July 31, 2012

Etsy and Pinterest

Filed under: Inspirations,Store news — Yelena @ 6:47 pm

We love the sense of community that Etsy offers to budding entrepreneurs, so we thought we’d mix things up a bit and offer a selection of our vintage collection in a newly opened Etsy shop called Home Remedy Vintage. We will periodically switch items up between our shop here and the Etsy shop, so please be sure to check out both sites for the complete collection.

We are also big fans of Pinterest and couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon.

Please be sure to check us out and, hey, maybe even follow.

May 24, 2012

International Contemporary Furniture Fair and National Stationery Show 2012

Filed under: Events,Inspirations,Store news — Yelena @ 6:56 pm

During our visit to the Javits Center this year for the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair and National Stationery Show we met some new designers with exciting projects, and discovered new work from established companies.

We loved this paper butterfly wall at Soho Paper‘s booth. Although we did not get many images at the NSS, we were so excited about the work of a number of lines this year: Coral & Tusk, Plane Paper, and Grey Cardigan to name a few. Keep an eye out for some of their designs to turn up in our shop soon!

One of our favorite discoveries at the show was Far Found. They are a group of designers from varying backgrounds whose goal is to “produce contemporary furniture imbued with the richness of global culture.” Each collection they produce is made and inspired by the people and culture of a specific country. Their first, Viva, “was designed to reflect the striking Colombian proclivity to infuse celebration into everyday life,” and was manufactured by craftsmen in Bogota. The combination of materials is what struck us the most: metal combined with wood and other materials was a big trend throughout the show, but the addition here of colorful hammock fabrics was a surprising element. We can’t wait to see their future collections.

A clever way to store and organize shoes from Shrine Rack.

Mixed materials continue to be a huge trend. Loved these wood and metal “Twig” chairs from San Francisco-based Council.

The Molo booth is usually a visual and tactile feast, but this year they added sound to their repertoire with a beautiful blue sound studio.

How the room works.

A view from inside the room. Yes, we featured these lights last year, but they’re just so good!

Lindsey Adelman has been a fixture at ICFF for a number of years. Her studio opened in 2006 with a focus on hand-blown glass and brass lighting. Her booth (funny to call it that as it was so much more) was an impressive representation of how her collection has grown and evolved. We especially loved the DIY section that was set up next to her showroom of new works. There was an artisan there with all of the tools and materials laid out in front of him just ready to be pieced together in new and exciting ways. This likely ties into the section of her web site called “You Make It” that allows for the user to create their own piece with the materials provided. Such a brilliant way to connect with the artisan and their process.

Love, love, love this little guy.

Great examples of the wire trend in furniture from Bend.

A few more inspiring designers and design companies that we loved: Egg Collective (beautiful mixed-material furniture), Apparatus (unique lighting), Christopher Roy (clever furniture), Pierre Ospina (more unique lighting), Matthew Plumstead (colorful valets). A visit to the ICFF/NSS never fails to inspire.

 

May 17, 2012

Brimfield 2012

Filed under: Inspirations,Store news — Yelena @ 2:43 pm

We made our annual pilgrimage to the antique show in Brimfield, MA last week and came away with some unique vintage finds (to be featured in the shop soon!) as well as some great inspirations. Much like the discoveries, you never know what type of weather you will find in Brimfield in May. Our days there were some of the rainiest in recent years, but it didn’t keep the vendors and treasure-seekers away. It just made for muddy rain boots and gloomy-looking photographs. Nevertheless, we tried to capture some of the interesting sights and recurring themes of last week’s fair.

There were some stunning cabinets and storage pieces. Love the glass doors on these drawers.

 Great examples of vertical and horizontal storage.

Industrial porthole mirrors.

Some of the dealers really put a lot of thought and effort into their presentation, merchandising their tents like savvy store owners. These were three of our favorites.

Here’s a little shot of color.

These things sometimes happen.

Vintage bikes were everywhere. This was one of the prettiest.

This year’s surprising trend (at least to us anyway) was Mercedes Benz grills. Anyone have any ideas about that one?

You, too, can have your very own carriage (sans horse) for $6,000. It really was beautiful.

 Cute, no?

Even though the weather made things a little more challenging, Brimfield never disappoints. Already looking forward to next year!

 

March 14, 2012

Animation and the Oscars

Filed under: Inspirations — Yelena @ 1:59 pm

We’ve always loved awards shows. The pomp and circumstance, the fashion, the inspiring performances, the potential acceptance-speech meltdowns, and the odd displays of protruding appendages (what was up with that, Angelina?). They rarely fail to give us fodder for discourse. But one of the best things we take away from these events every year is an introduction to new and inspiring works in the field of animation. The Oscar presentation a few weeks ago was no exception.

