Luli (Lourdes) Sanchez is a Cuban-born textile designer who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She spent 18 years working in the fashion industry and in 2004 started doing art full time. She specializes in watercolor abstracts including animal prints, florals, and gorgeous geometry. She has collaborated with many large retailers designing textiles, and currently has a few great rugs at West Elm.
From streamlined masculine patterns to more tribal and playful designs, dots and stripes are a cool way to add print and texture while staying true to a minimalist aesthetic. Perfect for gender neutral decorating!
The Royal System was designed in 1948 by Danish designer Poul Cadovius. The award-winning design is a beautiful example of midcentury modular shelving. The versatile system was recently reintroduced for the modern household by dk3, and pieces are sold separately so you can design a desk and storage system completely tailored to your needs. It’s available from Design Within Reach in oak and walnut with brass or stainless steel hardware.
(Images via dk3)
San Francisco’s de Young Museum has a deeply rooted history that includes numerous locations and architectural styles. It debuted in 1894 in Golden Gate Park for the California Midwinter International Exposition, and in October 2005 a fully redesigned de Young opened its doors to the public. It was designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, and captures the essence of its surroundings perfectly. The gardens are beautiful and appropriate for the park, and the exterior of the museum is copper which over time will oxidize gracefully to a natural green. The museum also features an incredible observation tower that offers 360° views of the city, the park, and the bridge. Go for the art, the architecture, and the views!
Pool season is upon us, and there isn’t anything quite as spectacular as the bright yet calming blue color of a swimming pool, especially on a hot day. And you can bring that poolside feel to your wardrobe with light blue and turquoise pieces, like this sweet one piece. Happy summer!
Verner Panton designed Barboy in 1963, intrigued by building furniture that would be easy to move. This mobile bar trolley looks just as beautiful in the modern home as it would have in his own home. It features 3 swing-out compartments and tabletop, and sits on casters for easy mobility. It’s roomy enough to store bottles, glasses, and bar accessories, and closes up easily when not in use. Barboy is made in Denmark and is available in black and white.
Nick van Woert was born in 1979 in Reno, Nevada. He studied architecture at the University of Oregon and got his masters in fine art from Parsons. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He hunts for materials throughout the streets of Brooklyn from dumpsters to convenience stores, creating sculpture that is vivid, creative, and really beautiful. I love these busts from Eclipse, 2010.
(Images via Nick van Woert)