Category Archives: Modern

ICFF 2010 favorite: Brinca Dada.

 

 

When we spotted the Brinca Dada booth from across the convention hall aisle, and we immediately abandoned our planned trajectory to check out the miniature house perched atop a table. Since there were so many people gathered around, Brinca Dada founder Douglas Rollins (super nice guy) gave us a tour!The Emerson dollhouse is the first in the Brinca Dada line (with a townhouse and miniature furniture line to follow very soon).

Not only is the entire house made of non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints, but its six rooms — living room, library/office, master bedroom, bathroom, and child’s bedroom — are powered by solar panels! And yes, they really work! The Emerson also features mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, and recessed LED lights. Let me tell you, The Emerson beats the pants off the second-hand Fisher Price dollhouse that I exhaustively played with as a kid.

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a peek into our lives . . .

I was just sending along some links to a few friends when I came across an entire post devoted to our wedding from our wonderful photographers’ — Sweet Pea Photographyblog. We try to keep our personal details to a minimum on the function key, so in celebration of love and as an early Christmas gift to our fans, we’re giving you an inside look at some of our wedding photos. And all of sudden I’m back in my gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown, relishing the entire day . . .

I was determined to have the perfect day, but ultimately, there are some things you can’t control (my mom got sick the night before the big day and missed the rehearsal dinner, we forgot all of the pre-printed seating cards and ended up running to Michael’s at the last minute and making our own, and the list goes on . . . ). I had a true vision in mind (clean, white and black, and touches of chartreuse and peach) and wanted to incorporate minimalism with nostalgic touches from the past (we had a Polaroid guest book, our DJ spun mostly vinyl, and by request my dad loaned us his 1965 Corvette Sting Ray for the day). I even special ordered Funkin White Peach Puree to create the perfect Bellini cocktail. It was the biggest event I’ve ever planned, and it mostly went off without a hitch — there were a couple of napkin fires during the reception (don’t ask . . .), but otherwise, everything was absolutely perfect.

Without further adieu . . . a peek at our big day.

wired magazine’s gift list for geeks.

Wired‘s December issue includes a handy gift list highlighting 100 choice selections for the gadget-obsessed person in your life. I love gift giving and always wholeheartedly chose something special for everyone on my list. Here are a few nifty neato things that caught my eye:

No. 1: Dyson’s Air Multiplier Fan

Using Dyson’s Air Mulitplier technology, this fan from the future produces an uninterrupted stream of air sans blade and grill and is easy to clean.

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No. 2: Best Made Axes

According to Wired, after laying your eyes on a Best Made Axe all objects may succumb to kindling. Each axe is made to order — handcrafted and handpainted to your specifications.
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No. 3: SuperHeadz Plamodel Camera

SuperHeadz consistently produces the coolest novelty cameras. In this case, the DIY Plamodel arrives “model-airplane style” in plastic sheets, just snap apart, assemble, and then enjoy the grainy photos produced without using digital techonology on “gasp” film!

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No. 4: Casa Bugatti Vera Electric Kettle

Sure Bugatti makes cars most people will never be able to afford, but that doesn’t mean you can’t outfit your home with its products. This sleek electric kettle has an LED screen on the handle that alerts you when your water reaches its desired temperature. And for $300, it’s a lot less burdensome on your wallet.

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No. 5: Gaudí Stool

Bram Geenen’s carbon fiber stool has such an intricate design that only a 3D printer can translate it for production, and its price tag is equally as impressive. $5, 700 will buy you Geenen’s stool, modeled after Gaudí’s unfinished La Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.

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Browse now: the Design Research installation.

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A few weeks ago as I was rushing through Harvard Square, a glint of Marimekko fabric caught my eye. Could it be!? A huge Marimekko flagship store in Harvard Square!? Too good to be true, although there is a Marimekko concept store in Cambridge. I had forgotten about it completely, until I read an article in the Globe about the Design Research installation at the Design Research building in Harvard Square.

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I was unfamiliar with Design Research, but after doing a little research of my own, I came to learn that it was an interior furnishings and lifestyle accessories store started by architect Benjamin Thompson in 1953, right in Cambridge, Mass. D/R brought a lot of mid-century pieces into the local culture, and it’s most notably recognized as being the first US business that carried Marimekko textiles and clothing. In fact, Jackie O. bought a Marimekko dress at the Brattle Street store and was photographed wearing it for cover of Life magazine, spawning the Marimekko trend thats waxed and waned in the US over the past forty years.

The current D/R street-view installation celebrates both Benjamin Thompson and Marimekko. It is a recreation of the original lifestyle store that stood there until the late 70s, complete with imported pots from France (brought to the states from the Thompsons’ friend — and fellow Cambridge dweller — Julia Child; Thompson’s collection of butcher block tables; Marimekko frocks; and white Haitian-cotton covered couches. Unfortunately you can’t go inside, but the all glass facade is intentionally conducive to browsing.

Here are some great articles and blog posts I’ve found about the installation:

The Moment: “Now Showing | A Look Back at Design Research”

The Cottage (run by event organizer Nancy Hemenway)

A Bit Late: “D/R Rising”

And finally, “Through a glass brightly” from The Boston Globe.

Good to know: The D/R installation will be up and running through December 2009.

innermost dervish candle holders.

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Here’s an impressive element to add to your home decor — magnetic candle holders. In its second collaboration with Item, UK-based Innermost breaks the mold with its “Dervish” design. The new take on the traditional candelabra made its debut at Maison et Objet in September. Composed of metal and resin, the candle holders are available in a three finishes and three styles. Pretty nifty if you ask me!

Go! Pet Design eiCrate.

001We recently adopted a puppy (that’s him looking cute), his name is Dollar — we didn’t choose it, it’s the name he came with. We tried to change it for one day to Klaus (cause he’s a Dachshund Schnauzer mix — German, get it?) but it didn’t work out. So Dollar it is.

Now despite the fact that he has a little crate to sleep in (we like to call it his den), we’d still like to get him a more elaborate cage to transition into as he grows (hopefully not too big!). photo





So naturally, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect (nice design, not too expensive, safe, etc.) solution. Yesterday, I think I found it.

From Go! Pet Design, meet the eiCrate. I love the shape, and it’s actually the perfect size for our pooch (he’d look great sleeping in that little pod). Plus, Go! Pet offers a starter package for customers, which includes the crate, a cushion, and a crate cover — all for $330. Not too shabby.  And let’s be honest, what dog wouldn’t love to call that snazzy dome its home?–

sip of gold.

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Meet Sip of Gold by Furstenberg. Designed by Michael Sieger, these champagne cups are the perfect companion to your French bubbly. Each one is crafted from Furstenberg’s legendary porcelain, painted black, and then dipped in 24k gold. At $260/piece you might be popping $5 bottles of Andre instead of champagne, but who cares? Even water would taste like Cristal in a 24k gold rimmed glass. Cheers!