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If you’re anything like me, you love spending an afternoon roaming the halls of your local art museum, lingering amidst the masters. Perhaps you enjoy lunching there, and afterwards, browsing the gift shop for paper products, calendars, mugs, and books. While at the museum, do you ever wonder what becomes of the radiant museum advertising banners featured throughout the city when the exhibition ends? I certainly have…
In the past, and I cringe as I write this, they were deposited into landfills where the vinyl leached into the soil for many years and no one was ever able to enjoy their beauty again. Thankfully, BetterWall took initiative to reclaim these splendid banners and offer them to the public, to design aficionados like us who truly appreciate them. BetterWall, based in Denver, offers limited edition wall hangings sold on behalf of their 18 museum partners, including the the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of
Modern Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and more. A portion
of the proceeds are denoted to support the museums’ collections, programs, exhibitions and operations. Only in tact, beautiful banners are sold; damaged banners are recycled to keep the vinyl out of landfills. In the past year, BetterWall saved over 10 tons of vinyl from being deposited into landfills.

Eco-Friendly BetterWall not only brings unique, dramatic works of art to your home, they help preserve our environment. Now that’s beautiful.

Thanks Nora, for the tip!

(photos from BetterWall)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

P Van b

P van b is a ultra haute, somewhat risque collection of contemporary wallpaper established by Berlin based wallpaper designer Andrea P??nicker. It’s baroque gone wild! P van b carries lush wallpaper, stationary, home accessories, and an uber hip line of yummy clothing.
Aren’t you at least slightly intriqued by wallaper with names like wowhaus neon, rich bit*ch, dutch pomp, lady light and true grace? Some of the wallpaper is slightly erotic (see above photo, look carefully), which I’m not daring enough to rock in my own space, but the sophiticated bold takes on traditional baroque prints – right up my alley! I can so see this hanging in trendy salons and boutiques here in the states. I’m waiting to see who picks up the line over here, any predictions? I’ll be in Berlin this summer, so I have to add this one to my list so I can report back to you my first hand experience of naughty little P Van b. I can’t wait to discover what’s new in Berlin, I haven’t been in a few years. So much to share with you this summer, I can’t wait!


(photos from P Van b)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on February 24, 2006

Karin Eriksson

I’m captivated by Swedish ceramics designer Karin Eriksson, a self-employed designer since 2000 based in Solna, Sweden whose ideas and inspiration are drawn from fashion and nature. Karin carefully designs and handcrafts the most dreamy ceramic wares ever! She creates everything from bowls to plates, vases (which I’m hooked on lately, can’t you tell?) and mobiles, along with many other delicate beauties that you’ll want to display and use in your home. I really enjoyed reading about her creative process, which begins by building collages from collected pictures, drawings and text (one was featured in a recent coffee + cre8tive post). She also has a style blog – tres fantastique! You can find her tealights at her etsy store for $18, and other goodies from her collection on the west coast at weego home in Santa Monica, and beginning today, at trunkt in NYC located at 393 Greenwich Street, and via their online store for the rest of us.

(photos from karin eriksson)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

DWR – New for Spring!

Here’s my DWR wish list from the new Spring collection. One can dream, can’t she? You can view more fresh finds for spring here. Make sure you click on the designers links below, you can never be too rich, too slim, or too design-savvy!

Saarinen Tulip Table $1,298 Made in Italy. Designed by Eero Saarinen. Designed in 1956, the tulip table, with its fluted pedestal and almost weightless appeal, is a great option when you want a table that is stable but not bulky. Visually, this table doesn’t consume the room, which I like. My friend, Lisa, has this table in her dining space and around it, she gives warmth to the modern tulip table with birch chairs that resemble the Svedese Fortune Chairs with a fabric seat and solid hardwood frame. I prefer the tulip as Lisa has it, with wood chairs vs. the tulip chairs shown below.Zig Screen $698 Designed by Achyut Kantawala and Edward Ng (both form SEED, based right here in Cambridge, MA for the locals). So many of us require mobile workspaces, that this modular DIY room divider made of plywood can solve our space issues in a flash. Great for dividing home office space from the bedroom, or if you’re in a loft, this is an attractive option to divide sleep space from the living room area. It can be easily shaped to fit your needs, doesn’t require tools, and is a much more affordable solution over erecting an actual wall.
B-Pop Side Chair $218, Made in Italy. Designed by Omar de Biaggio from JOB’s. Beech ply and stainless steel tubular seating. Whimsy meets mid century modern.
Selene Chair $175 Designed by Vico Magistretti. Available in Crystal, Red, or White. I would personally prefer the Crystal, again, because it’s versatile and it will also match my space. I like this chair because it’s made out of a single piece of transparent polycarbonate and has a very sleek look to it. It’s also appealing because you can stack up to 6 of them and store them for times when you’ll use them, such as during a cocktail or card party.
Logo Sofa. $1,598. Made in Denmark. Designed by Busk and Hertzog. I love this piece, tried it out in store and it’s comfortable and made very well. It’s great because it can easily transform into a bed for guests. I have a thing against traditional sleeper sofas with those horribly uncomfortable mattresses, so I’d opt for this instead. I also don’t have a lot of space in a 2 bedroom, so this is perfect for my 2nd bedroom and doesn’t totally consume the space as a bed would. Nice find. The chrome-plated steel sleigh legs aren’t bad either, they give some personality that I find, often lacks in sleeper styles. The fabric is very nice, 100% felt. I can’t resist felt. Also available in charcoal, which I like better than the red shown below since it allows the dweller more versatility, especially if the dweller happens to be a total design addict and changes colors every season. :) Not that *I* do that or anything…. My absolute favorite sleeper style from DWR is the Sliding Sofa in Green. I’m quite sweet on this sofa.

(photos above are from the design within reach website.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

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