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January 2006



January 19, 2006

Piquepi?qu? n.- A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.

Pique selected a worthy name for themselves; their business is tightly woven together by talented artists that make very strong statements in outstanding design. You absolutely have to request a catalog, the folks at Pique have such exceptional taste that I’m willing to bet you’ll want one of everything.

Kelli Gierz, the creative mind behind Pique, attracts those who value fine craftsmanship and beautiful design. Their site is also quite unique; they feature artists bios so you can learn about them and their processes, and an excellent print catalog that you can either download or request be sent to your home (no fee). You can view prices online and call them directly to place an order, too.


(Photos: Right: DoZo Brand lamps. BOTTOM: Esperanto Textiles, David Barthold Pottery, Melina Raissnia Sunspiral Felt Rug. All photos from Pique.)Pique



January 19, 2006

IGEIf you saw the new King Kong, you won’t soon forget the freaky insect scene. Seeing spiders and cockroaches the size of mini cooper’s wasn’t my cup of tea. I left the theatre swearing I had something crawling down my shirt. Stray popcorn. But still.

Admit it, bugs get a bad rap. How would you feel if you were always featured in freaky movie scenes, sprayed down with repellant upon entering a room, crushed under the heel of some chick screaming, “OOOOHHH MMMYYYY GAAWWWDDD LARRRYY hand meeee a shoooeee!” Other than a decent portrayal in Disney’s, “A Bug’s Life”, most of these little critters are shunned and stomped.

Good news for the winged and multi-legged ones. Things are about to change. LA based IGE (pronounced long E-gay), is showing bugs a little respect by showcasing gilded silver insects on wool pillows cut from men’s suiting material. Available in brown or grey pin striped fabric, these pillows are cruelty-free for bugs and won’t leave you with the creepy crawlies. In fact, Helene Ige, Parson’s grad and the designer behind IGE, carries distinctive furniture featuring unique laminate insects on furnishings such as tables, too. Her organic pop art approach gives a modern flair to old-school design. When in LA, you can visit her store, or you can dial her up for retail locations in your state.

(Photo courtesy of IGE. Note: Wouldn’t you love to paint that chair lime green, painting the scroll work white inside?)


Cableyoyo + Pop [Designlounge]

January 19, 2006

Cableyoyo + Pop [Designlounge]So much to manage in our crazy-busy life. Time management. Relationship management. Cord management.

Cord management?

Yup. Ultra-thin cord management. Let me explain. Do you suffer from cable clutter? You have all those cool gadgets laying around with all those uncool cords spewing out all over? Meet Bluelounge, makers of Cableyoyo. Bluelounge is a design studio based in Pasadena, CA founded by product designer Dominic Symons and graphic designer Melissa Sunjaya. Cableyoyo is one of their products that reduces cord clutter via good cord management. This nifty device, available in silver, white and black, was designed to wind and hide cords from cell phone chargers and digital accessories, spooling up to 6 feet manually. The best part, they’re only $4.95 each. Nix your cord complication with Cableyoyo.

But, there’s more…Cableyoyo is introducing this additional, even more amazing device called, “POP“. It’s a tiny cord winder that attaches to devices like iPods, laptops, and cell phones to manage smaller cords (like ear bud cords). It’s available in white or black and, now for my personal favorite (drum roll please), you can decorate it with pop art decals, 10 styles for the black pop and 10 additional styles for the white pop. As soon as this item becames available in April, I’m placing an order. I can’t tell you how tired I am of going to the gym and struggling with ear bud cords.

No more cord drama for us cool kids now, thanks to Designlounge and Cableyoyo.

(Photo: TOP: White “POP” with decal. BOTTOM: “Cableyoyo” in white. Photos from Cableyoyo.)

Cableyoyo + Pop [Designlounge]

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Rooms


January 19, 2006

RosannaFlashback. 80’s Toto. Sing along with me, “All I wanna do when I wake up in the morning is see you eyes, Rosanna, Rosanna – I never thought that a girl like you could ever care for me, Rosannaaaaaaa…”

Fast Forward. 2006. Cute dishware by company called Rosanna. No relation to Toto song. Just felt a rocker chick moment and had to seize it before a live audience. (You are still live after that, right?) Now onto said plates.

I’ve been purchasing Rosanna dishware since 2001, so I have some say in the matter. First off, they are so ridiculously cute. They’re like the cutest puppy looking up at you with big eyes cute. The plates are sold in sets of 4 for around $25 and come packaged in girly girl decorative boxes that look like little hat boxes. They are made of sturdy stoneware and are microwave, dishwasher, and leaving them dirty in your sink for weeks, safe. The Rosanna collection also features mugs, teapots, frosted glass tumblers, and so many more not-so-plain-jane dishware that you just have to check them out for yourself.

Design tip: Buy a shadow box that is deep enough for the plate. Paint, wallpaper, or cork the back interior of the box. You can even use a mirror. Then, with amazingly strong hot glue, glue one of the “Parisian Wallpaper” plates into the frame, centered. Viola! Very cool art under glass.

“Need you all the way. Rosanna yeah….”

(Photos TOP: “Parisian Wallpaper”. BOTTOM: “Chandeliers” collection of plates, teapots, teacups and saucers. All photos from Rosanna Inc.)RosannaRosanna


Ballard Designs

January 18, 2006

Good design simply rocks our socks no matter what form it takes. Take the “Victoria Dress Form”, for example. I saw one like this in Elle Decor UK in a contemporary apartment with hardwood floors, leather sofa, and white walls combined with abstract art, and the words, “Pure Brilliance” came to mind. My search began and the target was located for $179 at Ballard Designs
Design tip: You could also use it for your wedding or a large party…simply use clothes line clips (natural ones, dip in dye to color) and clip on the persons name and table number card to the form. You could even use it in your home office as a catch all for great quotes, fabric swatches, anything that inspires you…

Side point: the photo shows it in the bathroom. Um…don’t know about that given moisture and wrought iron not making such a good team. I’d opt for displaying it in an entryway, living room, office…

P.S. I’ve also added some killer lamps from Ballard Designs, below. They actually work well in modern mid century spaces to, agree?

(Photos: TOP: “Victoria Dress Form”. BOTTOM: “Double Gourd Lamp” available in the petite size in apple green, red, black, white, and french blue for $119 and a large size Double Gourd Lamp is available in apple green, chocolate, red, white, and french blue for $159. “Madison Lamp” available in white and clear $129) Ballard Designs
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