Time to get clean, dirty girl! These soap dishes are the perfect place to rest your little bar. How can you not *love* these sweet things? Furthermore, how can you not love artists baking pie? Look how cute Miriam is!
Miriam and Linda are Ambrosia Porcelain, with their studios located just outside of Boston in North Andover, MA (a town with fond memories for me since I was married there.) I spotted their wares recently and when I held the soap dish, it was like taking candy from a baby, it was reallllly hard to remove it from my hand. Colorful, playful, and silky smooth, these beauties are so well made, so unique – you can’t refuse! I love how they resemble marbles, don’t you? In addition to soap dishes, they also carry bowls + things.
You can order directly from them online using your Paypal account. Check out their collection and let me know what you think!
Kyoto, a thriving city known for great creativity and the fine craftsmanship and skill of its designers, is the production center for Japan’s highest quality textile crafts. In 2005, the Kyoto Premium project was organized by the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry to better promote and position traditional Kyoto crafts in the interior design field.
One example of great design is this Pino-9 light from Abita Architettura Design. It reminds me of a bonzai tree or a glowing cactus, warm and relaxing. I love the shape of the frame, it’s very sculptural and almost fragile in appearance, yet a touch of danger with it’s prickly enshuku-bai shibori tie dyed silk.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure how to purchase this light in the states, however, if you’re interested in inquiring about Pino-9, please contact Yoshinobu Nishizawa at abita-s [dot] p [dot] a [at] abita [dot] co [dot] jp from ABITA ARCHITETTURA DESIGN S.p.A.
While visiting DWR in Providence last month, I felt a little weak in the knees when I saw the new Frank Gehry cloud lamp floating in the air – stunning! So much more dramatic in person than in print, I think the whole creative process involved in how they were designed motivates me even more to start looking at common objects a little differently.
This goes back again to an earlier post about pushing past your design comfort zone. Canadian born Architect Frank Gehry found a new way to look at common packing paper cups and using staples, he transformed them into a cloud lamp. Of course, the DWR light fixtures aren’t made of paper, he opted for flexible, tear-resistant, fire-retardant polyester instead. Good choice. The cloud lamp may have transformed into a fireball!
Tip: If you’re ever shopping at DWR in Providence, ask for Marc Gelinas, store proprietor. He’s very down-to-earth, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable, which will make your entire shopping experience that much more enjoyable.
By the way, if the name Gehry sounds familiar to you, he recently designed the new Stata Center for Computer, Information and Intelligence Sciences at MIT here in Cambridge, MA. View the amazing photos of the Stata Center here. Robert Campbell, Globe writer, calls the building “a work of architecture that embodies serious thinking about how people live and work, and at the same time shouts the joy of invention.” I was over there the other day peering upwards in awe. If you’re local, you should bring your camera and go check it out.
Danke to design*sponge for sharing some great links to her fave Brooklyn shops; I’ve added them to the decor8 shopping list (located to your right beneath ny.brooklyn). Thanks, Grace!
In case you didn’t hear the news (maybe you’ve been hiding out in caves for the past 6 months?), design*sponge is relaunching in a few days with a total facelift so make sure you check it out!