Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), a Japanese American artist known for expanding the traditional notion of sculpture to include furniture along with monuments and memorials, dance sets, gardens, playgrounds and fountains. Embracing traditional Japanese forms for design, Noguchi expressed his heritage in his works bringing modern design to the home with an organic feel. Take for example, his Akari light “sculptures”. In the 1940s, Noguchi started to develop these seemingly weightless illuminated sculptures in abstract shapes, fusing together the simplicity of Japanese aesthetics with contemporary design.
Have you ever visited the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York?
His original lamps, in production now for over fifty years, are as timeless as your blue jeans, they’ll forever fit your modern space. His furniture is beautiful, too. I’m sure you’ll find a lot of items on the Noguchi store website that appeal to you. If you’re on a budget, allow the shapes to inspire you – maybe you can find something in the Noguchi style at more affordable prices elsewhere. Enjoy!
visual inspiration to stimulate your senses.
see: flowers and butterflies. no butterflies are in this pattern, but upon first glance, i almost see them fluttering across the bottom.
use: i’d use the pattern as potholders and dish towels in a modern kitchen with orange walls and everything else in pure white – very issac mizrahi shiny white lacquer cabinets. A few tall ceramic canisters on the counter in shades of green, yellow, and pink to match the pattern.
fave color: the fresh pink. i see grapefruit sliced, one half laying on a white cutting board, the other half laying belly side up on the counter, the sparkly fruit smell filling the air.
*how do you feel when you see this pattern?
*what do you see?
*how would you use this in your space? wallpaper? pillows? art? other?
*what color do you like the most in this pattern?
answer one or more below by clicking on the comments link.
No, sassy pants, we’re not talking about you. We’re talking Nigella.
I’m sure you’ve spotted Nigella’s Living Kitchen line before, but I found a few items that I’d like to purchase, so I thought to share them with you. You see, my cooking lately consists of making the same thai dish over and over again, or grabbing sushi take-out, so I’m hoping some fancy new kitchen stuff will inspire me to actually make homemade cookies vs. slicing them from the roll. There’s a Nigella in me, I just know it.
I seriously need cute products to help me become a better wife. (My husband rolled his eyes, too.)
Note: Some of these items aren’t yet available in the states, but you can always email them and request they ping you when they are. I love the pretty colors, especially all the light robin’s egg blue.
holds flowers when not in use. numbers on the inside for measuring – smart!
okay, i’m starting to want lunch.
fits right into the palm of your hand.
everyone needs a hug!
over-size mug and saucer for comfort food!
you’ll want to hog these little s+p holders for yourself!
Okay, this is going to sound really braggy, but I did some cool stuff last summer in LA that I just totally fell upon. Well sorta. My husband and I attended the red carpet premiere of Batman Begins (Katie Holmes is stunning!) and I even met designer, Rachel Ashwell and had a chat with her, complete with photo and autograph thanks to my husband who nudged me to JUST ASK. I went up to the Getty and drooled for hours at the stunning architecture. I stayed on the beach in Santa Monica watching the designer wheels cruise by. Shopped Montana Ave, too. Then, as I flew home, I had one major regret. I didn’t go to H.D. Buttercup. I totally forgot. What a moron. All the hollywood bling blinded the holly, I guess.
H.D. Buttercup is a hot bed for home accessories and furnishings in LA. (I guess it’s like a Fred Segal for interior design freaks, maybe?) Now, they just added more coals to the fire making them hotter than ever. They’ve added a Domino Shop, a new space to debut brands, products, and events, complements of Domino magazine.
Yup. I won’t miss Buttercup on my next LA adventure. Not a chance.
Are any of you in LA? Have you been? Share!