Sometimes I crave a portal. Okay, I actually wish for such oddball things quite often, a space in which I could slip into and zip! I’m on the other side of the world. In a way, the web is a portal, blogs are portals, and I hope that decor8 is your own little place to escape, a spot to silently slip into a new world filled with pretty things, some you’ve seen before, others not.
Tonight, I want to close my eyes and wake up in LA. I want to spend the day smelling the salty air on Santa Monica beach, take that post-beach shower that always feels so good (and reveals how much sun you really got during the day) and then spritz on something pretty, slip into something girly, and head over to Junc Gallery for their show, Flaunt, featuring some of my favorite artists like Camilla Engman, Jen Corace, and Nathan Gray. Then, an hour or so later, drop the top of my leased convertible (total east coast tourist in me!), hit track 1: Run – Snow Patrol and cruise down Montana through Brentwood and into the heart of Hollywood. Grab dinner (Cuban, perhaps?) and of course, mojitos. Maybe even meet up with my pal, John. After spending two weeks in LA last summer, I’m hooked. I must get back there. Soon.
Since I’m unable to fulfill my desires this evening, I’m leaving it up to you. If you’re in LA, please head over to Junc. Mingle. Enjoy Camilla, Jen and Nathan. Who can resist the carefree feeling of a Saturday summer night? After such great art, follow with your favorite restaurant, a nice summer cocktail, and a huge dollup of great friends and good food.
Have fun! Reception begins at 7:00 p.m.
(images from junc)
I thought we all could use a paper fix today, so while I was reading Anne-Christelle Beauvois’ blog, Lillibulle (love this Parisian blogger, great site!), I stumbled upon Fifi Mandirac stationery. Oh la la lovely! By the way, if you lust for French/Japanese magazines, La Boutique de Lilli sells them on her blog, (you can pay via Paypal) and they are super amazing finds, I’m thinking of purchasing a few myself.
Okay, back to the paper goods. Isn’t this stuff so perfectly cute? Cards, gift wrap, badges, candle paper wrappers, everything is so playful, vibrant, and all together sweet.
s.wert design is a firm based in Berlin, founded by designers Dirk Berger and Sandra Siewert in 2003. They create ?cultural souvenirs? that highlight architecture and urban planning, including the changes that specific areas are undergoing, with items that tell a story about Berlin. I am intriqued by their designs because I enjoy displays of passion and pride, I love seeing people who are genuinely concerned about their city and have a lot of pride in its history, and have something to say about the future. I like seeing them highlight fears via design. It’s one thing to design something pretty or trendy, anyone can watch the market and design what’s hot (not rocket science), but to go deeper than the surface… that’s a thing of beauty. To design from your soul, focusing your work on all the issues that bother you as well as everything that you embrace, this is moving, touching, alive.
Gift wrap with a story? Yes, the Dialogue, Reciever, and Ruhesitz am Zoo all have something to say, Ruhesitz am Zoo with graphics from four decades (50s-80s) in West Berlin (Ruhesitz am Zoo is the name of a home for the elderly next to the Berlin Zoologischer Garten) to Angry Children pillows (the pillows show building fronts which have, or soon will, disappear from Berlin. These disappearing landmarks frustrate Berger and Siewert, who say that these pillows, “angry children”, refer to disrespect of the current generation for their architectural forefathers.).
You can clearly see that this design duo has something to say about Berlins postwar modern architecture.
They even have gingham table cloths, “kleinkariert? (meaning small minded and also the material gingham). Through this item, they are shedding light on suburban sprawl, “suburban sprawl is padding a layer of fat around our cities”. Table runners and dishtowels are also available in this pattern.
They even have two books, “Von der Partei zur Party?, about how the Berlin TV tower went from being a socialistic symbol to a subcultural icon and “B?rlinale”, a book about the Berliner Bear, Berlin’s most well known symbol, paying a tribute to this graphic symbol with 300+ designs.
By: Christine Liu, decor8 contributor
The ink sketches and watercolour paintings by Stella Im Hultberg perfectly exude the sad, sophisticated energy of the postmodern ingenue. Women pout with seductively disillusioned lips; limb-entwined couples wait in silence for a sadder truth. Every character is shadowed, stained, and soiled with glamour.
Working as an artist in New York City, Stella features her work in galleries (view her work at the current exhibition at thinkspace gallery, running from now to September 3) and sells her prints online at her momomoogie shop. Trained in industrial design and toy design, she currently applies her creative energy to her print works. Treat yourself to the delicious darkness of her online sketchbooks and portfolio.
In addition to the prints for sale on momomoogie, she boasts a design collection of wallets and shirts at art-collective-vinyl-wallet company Poketo. Plus, you can purchase her oh-so-precious my favorite mirrors at Art Star Philly.
In Stella’s world, the city self-reflects with beauty and sorrow alike.
Your thoughts on Stella?
(images from Stella Im Hultberg)