A couple of the Animated Short nominees this year caught our attention. The first was A Morning Stroll by Grant Orchard. Based loosely on a tale recounted in Paul Auster’s book True Tales of American Life, the film tells the story of one New Yorker’s early morning encounter with a chicken that plays out over 100 years.

We are struck by the use of different types of animation to depict the different periods of time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus, we love the look on that chicken’s face when it turns around.

The Best Animated Short Film winner this year was The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. According to their website, “inspired in equal measures, by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, ‘Morris Lessmore’ is a story of people who devote their lives to books and books who return the favor.” Sounds pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film is another example of the use of various styles of animation from miniatures to computer animation and 2D animation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the trailer to see it all come together.

 

These got us thinking about some previous Oscar contenders. For an example of feature-length animated brilliance, one of our favorites from a few years ago is Persepolis. The film, based on a graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, is the story of a young Iranian girl coming of age during the Iranian Revolution.

Not only is the animation (predominantly black and white) beautifully done, the story is totally engrossing and captivating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But our all-time favorite by far has to be The Triplets of Belleville by Sylvain Chomet.

A gem of a movie that employs a rich, yet retro, animation style, the story slowly and beautifully works its magic on you from beginning to end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve never seen it (or heard of it, for that matter), get your hands on a copy as soon as possible. Possibly the most beautiful, funny, touching, heartfelt portrayal of familial love ever filmed (animated or otherwise).

August 31, 2011

Outstanding in the Field

Filed under: Inspirations — Yelena @ 10:44 pm

We spent yesterday afternoon on a rooftop farm in Queens (who knew such a thing existed?) dining on a wonderfully prepared meal by ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger.  How, you ask?  Thanks to Outstanding in the Field–a unique “roving culinary adventure” started by founder Jim Denevan in 1999.  Jim and his team arrange these dinners on farms, in barns, beaches and museums across the country (and now internationally), usually prepared by a celebrated chef of the region.  Their mission is to “re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.”  This was our third OITF outing, with the previous two being held at the Queens County Farm in Floral Park (another farm in Queens?), but this was the first such event at Brooklyn Grange Farm and we were intrigued. Brooklyn Grange is a commercial organic farm located on a building rooftop in Long Island City.  Check out their site for an explanation as to why they have Brooklyn in their name but are located in Queens.

Arriving on the scene

The events typically start with a wine and passed hors d’oeuvres reception followed by a welcome from Jim and introduction to the hosting farmer.

Founder Jim Denevan with director Katy Oursler

Then they give a tour of the farm.  The dichotomy between being in the midst of this farm, while hovering above Queens, and looking out onto the Manhattan skyline was quite something.  You felt somehow removed from and connected to each element all at once.  It was beyond cool.

Check out the U.S. Open blimp overhead!

Near the beehive area

Wine notes for the staff

Oh, yes please.

Strawberries with Lynnhaven goat cheese, lime & arugula. Heaven.

Chef Dan and his team

Please check out the Outstanding in the Field website for a schedule of their remaining farm dinners in 2011. They may be coming to a farm near you soon.  We can’t wait until the next one!

August 5, 2011

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Alexander McQueen

Filed under: Inspirations — Yelena @ 9:00 pm

We knew that waiting until the last weekend to visit the Metropolitan Museum‘s attendance record-breaking Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit was probably unwise.  But we were running short on time and we really wanted to see it.  So we had a game-plan to arrive once the museum opened this morning and wait on line for a bit.  We thought we were prepared.  We were not prepared.

This is one view of the line from the balcony overlooking the entrance hall

And this is another

The tease is that, once you get into the building after standing on line outside for about 30 minutes, you think that maybe you are halfway there.  Well, that wait was not even a fraction of what you were in for once inside.  The lines wrapped around the main balcony, into and out of galleries, and were directed by museum employees who just did not seem to be prepared for this onslaught.  Madness!  But we did eventually make it in.  Once inside, we managed to get a couple of shots.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such an amazing artist and visionary.  The exhibit as a whole is truly stunning and continues through this weekend, where the museum has extended their hours to stay open until midnight to accommodate those of us who are master procrastinators.  See it if you can.  If not, buy the book.

We also got a few shots of some other areas of the museum that were refreshingly free of crowds.

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 1, 2011

Sia at Webster Hall

Filed under: Inspirations — Yelena @ 9:47 pm

We attended the Sia concert at Webster Hall in NYC last week.  And while her performance (and the opening acts) was terrific, we couldn’t stop reveling in the stage set-up and design.

