Kiley from Urban Outfitters mailed their new catalog and images to me for sharing with decor8 readers today. I can’t believe we’re already looking at Fall clothes and velvet chairs, but with the end of July fast approaching, Autumn isn’t that far off in the distance. That’s fine with me though, because there’s nothing better than a cozy cardigan and patterned tights anyway. Of course, a pretty outfit is nice, but a comfy and stylish chair for reading is total heaven. Like this one in a pretty fern print for $380. Did you know that it’s also available in a beige/white print called King Bird and that Urban’s offers fabric swatches for free upon request? Very cool, huh?
Check out that triptych art. Does anyone know about the artist, Lee May? Doesn’t ring a bell for me, so clue me in if you know.
I like these chairs, and really enjoyed seeing this one in a room vs. just a product shot, plus I think the pattern and color is just great. I’d love to see this pattern replace the velvet on their slipper chair, that would be just so darling!
Thanks Kiley for the sweet product shots. You can view all of these items above right here, currently up for grabs on their website.
(images from urban outfitters)
What did you think of the first episode of Design Star last night? Per the request of Becky and Paola, I’ll post a weekly open thread each Monday so those of you who are DS viewers can dish about the show. I struggled through last season, so I’m hoping that season 2 brings a bit more drama and decent design so we can at least have a little fun watching it and maybe learn a few things. I’m also hoping for a little character bonding to happen because if a viewer can relate to at least one finalist, it’s a good show (at least until that finalist gets canned).
I predict a lot more drama this season, a few cat fights coming on, and with the finalists being quite an assorted bunch (two words: Josh Sparkle), I’m thinking we’ll at least have fun watching it until Project Runway kicks off.
A few snippets from the bio of Mr. Sparkles himself: His favorite designer is Versace, if he weren’t a designer he’d be a Solid Gold dancer, and the boy knows how to clog. Pair him up with finalist Christina Ray, who adores the designs of Christopher Lowell, or with Neeraja Lockart who adores Muriel Brandolini, and you just may have the recipe for good reality tv.
(images from HGTV, photographer: Dennis Galante)
Craig Anczelowitz is a decor8 reader living and working in Bangkok busily working on his gift and home accessories line. As a former buyer for ABC Carpet & Home and Urban Outfitters, he has an eye for emerging trends and a thirst to design fresh products that are not only remarkable to look at, but skillfully made. He recently worked on a line of ceramics and stationery, and will soon release textiles and wood accessories made in Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Although I’m not sure where Craig has any of these items for sale (he didn’t state that in his email), I still saw value in posting about this because it’s interesting to see what others are doing outside of the states and to see interesting new designs. I noticed that some of his journals were crafted from felt, and that white and gold isn’t going out of style anytime soon (see below). Craig mentioned that some work is available in select shops and others are available for wholesale, so I imagine if you contact him directly, he’ll be able to connect you to his goods (his email is williewonkabar AT hotmail DOT com). Thank you Craig for writing in!
To view more of his designs, click here to link out to his Flickr photos.
(images from craig anczelowitz)
It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley’; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers
(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)
(images from lucie summers)
Okay one tiny post before I scoot, but seriously this couldn’t wait until Monday because I am so very excited for Lorena Siminovich (aka Petit Collage), the amazing way life works (so often the best comes by chance!), and the fact that she has such a killer gig going on with Anthropologie right now. I mean, this is the best story ever, especially encouraging to all the amazing indie artists out there.
See this picture? It’s a display inside of an Anthropologie store. Notice the collage works to the right of the mirror, you may recall them from this post, they are exclusive works by Lorena for Anthropologie. Can you stand it? They are reproduced on canvas, available in stores for a limited time only, $108 each.
Whenever I hear about indie artists getting exposure on this level, I always ask them how it all happened. I mean, do amazing things still fall into laps or does everything have to be via blood, sweat, and tears? You decide — Here’s what Lorena said when I asked her, “Basically I was hanging a piece in a local store (not Anthropologie), and the Anthro buyer walks in since she was in San Francisco on vacation, and asked me about the collages. Crazy lucky coincidence!”. Now how COOL is THAT people? Restores your faith, doesn’t it? Go, Lore!
Psst: This is the same artist who asked me to post this request to connect with stores and galleries. I guess that when you put your voice out there and admit that you need help, the universe hears you somehow, somewhere…
See you Monday!
(image from Lorena Siminovich)