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[BOSTON] Tour Vessel

Step inside Vessel…

Pairing up technical ingenuity and appealing modern design almost flows too easily for the folks over at Vessel. I’m sure you’ve spotted their cord-free candela lights before, these are great candle alternatives for people with allergies (there are truck loads of smelly candles out there), or for those with curious pets who want to avoid cat-on-fire. I also think they’d come in handy if you party hard and would like to avoid cool-new-rug-on-fire, too. Wouldn’t they be useful at summer beach parties, or on your outdoor patio? No more running for the matches whenever the wind blows! I love all the pretty colors…

Vessel carries more than candela lights, though. They feature the squat series of furniture that decor8 featured in the past, along with hip tableware like the workplace dish set:

… and the fusionware dishes that I appreciate because I like to separate the dips from the chips without using two separate bowls. Plus, it’s good portion control. Dumping a bowl of dip into one bowl and grabbing a bag of chips and running off to the sofa isn’t an option, people. :)

Have I whet your appetite for a store tour? Here’s a glimpse of their space in Boston at 125 Kingston Street. I don’t know about you, but I’m completely in love with beautiful stores. I can’t shop at stores that I find unappealing. They can carry the *best* merchandise, but if the store is ugly, I’m not buying. Vessel rocks it out, as I’m sure you’ll agree…enjoy!

(Thanks Stefane for the great photos! All photos from Stefane at Vessel.)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on February 27, 2006

Illico Design

Hot site alert! Don’t miss my new favorite website, Illico Design. Illico Design features fab French accessories that you’ll positively flip for! Based in San Francisco, CA, Illico brings highly creative personable products straight from fast-rising French talents. Enjoy some of these fresh innovative designs:

cui-cui hanging lamp, $38
must. get. this.

Karine Wolff lavender drawer sachets, set of 2, $30
love the hand-screened linen covers. Mmmmm. Smell Provence?
Anne Monnier designed this glam wool toudoux throw with a touch of bling in the form of randomly scattered sequins, $125
A gift for your sweetie from designer Nanie Planete of Paris. Modern cufflinks, $55
…or her choker set for you, $55. psst…
(also don’t miss her delightful rings.)
Superb storage option for your nest
maison georgette etincelle magazine tote, $75
ventriloquist alarm clock, fresh design by Tse + Tse, $95

Quick blurb about Tse + Tse…Based in Paris, Catherine Levy and Sigolene Prebois of Tse + Tse met while attending the Parisian School of Design, and have been creating things, lots of different types of things, ever since. They’ll admit, they have absolutely no speciality and certainly don’t mind their lack of focus, for it’s what makes them so charming. Paper goods, mirrors, kitchen wares, their products (and website!) certainly win an award for keeping me occupied, I feel like a kitten batting at all the charms dangling on every page. It’s so fun to navigate, a true window shopping experience, so when you’ve finished up with Illico, hop on over to Tse + Tse.

(photos from illico and tse + tse)

Posted in fashion + accessories, lighting, shopping, travel on February 27, 2006

Branch – Sustainable Design for Living

Paul Donald and Tracy Brien, co-owners of Branch in San Francisco, CA firmly believe that products should be formed in the most environmentally-responsible way possible. This means that most of thier items are constructed from organically-grown fiber, recycled or reclaimed stock, sustainably-harvested wood, or from a naturally-occurring, renewable materials. Since they are so picky picky picky (and for good reason, duh!), they only work with artists who support their vision. Here are a few of my fresh finds from Branch.

Can’t you imagine this is a modern home? It’s a pure granulated cork cub children’s chair from designer Daniel Michalik out of Providence, RI. An unusual texture that’s as attractive as it is intriguing young children. $138 + free shipping.
Michalik also designed these alentejo cork bowls. He was inspired by the traditional drinking vessels that cork harvesters used to stay hydrated in the hot, arid fields where cork trees grow. Perfect for fruit, candy, keys, but not for cereal. (Only suggest putting water in them if you do add liquid. I would avoid altogether.) $88Here are some zesty lacquerware bowls that you can eat out of since they’re made of durable bamboo. Created by Bambu in Vietnam, they are available in 7 bold colors that would add a little zing to your modern kitchen. $15
I *heart* this woodland brown pillow because I love the deer, chicks, and rabbits… sweet! Designer Shelly Klein of K Studio, a mother-daughter company located in Grand Rapids, MI. Klein created it using 100% hemp, goose feathers, and down. Also available in natural. On sale for $83

And finally, your day wouldn’t be complete without feasting your eyes on this delish ultrasuede aqua modular scarf, crafted by artist Gayla Rosenfeld based in San Francisco, CA. Rosenfeld’s pieces are exquisite. In fact, some are featured in the permanent collection of The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. $224 + free shipping.

(all photos from branch)

Posted in uncategorized on February 27, 2006

Annike Laigo

By Christine M. Liu, Guest Writer, decor8

I got note of this lovely estonian artist, Annike Laigo, from one of my regular reads: the completely addictive and girlgeekily cute Popgadget blog, personal tech for women. (it’s in my nature to fall for any design blog that highlights japanese robots, food technologies, and pink cellphones…)

I was immediately attracted to the image of the glowing carpet concept because my studies at MIT involve textiles, fashion, and technology. The rug seems like a treat for the eyes as well as the toes! It seems like a concept in progress, though I imagine that it’s made by either coating some of the fibres with highly luminescent coatings (like a very efficient glow-in-the-dark compound), or weaving small bits of electroluminescent panels within the piles.
I fell in love with the furniture pieces featured on her website. They seem very sensual and highly form-based, yet domestically tongue-in-cheek and a wee bit subversive. Some highlights:

The handtufted wool 3D stripe wavy carpet wins my heart, especially juxtaposed with the starck-esque martini chair. The colors are so vibrant, and it makes me want to smile and imagine the *tuft, tuft*.

A wool felt wall hanging/room divider is given the moniker ‘spy’, with visible peekage through petaled cut-outs. Is it not tempting to run forth and put your eye up close, curious on what you’d see on the other side?
‘Oh! This is me!’ is a black felt rug, emblazoned with 3000 rivets in a folk-art pattern. This design is so lovely and evocative!
One way to create a zen environment in your home is to artfully place the ‘kivi pebble’ furniture in your environment. (indoor sand optional.) I love these pieces, they delight me in the same way as candy that look like river stones. The utility of rocks know no bounds…
Not only does Annike (photo below) have adorable glasses, she produces amazing work. Hope we’ll be seeing more of her soon! (and discovering the secret of her glistening carpets…)
[photos above from designboom and annikelaigo]

Posted in Arts + Crafts, guest bloggers on February 27, 2006


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