Tuesday, March 28, 2006

good morning happy friends!
a little tuesday morning shake up...
a little something different...
from now on i'm going to be only posting on sundays, at least until the opening of the general store.

see you sunday!

Monday, March 27, 2006


i'm happy about the edgy and pretty clothing from mandula, a los angeles-based clothing line.
(via uk vogue)


matthew barney's drawing restraint 9 opens march 29 here in nyc at the ifc center.

i wrote my graduate thesis on barney's cremaster cycle and have spent a lot of time with his work, so i'm very excited about this release.

in addition, there will be an exhibition of new work at barbara gladstone gallery in april.

Friday, March 24, 2006


i can't believe i never posted about it before, but airline meals.net is one of my all-time favorite websites. i can't really describe why, but something about seeing the endless pictures of food in the friendly skies brings me a lot of joy and is enormously comforting. it never fails.

i know. i'm weird.


i love this dress in the fall 2006 collection from shelly steffee.

i need a seamstress...

Thursday, March 23, 2006


i'm inspired by marci washington's work.
get her new print at tiny showcase (it's still available!) or pick up this owl print at little paper planes.



chicago-based couple marilyn and peter frank make gorgeous, modern glass work and other objects.

if you happen to be in chicago, you should be sure to visit their gallery space, f2lab.

okay everyone. today let's practice positive affirmation.


i totally agree with tricia...these are just perfect.


and i totally agree with grace...palo samko makes beautiful furniture.


and and i totally agree with never happened...anthony lister's work is genius. be sure to see his book.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006


iben høj makes really spectacular knitwear.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


uk-based artist michael ruh makes covetable glassware. his website seems to be down at the moment, but you can see and buy more of his work here and here.



also a lovely click from camilla.

Monday, March 20, 2006


love love this limited edition "grannskap" card series by susanne fransson of fransson kane design.
(read her excellent blog here)

Saturday, March 18, 2006


(the image is from tere o'connor's frozen mommy)
fascinating interviews with fascinating creative minds.

also...great photography here.

Friday, March 17, 2006


...worth checking out if your'e in nyc.
they've got a bunch of their pillows and screen printed clothing on sale + some of their cool selection of items from japan.



danish designer birgit ostergaard makes sculptural lighting that is totally charming - both warm and modern.

Thursday, March 16, 2006


look what i got.
you can too, if you want.



two excellent new magazines...
one i'm awaiting, the other i'm loving already.
(via bird in the hand)

why oh why can't ll bean make an all white boat and tote???
thanks to naive, i suddenly have a great need for a natural canvas coal bag. wouldn't that be just perfect for the summer?

also...be sure to read shari's new york alphabet: a-h, i-p and q-z.


i'm a fan and collector of resin jewelry by dinosaur designs.
they make rings, necklaces and bracelets (and even tableware) unlike anything i've ever seen.

not sure why i only just noticed the wonderful collection of disc earrings they offer, but i'm glad i did.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006




there's an excellent new clothing line over at stars and infinte darkness called mono.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

everyone should have beautiful objects in their home...


modus design's home-lab kit of porcelain tableware is so quirky-cool.
be sure to check out their other wonderful vessels too.


marie hermann crafts stunning ceramics.
(via moco loco)


emmanuel boos makes ceramics in serene colors and beautiful shapes.

also...see pretty, brightly colored glass at caleb siemon.

"nobody wrote stories like those. they went beyond common sense. i learned something from [him] about writing short stories. he always chose a simple vocabulary. he wrote straightforward stories, with a sense of humor, a crispness, and an unpredictable story line and very bleak endings. his stories are about everyday life. what he was saying by writing short stories is that you have to be intellectual when you write, but the subject matter doesn't have to be intellectual."
- haruki murakami on raymond carver

...from the very first issue of a public space, a new literary magazine created by brigid hughes (the former editor of the paris review).

this is just genius. i'm so excited.

Monday, March 13, 2006


this weekend the boy and i visited the cooper hewitt national design museum (which, i might add, has one of the best museum gift stores i have ever seen...yes, even better than the moma design store). it was an unexpected visit actually. a happy accident. we were on our way to central park to enjoy the gorgeous weather on saturday and passed by the museum. i noticed that there was a guest-curated exhibition by yinka shonibare and we decided to make a little detour. the show was small, but i really loved the installation that shonibare created to include in the exhibition. he makes really curious work that engages ideas about race, cultural identity and status.


there was also a nice exhibition of new design from israel. i particularly liked this post library bookshelf system by chanan de lange. the shelves are slanted, which is better for your books because it puts less stress on the spines. i also like that its made from a rather ubiquitous metal shelving set.

oh and yes...we did finally make it to the park to enjoy the weather.
it was wonderful, relaxing, perfect.

Sunday, March 12, 2006


i love this stool over at vivre.
its like a little cloud for relaxing your feet.

