Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Roma Gypsy Interiors by Carlo Gianferro

Roma Gypsy Interiors by Carlo Gianferro
Roma Gypsy Interiors by Carlo Gianferro
Roma Gypsy Interiors by Carlo Gianferro
All images © Carlo Gianferro [via Feature Shoot]

I discovered these images thanks to a Facebook friend and haven't stopped thinking about them since. Roma Interiors, a photo series by Rome-based photography Carlo Gianferro, is a peek into the notoriously secretive culture of Roma gypsies and into the homes of some of its wealthiest members. What Gianferro captures is wildly extravagant and all-together fascinating! Take a look...

Monday, September 15, 2014

Giveaway: Win a $100 Gift Card to Shop Boutikey

Boutikey
And She Was Dress ($68) / Watercolor Garden Midi Skirt ($48)

Great news: Shopping app Boutikey has expanded to e-commerce, which means you can now shop your favorite boutiques online at ShopBoutikey.com. As a Boston-based company, Boutikey launched their new site last week with offerings from a handful of local boutiques, but new shops from across the country will be added each month.

To celebrate the launch, Boutikey is giving away a $100 gift card to one reader of The Well-Appointed Catwalk. Click through to enter and to see more of my top picks from Boutikey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

'Wearable Art' on Display at Copley Place

design by Elizabeth Saint Germain [all photos courtesy of MassArt]

MassArt is on a roll this week! After opening Excellent Swiss Design on Tuesday, the school's fashion design students will display their non-textile creations beginning on Sunday at Copley Place. The exhibit, Wearable Art 2014, highlights insane levels of creativity with garments made of window screening, Capri Sun juice boxes, rope, thumbtacks and more.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Midweek Covet: Invisible Chandelier by Castor

Castor Invisible Chandelier
Castor Invisible Chandelier
Castor Invisible Chandelier

How gorgeous is this chandelier by Canadian Design studio Castor? The Invisible Chandelier, as it's called, takes upcycling to the next level with dozens of burnt-out light bulbs in various shapes and sizes illuminated by hidden LEDs. Made in Canada (to order, I assume?), no two chandeliers are the same.

Such ingenuity will cost you, of course: the 36-inch chandelier goes for $18,000, while the 64-inch version costs $24,750. If you're up for a serious investment piece, the Invisible Chandelier is newly available from 2Modern.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

'Excellent Swiss Design' Opens Tomorrow at MassArt

Armchair by A C E Furniture Company, Excellent Swiss Design
Slow Light by Jakob Schlaepfer, Excellent Swiss Design
 Happy Tears AW '13 collection by Julian Zigerli, Excellent Swiss Design
from top: Armchair by A C E Furniture Company / Slow Light by Jakob Schlaepfer / Happy Tears AW '13 collection by Julian Zigerli [all photos courtesy of Massachusetts College of Art and Design]

Ah, September in Boston! The U-Haul trucks have come and gone, and now we have the renewed joy of drunk college students singing outside our windows at 2 a.m. after a blissfully quiet summer. But as much as we like to rag on the dorm-dwelling masses, at least the new school year brings with it a whole slew of cultural events, like the Excellent Swiss Design exhibit opening tomorrow at MassArt.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Honor Spring 2015

Honor Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Honor Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
Honor Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear
all photos by Gianni Pucci/Indigitalimages.com [via Style.com]

I won't lie: I know nothing about the label Honor. Not one. Single. Thing. But I'll be damned if they haven't put out the most interesting collection I've seen from New York Fashion Week thus far. These aren't the cool-girl basics I normally go for, but the ultra-girly, ultra-mod collectionsprinkled throughout with candy-like embellishmentsis something fresh. Among a spate of NYFW shows that have shown off plenty of perfectly cool, perfectly wearable designs, Honor's Spring 2015 collection is the first to stop me in my tracks and make me contemplate what I'm seeing. It's not safe, and that's a very good thing indeed.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

8 Decks of Cards for Design Lovers

Design Deck Playing Cards
Design Deck Playing Cards
The Design Deck by Ben Barrett-Forrest

A while back I introduced you to Connie Lim and her incredible illustrated deck of cards, but little did I know that an entire cottage industry has sprung up around custom playing cards. The art runs the gamut, and there are dozens of amazing works out there, but here I've chosen just a few that I think will delight design and typography fans most. Take a look...