Wednesday, April 23, 2014

'Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design' Opens at the Dixon Gallery

all photos courtesy of Dennis Zanone, Memphis-Milano

Remember that post on Ettore Sottsass and his technicolor '80s architecture? While Sottsass' buildings are attention-grabbing to say the least, he is actually better known as the furniture and industrial designer who founded the Memphis Group. Based in Milan (not Memphis), the post-modern design studio created furniture and household objects throughout the '80s that were matched in flamboyance only by Sottsass' buildings.

Dennis Zanone, a collector of all things Memphis, contacted me soon after I featured Sottsass' architecture and sent me these incredible photos of his home. Filled with over 150 works by Sottsass and his contemporariesand incidentally located in Memphis,'s basically an artful version of Pee-Wee's Playhouse on crack.

It's no surprise, then, that the impressive collection garnered the attention of Memphis' Dixon Gallery & Gardens, who opened Memphis-Milano: 1980s Italian Design earlier this month. The retrospective exhibit gives viewers a chance to view Zanone's private collection in its entirety, from sofas and  bookshelves to lamps and electronics. Click through to see a few of the pieces on display in all their vivid detail...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Serenella & Adidas by Stella McCartney Celebrate the Boston Marathon

Adidas by Stella McCartney spring summer 2014 lookbook

The Back Bay is a veritable zoo right now with marathon runners and tourists flocking to the finish line to see... well, I don't know what exactly. I promise, folks: There's nothing to see here until race day. I, for one, am packing up my office (oh-so-conveniently located at the finish line) and getting the hell out of Dodge!

Fortunately, it seems Serenella had agoraphobic locals like me in mind when they decided to run their Boston Marathon promotion through the end of the month. Even after the tourists head home, the rest of us can enjoy a gift bag with the purchase of any adidas by Stella McCartney gear. And, trust me: the latest collection puts your black Lulu Lemons to shame.

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...