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RISD (pronouced “riz-dee” or Rhode Island School of Design) has been around for 125 years refining artists and designers, stretching their imaginations, launching them into the world with the ability to create. Many RISD grads have produced products that we all benefit from and enjoy today. You can purchase items online from RISD at risd|works, which features an annual collection of works by RISD alumni and faculty. Each item features a bio of the artist, which I really like, and when they attended RISD. They offer a variety of items from contemporary to folk, at affordable prices. The fun blocks above, “Blockheads”, are from RISD grad Jason Amendolara, $17 for the set. If you’re in the Providence area, you can also visit their storefront, open only on Sundays from 11-5 p.m.

To me, owning something purchased directly from it’s maker, so to speak, gives the item a feeling of being sacred. I cherish it for years to come. risd|works is perfect for those of us that don’t want everything we own to be stamped, “Made in China”. Here’s an aluminum kitchen timer that I like for only $15 from Jozeph Forakis, Industrial Designer.

The “Meep” pendant light with a die-cut birch veneer is as unique as it is beautiful for $260 by James Dieter, Industrial designer.
For $40, you can enjoy a beautiful glazed stoneware bowl from artist/designer Dwo Wen Chen.
(Photos: All photos are various product shots of items mentioned above. All photos from risd|works.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 26, 2006

DWR Studio Event 2/26 [Providence RI]

Holy I’d-better-get-ready Batman! This is tonight!

For the locals, join DWR and world acclaimed architect Friedrich St. Florian tonight from 5:30-8 pm at DWR (Design Within Reach) Studio located on 210 Westminster Street in Providence, RI (only 60 minutes south of Boston). Tonight is their 1st Anniversary party in thier 3,000 foot studio located in historic downtown Providence, RI.

Mr. St. Florian will discuss his work and his drawings will be on display. Champagne and refreshments will be served and there’s no charge to attend.

Make sure you save the cork in case my previous post about DWR’s contest inspired you.If you miss tonight’s event, you can view Friedrich St. Florian’s drawings at DWR Studio until 1/31/06.

For more information, please contact DWR at 401.831.1452 or click here to learn more about this event.

(Photo: Storefront of DWR Studio in Providence and various interior shots, all from DWR.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 26, 2006


Meet Mr. Blue yoga mat. How dull. Not exactly “om” inspiring.

Meet Ms. Doreen Hing, exercise addict and founder/designer
of Plank, an upscale line of yoga accessories. Not dull. Very “om” inspiring.

Based in Boston (from Britain surprise, surprise), this designer has set out to infuse a bit of her tongue-in-cheek humor and transcendental thinking into revving up ubiquitous purple + blue mats seen in studios today. Determined to offer hip
yoga accessories versus the “hippie, bohemian” ones commonly found, Plank mats are stylish and witty. Yoga not your thing? You can also use the mats for pilates and general stretching too. Available at Fred Segal, Paul Smith, Design Within Reach, and for the locals, Lekker Home. Purchase them online too, mats range between $60-125.

Plank is not only
putting Boston on the map, but on the mat, too.

(Photos: “Bling” mat. Photos courtesy of Plank.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 26, 2006

Anne Kyyro Quinn

I‘m not sure what’s up, but a flood of amazing designers are sprouting up from the UK lately. A hot designer that we’re seeing more and more of on this side of the pond is contemporary textile designer, Anne Kyyro Quinn, a native of Finland who now resides in giddy London. Her line of home accessories are simply stunning. Her sense of color, workmanship, and overall design brilliantly transcend anything I’ve seen lately in the textile world. She’s big on 3D design which gives everything a sculptural effect, and best of all, her items are handmade.

I love her felt lighting, it’s so interesting – I’ve never laid my eyes on anything quite like it (the closest I came was once when I threw a sweater over a lampshade to create mood lighting and nearly burnt down my house.) She rocks cushions, throws, bags, blinds, runners, placemats, floor cushions and wall panels, too.

To quote the British, “Absolutely Brilliant.”

(Photos: ALL: Complements of Anne Kyyro Quinn)

Posted in uncategorized on January 26, 2006


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