Because it’s Friday, and we’re all preparing for the weekend (we’re throwing a little party tonight in our tiny 2 rooms!), posts today will be light on text and mostly visual with inspirational photos and lots of fun links so you can click around and have some fun! :)
Let’s start today’s selection with House Doctor in Denmark. The doctor is in, baby! I love thier lanterns and throw pillows, so pretty! You can browse their catalogs online and locate your nearest dealer by clicking here.
Note: If you’re local to Hannover, you can find some of their line at Esplanade and Decorum. I already wrote about Esplanade (love it there!), but if you haven’t checked out Decorum located in Ernst August Platz next to Hauptbahnhof, make that your next stop of design finds.
(images from house doctor)
As an ASID member, I receive weekly industry updates via their e-newsletter, Eye on Design. This week was of particular interest to me since it mentioned a local project (Boston) about a home built almost entirely out of recycled materials from the Big Dig. The Big Dig results in cool digs, I guess. (see above photo) Read all about it here in BusinessWeek.
Another worthy read was published in the West Magazine, from the Los Angeles Times. It reports on how LA buildings are undergoing make-overs. These born-again buildings formerly functioned to service communities as a church, water tower or grocery store. No longer being used for their intended purpose, the old American way of ripping everything down and starting over may not be the move of the future. Seems peeps are taking more of an interest in preservation, and for good reason, with a growing interest in saving our planet, saving our money, and of course, living in a non-traditional home with a story behind it. Dubbed by preservationists as “adaptive reuse”, you too can live in a water tower or whatever else strikes your fancy. Perhaps you’re fond of supermarket style? Purchase a grocery store. Imagine… Your bedroom smack in the middle of what was formerly known as the produce aisle. Read more about these cool habitats here.
And finally, Starwood Announces their First Sustainable Hotel Chain. Cool concept, one that is (shhh don’t tell anyone I said this) long overdue. The hotel chain, named “1”, will be the first luxury, eco-friendly hotel brand. Learn about planned locations and oodles more over at Forbes.com.
Happy reading and most of all, Happy Friday everyone!
(image from business week magazine)
German designer Jan Kath creates modern rugs that cater to the minimalist in us all. Kath, based in beautiful Hamburg, combines exquisite modern design with traditional Himalayan handiwork resulting in rugs so glorious that you could easily display them as art. View all of Kath’s creations online, or to purchase, visit Carpetti.
(images from jan kath)
More dreamy textiles to ooo and ahh over today. These are from RISD alum Elyse Allen . Her embellished knit textiles take on many forms, from throw pillows to darling fingerless gloves, knit bird masks, and an entire collection of soft jewelry. Using only the finest materials, Elyse knits to transform cashmere and merino wool into gorgeous textiles, embellishing some with crystals and pearlized Italian lambskin. You can find her work at these locations. Be sure to bookmark her site since she’ll be launching an online store in November.
If you’re in Providence in December, stop by the RISD Alumni Holiday Sale on
December 9th from 10-5 at the Providence Convention Center, booth #109, 1 Sabin Street in Providence. I’ll be there to cover the show for decor8, so stay tuned!
Psst: If you’re an Interpol fan, check out some of the costumes that she created for their video “C’mere”.
(images from elyse allen textiles)
A big thanks to decor8 reader Lise for keeping us in-the-know when it comes to reality design television. Being in Germany for the past 4 weeks, I’m a bit out of it when it comes to what’s happening back in the states. I barely have time to blog (though I’m doing my best), nevermind read American news and tabloids.
If you promise not to throw fruit at me, I’ll disclose something else… I have no clue what is going on with Project Runway. I know, I know. I actually forgot all about it until today when I saw Heidi Klum on a poster downtown. In fact, I don’t know who went to fashion week, or what has happened with the season since I left the states in September. All I know is that over here, Heidi Klum is huge. Not only is she butt-naked on Max magazine this month (pop culture mag) and all over Douglas ads, but she has her own spin off of America’s Next Top Model here in Germany called appropriately, Germany’s Next Top Model, hosted by Ms. Klum herself. I digress…
Back to the point of this post, Lise sent me a link to a news story about Top Design, a new Bravo reality show for aspiring designers with Todd Oldham steering the ship and and Elle Decor editor in chief Margaret Russell by his side. I blogged about it a few months back, so consider this a follow-up. The new series hits American televisions everywhere in January. Get all the details here at Radar online. Thanks again, Lise. You rock girl!
Oooh so lush. Design you want to sink yourself into. Mogwaii in Scotland is all about creating tactile home and fashion accessories that combine creative design and art with function and quality. Sculptured uncluttered style. Sophisticated pure wool. Blinds, cushions, throws, lamps, and fashion accessories. Oh-la-lusting for!
I know you’ll want to cuddle up with their throws and cushions near a toasty fire. When I see them, that’s the only visual I have – warmth, a flickering fire, the scent of baked apple pies…
I’m especially fond of the butterfly throw, and that you play designer by selecting your base color and the color for accents on each throw. How’s that for chic customization? You have a hand in the design process, which makes them that much more appealing to purchase – they will match your living space to perfection. I love their blinds and lampshades too. I hope you like Mogwaii… I certainly do!
Looking for Mogwaii products nearest to you? Click here.
(images from mogwaii design)