What’s not to love about designer John Derian’s handmade decoupage collection? I have a 12×20 tray with birds in varied shades of green, teal, and chocolate on a shelf leaning over my desk. I’ll never part with it. His stunning eye for color and eccentric style inspires me. Whether it’s a paperweight or a tray, you’ll find that owning one decoupage item is never enough. To meet the needs of a collector, John Derian also carries paperweights, coasters, lamps, imports, antiques, quilts, table linens, and a unique line of stationery, to name just a few. With images of red coral, blue birds, fancy insects, vintage botancials, and other designs inspired by days gone by, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you and fits the mood of your space. Prices start at $20 for a decoupage coaster, with plates around $105, and trays starting around $50-60 . (Photos: assorted product shots, complements of John Derian and the New York Gift Show.)
If you saw the new King Kong, you won’t soon forget the freaky insect scene. Seeing spiders and cockroaches the size of mini cooper’s wasn’t my cup of tea. I left the theatre swearing I had something crawling down my shirt. Stray popcorn. But still.
Admit it, bugs get a bad rap. How would you feel if you were always featured in freaky movie scenes, sprayed down with repellant upon entering a room, crushed under the heel of some chick screaming, “OOOOHHH MMMYYYY GAAWWWDDD LARRRYY hand meeee a shoooeee!” Other than a decent portrayal in Disney’s, “A Bug’s Life”, most of these little critters are shunned and stomped.
Good news for the winged and multi-legged ones. Things are about to change. LA based IGE (pronounced long E-gay), is showing bugs a little respect by showcasing gilded silver insects on wool pillows cut from men’s suiting material. Available in brown or grey pin striped fabric, these pillows are cruelty-free for bugs and won’t leave you with the creepy crawlies. In fact, Helene Ige, Parson’s grad and the designer behind IGE, carries distinctive furniture featuring unique laminate insects on furnishings such as tables, too. Her organic pop art approach gives a modern flair to old-school design. When in LA, you can visit her store, or you can dial her up for retail locations in your state.
(Photo courtesy of IGE. Note: Wouldn’t you love to paint that chair lime green, painting the scroll work white inside?)
Yup. Ultra-thin cord management. Let me explain. Do you suffer from cable clutter? You have all those cool gadgets laying around with all those uncool cords spewing out all over? Meet Bluelounge, makers of Cableyoyo. Bluelounge is a design studio based in Pasadena, CA founded by product designer Dominic Symons and graphic designer Melissa Sunjaya. Cableyoyo is one of their products that reduces cord clutter via good cord management. This nifty device, available in silver, white and black, was designed to wind and hide cords from cell phone chargers and digital accessories, spooling up to 6 feet manually. The best part, they’re only $4.95 each. Nix your cord complication with Cableyoyo.
But, there’s more…Cableyoyo is introducing this additional, even more amazing device called, “POP“. It’s a tiny cord winder that attaches to devices like iPods, laptops, and cell phones to manage smaller cords (like ear bud cords). It’s available in white or black and, now for my personal favorite (drum roll please), you can decorate it with pop art decals, 10 styles for the black pop and 10 additional styles for the white pop. As soon as this item becames available in April, I’m placing an order. I can’t tell you how tired I am of going to the gym and struggling with ear bud cords.
No more cord drama for us cool kids now, thanks to Designlounge and Cableyoyo.
(Photo: TOP: White “POP” with decal. BOTTOM: “Cableyoyo” in white. Photos from Cableyoyo.)
Flashback. 80′s Toto. Sing along with me, “All I wanna do when I wake up in the morning is see you eyes, Rosanna, Rosanna – I never thought that a girl like you could ever care for me, Rosannaaaaaaa…”
Fast Forward. 2006. Cute dishware by company called Rosanna. No relation to Toto song. Just felt a rocker chick moment and had to seize it before a live audience. (You are still live after that, right?) Now onto said plates.
I’ve been purchasing Rosanna dishware since 2001, so I have some say in the matter. First off, they are so ridiculously cute. They’re like the cutest puppy looking up at you with big eyes cute. The plates are sold in sets of 4 for around $25 and come packaged in girly girl decorative boxes that look like little hat boxes. They are made of sturdy stoneware and are microwave, dishwasher, and leaving them dirty in your sink for weeks, safe. The Rosanna collection also features mugs, teapots, frosted glass tumblers, and so many more not-so-plain-jane dishware that you just have to check them out for yourself.
Design tip: Buy a shadow box that is deep enough for the plate. Paint, wallpaper, or cork the back interior of the box. You can even use a mirror. Then, with amazingly strong hot glue, glue one of the “Parisian Wallpaper” plates into the frame, centered. Viola! Very cool art under glass.
“Need you all the way. Rosanna yeah….”