Each spring you’re bound to see florals, but there’s always something unique about them, whether it’s a focus on a specific flower or a style of printing. While last year there were a lot of graphic florals, this year there are a lot more vintage-inspired motifs that tend towards realism. I love the way this leafy wallpaper simultaneously adds character to the room and blends with the outside to create an indoor-outdoor feel. Additionally, I love that this Gucci dress is part solid, part creeping wild flowers. There’s something quiet refreshing about the balance of negative space to print in both these images, don’t you think?
In the 1940s, Charles and Ray Eames were focusing on designing with plastic- molding it into organic shapes that conformed to the body. The bent, welded wire base was added to the shell and the first mass-produced one-piece plastic chair was born. The chair was introduced in 1948 at the Museum of Modern Art, and has since become a timeless mid-century classic. Part of the Herman Miller Collection, today’s version is the authentic original design manufactured with updated, eco-friendly materials in a rainbow of colors.
It’s the start of spring and I know I’m supposed to be in spring color mode, but black and white bathrooms have been jumping out at me lately. They can be completely neutral and full of life, and at the same time cozy and gorgeous. Black and white is an elegant and timeless combination, so don’t be afraid of the contrast- and if your existing fixtures are white, you’re already on your way. Sparking your interest? Contact us to help you design a black and white bathroom for your home!
The classic Acapulco Chair was designed in Mexico in the 1950s from steel and plastic. Rumor has is that the chair is based on Mayan hammock weaving techniques, but the design and designer continue to remain anonymous to this day. Whatever the actual story is, there is no denying their vibrant plastic splendor reminiscent of Mexican resort towns. The design is simple, and from what I hear is quite comfortable to sit in. The chair is commonly used as outdoor lounge seating, and variations include leather straps and a rounder seat. In any iteration, the Acapulco Chair is a mid-century classic that shines with tropical Hollywood glamor.
Marz Designs was established by Coco Reynolds in 2010. Coco is a graduate of the University of Canberra, Australia, and since has been inspired to push the boundaries of different mediums and her own aesthetic. Marz’s goal is to promote craft practice in collaboration with industry, and has a very cool inventory of lighting and furniture. I love these pendants!
(Images via Marz Designs)
The applique, embroidery and crochet skills introduced into the Cook Islands by members of the London Missionary Society are the origins of the hand-stitched Tivaevae- a form of applique and embroidery art specific to Polynesia. The name “Tivaevae” refers to the items produced, and literally means to stitch or sew. The Tivaevae are either made by one woman or a group of women under direction of a design leader. The value of a Tivaevae is not measured by production cost, rather by the love and patience that were put into making the piece. Tivaevae are often given as gifts on special occasions or displayed during important events and ceremonies.
The Cook Islands women have developed these skills into a unique art that is quite modern and bold. Isn’t it beautiful?
Heath Ceramics, the iconic mid-century pottery design studio, is having their annual open studio event in the Sausalito, San Francisco & Los Angeles showrooms May 10-12. The schedule will include factory tours, flower bouquets, food trucks, tile glazing and more. While you’re there, check out the gorgeous new Camellia setting by Alabama Chanin. For more information, go here.
(Images via Heath Ceramics)