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Call For Entries – THAW 2006

The Works Visual Arts Society and IDEA are presenting another edition of the THAW 2006 Contemporary Furniture Design Exhibit in Edmonton and have just put out a call for entries.

“The objective of this exhibit is to continue our exploration of the relationship between the designer and the end user with an attempt to provide awareness in sustainable designed products. This time we have introduced ourselves to the persona of Agnes Petterson, who is to be the inspiration behind all designs submitted. Attached you will find a light-hearted questionnaire that Agnes has filled out in order for you to acquaint yourself with her. Designs should be based on your interpretation of her personality and lifestyle. However, the intention is not to custom design to her lifestyle but more so to envision her as the consumer or end user. What would Agnes buy? Selection will be based on this interpretation, as well as product quality, originality, innovated use of material, and aesthetic appeal”.

You can check out images from past Thaw exhibits over at IDEA’s website. Deadline to submit is April 1, 2006.

Thank you Adriean Koleric from DesignBOT for passing on this information to decor8 readers!

(photo from IDEA + Thaw)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

Amy Butler

I’ve loved Amy Butler patterns and fabrics for several years, and I especially enjoy her free pattern downloads on her website because I can never make too many throw pillows (huge problem for me). For all you DIY fans out there, Amy just released a new pattern for Spring called Mod Pillows and I’m loving it… I can’t wait to order it from repro depot (local online company) and sew some of these up for myself. What do you think?

If you’ve never heard of Amy Butler, browse her website. She has so much visual candy on it that you’re certain to be pleasantly distracted for quite awhile. I especially love browsing her lifestyle photos.

Enjoy all of these pretty photos showcasing her studio and lovely slipcovers that you can make using her fabric and patterns. How they inspire you to dust off your sewing machine!

Amy in her design studio! Lush!

(all of these beautiful photos are from amy butler)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

Anna Corba

Anna Corba’s studio is nestled among the vineyards and rolling hills north of San Francisco. A look inside reveals a cache of vintage elements waiting quietly for new direction.

“Dipping my hands into the wealth of this beauty, I feel anchored to something larger than myself, able to see past what already exists, into a vast opening of possibility….”

Anna Corba’s product line was formed out of her desire to create artful objects which are both handmade and functional. Using her vast collection of vintage ephemera, Anna specializes in creating new versions of seemingly simple items…vintage bottles, lined notebooks, shipping tags and candle jars are among these. She finds evidence of the human touch to be very important to her work, and to that end all pieces are made to order in Anna’s studio with the help of her talented tea drinking assistants. Together, they cut, paste, tie ribbon, listen to music and ship at the end of each week.

Anna also creates rubber stamps for those of you that love crafting, along with four published books. Where Women Create caught my eye because I love peering into the studios of artists to see the environment in which they work.

If you’d like to see Anna’s work up close and personal, you can visit her at booth #4003 at the National Stationary Show in NYC from May 21-24, 2006. Or, if you’re in northern CA, you can attend her booksigning and demonstrations. If in Chicago, she’ll be at the Women Entrepreneurs Symposium sponsered by Country Living magazine on March 22, 2006.

To order anything you see on her website, please contact Anna directly.

(photos from anna corba studio)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006

P.O.S.H. Chicago

Wondering where the photo from coffee + cre8tive came from? P.O.S.H. Chicago. Those red lace floral creamers were unearthed in the basement of a century-old restaurant suppy warehouse, a stockpile of unused china dating from the 1920’s. Price? $6-8 each. Looking for some cute diner mugs? You may like the pancakes make people happy mug or for amelie addicts, the sunny yellow french gnome mugs and dinnerware. The Chicago skyline dinnerware is a favorite of mine, along with the vintage swedish creamers.
“At some point in your life, you want something that is real!” That thought is what drives P.O.S.H. to search high & low for the items that stock its shelves – an eclectic assortment of vintage Hotel Silver, Restaurant China & Flea Market Finds. Found in such disparate places as old American china warehouses to the antique markets and auction houses of Europe, the items sold at P.O.S.H. are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity. From a vintage silverplate Tea Service once used in an English Country Inn to a beautiful Water Pitcher from a Grand Hotel in New York, many of our pieces tell a romantic story of an age gone by.

If you’re in the windy city, they have a storefront too, so make sure you visit and let us know what you thought!

(all photos by way of P.O.S.H.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 08, 2006


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