Trifid Lamp - see how it glows!

Make Way for the Emerald Faerie

I simply can’t believe there is a designer named Emerald Faerie and that she makes such dainty beautiful things. It combines my love of emeralds, which is quite intense, with the woodland sprite elfin identity I’ve embraced since my teen years. (Are you an elf? If you are, you know what I mean. Some of us are just elfin? Prince, you out there?)

The “Trifid” (divided into three parts) lamp (above) and her “Cinderella’s Revenge” chandelier (below)

Emerald Faerie will be at ICFF at the end of the week and you do want to make sure you get a chance to check out her booth: Stand 2417

Jacob Javitz
11th Ave at 38th St

Designer Fiona Gall works out of her studio in East London

Image credit: Julian Abrams

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Mela Boev Kubik Soft Cubes

At 40 cm x 40 cm these softly washed fabric foot stools are the perfect studio or office accessory. Even if I didn’t have the exact same toenail polish on right now that she has in these pictures, I would still say I love Mela’s sensibility. She plays with geometry to create unexpected elegantly playful solutions. Last year she showed her “Soft Symphony” collection in Milan – triangles of fabric that you button any which way to make a patterned pillow or quilt or seating arrangement. We need more furniture and home accessory designers with this sense of play here in the U.S..  Let’s see what ICFF brings.

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price : 160 £

 

See more of her textiles, illustration and styling at www.melab.co.uk

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Stacie Go Eun Baek: Knitting Her Heart Out

From her artist statement: “Using the labor intensive technique of double-cloth weaving.. (Stacie) commemorates (her) disappearing (‘hastily typed’) thoughts and feelings” of the digital age.

Warning: The words in these pieces pack a wallop. Her pain is palpable but so is her discipline, artistry, skill, and most of all, courage.

This is an exhibit I attended back in January but it sat in my iphoto until I finally dredged it out to post this.

“Going to therapy in New York is about as expensive as dinner at Cipriani. I think I’ll start wearing a cocktail dress to my sessions.”

“Time went on I started noticing the weight loss then I had to ask him was he riding th white horse at first he said no then he said yes.”

 

 

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The Paris Atelier in 2011: WWM Speaks with Matieres a Reflexion

Matières à réflexion in Paris is a wonderful example of the Paris atelier in the modern context, a place that combines process, discovery, craftsmanship and human interaction in a single experience. What Women Make speaks with designer Laetitia Azpiroz and partner Cyrille Raillet about their work and their philosophy.


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Don’t forget to visit www.matieresareflexion.com to see other bags and accessories and view their most recent collection.

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Aura Luz Melis, Lighting Designer

A favorite pick shared with the website Jotta as part of Droog’s guest post this week. We like it too: The  Slow Glow lamp by Aura Luz Melis & NEXT architects for Droog. The light source is immersed in fat that melts to create a warm fatty glow. It reminds me of a really really updated lava lamp.

 

via Next Architects, Amsterdam

I’m imaging it’s not a coincidence that her name is ‘aura’ ‘light’. This must be her designer name? Anyone know?

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Graphic Designer Laura Varsky

I just opened a tumblr account and my world is exploding. There are so many beautiful images and after years of focusing on the three-dimensional design object, my love of the flat image is resurfacing – pardon the pun – yet, I didn’t find this Argentinian graphic designer and illustrator through tumblr but through a random Google search for ‘swooning woman’ that led to a blog dedicated to wedding invitations. The invitation I landed on was really quite lovely but it was the typeface that stole the show. Ever since I began writing blogs, I’ve been on the myfont.com mailing list – and somehow I’ve spared their emails from the ‘send to spam’ filter I impose on every other email newsletter to guard against ignored unsubscribes. Instead, I find myself reading their interviews with typography designers even though I doubt I’m their target readership.

Typography is fascinating and endless. It’s where the human hand meets the digital world in a harmony that doesn’t compromise the purity of either. Unsurprisingly, my hunt for Laura led me back to MyFonts and then to her website where I found these beautiful illustrations on the theme of travel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rome

India

Orient Express

And what could make Buenos Aires look more enticing than this?

As delightful as her illustrations are, as uplifting and musical as her spindly and curvilinear typefaces can be, the patterns that fill her drawings could be marvelous textiles. As wallpapers, they surely would be a hit.

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This one makes me think of Barcelona’s beloved icon, Gaudi – and art nouveau which had a big influence on Gaudi and this city. There is a large Argentinian population in Barcelona (almost 9,000 according to a 2011 government report) and I do think the two cities share a commonality – a playful, unpretentious, vibrant mishmash of bold shapes and spirited juxtapositions heavily influenced by art nouveau but also incredibly contemporary. Some of her patterns are strongly reminiscent of the tiling of old Barcelona apartments for example.

Here is one of her commercial designs, of which there is no shortage; In 2006, Varsky received a Latin Grammy as Art Director for best record packaging.

(and lo and behold, this work says Barcelona!)

I’m going to finish up like I started, with absolute favorites from her portfolio

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and here is the original wedding invitation that piqued my curiosity about this Argentian typeface designer


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Usame!

"Usame!" - Spanish for "Use Me"

Design duo Marisol Gonzalez and Esther Lopez have created a clean, simple yet powerful collection of indoor / outdoor furniture for their debut. Using reclaimed wood and metal scaffolding they’ve relied on simple lines and arresting forms that would integrate seamlessly into a workspace or living space where an cluttered space equals an uncluttered mind.

The first collection is called Andamios which means scaffolding in Spanish. The second collection made only of wood is called, you guessed it, “Wood”. (They use the English word in this case.)

Esther, the daughter of a cabinetmaker, and Marisol, a graphic designer who worked at an agency in Madrid before coming back to Barcelona, were restless and ready to start their own company once their children were old enough.

They count Berlin, Rio, minimalism, combining materials, re-use over recycling — as among their inspirations.

I met them at their opening party in a pop up shop tucked in the back of the Antonio Miro store on Rambla de Catalunya.

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Designers / Artists: ON ZA LINE

On Za Line

“We have found ourselves longing to return to nature and sooner or later, we believe we will. But what will nature look like in the future?”

Ai Kurahashi and Kiyomi Kodama are a ceramicist duo from Japan.

Ai Kurahashi – born in Japan, 1976. Ai graduated from Nihon University’s College of Art with a degree in architecture in 2000. She had countless part time jobs at bars, boutiques, interior design offices, factories, warehouses, publishers, fashion brands – as a graphic designer, interior designer, interior stylist, editor, writer, or just a worker before focusing fulltime on ON ZA LINE with Kiyomi in 2005.

Kiyomi Kodama – born in Japan, 1976. Kiyomi studied ceramics at the Jyoshibi University of Art and Design. After graduation, Kodoma worked for four years designing ceramics for a Japanese design firm. In 2003, she started collaborating with Ai while still at the firm, and in 2005, quit her job to make ON ZA LINE her full time focus.




“We never know what will come out of the partnership between the medium and our creative processes. We could find ourselves with rings, necklaces, cups, or chandeliers. Some are born without a definition of what they ought to be.”

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