Category Archives: trends

ICFF 2010 Favorite: Studio Dunn.

 We almost missed Studio Dunn entirely! We started out the afternoon on the opposite end of the show space and by the 5:00 p.m. closing time we were only half way through. Thankfully, we sped up and rushed through the second-half of the exhibits, where we happened upon Studio Dunn.

The New England-based studio was founded by Asher Dunn (a graduate of RISD) and an offshoot of Keeseh Studio, which is a Rhode Island-based commuity woodworking studio. Studio Dunn strives to be environmentally concious by minimizing waste and using solid American hardwoods sourced from sustainable forests. We were immediately struck by the craftmanship that goes into each piece. The shapes are mindful of midcentury Dutch design but ultimately evoke a decidely modern appeal — something we saw across the board at this year’s ICFF.  If accolades are any indication as to a design studio’s industry appeal, Studio Dunn’s trajectory looks promising — this year it won the ICFF Editors Award for Best New Designer.

Advertisements

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.

ICFF: Saturday evening.

Later that evening after a nap and some delicious homemade turkey burgers (Thanks, Rich!) we headed to Greene Street for the Poetic License show at Moss. We arrived late to a packed gallery but managed to enjoy ourselves and pick out our favorite pieces.

Afterwards it was back up to Chelsea’s Milk Gallery to catch the much-anticipated launch of Dune‘s newest collection Enamored, which featured new works by Karim Rashid, Harry Allen, Richard Shemetov, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Jozeph Forakis, and Carlos Gastelum. The collection is quite futuristic, featuring space-age shapes and bright flourescent hues — certainly not for everyone, but then not everyone can afford to outfit their home with furniture that isn’t mass produced. We threw in the towel around 11:00 p.m., walking back by Chelsea Market where we started our day.


banksy hits boston.

I opened the paper today to a giant photo of a Banksy piece on Essex Street in Chinatown (right around the corner from our place). The proper authorities have been informed (Ryan and Dollar) and are going to investigate. I love living downtown.

Apparently, he’s hit Central Square, too.

Updated: If you’re looking for the Bansky piece, it’s located here, on the back wall of Kaze Shabu Shabu.

Comme des Garçons x Beatles Working Lady Bag.

The only thing I own bearing the Comme des Garçons logo is a plastic Visionaire doll that I won on eBay four years ago. I was trying to win it as a surprise for a friend of mine, but it was only after I’d paid $65 for the little plastic guy that we realized we had been bidding against each other the whole time, thus driving up the price. Much laughter ensued.

Annnyyyway, my point is that I’ve now laid my eyes on another piece of Comme des Garçons merchandise that needs to find its way onto my arm . . .

CDG x Beatles Working Lady Bag

Available locally at Uncle Pete’s.

the best bicycles for the stylish set.

The inspiration from Amsterdam

When springtime hits, it’s inevitable that my mind starts dreaming of bicycles. Suddenly, I begin to notice all of the Dutch bicycles and cruisers on the street and envision myself on my morning commute looking like those gorgeous Amsterdamers who have mastered workday fashion atop a bicycle. If you’ve never been to Amsterdam, it’s worth visiting just to see these gorgeous specimens speeding around the city — in suits and dresses no less!

Here are some of my favorite cycles from Adeline Adeline (a cute female-centric bike shop that recently opened in Tribeca) and from Public (DWR founder Rob Forbes’ new company, aimed at bringing stylish city bike a la Dutch to us Americans).

 Linus Dutchie 1 Speed Upright Bicycle from Adeline Adeline

PUBLIC D3, $850.00 from PUBLIC

 Abici Granturismo Donna 1 Speed Italian Bicycle, $950 from Adeline Adeline

PUBLIC M8, $1,200.00

 Abici Granturismo Uomo 1 Speed Italian Bicycle From Adeline Adeline

And a miserable day to you too . . .

I can’t remember exactly how we came across Darcel, but we’ve been following him from his early blogging days, eagerly awaiting his next adventure. We’ve watched as he’s moved into a fifth-floor walk-up and recovered from nagging Fashion Week hangovers, and now Darcel (or more appropriately artist Craig Redman) has landed himself smack dab in the thick of aboslute hipness with a show at Colette. 

For the month of May, visit the Rue Saint-Honore boutique to catch “And A Miserable Day To You Too,” showcasing Redman’s Darcel sculptures, prints, and various other merchandisable bobs and bits. Can’t make it to Paris? Le sigh. You can also purchase Darcel merchandise on the Colette Web site.