It was challenging to capture all of the details, what with the mobile phone camera and proximity to the smoke machine.  But in this image you should be able to make out the multi-colored, crocheted blankets and quilts covering amps, speakers, and even the keyboard set-up.  The floor and background were a patchwork of stripes also cleverly worked into the band members’ outfits.  To top it off, Sia’s name was spelled out in what looked like clusters of pompoms.  It looked like she had a few decorating her shoes as well!  If you have ever seen any of her videos, it’s no surprise Sia would put as much effort into the visual aspect of her performance as the musical.  She may be coming to your neck of the woods soon, so don’t miss an opportunity to see her live.

May 28, 2011

A Day in New York

Filed under: Inspirations — Yelena @ 12:06 am

Every now and then, there are days when you remove the blinders and set aside the daily routine to appreciate some of the things that New York has to offer.  Today was one of those days.

Governors Island

The official start of Memorial Day weekend and unofficial start of the summer was quite a beautiful one today.  It marked the opening of Governors Island to the public.  Riding our bikes on roads like the one above, while getting a view of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and metal sculptures by Mark di Suvero was a lovely way to greet the summer season.

 

 

Love the bike color

 

View of Manhattan from Governors Island

And just a few more things…

Battery Maritime Building

On Beekman Street

Yummy!

We have been trying to track this truck down for some time.  Our first taste was The Salty Pimp.  Highly recommended.  Can’t wait for the shop to open next month.

Italian sodas at Eataly

Looking forward to more summer days filled with discovery and an appreciation for what the city has to offer.

 

May 17, 2011

International Contemporary Furniture Fair and National Stationery Show

Filed under: Events,Inspirations,Store news — Yelena @ 10:09 am

In the continuing delightful madness that is Design Week (or Month) in New York, we stopped by the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair and National Stationery Show at the Javits Center.  The ICFF hosts over 500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries displaying the latest in design, furniture and accessories.  A visit to this show, if not productive in terms of finding new things for the shop, is always inspiring for what is, and will be, happening in the design world in the months and years to come.  The ICFF gets extensive coverage here and abroad, so we thought we would post just a few things that made us smile.

Flat Impact

This exhibit featured the work of product design students at the University of Oregon.  The concept of furniture and accessories designed to be flat-packed and assembled for use made us excited for a similar product coming to the shop very shortly!

 

SP-7 Coffee Table by Thorsten van Elten

Thorsten van Elten has always been one of our favorites so we weren’t surprised to discover that he was the designer of this charming little table.

 

Cloud Softlights by Molo

Molo continues to be innovative in their designs.  These lights stopped us in our tracks.

 

Equilibrium by Malagana

The great thing about this piece (other than its gravity-defying awesomeness) is that each box easily detaches from the other for different possibilities of assembly.

 

Marie Coquine by Philippe Starck for Baccarat

It was difficult to get the entire fixture in the shot showing the weight on one end and the chandelier on the other, but we just had to try to post this one.  A wink and a nod to the Surrealists as only Philippe Starck can manage.

Marie Coquine

So cheeky, Monsieur Starck

 

Hillyform by Josephine Nicander

We loved the work of Swedish designer Josephine Nicander.  And apparently we weren’t the only ones–she sold out of all of the items that she brought to the Designboom shop within the show.

There were so many great collections at the NSS that we couldn’t narrow down who to feature.  Instead, keep an eye out for new stationery lines to hit the shop in the near future.  We did, however, want to give a shout-out to the lovely and amazing Tara Hogan and her line, Ink+Wit.

Tara Hogan (how awesome is she?)

You may remember Tara mentioned here before as the creative wonder behind our beloved logo and branding.  In addition to her graphic design work, Tara has her own stationery product line, Ink+Wit.

Ink+Wit

Sadly, this photo does not do justice to how beautiful and creative her booth was.  We just had to post it anyway.  She launched some new styles that will be available soon.  In the mean time, you can purchase her current collection here.

All in all, our trip to the Javits Center reaffirmed our faith in the creative process from a wide array of designers–some established in their field and others just starting out.  We can’t wait to see how these ideas develop in the coming year.  Already looking forward to the next one!

May 14, 2011

Images from Brimfield

Filed under: Events,Inspirations,Store news — Yelena @ 10:34 pm

We made it back from our annual sojourn to the antique market in Brimfield, Mass. with some great new pieces for the shop and a renewed excitement for the thrill of the hunt!  Here are some highlights…

Maritime lighting

Maritime lighting

This type of maritime lighting was a recurring them throughout the market.

 

Some lovely mid-century furniture

 

Really? OK.

Someone snagged this luggage set

It ain't a flea market without an Elvis bust

Fencing masks

Beautiful copper fire extinguishers

Kind of creepy, kind of cool

Nice wheels

Radio collection

Re-worked curios

This is just a small sampling of what is on offer at Brimfield.  It’s why we keep coming back.  Stay tuned for some of our vintage finds to hit the shop very soon!

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