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Discover Independent Design: *New* Trunkt LookBook!

Have you heard about the all new Trunkt? Dev Tandon just wrote to me and I had to get this up on the blog ASAP because I know so many of you will just love it. Trunkt works very hard to champion independent design entrepreneurs through both their brick and mortar location in NYC and online. With success in both areas, they decided to branch out and create the Trunkt LookBook.


The LookBook features the works of their members, all art and design entrepreneurs, who use this as a resource to tell the world about what they do. Membership is only $99/year and is open to all. The LookBook contains the profiles of designers, along with product shots, industry jobs, events, and many other cool features. Learn more about membership and features here.

Wow Dev, wonderful resource, thanks for sharing!

(image from trunkt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on February 05, 2007

Feanne Badges

Look at Feanne’s cute and shiny art buttons. I see so many badges I love, but feel pretty clueless as to how and where to use them since I’d never wear them on a jacket or a bag, it’s just not my style. But they’re super cute. Artsy even.


I’ve been collecting the ones my friends send to me in a simple glass canning jar with a silver screw top. They look pretty inside, but some are like mini works of art and would be far nicer on display. I’m thinking a shadow box, perhaps? 4 rows of 4 buttons arranged in a perfect square format? Maybe you could even pop the backs off to create magnets or hot glue them them to curtain hooks as a decorative element for a quirky cute look in the bathroom (for that, I’d suggest using the same badge for each hook). Maybe you could pop off the pin back and glue them to a ribbon for display or wrap around a jar filled with candy to give a friend? I’m always looking at things a thousand different ways to see how they can be used.

Any ideas on badge display? Do you have any photos showing what you’ve done with your badge collection? Send them in, I’d love to see what you’ve done. Check out all of Feanne’s pins here at her Prickie store. Thanks Feanne for writing in, we really appreciate seeing your work!

(images from feanne)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, tips on February 05, 2007

Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)

Ooooo. Look what Irene, aka Bloesem, posted on her blog today. Images of works from Dutch designers Meesters & Van der Park, or Jo Meesters and Marije van der Park.

I first heard about them at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this past October, an amazing event that I attended with my partner in crime, Danielle from the Style Files. I went there to pull together images and a article for Domino magazine, which posted on their website last year, and to meet Danielle in person for the first time after being a penpal for quite some time. Anyway, if you have a moment today, flip through the Meesters & Van der Park portfolio. Innovative, extremely unique, and intelligent design in every way, shape, and form!

If you’re looking for their work, contact the Future Perfect in NY, or if you find yourself in the Netherlands anytime soon, click here for a list of retail shops. I’m so happy that Bloesem reminded me of them, Thanks Irene! I love having Bloesem and the Style Files to refer to, these Dutch girls always find the best stuff, I am forever amazed by both of these bloggers!

(images from meesters & van der park)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, flooring, furniture, kitchen on February 01, 2007

Stella Im Hultberg

Christine wrote about Stella’s work here on decor8 in early August, 2006. Somehow, the post cannot be found (although blogger shows it was published). Anyway, I wanted to post this again since Stella recently added new color prints and I think they’re just gorgeous. At $20, you can collect several. They can be found right here. Here’s the original post from August ’06 written by Miss Christine below (who now writes for the Boston Weekly Dig). Enjoy!


Meet Stella
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 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.

Stella broadcasts art updates at her art livejournal, and her daily report covers all sorts of life’s delight from green tea soba salad to a mottled seashell collection.

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.

In Stella’s world, the city self-reflects with beauty and sorrow alike. Your thoughts on Stella?


(images from Stella Im Hultberg)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 31, 2007

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