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Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)

Ooooo. Look what Irene, aka Bloesem, posted on her blog today. Images of works from Dutch designers Meesters & Van der Park, or Jo Meesters and Marije van der Park.

I first heard about them at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this past October, an amazing event that I attended with my partner in crime, Danielle from the Style Files. I went there to pull together images and a article for Domino magazine, which posted on their website last year, and to meet Danielle in person for the first time after being a penpal for quite some time. Anyway, if you have a moment today, flip through the Meesters & Van der Park portfolio. Innovative, extremely unique, and intelligent design in every way, shape, and form!

If you’re looking for their work, contact the Future Perfect in NY, or if you find yourself in the Netherlands anytime soon, click here for a list of retail shops. I’m so happy that Bloesem reminded me of them, Thanks Irene! I love having Bloesem and the Style Files to refer to, these Dutch girls always find the best stuff, I am forever amazed by both of these bloggers!

(images from meesters & van der park)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, flooring, furniture, kitchen on February 01, 2007

Circa Ceramics + Free Shipping (for decor8 readers)

Andy and Nancy at Circa Ceramics in Chicago are some of the most genuine people, and of course, they are Etsy sellers. From my experience with Etsy, I’ve only dealt with wonderful sellers, which further lures me in to search for more fabulous people to shop from. Between Flickr and Etsy, and all those blogs over there on my blogroll, I could pretty much burn an entire day online. Relate?

Circa is doing this fun “Cup a Day” promotion where they post a tea or coffee-related item to their Etsy store daily throughout the month of February (starting today). Circa also sells terrific ceramic tags, I have 4 (two I gave away), and think they’re the best. You can string them on ribbon, nail to the wall as mini works of art, affix to a package, so many uses and they’re all very charming. Here’s a few things from Circa that I found today that I like…

Oh, and if you purchase from them and mention “decor8″ upon checkout, they won’t charge you a shipping fee. Sweet! A big thanks to Nancy for that one. You can also view additional works on their website.

Speaking of sweet, the fabulous Poppy started a new feature, a daily Etsy find which is in the left column of her blog. Poppy, you rock girl!

(images from circa ceramics)

Posted in ceramics, discounts, etsy on February 01, 2007

Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)

Br?hl is a big name in Germany, whenever I’m over there scouring newsstands for German home design mags, I spot them in nearly every single issue I pull. They’re popular for good reason, style and quality being high on the list.

She seems to be having a lot of fun on this photo shoot. Cute, huh?

While in Hamburg this past November, I checked out some of their sofas since I’m starting to look for furniture there (more on that later). Anyway, decor8 reader Takashi sent me a link over to Yanko Design to check out the latest from Br?hl called Blanche, a sofa you can have some fun with because you select the covers you’d like for it which can completely change the look in mere minutes. I like the uncomplicated lines of this sofa, and how unique it is, it’s not at all typical. Clean, contemporary, and I think it can be called timeless even because it’s not so super trendy that you couldn’t see it in a home in say, 5 years, looking just as posh. What do you think?
My favorite is the white leather Blanche shown below. I know, some may say, “boring white”. But I love the options I would have with a white sofa, I could go nuts with my pillow obsession and swap out new colors and textures monthly, imagine the possibilities! :) I’m thinking that ultimately though, I’d love this in a mossy green tweed or maybe oatmeal… Something with a bit more texture. Definitely not a print.

I’m not a print sofa person. I do prints on chairs and solids on sofas. Can anyone relate to this? Or is this just an American thing? I mean, walk into any furniture showroom and most sofas you see are solids… Yet, we have no issue mixing in patterned pillows, ottomans, chairs, window treatments. Hmmm… What’s behind our fear of patterned sofas, I wonder? Or do I stand alone on this one, and you love patterned sofas?

(images from br?hl)
Posted in furniture on February 01, 2007

Caleb Simeon (NYIGF)

The contemporary glass of the talented Caleb Simeon is undeniably gorgeous. After obtaining his BFA in glass blowing, and spending several years in Venice where he apprenticed with master glass sculptor Pino Signoretto, Caleb returned to California to create his own Italian-inspired glass to share with the world. Caleb isn’t in the business merely to please himself, he goes above and beyond by inviting Italian masters and international glass blowers to come together in his studio to train the next generation of glass artisans. That is dedication and passion at work. If you are interested in seeing Caleb Simeon glass, click here for store and gallery locations nearest to you. Locals: You can spot some pieces at Good on Charles Street.

This is Caleb at the NYIGF yesterday…
(images from rr)
Posted in events + markets, kitchen on February 01, 2007

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