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Cole and Son

I was really hoping wallpaper would be considered “in” again. It was so hard to not see texture and patterns on walls anymore, unless it was (gasp) in the form of ivy leaf stencils around the frames of doors (shrug) or floral borders in mauve.

Cole and Son from the UK has been making wallpaper for ages, since 1875 to be exact. They’ve papered the walls of homes everywhere, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. Some of their machinery dates back to 1900, which they still use in their factory. They have a collection of over 4,000 wood blocks, some that are still used on a daily basis. They flock, screen, and print some of the most dazzling wallpaper in the world, and now, with their contemporary designs, they’re certain to capture the hearts of hip urban designers more and more right here in the states. Their graphic post WWII patterns are lovely. They actually realized that they needed to get hip and decided to recreate some of their designs from 1955. Revamped and ready to roll, here’s some patterns that I love and hope you will enjoy, too.

What do you think about it, are you open to the whole wallpaper resurrection for modern homes? Where do you see it in your own space?

(images from cole and son)

Posted in walls on February 17, 2006

Paper Relics

The artist behind Paper Relics, Hope Wallace, is undeniably addicted to collaging with antique and vintage inspired materials as well as digital ones. Her collage art takes the form of cards, magnets, jewelry, and she even tries to stimulate potential collage artists to get started with vintage paper packs, antique fonts, and image CDs that you can purchase directly from her website. Personally, and don’t laugh, I’ve always wanted to collage an entire wall in a small space in my house, like maybe my office, with vintage magazine covers from fashion magazines or something. Which reminds me, my husband and I were house hunting in Germany last October and in one place we were considering, the entire stairwell leading to the first floor was a collage masterpiece of floor to ceiling Vogue magazine covers in all languages, dating back to way before any of us were born. They were beautiful. I walked down the stairwell, envisioning the previous owners who had the vision to create something so spectacular in this beautiful 1860 home. I digress…

Back to Paper Relics. Visit her online to view her lovely cards and ephemera at Paper Relics. Pretty for framing or mailing a special card to that special someone.

Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006

Ambrosia Porcelain

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!


(photos from ambrosia porcelain.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006

Pino-9 Light from Kyoto Premium

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.

Posted in uncategorized on February 17, 2006


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