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Marlies Pekarek + Tropfnass Collection (Switzerland)

October 2, 2006

Marlies Pekarek + Tropfnass Collection (Switzerland)
I recently came across the work of artist and object designer Marlies Pekarek of Switzerland. If you have a moment, view her online gallery and Tropfnass, her collection of unusual everyday objects. I found her soap figures to be most interesting, transforming something so mundane into an art form. I like how they look on a plexiglass shelf, don’t you? Her ghost curtains , sheer and ethereal in appearance, are equally intriguing. Some of her art, especially her series of diary drawings, could be a form of art therapy, much like what Niki de Saint Phalle became known for in her early years. Take a look at it and let me know what you think… Marlies’ has some captivating watercolor drawings in muted pastels that have a restful quality about them, reflecting a poetic imagination. At least in my opinion.

“Marlies Pekarek turns the mundane of the everyday object into pieces of sensitive art which put the mechanisms of valuation into question, behind uniformity lies individuality. The polarity of value and trash, art and mass production, meet and cross over.”

Your thoughts on this work?

Marlies Pekarek + Tropfnass Collection (Switzerland)

(images from marlies pekarek)






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Store Display Swoon!

October 2, 2006

Store Display Swoon!Whenever I spot a store display that interests me, I immediately grab my camera and snap away. Do you do this? It’s a great habit to develop, especially for recording ideas that you can tuck away for later. Take this display from Sinn Leffers, a great example of the power of one simple textile mounted and used as art. It’s a very simple print of trees in brown and white, yet the statement is bold and chic. I love the scale of it, and how the deep cocoa creates such warmth, while the white is so cool and sharp. Gorgeous in the home, especially in a dining room or living space. Also great for creating the look of Autumn indoors without getting overly kitschy with wreaths and garlands, the typical Autumnal decor that you find in the common craft store. With just a simple textile like this one and a few white pumpkins on the dining room table, you can create a little warmth and that lovely Autumnal feel we have such a weakness for. You can even dedicate one space in your home to seasonal art. Rotate every three months with a new textile canvas that brings the season from the outdoors in. Fun!

Store Display Swoon!
(images from decor8 – click on each for larger view)






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coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 ’06}

October 2, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 '06}
This weekend was a tough one here for us. I’m so happy it’s Monday. What started off wonderful on Friday night, while we were out with friends enjoying great food (for the locals, you must try the uber posh, Fratelli la Bufala – the interior and food are both fabulous), ended in tragedy. On Friday evening, my 29-year-old brother-in-law was in a major car accident, currently in a coma in intensive care. We saw him yesterday, which broke our hearts, so I’m feeling a bit in a daze today. Hopefully, this doesn’t reflect too much in my writing.

I’ll post some great finds for you to enjoy today and during the rest of the week, I have more good things to share, plus I’ll reveal the winners of our contest later this week, too. Hope you can stick around. :)

coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 '06}

coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 '06}

Psst: I didn’t make it to Oktoberfest this weekend, I wasn’t in the party mood as most of Saturday and a Sunday are still a blur for all of us here… But, I did lots of walking and snapped a few pretty pictures along the way. The architecture here, especially in certain districts like List and Zoo, is very beautiful.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 '06}

coffee + cre8tive {oct 2 '06}

In addition to photos that appear on the blog, I’m uploading lots more into a special folder on flickr called Germany 2006. Each photo can we viewed in full size and many come with descriptions in case you are interested in knowing exactly what you are looking at. :)

(photos from decor8)






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Donald Baechler – Love!

September 29, 2006

Donald Baechler - Love!
So sorry, but this is my last post for today. Time slipped by quickly between an appointment I had and several hours spent at the hospital visiting our oma. I didn’t have enough time to sit down and write for you as I had hoped. I’ll make up for it next week, promise!

I have to throw on a skirt and some heels, we’re going out now for dinner + salsa dancing! Ole! It’s about 70 degrees and clear out, a beautiful night for going out on the town. I’ll leave you with the work of Donald Baechler, an artist I discovered through the help of Style Court, Stitch Your Neck Out, and reader Kristin Leigh Ward. Thanks, ladies!

