History Lesson: Risom Lounge Chair

Designer/architect Jens Risom was born and raised in Denmark. In 1939 he came to the US and in 1941 designed the 1st collection that was manufactured by Knoll. The collection included the Lounge Chair, an iconic Scandinavian silhouette which is still a Knoll classic. It is available in 6 colors, with or without arms, in maple or walnut, and with cotton or nylon webbing.

(Images via Knoll)

Weekly Wrap Up: Mauve & Vieques Island

Monday’s History Lesson: Mauve
Friday’s Destination: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

Destination: W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island

The W Retreat & Spa located on Vieques Island is as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the mind, body & soul. The exquisite island is located 8 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico. The resort and its 157 rooms were designed by Patricia Urquiola, perfectly embodying modern resort style. The island itself is a paradise, offering a relaxing getaway as well as an island adventure. Go for the local food, pristine and private beaches, and a cocktail in one of those colorful chairs.

(Images via W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island)

History Lesson: Mauve

The color mauve is a muted, pale red-violet tone named after the mallow flower. In 1856, a happy accident caused Sir William Henry Perkin to create the first aniline dye, which was a purple-ish colored residue from another experiment. The original version of the dye faded easily and had to be perfected for industry use. Mauve has been in and out of fashion over the years, and was very popular in the 1980s.

(Image via let’s stay)

Weekly Wrap Up: Peter Shire & L7M

Monday’s History Lesson: Peter Shire
Friday’s Destination: The Streets of Brazil

Destination: The Streets of Brazil

I recently came across the incredible work of street artist L7M. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Luis Seven Martins paints the urban landscape with mesmerizing graffiti. He started spray painting when he was 13 years old, adding other medium since. Graffiti Birds feature photo realistic heads that blend out to vibrant, abstract, textural bodies. They are beautifully chaotic.

(Images via L7M)

History Lesson: Peter Shire

Peter Shire is an award-winning Los Angeles based sculptor and artist. Born in 1947, he is inspired by his family and the Echo Park community he calls home. He began his career working with his father designing and manufacturing furniture, and in 1970 graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute in LA. Shire’s art is colorful and intricate, and he works in steel, ceramic, glass, and other medium. He has exhibited his work in the US as well as parts of Europe and Asia. I love these teapots!

Image via lama)

Weekly Wrap Up: Ben Young & Puppy

Monday’s History Lesson: Magis Puppy
Friday’s Destination: Sydney, Australia- Ben Young

Destination: Sydney, Australia- Ben Young

Ben Young is a glass sculpture artist. He also builds boats and surfs, which is evident in his amazing art consisting of layered and laminated hand-cut sheets of glass. The result is a wonderful and organic play on color and light, depending on how you look through his sculptures.  Young spent most of his life on the north coast of New Zealand, and currently lives and works in Sydney. He is represented by Kirra Galleries.

(Images via Kirra Galleries)

History Lesson: Magis Puppy

Puppy was designed by Eero Aarnio in 2005 as a statement piece that bridges the gap between toys and furniture. Created for kids and grownups alike, Puppy can be used indoors or outside as a stool, side table, or simply as an adorable accent.

(Images via home adore, lillune)