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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

Koo de Kir

Koo de Kir. Wallpaper and Travel + Leisure voted them “World’s Best” for home accessories. “Improper Bostonian” honored them as “Boston’s Best” home boutique three years in row. Doug Wilson from Trading Spaces even shopped there for his $50,000 room. Now it’s your turn to check them out and cast your vote.

Koo de Kir is a stylish retail haven offering modern fresh homewares in chic Beacon Hill. For those of you that aren’t in Boston, you can visit their online store to shop their impressive selection (not as ahhh-inspiring as the real thing since their online selection is limited). This stylish retail environment also offers interior design services, and a gift registry. You’ll find merchandise that you’ve seen in Elle Decor, Shop etc., Breathe, Lucky, Domino, and all the other big glossies, so they’re right in step with the latest trends.

I like Koo de Kir because they carry items to suit every budget, the location is excellent, and you’ll always find something new to add to your favorites list. Plus, strolling along Charles Street with a latte in hand, stopping at The King + I for Thai, then hopping over to Koo de Kir for some retail therapy… it’s far too perfect of a day to pass by.

Koo de Kir (Coup de Coeur), “?a strike to the heart?”

(Photos: TOP LEFT: Midsummer Light $74, Koo de Kir. All photos below also from Koo de Kir.)

Table Stories platter 15″ in red or blue $60
Flor carpet tiles always 10% off
Large Dot Lamps available in maple, cherry, or white. $400


Posted in shopping, travel on January 28, 2006

Publique Living

I can see it in your eyes. You like your paper lantern hanging light. It hung out with you during college and now, six apartments later, he’s still hanging around illuminating your way, hardly noticed. He’s your old faithful. The many battle marks he wears from being folded and unfolded, moving with you from house to house, aren’t that obvious. It doesn’t really matter anyway, it’s only a light.

Dear Lord what did I just say? Ahem. Ahhhhhem.

Note: Clearing ones’ throat is a sure sign of lying.

If though, you would consider another light fixture (major hint), why don’t you give Publique Living a go. You can still keep Mr. Twinkle, just relocate him to your storage closet. Publique Living’s, “Woven Veneer Lampshades” are made from strips of wood (walnut or maple) woven together to form an attractive shade. They are stylish without being so supertrendy that your space will look dated in 6 months. For the locals (Bahstun), I heard that Abodean in Cambridge carries some of the Publique Living line, so give them a call. It’s also good to note that Publique Living creates other great design objects for your home, so their website is worth checking out.

Hey, did you know that a stylish new lamp will increase your attractiveness to the opposite sex and give you some major clout in your social circle?

Ahem. Ahhhhemmm.
(Photo:RIGHT: Woven Veneer Lampshades from Public Living.)

Posted in lighting, shopping, travel on January 19, 2006

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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