Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Organic Architecture by Robert Harvey Oshatz

Fennel Residence by Robert Harvey Oshatz (all photos by Cameron Neilson)

Whoever said a house should have four walls? Certainly not Robert Harvey Oshatz. A recent cameo on Portlandia (and a subsequent piece on Houzz) introduced Oshatz's curvaceous Fennel Residence to the public, but it turns out the rest of his work is just as wildly wonderful.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bike Helmets by Sawako Furuno

Sawako Furuno Helmet Leopard
Sawako Furuno Helmet Croc
The idea of biking anywhere other than on quiet country lanes frankly terrifies me. But if you're one of those bikers with a death wish, who insists on navigating Boston traffic each day, then you may as well look cool doing it. Enter Sawako Furuno bike helmets

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Metropolitan by COMO's Fashionable 'Eggshibtion'

Easter egg by Helen Musselwhite
Easter egg by Helen Musselwhite
Easter egg by Helen Musselwhite

While New Yorkers take part in what might  be the greatest Easter egg hunt known to man (seriously, it's amazing), the Metropolitan by COMO hotel across the pond has commissioned eight festive eggs of its own.

Crafted by fashion designers, bloggers and artists, the Met's Easter eggs will be on display in its London lobby through the end of the month. Click through to view all eight, designed by the likes of Zandra Rhodes and Fifi Lapin...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Italian Architectural Furniture by Massimo Farina

Massimo Farina New Medieval Chair

Massimo Farina New Medieval Chair
Massimo New Medieval armchair

The American furniture market is in for a treat this spring with the U.S. launch of Massimo, a sculptural furniture line by Italian architectural engineer Massimo Farina. With each piece hand crafted in his Venice studio, Farina draws inspiration from both Italian history and the Roman classical, renaissance and medieval architecture found in Venice and Verona.

Take the New Medieval armchair (above), which mimics a gondola in its angles and curves, then forms the shape of a Roman gladiator shield when viewed from behind.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar Debuts Today

Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar

I take my jewelry chunky and cheap, and if you're a girl after my own heart, you're probably no stranger to BaubleBar. The online purveyor is known for being both perfectly on-trend and perfectly priced, with jewels that look like they've been ripped from a J.Crew catalog (at about half the cost). And, now, BaubleBar is going brick and mortar at 35 Nordstrom locations across the country.

Beginning today, the department store is playing host to the "Nordstrom Loves BaubleBar" Pop-Up, a selection of serious statement jewelry, including 15 exclusive styles for Nordstrom customers. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings all range from $24 to $68 and are available both in stores and online. Click through to see more from the collection...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Williamson Collection by Rebecca Atwood

 photos by Emily Johnston

Drawing on a transitional spring palette of blue-green, tangerine and sun-bleached neutrals, Rebecca Atwood's textiles for the new season are simply dreamy. Named the Williamson Collection, the pillows feature Shibori dyed fabrics, hand painted stripes and white pigment prints on natural linen.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Ettore Sottsass' Colorful Indian Influence

photos by Vincent Leroux, Architectural Digest

These colorful photographs from the French edition of Architectural Digest have been popping up everywhere of late, and my impatience for an end to the winter blahs makes them perfect for sharing. Reaching back to the depths of my memory for the French I so seldom use, I deciphered that the author wrote this article after encountering an inordinate number of building in southern India that reminded him of Ettore Sottsass' architecture.

The Italian Sottsass was known for founding the Memphis Group, a  post-modern design studio that gained fame for its flamboyant home furnishings in the '80s. Meanwhile, Sottsass was working on large scale architectural projects as part of Sottsass Associati. While the AD writer first assumed that the bold buildings pictured above were inspired by Sottsass' work, he soon discovered quite the opposite: The earliest of these vibrant, geometric homes in Tamil Nadu date back to 1940, and it was Sottsass' travels in India that came to influence his design aesthetic.

So, what were the results? Take a look at some buildings by Sottsass Associati...