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Plank

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

DWR: Champagne Cork Chair Winners!

Have you heard about the “Champagne Chair” contest? DWR (Design Within Reach) recently had a contest that resulted in over 600 entries from around the world. The goal? To design a chair using a champagne cork. (I know what you’re thinking; it sounds like one of those games you play when you’re snowed in with friends and drank too much wine…) But, it’s a serious contest with some amazing talent stepping up to the plate. Or is it, to the bottle?

You can read all the details on the DWR website, and view all the funky photos (they’re very creative, some quite amusing!), but I have to give mad props to Adam Lesser from Cambridge MA, one of the 5 runner ups for his “Prosecco” chair. Pop the top Adam, it’s time to celebrate!

C O N G R A T S


(Photo: Adam’s design from DWR, and DWR logo. All from Design Within Reach.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 26, 2006

Rock Scissor Paper

Yup. It’s me again with the paper products. When I spotted these vintage cool cards from Rock Scissor Paper, I had to share. Their whole retro vibe has seriously got it goin’ on. Groovy! Rock Scissor Paper is based in LA and owned by super creative sisters Heidi + Susie Bauer. I couldn’t resist the mod home cards or the crafty chicken.

Another must see: the pin sets ($6 set of 4) available in 16 different themes. I’m thinking, pop off the “pin” on the back and neatly hot glue one to a plain napkin ring holder and you’re ready to invite guests to your table. You’ll spot loads of stationary, photo albums, paper plates + napkins, gift wrap + tags, even panties! Not sure how the panties got thrown into the mix, but heck, they’re cute so I can’t complain. Shop online and get your stationary fix for the day.

(Photos: LEFT: Pin Set #1 BOTTOM: Crafty Chicken Card + assorted Modern Classics Note Cards. All from Rock Paper Scissors.)

Posted in stationery on January 25, 2006

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