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April 2007


Cathrine Kullberg Lighting (Norway)

April 4, 2007

Oslo designer Cathrine Kullberg recently launched modern, delicate birch lighting that will leave you gazing in awe, completely smitten. With the Norwegian forest as inspiration, Kullberg incorporates thin birch strips, a traditional Scandinavian material used for lighting, and an intricately cut forest motif, filtering light between each delicate cut, to create lighting that is as functional as it is a work of art. I’ll take one of each, please. I’d love to install one over my dining table. Look at these, don’t they just call out to you?

Cathrine Kullberg Lighting (Norway)Cathrine Kullberg Lighting (Norway)Cathrine Kullberg Lighting (Norway)
If you’re interested in CK lighting, please email her at: post[at]cathrinekullberg[dot]com. {via: poppy}

(images from cathrine kullberg)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Matt Mikulla of Art Rogue – Save $15 Until 4/4

April 3, 2007

Matt Mikulla, a talented Nashville artist that specializes in what he calls “Ridiculously affordable artwork”, offers his creative photography at his gallery, Art Rogue, in downtown Nashville as well as online for the rest of us.

Matt Mikulla of Art Rogue - Save $15 Until 4/4Art Rogue is currently running a not-to-miss sale, but it ends tomorrow (4/4) so, not to sound like a used car salesman, act now while prices are low! All medium (8.5″ x 11″) prints and photographs are going for $25 vs. the usual $40 price tag – so if you see something you like, jump on it! Each print is made using Epson UltraChrome pigment inks on enhanced matte paper and will arrive in an archival sleeve with acid-free backing, and Matt signs all prints, which is huge incentive to buy because a signed print means so much more for when Matt becomes famous someday! :)

Matt Mikulla of Art Rogue - Save $15 Until 4/4
It’s funny, I’m usually not attracted to most ‘creative’ photography I see. I’m drawn in to liking all those more stylized shots of interiors, fashion, and still life of mundane objects – like a chair or a strawberry in a bowl. But the ladies you see above from Matt’s plastic series, they grab me.

Maybe they remind me of Mannequin, one of my favorite 80’s films with Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall (Yes, Samantha from Sex In The City, she’s been around forever!). I always loved that story because I was very imaginative as a child and nothing could convince me that everything didn’t come to life at night. Dolls, Hello Kitty, toys, mannequins, plastic people on wedding cakes, everything had a ‘real life’ when the humans weren’t around. Even the fruit bowl on our counter was throwing a nightly Mardi Gras with the Chiquita Banana girl (Commercials like these didn’t help any, either).

So when I saw Mannequin, I took the whole film very seriously, and even though that was 20 years ago, I still recall how validated I felt when I saw it, it was confirmation that department store window displays were so much more than the plastic ladies we saw modeling shiny raincoats and black patent leather pumps. Of course, I was entering my teens and knew better, but my imagination enjoyed such far-fetched thoughts.

As we grow into adults, and from there refine and define ourselves, it’s so interesting to see what we naturally are attracted to. I’m seeing definite patterns in myself, my natural leanings, because I’m exposed to more art and design on a daily basis than ever before in my life. I’m constantly seeing a strong tie between where I stand today, and where I stood as a child — So much of what I liked then has influenced what I like today. It’s a fascinating subject you could explore and discuss with your friends for hours. Have you given it much thought, and if so, what connections are you making to the design and art world today with what you were exposed to as a child?

(images from matt mikulla)


Goats In Trees

April 3, 2007

Illustrator Lucy Cullingford wrote in about Goats In Trees, a design collective she runs alongside textile designer Vicky Cull. Their label was born during a road trip to Morocco, and ever since, they’ve designed, printed, created, and sold screen-printed skirts and dresses from their unique studio (their skirts are amazing, you must check them out). They’re also working diligently to combine fabric and paper, and have some lovely prints available for under $30 in their online store.

