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Book of the Week: The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper

Are you a bookstore addict? I’ve been a junkie since I was a ‘tween and purchased my first copy (of many) of the Sweet Valley High series. You know, those two sun-kissed California blondes that bopped around in thier fiat with their cute ponytails, crushing on every football jock in town? Before Sweet Valley High, I purchased my books mainly from the school book clubs (remember those flyers? I confess buying books JUST for those cute baby animal posters), town book fairs, or they were given to me by my family. But, as soon as I started to understand how money worked and how many books I could buy via negotiations with my father (raking the lawn, washing the dogs, cleaning the birdcage, etc.), I was hooked on spending money on things that lasted and meant something to me. To this day, I will always cherish my library above anything else in my home. Well, okay some of the art I’ve purchased and of course, my chocolate drawer where we stash the good stuff.


Last night, while rummaging through titles at Barnes + Noble, I felt those happy shivers, that feeling you get when you’re stoked about something you’ve spotted because you’ve not read about it or heard of it elsewhere, a thousand times over. Especially when it’s a book. “The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper” was my catch of the day. When I reeled it in, I thought about decor8 readers and how I had to share this book on my blog because it’s such a informative and beautiful find.

The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper is droolworthy gorgeousness. My friends would dub it wallpaper porn, the new word we add to the end of everything that is just so sexy you can’t stand it (room porm refers to well designed spaces, bag porn is when you look at all those amazing Anthropologie bags online, etc.) Anyway, I digress.

This book is a magical dream-like escape into the recent Wallpaper craze that has resurfaced after many years of experiencing somewhat of a dry spell here in the states. The sheer variety of papers represented in this title is exciting, some of my favorites are included, like Neisha Crossland, Susan Bradley, Timorous Beasties, Cole + Son, and over 70 others. The book begins with a great (non-snoozy) introduction to wallpaper and how it has evolved into a artistic medium that is used for self-expression by the home dweller, and then it continues by looking at paper today and introducing them by characteristic; geometric, architectural, figurative, interactive, technical, discussing techniques, products, and all the great designers we love – some we’ve not heard of yet. Charles Stuckey then speaks on the crossover between this medium and fine art, which I really enjoyed.

Title: The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper (Paperback)
Author: Ziggy Hanaor
ISBN: 978-1904772569
Price: $26 (or pay $40 at the bookstore)

If you are interested in design and want to learn more on this topic, don’t miss The Cutting Edge of Wallpaper.

Posted in Books + Magazines, walls on January 11, 2007

Artist Seeks To Connect With Stores/Galleries

Lorena wrote in to introduce me to her handmade wall art using found papers on plywood. She is a talented illustrator and artist that recently relocated from the east coast (NY) to the west (San Francisco) and currently has her pieces online at Velocity Art + Design and in few SF and NY stores. Lorena is currently looking for exposure in other big cities, she’d like to branch out into Boston, Chicago, Miami, and LA. She’s asked if we could make some suggestions for her on urban stores or interesting galleries that may be interested in her work? Ones that you have personal experience with only, please.

Here’s a partial bio, thanks to Velocity, “Lorena Siminovich (born in Buenos Aires) is a San Francisco based artist, designer and illustrator. With a background in graphic design, and an extensive career as an art director in NY for children’s products, she also started recently to work in children’s books. Her latest endeavor, petit collage, started with the idea of offering affordable art for children (and grownups!), with a contemporary feel.”

Off the cuff, I can think of several, so I plan to email her right away. I may miss some though. Do you have any in mind?

Thanks for writing in, Lorena. Best of success!

(image from lorena)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, reader questions on January 11, 2007

Edesse Designs

A big thanks to Boston local, Erica Walker, for writing in today about her fun company, Edesse Designs. Erica is a PhD student by day and a home furnishings designer by night. She creates and sells her wares via her website, offering the sweetest erasers that look like yummy edibles, cards, notebooks, and totally cute food-themed coffee tables. You have to check out her site, I think her tables are not only affordable, but so very unique that they’d make a great addition to any space, especially if you’re a foodie!

Thanks for writing in, Erica.

Posted in furniture on January 10, 2007

Coffee Table from Excel in Denmark

Di from Designers’ Block left a comment on my site today and that reminded me to click over and check out her blog to see what she’s been up since my last visit. Oh Di, you just had to go and post the perfect table, didn’t you? Ah. I’ve found my new favorite teak table from Excel in Denmark. Look at this thing. It’s sitting there begging you to buy it or chop down your nearest tree and DIY something like it. Oh how lovely… Oh, oh! I love the organic paired with the industrial style wheels with metal casters.

Psst: If you decide to go the DIY route, you can find wheels and things here. For the wood, you’re on your own. Maybe a thick door from a salvage yard cut to size would do the trick?


(image from excel via designer’s block)

Posted in furniture on January 10, 2007

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