I had these on my list to write about today, but the folks over at Apartment Therapy beat me to it with photos of these wall flats snapped fresh at the ICFF (by the way, they are covering the ICFF on their site, so don’t miss that.)
I’m intriqued by these peel-and-stick embossed wall flats from design extraordinaires, Inhabit. Available in three designs, these add a modern pattern to your room without rules – you can stick them wherever and however you’d like. Bold yet understated at the same time, don’t you think? Since these are brand spankin’ new, you’ll have to wait a few weeks before Inhabit starts shipping them (June 15th to be exact), but you can preorder them online now directly from Inhabit.
What do you think about these wall flats?
(images from inhabit)
I had the pleasure of meeting Kimberly Thompson of Miximals at the South End Open Market and fell in love with her work. Colorful, whimsical, charming… All artwork is made of 95% recycled materials and created by Kimberly herself. It’s happy! Kimberly meticulously creates these collaged images by using torn paper from magazines, brochures, catalogs, junk mail, to form an adorable animal, from dogs to monkeys. Each is matted in white and framed in a floating clip frame with plexiglass. I saw these in person this past Saturday and was so impressed – when you look at them up close, you see all these beautiful details that make you curious about where these clippings originated and exactly what Kimberly’s inspiration was while she created it.
If you’d like to read Kimberly’s cute bio, (what a neat background!) or view her happy customers (great idea, Kimberly!), visit her website. You can also order online, too (wink, wink). I know you wanna…
(images from miximals)
While enjoying the
I promptly made a beeline over to see these gorgeous desks and bookcases up close and personal, designed and built by Jamie Cumming of Loki Custom Furniture. While flipping through the Loki portfolio, Jamie came over and introduced himself and we had a nice chat about his designs along with a bit about his background. Seems he had much exposure to welding and furniture making for many years on the west coast, in NYC, and Boston, until a few years back when he decided, “I can do this myself!”, and that’s when Loki was born. Boston-based, Jamie will customize anything you need according to your specifications, he’ll build you a pair of killer sliding steel doors for your swanky city loft or some happenin’ cherry wood and perforated steel radiator covers to disguise those unsightly radiators that most older apartments, at least here in the northeast, seem to have lots of. Jamie even custom designs steel window sills for your rockin’ pad. How cool is that?
In addition to custom items, Jamie has some pieces that are part of his standard collection, like this sexy yoga bench that I’m absolutely crazy about, along with many others, like this mahogany and steel desk, for instance. His creativity doesn’t stop here though. He also loves sculpture, but certainly not anything you’d term typical, click here to view.
To inquire about pricing and to chat with Jamie further, please contact him directly.
I hung out on Saturday at the festive South End Open Market in Boston’s South End, enjoying the beautiful weather and chatting it up various indie designers who had booths there. I’ll post some that stood out for me either because I hadn’t written about them or heard about them before, or simply due to personal taste.
Overall, the event was really nice, well-organized, easy to navigate, polite shoppers, and an easy going vibe. Booths were arranged with care and most sellers were happy to chat about their product, which I appreciated. I was looking for the mid century modern furniture booth and didn’t spot it, so either I missed it or he wasn’t there on Saturday. I’ll be looking for that booth in the weeks to come! The market had a great deal of handbag and jewelry designers, which was nice for the ladies, and a good assortment of plants and flowers, which I also liked. I discovered a local furniture designer that I had not heard about before, and a South End resident who makes perky prints using torn paper, so I’ll get those up here on the blog ASAP.
The South End Open Market runs each Sunday from now until October 29, so if you plan to visit Boston, bookmark this site.
related posts: 4.24.06
(image from the south end open market)
Since most design blogs are covering the fab ICFF like crazy, I promise I won’t get into it here, too. They’re all doing such a terrific job, it’s fun to scan the various blogs to see what’s up.
I have to high five Apartment Therapy for posting about Denyse Schmidt, a favorite here at decor8. I’m thrilled that Denyse showed at the ICFF this year, she is totally reshaping the typical image people have of quilting, isn’t she? Most think of country style quilts, am I right? With Denyse, quilting has a fresh new look. Modern, clean, urban with a dash of country charm. Sure, those stunning country style quilts and wall hangings will always be a huge part of American culture, and for good reason (they’re wonderful!), but it’s nice to know that if you love quilts, but have a modern decor, you can actually find a modern quilt to complement your space.
Please don’t forget to check out Apartment Therapy’s complete post, with photos from the ICFF, here.
related posts: Denyse Schmidt 5.12.06, 2.21.06
(photo from AT)
Pimp your beetle! I’ve been a fan of Mibo for awhile now, but when I spotted their new beetle art today for Volkswagen, I suddenly wished I had opted for the beetle instead of my Passat. I drove off in a Passat over the Beetle for *one* reason, it had more room for passengers and we like to travel with a car packed full of friends. Now, I’m thinking of making my friends take the bus (he he) and I’ll get a cool beetle anyway, just so I can decorate it with the pretty birdy florals from mibo. Click here to check out this fun VW Mibo decal or read detailed information about other new VW Beetle art.
Oh, and here’s a few new pillow designs from Mibo, too. I’m really liking them…
Hope you’re having a fun weekend. I hit the South End Open Market today and had a nice time, also did the SOWA which was interesting, and visited Lekker and Aunt Sadie’s again too. I’ll be back with some fresh finds that I spotted at the South End Open Market.
Mibo, 4.12.06 + 2.28.06 +3.06.06
SOWA + South End Open Market, 5.12.06 + 4.24.06
(images from mibo and ign.com)