Goats In TreesInspired by their travels, from Amsterdam to New York, Las Vegas to Marrakech (both are nuts about Morroco), Vicky is currently obsessing over the graphics, streetwear and neon colors of Vegas while Lucy is hooked on carousel horses, fairgrounds and racing colors. Combining both will result in a new fabric range for Summer ’07 that I’m anxious to see.

Thanks so much to Lucy for writing in about her exciting business, best of success to both Lucy and Vicky on their adventures with Goats In Trees.

(images from goats in trees)


Henry Road *New* Spring Pillows

April 3, 2007

Henry Road has some colorful, very bold poppy pillows and some happy summertime bags… Just calling your name for Spring 2007!

Henry Road *New* Spring PillowsAnd although it’s a not a new Henry Road pillow, I’m still a big fan of their blue/white circles print. It’s so timeless, though the geometric prints are totally hot right now, making them that much more appealing… Especially a bold hue combined with white. Remember our Trina Turk inspiration – blue + white or chocolate + white? Now see these babies below? Yup. Perfectly on trend.

Henry Road *New* Spring Pillows
Oh, and don’t miss Paula and her company, Henry Road, in this month’s (April) issue of Cottage Living. I was browsing it just yesterday at Barnes + Noble and was so happy when I saw Paula inside. Here’s a glimpse. And congrats, Paula! Thank you for writing to me as well, it means so much when a designer sends me a tip — I really appreciate it.

Henry Road *New* Spring Pillows

(images from henry road)

Small Business

Shop Girl: Foot Traffic – How To Reel ‘Em In

April 3, 2007

It’s important to continue the Shop Girl series, at least until a point is reached where the book can be closed and we feel ready to venture into other important topics (email me offline with your thoughts, please!). In the past, when it comes to owning a small business, we’ve discussed: How Do You Stay Alive? and What Can Shop Owners Do To Attract Loyal Customers?

Shop Girl: Foot Traffic - How To Reel 'Em InBeverly Hills bridal + evening gown boutique, Monique Lhuillier Salon, incorporated Alena Hennessy’s Birds in Flight to create a beautiful window display at their 9609 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA address. Would this window catch your eye?

Shop Girl: Foot Traffic - How To Reel 'Em In
So let’s chat a bit about store displays, signage, and how to create a sense of excitement on the street that will draw in foot traffic. Store Owners: Is it all about location, or do you snag and drag in your customers through email, word of mouth, signage posted around town? How much importance do you place on your window displays?

If you do not own a store, but love to shop indie… Shoppers: What counts when you’re out and pass a storefront? What lures you in? Any tips you can give that can help shop owners become more successful in attracting customers is always welcome.

Ideas: Host a workshop or a guest speaker, place plants in urn planters or flower boxes around the front door, lots of signs announcing a One Day Sale, signage showing that the store window was pulled together by a designer or art school that made local news, good music (I heard the Amelie soundtrack recently coming from a store and HAD to go inside)… Can anyone think of what attracts them?

(images from alena hennessy)

Arts + Crafts

Kate Wilson Illustrations

April 3, 2007

I love photography, but find some of what I see much more interesting, almost poetic, when translated into an illustration. There’s something about the combination of paper, graphite, and watercolor that is very emotional, stimulating, it’s this blending of life and elegance (like a beautiful woman or gorgeous shoes), then filtered through the eye, and now caught in time on paper. No movement, frozen, raw, serene.

Kate Wilson IllustrationsWhen Kate Wilson wrote to me about her illustrative work, I knew I had to share it because it’s exactly what I love – not too fussy, almost dreamlike, soothing, and very mature. Kate, a final year illustration student at the London College of Fashion, just completed a project based around the mundane things in life that bring her joy. Inspired by the natural world around her, as well as antiques, fashion (of course), food, and her own quirky sense of humor, her illustrations show depth, a sense of self, and a definite style that is uniquely Kate. Here’s some of her illustrations framed on a wall… So haphazard, I can’t help but like it.

Kate Wilson Illustrations
You can view her portfolio here on her website, where you can also inquire about purchasing.

Kate Wilson Illustrations
Thank you Kate for writing to me and introducing us to your work – stellar!

(images from kate wilson)

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