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GAMplusFRATESI

GAMplusFRATESI in Copenhagen Denmark, offers to-die-for furniture that I really hope hits our American shores soon (or maybe it has, do you know?) Look at this eye candy, isn’t it yummy? (Not the guy silly, although he’s quite the cutie, huh?) I’m referring to the furnishings below. You can learn more about them and browse their glam furnishings in punchy colors right here online, although I’ve gone a little post crazy and included almost everything they carry below [blushing]. There’s just soooo much out there in the design world, precisely why we all love it so much, right? Every single corner you turn, a fresh new designer emerges with another must-have item for the home. Endless!

What do you think? Do you like it? Share your comments…

(all photos from GAMplusFRATESI)

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Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

IIKH

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.
IIKH 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)

Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 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!

[Photo courtesy of Bjork.com]

Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

MIT Visual Arts Center: America Starts Here

By 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

No 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

The 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

America Starts Here, 1988

I 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]

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