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TwentyTwentyOne has so many innovative and interesting designs, it’s hard to pick favorites over there. I’m voting for the ladrillos, with its whimsical shelving units designed by Javier Mariscal. It’s a fresh and terrific example of functional design that can also be very young and fun, playful. I like that these can be stacked in any arrangement, each shelf has the option of using 8 different styles of shelf supports.

Over at The Design Blog this morning, I found another twentytwentyone table that I’m crazy about, the penquin donkey. Great design. Stores magazines, up to 80 books, super attractive, great curves, all in a sturdy birch. There’s also the penguin donkey3 with a smooth flat top, which would be a better choice if you’re shopping around for a table that you can arrange things on top of — rest a beverage, place a vase of perky tulips, etc. This table wasn’t built to store books, but CDs, instead. I think the perfect table would be the penquin donkey3 with the same storage capacity for books as the original model, but that’s just my opinion. I have wayyyy too many CDs and I tend to store them together, alphabetically, so I wouldn’t want to split them up by storing a few in some random table.

Both are available at TwentyTwentyOne. Such a great place for super slick furnishings that serve an actual purpose other than simply looking good. Kinda like you, huh kiddo?

(photos from twentytwentyone.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 22, 2006

Turtle Papers

Sweet new finds at Turtle Papers – hot off the press! Heart shaped note cards in a pretty tin and four new card designs (shown above) packaged in a box of six cards with six coordinating envelopes. Super sweet.

If you missed the interview I had with Jennifer at Turtle Papers last month (2/22), click here.

(Photo from Turtle Papers)

Posted in stationery on March 22, 2006

Bathroom Mania!

Uh huh. That’s what you think it is. Spotted this one in Daily Candy today. Couldn’t resist posting it because I’m always asking myself ‘what will they think of next’ and I guess this answers my question.

Meet bathroom mania, bizarre urinals and quirky tiles designed by Dutch designer Meike van Schijndel. As for the first concept, I simply don’t get it, maybe one of you can enlighten me? Disgusting or funny? What do you think?

I do like their cute mosiac dreams tiles – art for your bathroom! Those aren’t nearly as offensive to me and actually could be somewhat cute for the right person.

(photo from bathroom mania)

Posted in uncategorized on March 22, 2006

Cherry Blossoms a Bloomin’

Life is a bowl of cherries, and I’m completely thrilled to see delicate pink and white cherry blossoms influencing design. From bedding to dishware, they’re popping up all over! Maybe it’s not just a coincidence, given that cherry blossom festivals are in bloom worldwide. In fact, the national cherry blossom festival kicks off in Washington D.C. in just a few days. (Learn more about these graceful trees here.)

“The blossoms usually only last about a week, and that’s what we as Japanese find so beautiful,” said Reiko Hirai, special events coordinator at the Japan-American Society of Washington, which is involved in organizing the National Cherry Blossom Festival (also called Sakura Matsuri) in Washington, D.C., starting March 25. “Our tradition is to go underneath the tree and sing and dance and drink and eat. In this country, it’s more cultural.” – Quote from this article.

Enjoy hints of cherry blossoms in your home this season with these delicate accents.

branch bedspread at urbans, $32. jardin celeste sugar bowl from devine, $125. hand painted bone china from Big Pagoda, $45-255.

paper source album, $36. blue plum blossom bowl from big pagoda, $90. custom wedding invitations from hello lucky, prices range.

aviary cards from jack + lulu.

birdcage panel, $28. martini glasses, $7.99. panel, $28. sheet set, $36-50.
All items below from urban outfitters.

cherry blossom stem from crate + barrel, $7.95. Aunt Sadie’s candle, $19. crochet pillow by etsy seller lindamade, $100. ring by etsy seller tigerlillyshop, $5.

(all photos from companies linked above. Top photo from bath + body works)

Posted in uncategorized on March 22, 2006


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