Friday, March 10, 2006

accidental interview #2
denise despirito

Thursday, March 09, 2006


brilliant brilliant clothes by kaviar gauche in berlin.
...i love the bags too.

(also...for mav: have you seen this ???)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006


i've written about i am still alive before but i thought i would again...
as i rather like this letterpress poster they are offering.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


i adore the beautiful, magical products of french design company c.quoi.

i've been a huge fan of their terre toute nue candles for a long time. i have never found a candle i like better...which is unfortunate, because my supply is dwindling and their only u.s. distributor no longer sells them. but you can find some of their other products (and other marvelous things) at illico design...like the jou-jou lollipop, which is too wonderful for words. everything they make is full of such warmth and whimsy.

also...a preview of sweden at salvor kiosk.

and also...for most excellent fashion blogging (mostly menswear and some womenswear) as well as endlessly interesting street style photos (like below)...the sartorialist.


i can't believe i'm saying this...
...but this sofa at urban outfitters is just right.

also...over at designboom there's a wonderful profile of ernesto neto. his work must be seen (and smelt) to be believed.

Monday, March 06, 2006


i'm a huge fan of indie publishers.
this one has lots of interesting books.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

accidental interview #2
...a periodic presentation from hoping for happy accidents



knights at the round table, 22"x30", gouache on paper
(click for a larger view)

denise despirito is a visual artist. her intricate works in pen, pencil, watercolor and gouache pull you in and stun you with their detail, texture and quirkiness. in her drawn collages, she layers phantom images from sources like national geographic and fashion magazines, inviting us into a landscape that is at once dreamy and distinct.

where were you born?
long island, new york

where were you educated?
SVA

when did you know you wanted to be an artist?
i never really thought it was something to be, i kinda always thought
it was something you just were.

what inspires your art?
everything, especially walking around new york and the huge amount of
visual stimulation you experience by just walking - over bridges,
through different neighborhoods, just seeing, doing and being here -
movement,the highs and lows, the intricacies of hand-crocheted designs
i first saw my grandmother do....

happiness is...
+ friends and family
+ babycakes
+ marty links hallmark cards saved from the 70's
+ my so-called life dvd box set
+ seitan steak sandwich with caramelized onions, soy cheese
and mayo on whole-wheat roll with salad and creamy dill dressing from bliss
+ photographer friends documenting our lives
+ hot spiked cider

browsing often...
+ cinders gallery and store
+ printed matter
+ savers

wishing for...
+ acupuncture
+ a free studio
+ sustainable living
+ a middle ground
+ tolerance

listening to...
+ the skin of my yellow country teeth by clap your hands say yeah!
+ anything anything by dramarama
+ aeiou by freeze
+ '93 'til infinity by souls of mischief
+ heartbeats by the knife

escaping with...
+ the language change by kevin hooyman
+ grapefruit by yoko ono
+ buddhism plain and simple by steven hagen
+ all souls' rising by madison smartt bell

morning...
picking one song to listen to on repeat on my first train ride of the day.

noon...
eat soup.

night...
if i am at home, that 70's show reruns.

what are you looking forward to?
+ a trip south
+ a better understanding
+ finally getting to read the stack of free magazines from fashion week
+ my own website
+ scope
+ the whitney biennial
+ spring
+ trees growing leaves again

the future is...
wide open

the past is...
more present then we think

your happiest accident...
my cell phone dying at just the right moment

Saturday, March 04, 2006


...super great new postcards by artist catherine ryan over at day-lab

Friday, March 03, 2006


the trailer for the new, soon-to-be-released (?) documentary on matthew barney's work can be viewed here.

if only the gorgeous trailer of drawing restraint 9 was on-line too...


i'm somewhat back in the swing of things today...

inspiration comes in the form of ruth asawa's work.
(i can't seem to remember where i found this link, but whoever you are...thank you!)


as well as al taylor, discovered via moco loco.

and anticipation comes in the form of a film featuring iannis xenakis:
iannis xenakis: la legende d'eer
film by bruno rastoin
played with 7-channel tape mixed live by gerard pape.
at the anthology film archives
on 3.3.06
at 8pm

Thursday, March 02, 2006



i'm enchanted by this book.
(via rena tom)

+ these photos are interesting
(via jean snow)

+ as well as these
(via mav)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


i've been looking everywhere for the perfect coin purse.

this past weekend, i had to fight back vicious pangs of jealousy when my boyfriend's sister maya (who's great fun to be with and adorable! hello maya!) unearthed the perfect little navy blue coin purse at a brooklyn salvation army. and it only cost 99 cents. argh.
it was exactly right...small, but not too small...
not too childish...no silly print...refined...classy...
like something audrey hepburn would have pulled from her purse to pay for a cappuccino.
so this week, when i stumbled across this one...i was thrilled.
it was love at first sight.
and i have to admit, this one is definitely more me.