Monday, April 20, 2015

Pardon the Delay...

neutral cozy bedroom
[photo via BuzzFeed]

You may have noticed that it's been awfully quite around here lately, and it's only because I've spent the last several days in bed fighting off a nightmare of a virus. Sorry, friends! I'll be back to blogging as soon as I feel up to it. In the meantime, I'm wishing all of you back in Boston a very happy Marathon Monday!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Eye of the Beholder by AnaKatarina Design

eye cameo pendant

I guess things have been skewing pretty masculine around here lately, what with all the wood sunglasses and superhero clothing. So, how about this little gem from Boston designer Ana-Katarina Vinkler-Petrovic, the inspiring talent behind AnaKatarina Design?

As the first piece in the designer's "Eye of the Beholder" collection, this pendant features a Brazilian agate cameo set in 18k recycled rose gold and surrounded by fair-trade Vietnamese pink rubies. True to form, no detail has been left unturned, from the careful handcrafting of the cameo by a fourth-generation German master carver to a tiny diamond finishing off the clasp.

The version seen here is available through the designer and L.A. showroom Roseark for $6,600, but the custom options are even dreamier.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

13 Whitewashed Interiors to Lighten Up for Spring

whitewashed modern cabin
[photo via homedit]

Across nearly every culture, the spring holiday marks a time of renewal, which is the case with Passover in Israel when, apparently, everyone is all in a tizzy whitewashing their homes. Or so my Hebrew teacher says, but her English isn't the best. Frankly, the last time I heard whitewash referenced was when I read Tom Sawyer, so I did some digging to see if it's actually still a thing.

Not only is it still a thing, but whitewash is being used to beautiful effect in both classic and contemporary homes. (Thanks, Pinterest!) The sheer swath of milky color lightens up both wood and brick, floors, doors and cabinets, and gives off a far less stark feel than a coat of white paint. Ahead, check out 13 light, bright interiors that show off whitewash's many uses.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Marvel Teams with Five Four on Super Hero Men's Collection

Marvel Comics Five Four Fashion
Marvel Comics Five Four Fashion
photos by Tracey Morris [via Five Four Club]

Well this is strange: Marvel (yes, the comic book publisher) has teamed up with men's subscription fashion site Five Four Club to create a capsule collection based on iconic superheroes. And the strangest part about it? The clothes aren't half bad!

As a child of the '90s, news of comic clothing sent me straight to thoughts of Warner Bros. stores in every mall and an unfortunate Tweetie Bird chambray button down I once owned. Thankfully, though, Marvel's collection is far more subtle in its inspiration, with outwear, dress shirts, tees and accessories that are more Tom Ford than Tom and Jerry.

Okay, I may be exaggerating with the Tom Ford reference, but it's surprisingly decent, right? Plus, the photo shoot took place at L.A.'s modernist Sheats Goldstein Residence (better known as Jackie Treehorn’s house in the Big Lebowski), so that's pretty cool.

The Marvel collection launches on Five Four's site on April 1st, with a box of superhero duds shipped out to members for $60 per month.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Energy-Efficient Alternative to the Edison Bulb from Buster + Punch

LED Edison Bulb
LED Edison Bulb
[photos courtesy of Buster + Punch]

At every hip, ambiently lit restaurant  we visit, my oh-so-practical husband never fails to comment on the silliness of Edison bulbs. I, of course, love the warm glow of an old-fashioned light bulb filament, but I can understand the impracticality of Edison bulbs in the age of energy-efficient LEDs.

Enter the new Buster Bulb from British design group Buster + Punch! Calling itself the world's first designer LED bulb, the Buster Bulb mimics the industrial feel of an Edison bulb with a 3-watt dimmable LED. The LED uses only 5 percent of a traditional bulb's energy and lasts 10,000 hours, but more importantly, it just looks so dang cool!

The teardrop glass housing is available in  warm gold, smoked grey or bright crystal, and the bulbs are finished with a satin metallic sheen. A patented resin light pipe on the inside allows the bulb to provide ambient lighting in a room while also throwing focused spot light onto tables and surfaces below.

Those of you in Europe can view the Buster Bulb at Buster & Punch's London showroom or Stockholm store, while the rest of us can purchase the £39.99 bulb online.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Newspaper Collection by Shwood

[all photos courtesy of Shwood]

I know I'm dating myself here, but I'm a bit of an old media stalwart. It's true: Before I was a blogger, I worked in an actual newsroom where we put out actual newsprint. It was a  place where gruff local journalists hid whiskey in their desk drawers and took smoke breaks on the hour, and it was wonderful! So, maybe it's pure nostalgia, but I can't help but love Shwood's brand new Newspaper Collection.

Known for their wood glasses frames, Shwood launched the Newspaper Collection as an experiment in transformation, reconstruction and repurposing. Loosely translated, it's an attempt to capture paper's original state before it goes the way of the rotary phone.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

'Airline Visual Identity 1945 - 1975' by Matthias C. Hühne

aeroflot airline advertising branding
American Airlines airline advertising branding
Pan Am airline advertising branding
[all images courtesy of Callisto Publishers]

As if I weren't excited enough for the return of Mad Men in April, a new coffee table book is putting the focus on the glory days of airline advertising, a central theme for Don Draper and his cohorts. While Mad Men gives us just a small slice of the creative genius that went into branding an airline, Airline Visual Identity 1945-1975 by Matthias C. Hühne carefully curates the work of prestigious graphic designers and advertising luminaries.

The massive tome measures 12.2" x 16.1" and uses a total of seventeen different colors, five different types of varnishes, and two different methods of foil printing and embossing to reproduce the airlines' commercial art as accurately as possible.