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Sandberg Wallpaper + Textiles (Sweden)

February 6, 2007

Textiles and wallpaper always make me happy. These are from Sandberg in Sweden. I love these images, and happy that wallpaper is still very much in vogue here in the states as well as in other parts of the world. It’s wonderful to see more and more pretty papers, and less fear of wallpaper overall. Prints and patterns are SO exciting!

Sandberg Wallpaper + Textiles (Sweden)
Sandberg Wallpaper + Textiles (Sweden)
via: desire to inspire. Psst: Read this (big smile). They’re doing a lovely job, too!

(images from sandberg)

Travel

Destination Buenos Aires at MoMA

February 5, 2007

Destination Buenos Aires is the latest product collection over at the MoMA store, have you had a chance to check it out? Many of these Argentine products are MoMA-exclusives, available for a limited time only.

Destination Buenos Aires at MoMA
Destination Buenos Aires at MoMA

(images from the moma store)

Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Josef Frank

February 5, 2007

Anthropologie has done it again. This season, they are dazzling me with this botancial beauty, the Josef Frank wingback. Mmmm.

Josef FrankI’m also a big fan of the Glass Menagerie glassware (they strangely remind me of Inke silhouettes) and this funky macrame-inspired jute doormat. It looks like something my mother would have owned back in the 70’s because she loved to macrame.

Josef FrankAlthough the chair is out of my league (it’s $2,500-), the price somewhat makes sense because Josef’s textiles are expensive off the bolt, I imagine half the expense of this chair is based on the fabric alone. I suggest purchasing the fabric alone from Svenskt Tenn (online, based in Sweden) and use it for smallish projects – cover a bench, seat, a fabric blind, etc. The linen shown on the chair above, Gr?na f?glar (does that mean green bird?), is $171- USD per meter. With tax and shipping to the states, one meter will cost you (gulp) around $338.00 USD. (Use this handy currency coverter as you’re shopping their site.) The prices shown are in Swedish Kroners. Maybe you can go in with a friend or two on a purchase and split the expense?

(images from anthropologie)

Events + Markets, Objects, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)

February 5, 2007

Do you remember Fernanda Bourlot, founder/designer of Simplemente Blanco in Boston’s South End? I interviewed her last summer for decor8 (click here to see that and to tour her studio). She showed her products at the NYIGF last week and sent in some stunning booth photos to share with decor8 readers. I love her style, and how she manages to make white so warm and inviting, especially in a tiny booth at a trade show! If you’re interested in her collection, please visit her website. Click on any image below to enlarge it.

Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)
Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)
Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)
Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)
Simplemente Blanco (NYIGF)Thank you so much for sharing these images with us, Fernanda!

(images from simplemente blanco)

Shopping + Products, Travel

MIT OCW (OpenCourseWare)

January 30, 2007

I’ve wanted to write about this for awhile, but couldn’t figure out how to merge the topic with decorating and design… So I’ve decided to just post about it anyway because I think it’s a great resource to tap into. Especially with so many of you either working in the business world or owning your own business, I’m sure you can find topics that interest you. Anyway, Boston’s own MIT set up MIT OCW, a free and open educational resource for people all over the world who want to pull up a seat and learn. After extensive research on it (including conversations with those who have taken a few OCW courses), I can’t say enough to promote this avenue of learning. It’s great.

MIT OCW (OpenCourseWare)Sure, you won’t earn a degree from your studies via OCW, but you will learn about fascinating subjects from some of the best educators on this planet, which is never a bad thing. Whether it’s Anthropology you fancy, Linguistics and Philosophy, or Writing and Humanistic Studies, there is something that appeals to the curiousity of everyone. Some of their writing courses interest me, and Composing Your Life: Exploration of Self through Visual Arts and Writing looks interesting, too.

There are lots of great business courses, and courses on Architecture (including urban planning), and even special programs that may prove helpful to those of you interested in product development, like Prototypes to Products, a course that covers topics from prototyping techniques to materials selection, design-for-manufacturing, field-testing, and project management. There’s even a course on Pricing, a subject on the minds of so many business owners these days.

Visit MIT OCW for more information. But beware: There are lots of details to digest, so give yourself time to browse the site.

(image from mit ocw)

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