Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Midweek Covet: Fluttua Floating Bed by Lago

Lago Fluttua Floating Bed
Lago Fluttua Floating Bed
Lago Fluttua Floating Bed
photos via facebook.com/lagodesign

Magic carpet ride, anyone? Lago's Fluttua is a height-adjustable, "floating" bed that forgoes the superfluous frame for a clean, suspended look. The secret to the suspension is a central leg and multi-layer base combined with a solid iron structure anchored to the wall.

The Fluttua comes in the traditional rectangular shape, of course, but it's also available as a round bed. You know... if you're going for a swinging '60s, Austin Powers kind of look. The only downside? I'd have to rethink my current under-the-bed storage strategy. Totally worth it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Juicy Pineapple Prints for Summer

Pineapple Print Summer Fashion

I'm calling it now: Pineapple is the new black. At least until the temperature drops. I'm loving the punchy print this season on everything  from bathing suits to button downs. Dive in headfirst with an outrageous handbag from Charlotte Olympia, or just dip your toes in the trend with a more muted scarf from Ann Taylor. Either way, being midway through summer means plenty of this juicy goodness is on sale. Here's where to find it:

(clockwise from top left)
Topshop Pineapple Print Cutout Fit & Flare Dress ($72)
Ann Taylor Pineapple Silk Scarf (SALE: $36)
ROMWE Pineapple Print Green Sleeveless Asymmetric Blouse (SALE: $14.99)
Jennifer Loiselle Pineapple Earrings ($68)
Talbots Pineapple Print Cotton Shirt (SALE: $29.99)
Charlotte Olympia Ana Pineapple Acrylic Shoulder Bag (SALE: $897)
Daneila Corte Pineapple Rambla One Piece ($195.00)
Holst + Lee Pineapple Princess Necklace ($415.00)

Now, about that giveaway...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Explosion by Sebastian Errazuriz

all photos: Sebastian Errazuriz; Explosion cabinet, 2014; Maple, glass, and stainless steel; Women’s Committee Acquisition Fund; Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Sebastian Errazuriz, the designer behind those amazing 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers that you all seemed to love so much, has come out with a new mind-bending credenza that transforms from staid buffet to brilliant piece of deconstructed art furniture with a gentle push. Glass sidewalls provide a glimpse into the maple cabinet, but "opening" the sliding doors reveals an entirely different object within, one that seems to explode beyond the bounds of stability.

Aptly named Explosion, the cabinet will be a centerpiece of Sebastian Errazuriz: Look Again, the designer's first solo museum exhibition, which opens September 6 at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art. Check out more images of Explosion in its various forms after the jump.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

16 Chevron and Herringbone Wood Floors to Inspire

photos via: 1 / 2 / 3

It's funny how I've fallen so hard for chevron and herringbone parquet floors while the mere mention of parquet tile sends shivers down my spine. But while the later seems utterly outdated, herringbone and chevron parquet seem at once classic and modern. Popular in 16th-century France, these patterned floors are enjoying a renaissance, and here are 16 drool-worthy rooms to prove it.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Giveaway: Win Rockport's Tassle T-Bar Sandals for Wedding Season

clockwise from top right: Bauble Bar Crystal Shard Drops ($84) / Tibi Fiore Di Cactus Dress (SALE: $297.50) / Aurelie Bidermann Vintage Lace Cuff ($845) / Rockport Seven to 7 T-Bar Tassle ($130) / Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Clutch ($395)

As if your Facebook feed isn't proof enough, we're deep into wedding season, my friends. In addition to all the love and warm fuzzies, weekend after weekend of nuptials generally means Sunday morning hangovers, achy feet and more mason jars than you know what to do with. At least Rockport can solve one of those problems.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Lei Zu Deconstructed Silk Shoes by Nicole Goymann and Christoph John

Lei Zu silk thread shoes
Lei Zu silk thread shoes
all photos via christophjohn.com

Despite appearances, no blondes were harmed in the making of these shoes. Instead, German designers Nicole Goymann and Christoph John crafted their Léi Zǔ shoe collection from wet silk filaments wound around shoes lasts and bound together with the silk's own natural glue.

Sourcing cocoons from silkworm farmers near their adopted hometown of Hangzhou, China, the pair boiled the cocoons to release silk filaments and the silk glue. They then spun the fibers directly from the cocoon on a traditional wooden reel that was invented over 4,000 years ago by the collection's namesake, the legendary Chinese Empress Léi Zǔ. Once the natural glue hardened, the silk fibers formed a surprisingly stiff material around the shoe molds.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Unique Mix of Materials in British Colombia

all photos by NZ Builders ltd [via Houzz]

Remember all those concrete walls? Well, a few weeks back, Houzz featured an entire home constructed of concrete. Located in Victoria, B.C., the building materials result in an impressive $0 energy bill (though I'm not sure that would hold on the East Coast in today's scorcher). What's just as noteworthy to me, though, are the materials used inside the home. Contrasting with the concrete facade are interior walls of exposed brick, wood and graffiti-clad tile, not to mention that incredible kitchen counter. Check it out...