Entries in TEXTURE (13)



Warm grays and slightly amorphic forms that give off a futuristic feel. But we're not talking about sterile modernity here. These are comfortable chairs...one might even call them juicy.

The puckered leather beauty on top is Juliet, available from Poltrona Frou and winner of the company's 100th Anniversary Design competition.

Below it sits the majestic Garment, where origami meets enlightened upholstry. Available from Cappellini, this chair is covered by a single piece of fabric that expertly fits the underlying form without a stitch.

Visit Benjamin Hubert's website for more information along with photos that reveal some of his design process.


trend: knits and wovens

From the top:

1. & 2. These are the work of UK-based Melanie Porter, who also makes these amazing pillows using gigantic knitting needles.

3. Modular Pouff from Spanish company Gandia Blasco. This is part of their Canevas collection, which includes rugs and throw pillows in the same pattern.

4. Handknitted chair covers and throw pillows from Rose Sharp Jones, based in London.

5. A classic Le Corbusier LC4 Chaise salvaged by the handiwork of Sinje Ollen, who works out of New York City.


pillows by LANCE WOVENS at the New York International Gift Fair

These woven leather pillows caught my eye last week at the New York International Gift Fair. What a fabulous way to up the luxury factor of sofa or bedding arrangement. I can imagine these tactille and plush beauties fitting into any number of design styles. The plaids especially could go very traditonal and heritage but also super modern and eclectic. The company's representatives hinted at how lovely a patina the pillows develop over time. I'm saying yes to that.

visit Lance Wovens online for more information.


concrete bench by MICHAEL BROLLY

Concrete modular seating by Micheal Brolly. With the potential to form an undulating ribbon that meanders through an outdoor space, this is not your average park bench.


texture and light | vintage metallic purse

I wanted to give real estate to yet another one the amazing accessories from Nana's collection. Also pondering what drew me to take the photo...the late afternoon sun shining into the room for those few moments and the beauty it brought to the texture and reflective quality of this purse. What could someone add to a room in order to consistently experience a similar interplay between surface and light? Perhaps a piece of dangling metalwork installed as sculpture or a functional object made of chrome or copper?

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Rock Star - NYC

My daytime wanderings have recently lead me to a wonderful shop called Rock Star on 28th street between 6th and 7th - right in the middle of the flower district and a stone's throw from FIT. I plan to elaborate a bit more on this place and on crystals, their decorative uses, and my theories around their resurgence in popularity.


vintage carlos falchi purse

Is style learned? How much of how we see and what we like has to do with the people who raised us? During a recent visit to my grandmother's home, she gave us one of those rare and wonderful tours of what's lurking in the depths of her closets. Sometimes (if we're good) there's a treat waiting for one of us. But Nana knows to hold on to the good stuff....like this amazing Carlos Falchi purse, which looks to be from the late 70's or early 80's. It's to-die-for and reminds me that yes...style doesn't just spring up out of the blue. It's taught, handed down, borrowed (no-give-backs), and cherished.


texture and light | St. Thomas, USVI


DESIGN|COMMERCE SERIES (part 1): Luxury and Traditional Craft

A couple of years ago I attended a talk with textile designer, John Robshaw, hosted by Apartment Therapy. I remember feeling inspired, not only by Robshaw's work and career path, but by an amazing concept, which was entirely new to me at the time.

This was in January 2010. The economic meltdown that by now feels like the new normal, was still fresh and stinging in those days. I think some people felt a little uncomfortable talking enthusiastically about the sale and marketing of high-priced bed linens or any luxury product for that matter. At one point, the discussion came around to the question of how to justify operating in the luxury sector in a slow economic environment.

Robshaw's response (paraphrased) was that luxury--when done right--supports traditional craft and maintains a market for artistry that may otherwise be forgotten. So by suppling a demand for handmade items, categorized as luxury products, business owners have the ability to keep trade skills alive.

This thought has been churning about in the past year or so as I've studied everything from Interior Design and decorative arts to marketing and finance. It's an idea that leads to other questions regarding the products we choose, how we value them, or whether craftsmanship should by nature come at a high price.

So what I hope to bring to this online space are some other perspectives on the matter - either my own or culled from here and there. I've tried to get a little fancy by giving this string of posts a name...does DESIGN|COMMERCE SERIES sound exciting enough? Maybe not, but my creative brain feels a bit fried these days...perhaps too much business and not enough design thinking :)

You can read an abbreviated transcript of the 2010 event with John Robshaw here. The images above are from johnrobshaw.com and onceuponateatime.blogspot.com.


Dragon Fruit - Farmer's Market in SoCal

I was in Southern California this past week and had the pleasure of visiting a local organic farmer's market. I love all the splotches of brown and beige...the natural imperfections that temper the bright green and fuchia of the husk and meat. These nuetrals would have the same effect in a surface pattern or within an interior space.

And by the way, Happy New Year!

Thank you to everyone who has read and supported the website! This remains a place where I can share what I see and learn...knowing that you have chosen to spend even a moment here is just wonderful.


Bovist Floor Pillows at VITRA on 9th Avenue, NY

Last night I came out of a pub with friends and spotted the most magnificent window display at the Vitra showroom. The beauty of these embroided floor cushions practically sobered me from the evening's revelry. Once home, a little research lead me to discover that these are the work of Hella Jongerious. The color palette and almost lyrical stitched design perfectly reflect the same feminine, sophisticated, and very Scandinavian sensability she brings to her ceramics and conceptual work.

More information (and better images than my phone can muster) at Design Public.

The pillows below look to be part of Vitra's collection using Maharem's line of reissued mid-century modern textiles.


Funky Colored Faux Bois

This was done with paint not wallpaper. Pretty brilliant. Check out the hangers as wall sculptures.


Texture: On a ferry in the Virgin Islands

Not sure if others would agree, but I thought the reflection and rust areas on the floor of this ferry-boat resulted in an exquisite surface.  Imagine if this were reinterpreted in a silk.