The more I look around me, the more I see designers looking east for inspiration in fashion and interiors. The colors are getting stronger, the patterns more playful, and there’s this Asian chic that one can’t deny… A joy there that’s speaking very loudly and telling us that it’s okay to paint our walls yellow and experiment with purple. These colors and patterns are fresh, lively, and starting to rise more and I couldn’t be more ready for it. It’s exciting, don’t you think?
The colorful Bollywood costumes and gorgeous Indian textiles are inspiring the world and perhaps here in America, will become all the rage. Let’s hope so. I’d love to suggest a paint color for once and not have to pep talk the home owner about the joys of crossing over that very wide and long bridge between beige and the rest of the world. Of course, not everything east of here is Indian, there’s also a strong leaning towards the textiles and colors of Africa as well, from Morocco to Ethiopia. I read somewhere recently that many hope the items we purchase someday won’t only say Made in China, but also Made in Africa because its countries have the potential to build their economy and produce gorgeous work. Of course, the Turkish have their color and pattern that inspires, and China is expected to churn out some amazing designers, not everyone in China is sewing Nike shoes and it would be foolish to think that they don’t have their own amazing talent waiting to be discovered and launched into the world of fashion and interiors. From John Robshaw here in the states, to an American like Maryam in Marrakesh who is busy at work on her guest house, we’re all looking east for inspiration and I think we’ll be looking east for awhile – there’s so much to be explored!
The big sur silk screened canvas pillows are my faves, so beachy and mod. And with most of the melamine priced around $10-30, you have to pick up some for your patio parties, it’s so perky — poolside panache (or in my case, tiny patio panache!).
(images from jonathan adler. yes, he’s a decor8 sponsor but i wrote about him for a year before that happened, so i’m not planning on pretending he doesn’t exist anymore. besides, he’s not paying me to talk about him. he has better ways to spend his heaps of cash, and it’s not on me.)
A huge thanks to Karen Young of Hammocks & High Tea for her email this morning announcing the launch of her new collection. Inspired by her South American background, her stationery of contemporary, tropical imagery is illustrated and screen printed by Miss Karen herself. Exotic florals are so hot right now, so I think her line launched at the perfect time.
The hibiscus and hammock cards are my faves, the hammock reminds me of all the times my parents took me to dinner at Litchfield Plantation in Pawleys Island growing up and how I’d linger over at the hammock and gift shop nearby, swinging on them when the sales lady wasn’t around. I always will love a huge hammock! When I went back to Litchfield Plantation in 1997 to see my childhood friend, Jake, get married, I wanted so badly to buy a hammock and when I return this summer, maybe I will this time. I hardly ever see them here in the northeast, at least not in Boston/New Hampshire where I spend most of my time. Nothing is more comfortable!
Anyway, thank you Karen for sharing your stationery with all of us! And for bringing back sweet, southern memories for me. :)
(images from hammocks & high tea)
Blogger Nadejda from Pan-Dan does a killer job covering Italian design. Could be because she’s Italian living in Milan. I’ve been reading her blog for about 4 months now and always find things that just never seem to find there way to stores in the United States. And that’s okay, because if everything suddenly becomes available here, we lose a bit of the thrill of the hunt, don’t you think? Who wants to stumble upon tons of American products when in Europe, or vice versa?
Regardless, her website is full of gorgeousness, and this week, she is posting all about the Milan Design show. One item she highlights that caught my eye is this Bird lamp by Chen Hung-Ming, a designer from Taiwan currently living in Sweden, who exhibited this light in Milan this year. I can’t take my eyes off of it, it’s so unique and definitely something I would own. It’s so exciting to see innovative, fresh products like these take flight!
(image from chen karlsson)