very 70s inspired with its color blocking and poppy orange colors. Wishing they had an exchange policy that allowed you to upgrade every season… ahhh…
Caravan PacificÂ is a new lighting design company founded by my friend, Shannon Guirl. Shannon left NYC last year and moved to Portland to start her business. She funded her start-up through a Kickstarter campaign this past November and raised more than six times her goal!
Shannon’s designs areÂ inspired by traditional, mid-century modern lamps and handcrafted by local artisans in Portland. She currently has two styles available, the Alberta and the Vanderbilt,Â and they are available in a variety of colors and woods.Â These lamps are stunning and I especially love that they are crafted in the USA.
I cannot tell you how happy I am for her. She knew exactly what she wanted and she made it happen. She is such an inspiration.
Brass has suddenly become super trendy with design objects as well as fashion. It seems like every jewelry designer these days is now working with the material. I’ve even designed a couple of bags using brass detailing here and here.
I just came across this gorgeous hand crafted lamp. TheÂ Stanley brass pendant lamp by Original BTC is made in Birmingham,Â England using the very old technique of metal spinning. Each indentation is hammered, one at a time, by hand to create a gorgeous texture. The use of this very old traditional material suddenly looks totally contemporary with its minimalist shape and large size. I just love it and I think I need to start saving my copper for one of these beauties.
Piet Hein Eek is a Dutch product designer and brand. I came across this inspiring video the other day and then discovered that he is in today’s The New York Times Style magazine. Everything they produce is in-house, in a gorgeous studio-factory-store-gallery-restaurant in Eindhoven.
“We found that it’s important to tell people that we do it all by ourselves,” Eek says in the above video.
I’ve been following his work for several years and love his regular use of recycled materials and the sense of playfulness and soul that all of his work has. He has a way of creating things that are fresh and new, while still being made from old things. He manages the task of making things that are environmentally conscious and beautiful in such a matter-of-fact and un-preachy way. Eco designers of all fields can learn so much from him.
Two of my favorite American, craft based companies have collaborated and the outcome could not be more perfect.
Alabama Chanin is a handmade clothing label founded by Natalie Chanin in Florence, Alabama. They are known for their unique, hand stitched pieces with intricate patterns using traditional stitching techniques of the South. All of their pieces are made by local, home-working artisans and signed by them.
Heath Ceramics, a modernist ceramics factory located in Sausalito, CA was founded by ceramicistÂ Edith Heath and has been around since 1948. Built on depression-era values, Heath was founded on the ethos ofÂ simple, good things for good people.
Natalie Chanin designed a line of ceramics for Heath and I am in love. There is a great video on the HeathÂ websiteÂ that shows a bit of the process.