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March 2006



March 3, 2006

smart. stylish. sexy. green.

No, we’re not referring to Kermit the Frog, although I had a huge crush on him when I was, like, two. Nowadays, I’m crushing on something quite different. Seeking balance in the world despite all the chaos.
IIKHIIKH seeks the same. Mara Kloiber, Jim Kloiber and Erin Hawker decided to relocate from Wisconsin to the big apple, jumping knee-deep into the world of fashion, advertising and luxury goods in fast-paced NYC. Although their careers were exciting, weekends were mostly spent at Yoga, eating extra healthy, working hard to restore the very balance that they knew they’d soon lose all over again on Monday morning.

Then things changed, perhaps over soy lattes (who knows), when these hip health conscious amigos had an aha! moment and decided to launch a business that would combine their professional strengths and talents with their personal eco-friendly interests. IIKH was born.

Shopping at IIKH is, “An experience that is wonderfully indulgent while also being informative, enriching and meaningful… brought to life in our personalized approach to service, our unique and exceptional products and the look and feel of our store and online home.”

Offering everything eco-friendly for the home, body, baby, pet and kitchen, you’ll have a hard time not finding something special. Contemporary aesthetics paired with evocative textures keep it simple, yet beautiful. From root bowls to bamboo chopping blocks and tactile sculptural lighting, you’ll enjoy this crisp contemporary store located at the corner of Tenth and 17th between the Meat Packing District and West Chelsea. Or, you can visit them online where they offer free FEDEX shipping on orders totaling $50 or more.

Restore balance in your life. One word: IIKH.


(photos from IIKH)


coffee + cre8tive [mar 3 ’06]

March 3, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 3 '06]I’m inspired by this beautiful winter scene of Bjork. I love the texture, the warmth of her outfit combined with the cold icy background and the intense look in her eyes. Absolutely lush. I think I’ll print it out and add it to my inspiration board.

“The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it’s very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music. Most people’s eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, then they’ll understand the music.” -Bj?rk, Index Magazine, July 2001

I’m so glad it’s Friday, aren’t you? I’m hanging out here at my desk munching on dried apricots and relaxing to the hypnotic sounds of the Army of Me Bersarinplatz Mix by Beats Beyond. I love how Bjork carries her voice in this song. Listening to her always calls to mind enchanting videos and lush photos of her in amazing costumes in somewhat surreal environments. Wouldn’t you love to have one day with her photographer and access to her closet?

Kicking off Friday with Bjork is somewhat dangerous though because it instantly lifts me into weekend mode. This weekend, my friend is coming up to stay with us for 3 days. I know this sounds so high school, but she’s my very best friend in the whole wide world. Nights spent at a cozy pub around the fire talking until the wee hours, laughing about her boy problems… I can’t wait to see her.

What are you guys up to this weekend? Shoot me an email or comment below. I’d love to know more about what you do with your weekend time. I hope you make time to do something really nice for yourself and your family…even if it’s simply taking a walk or lingering in a cafe. Just enjoy every moment you have. Life is precious. Happy Friday!

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MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler

March 3, 2006

MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel ZeiglerBy Christine M. Liu, Contributor, decor8

As a student of the media lab at MIT, I literally spend each day sitting on a goldmine. And that, dear friends, is the List Visual Arts Center, a gallery for contemporary art lovingly curated by Bill Arning, directed by Jane Farver, and coordinated by Hiroko Kikuchi. The List is located on campus, in the Weisner building E-15; if you’re in the vicinity you should stop by for the current exhibition America Starts Here, works by Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler.

MIT Media Lab, Wiesner Building, Cambridge, MA

MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel ZeiglerNo one can describe their work better than Bill; however, I can introduce Zeigler and Ericson as a duo who focus on public works, giving new interpretations of everyday life, public space, history and memory, home and family, and the human experience. The works mostly approach the idea of american identity through domestic media like paint, glass, and construction materials. the house as home focus establishes the psychological space of safety, comfort, and ritual.

A favorite piece of mine incorporates a full set of china dinnerware that is elegantly decorated with gold flourishes and script letters. Only when you look closely do you realise that it’s not your typical fancy plating; the gilt words on the Dutch china spell out the names of industrial compounds from the central chemical factory in the origin town. It’s an amusing cognitive tingle, to imagine resting your dessert fork on the tetrachloronickelate lettered rim…

Camouflagued History, 1999

MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel ZeiglerThe strikingly painted house (the cover work for the exhibit) was produced in response to reinterpreting the colors defined by the neighborhood council to be acceptable for residences. The artists, in conjunction with the owner of the house, painted the exterior of the house with a camouflage pattern (a real design commissioned from the U.S. Army) composed from all the permissible colourings. The official names of the shades were printed as well, their descriptive names shedding a subtle dimension of the neighborhood and the intrinsic history embodied within.

The partnership of these two artists as lovers and as producers permeates the pieces with emotion and strength. An additional dimension to the exhibition is the fact that sadly, Ericson suffered from a brain tumor and passed away in 2005 (with Ziegler still alive today), giving a sense of her spirit finding new life in the exhibition of their work. More works from the exhibition:

Hollow Oak Our Palace Is, 1989

MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel Zeigler

America Starts Here, 1988

MIT Exhibition Kate Ericson and Mel ZeiglerI had a bit of a challenge finding some of their works documented online, though here is an feature that I found on one of their objects, Sift Before Measuring. Inside a dry sink, they placed numerous jars, each filled with flour and etched with the names of traditional american cake recipes.

And don’t forget the small room adjacent to the main gallery, which features an extensive slide presentation of more of their public works and performances. There’s even a picture of them dining on the Dutch dinnerware! :)

[photos above from LVAC]


Ballard Designs

March 2, 2006

Ballard Designs
Ballards recently redesigned their site, it’s a lot more user friendly; so much better organized. Although they’re a far cry from mid-century modern or even contemporary, you are bound to score a few winning gifts or accents for your home or office, especially since they carry random lamps and mirrors that would complement your modern space. I’ve ordered from them a number of times for clients since I’m a member of their designers program; I’m impressed with their fast shipping and overall style, plus they have some of the best mirrors around. In addition to their two storefronts in Georgia, they also have a outlet store in West Chester, Ohio. Has anyone been?

Some of my spring favorites from Ballards…

vintage shell prints
$79 each or $289 for set of 4
Ballard Designspark avenue mirror
$249 buys you the good life
Ballard Designsparis dress shop prints
$35 each or $65 for the set
Ballard Designssea life push pins
$19 for a set of 24
Ballard DesignsBallard Designssea urchin and starfish candle holders
set of 2 starfish $25
or $39 for set of 3 sea urchins
Ballard Designsmacau arm chair available in black or cream

Ballard Designs
TIP: If you are an Interior Designer, they’ll supply you with a product presentation binder and a very decent discount on all purchases. Click here for details.

On a budget? Don’t miss their estate sale!

(all photos above are from ballard designs)

Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Dutch By Design

March 2, 2006

Illuminate your life with these stylish lights from Dutch By Design. Muurbloem wallpaper circles in pink and green, both on sale for $85 each. The muurbloem wallpaper circles light in black and white is $140, and in shades of grey is $95. Lavish!

Dutch By DesignArrive fashionably late thanks to these lively little timekeepers. Dutch By Design

(photo credits: all photos from dutch by design)

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