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Environment 337

Mmmm… Yummy Environment 337 treats to snack on! Served up fresh out of Brooklyn, these fun tea towels, modern soap, and wooden rocking horse won’t disappoint. Get to snackin’!

or how about some super fresh mibo lamps and fun prints – aren’t these too cute?

P.S. Here’s a post from the past about e337.

(all photos from Environment 337)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006


Your accessories speak volumes about you. Your attention to detail. Your great sense (or not) of style. Why carry around a BIC when you can sign your next John Hancock with a flashy pen designed by Andrea Branzi, Aldo Cibic, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Marco Zanini, Michele De Lucchi and others at Acme. Good pens, neatly arranged in a snappy pencil pot on your desk, add some flair to your workspace, too. They’re quite a decorative element, even a Lotta Jansdotter tote hanging casually over your chair adds flair to your space, at least in my opinion.

For some swanky pens, Acme is your place. Known as “The Swatch of the pen business”, you’ll have no problem selecting from their collection of over a hundred designs. Great business card cases, cuff links, pencil pots, and other accessories are offered by hip little Acme, too.

BUDGET TIP: For budget options, you can also find terrific pens at Target from their Sensa line. They can’t touch the quality of a Cross or Acme pen, but if you tend to lose your pens a lot, a jazzy Sensa may do the trick, and be a much more affordable option for you.

(all photos from acme)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006

Deadly Squire

Tim is a punk rocker. Anna, a painter. Together, husband and wife duo, Tim and Anna Harrington, launched Deadly Squire, a distinctive collection of products for the home that you can purchase online at the ever-fabulous Design Public.

Interesting crossover, from punk rock and painting to home accessories, but hey, it works for me! Whoever said you had to grow up and follow one path in life was completely bored – why limit yourself! Some of my favorites from Deadly Squire include…well everything! The pet beds (I want that cutie dog!), tote bags, table linens, pillows… Enough from moi, just enjoy, already!

(photos above from deadly squire)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006

Gift Shopping…

Museums and art schools often have the best gift shops. I found a few below that I enjoyed and hope you will, too!

Located in Bloomfield Hills, MI, the The Store@Cranbrook Art Museum, features products designed by Cranbrook Academy Alumni or Artists in Residence (look for the (*) symbol while shopping), Carl Milles‘ sculptures, Eliel Saarinen’s architecture, paper products, books, items for children, prints and clothing. All proceeds support the Cranbrook Art Museum. Cranbrook alumni include Ray and Charles Eames and Ruth Adler Schnee. The store also accepts international orders for those of you that aren’t located here in the states. Pick up the Eames Poster Print ‘Wire Chairs with Bird’ or the ‘Built NY Wine Tote’ designed by alums John Swartz and Aaron Lown. The ‘Shuey Postcard Collection’ is great for framing and the ‘bla bla Vegetable Rattle Set’ will help keep the kiddies occupied (we hope) while you’re cooking up dinner.
At the MFA store in Boston, look for Pantone dinnerware, French Fashion thank you notes, Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy magnents and glass from Boston area artist Josh Simpson. Then, there’s the not-to-miss SCAD online with Working Class Concepts trivet trays, Pamela Wiley pillows, Irene McCollam ceramics, Tiffani Taylor’s pottery (cute drawer pulls, pitcher and vase), along with fine art like this lovely mixed media painting on a wood panel by Carrie Christian and Woodie Webber. I *heart* SCAD!
More great gift stores to shop online:

Design Museum London
MoMA – Don’t miss their CC+ collection!
MET Museum Store
Smithsonian Store
RISD Store
The Museum Shop at the Art Institute of Chicago

(photo credits: top grouping from The Store@Cranbrook Art Museum, next grouping from the MFA store in Boston, followed by photos from SCAD online)

Posted in uncategorized on February 28, 2006


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