Have a great Friday!

Donald Baechler - Love!

(images via donald baechler)






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Blog + Book of the Week!

September 29, 2006

Blog + Book of the Week!
Blog of the Week:

Di Overton is a lady on the go, and via her blog, she takes you on a tour of London and Paris through her eyes. You’re going to love her finds over at Designer’s Block. Tres chic!

Book of the Week:

Next up is a Atomic Ranch, the decor8 book of the week. I took some time to review it before I left the states last week – it’s a must-have for your interior design library, for sure! It’s a new release, great for lovers of mid-century modern architecture and interior design – or others that are simply curious about the look and want to learn more. Atomic Ranch even includes landscaping ideas in addition to stunning photos of interiors. purchase this book here






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coffee + cre8tive {sept 29 ’06}

September 29, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 29 '06}

Happy Friday everyone!

Blogger decided to play tricks on me and my template today, when I try to insert the HTML code for the new blog and book of the week, the preview shows the site in extra large text. Of course, this would be great if we all suffered vision problems… I’m just not sure how to fix the issue so I’m not touching the template until my husband has time to look things over for me (hopefully this weekend). So, for now, things will stay the same in the left column – however I’ll point you to the new blog and book in the next post so you have something new to check out. :)

coffee + cre8tive {sept 29 '06}

Today is a light day for posting, I have a lot of entries for the My Workspace contest (lots of great images!) to sort through. If you haven’t entered yet, please send yours in today. I’ll extend the deadline to midnight YOUR time (wherever you live) because I want to give the shy readers time. I’ll announce our three prize winners next week, and for fun, Fabulous Stationery asked if they could throw in a limited edition MOMA pen for the 4th and 5th runners up since we had more entries than expected. Of course, I said sure – the MOMA pen is valued at $25 and I happen to have one and love it. So, we’ll now have 5 lucky readers walking away with something nice from Fabulous Stationery. :)

Tonight, we’re having dinner with our friends from Italy and Spain and then they’re taking us salsa dancing. There’s a new place hosting a grand opening tonight – free cocktails all night long and lots of twirling skirts and strappy heels. Should be fun to see what lands me on the floor first – the sangria or the dancing (I’m not very good at handling either, thankfully my friends have a sense of humor!).

Tomorrow, we’re meeting up with my sister-in-law and then taking some little ones that are friends of the family to Oktoberfest. Here, Oktoberfest is much the same as a carnival or state fair in the states, with rides, kiosks overflowing with food, plenty of alcohol and of course beer, and lots of shows, games, and sweets from the local region – like homemade candies and cakes. I’ll try to snap some photos and post them here over the weekend so you can see what German Oktoberfest is like here in the north. Munich is the home of Oktoberfest since that is where the celebration got it’s start, but most cities in Germany have their own version, which is just as fun. (Delicious Days posted coverage of the Munich fest, you must read about it on their blog, lovely photos! Here are some more, too.) If you go early enough, the event is still kid-friendly because the drunks don’t surface until later in the evening. I went to Oktoberfest a few years ago and wandered into a huge tent because I heard traditional German music and thought I could catch a glimpse of some traditional dancing… Well, I sort of did. All these very, shall I say, hot guys, were dressed from head to toe in traditional Barvarian clothes (lederhosen). As I watched them dance on a runway platform, I felt that something about this wasn’t exactly right, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I walked over to the bar to order a beer and turned around to see bare bottoms and big smiles – these men were stripping to the ompalompa beat. Eek! My face turned tomoto red and I raced out like an embarrassed child… But in retrospect, it was quite funny and now, a few years later, I know to stay away from tents unless I ask whomever I’m with to translate the signage for me. Come to think of it, I guess Oktoberfest isn’t exactly like a state fair…

Be back soon with some fun Friday posts… Bis Spater! (See you soon!)






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