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P Van b

P van b is a ultra haute, somewhat risque collection of contemporary wallpaper established by Berlin based wallpaper designer Andrea P??nicker. It’s baroque gone wild! P van b carries lush wallpaper, stationary, home accessories, and an uber hip line of yummy clothing.
Aren’t you at least slightly intriqued by wallaper with names like wowhaus neon, rich bit*ch, dutch pomp, lady light and true grace? Some of the wallpaper is slightly erotic (see above photo, look carefully), which I’m not daring enough to rock in my own space, but the sophiticated bold takes on traditional baroque prints – right up my alley! I can so see this hanging in trendy salons and boutiques here in the states. I’m waiting to see who picks up the line over here, any predictions? I’ll be in Berlin this summer, so I have to add this one to my list so I can report back to you my first hand experience of naughty little P Van b. I can’t wait to discover what’s new in Berlin, I haven’t been in a few years. So much to share with you this summer, I can’t wait!


(photos from P Van b)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on February 24, 2006

Hot Links from Christine

Our new guest blogger, Christine, is here to tell us about a few hot links in Boston. For those of you outside of Boston, I’m sure you’ll also enjoy these. By the way, if you missed my earlier post, learn about Christine here.

Home Stores:

Boutique Fabulous – a great little space in Somerville with mod lamps, vintage martini glasses, and yummy soaps and balms. Very unique and Sophistigirly! I’ve seen everything from ‘Save Martha!’ t-shirts to a vintage 60’s party dress. Read a review about Boutique Fabulous on Boston’s Weekly Dig.

Bo Concept on Mass Ave near Harvard Square.

There’s also a tres cool place on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. The name is ‘Good
Sooo delish and Japanese minimalist…

Stationary:

Paper Source in Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge and Vellum on Dartmouth.

I also like ‘Black Ink‘ in Harvard Square (Cambridge) and on Charles Street (Beacon Hill, Boston). Same owners as the MUT.

Another find, the Cross store in Harvard Square, surprisingly fashionable in terms of paper goods, stationery, and bags.

Exhibition must see:

There’s the new exhibition at the ICA, “Living in Motion“, which I haven’t yet seen but have heard good things.

(above links contributed by Christine Liu. Thanks, Christine!)

Posted in guest bloggers, shopping, travel on February 20, 2006

Guest Writer: Meet Christine Liu

Christine M. Liu, originally from Frederick, Maryland, is burning steadily into her sixth year of learning, shopping, eating, writing, and designing in Cambridge, MA. She squeezed in web-designing, pentax-wielding, and viola-playing amidst mathematics-applying at Harvard College, and is now working to develop a fashion network system as a masters student in the sociable media group at the MIT Media Lab.

Some of her current obsessions include co-producing tech-conceptual fashion shows, extolling the virtues of electronica, and knitting with the fleece of fine animals everywhere. Coos of delight are induced by the works of many favourite designers, including Issey Miyake, Tord Boontje, Eero Saarinen, Sanrio

She is is very excited to be a guest writer for decor8, and we’re happy to have her on deck. With her busy schedule, we never know when she’ll pop up on decor8, so stay tuned! Look for her photo near post titles, that way, you’ll easily spot the posts that are from Christine.

(bio and photo contributed by Christine Liu)

Posted in guest bloggers, shopping, travel on February 20, 2006

Design Within Reach Cloud Lamp + MIT Stata Center

While visiting DWR in Providence last month, I felt a little weak in the knees when I saw the new Frank Gehry cloud lamp floating in the air – stunning! So much more dramatic in person than in print, I think the whole creative process involved in how they were designed motivates me even more to start looking at common objects a little differently.
This goes back again to an earlier post about pushing past your design comfort zone. Canadian born Architect Frank Gehry found a new way to look at common packing paper cups and using staples, he transformed them into a cloud lamp. Of course, the DWR light fixtures aren’t made of paper, he opted for flexible, tear-resistant, fire-retardant polyester instead. Good choice. The cloud lamp may have transformed into a fireball!

Tip: If you’re ever shopping at DWR in Providence, ask for Marc Gelinas, store proprietor. He’s very down-to-earth, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable, which will make your entire shopping experience that much more enjoyable.

By the way, if the name Gehry sounds familiar to you, he recently designed the new Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at MIT here in Cambridge, MA. View the amazing photos of the Stata Center here. Robert Campbell, Globe writer, calls the building “a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention.” I was over there the other day peering upwards in awe. If you’re local, you should bring your camera and go check it out.

Posted in lighting, shopping, travel on February 17, 2006

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