Tuesday, March 31, 2009
British designer Bethan Laura Wood's clever Stain Cups are designed to become more beautiful with each use. Wood treats the inside of each porcelain teacup so that, over time, certain areas pick up more stain than others. "The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed," she explains.
The cups are £35 (about $50) each. Contact Wood directly to order, and check out more of the young designer's innovative wares right here.
Russian Avant Garde Female Oil Painting
Schmid Porcelain Espresso Cups and Saucers
Vintage Thonet Bentwood Chair
Ib Kofod Larsen Penguin Chair
30s French Tufted Chesterfield Mohair Sofa
Modernist Marble Birds
Signed Raymor Bitossi Harlequin Lidded Jar
1970s Ingo Maurer Big Pop Art Bulb Ceiling Lamp
1940s Stylish Bauhaus Modernist Scissor Wall Lamp
Rare Pair 1950s Kalmar Stilnovo Cone Lamps
Pair Midcentury Modern Sphere Hoop Chairs
Vintage Brancusi Marble Occasional Table
Wooden Manequin Head
54-Liter Green Glass Demijohn
Long + Low Selig Sofa and Loveseat Set
Midcentury Modern Wall Sconce With Twin Metal Shade Diffusers
Rosenthal Orientalische Nachtmusik Bjorn Wiinblad
Note: These auctions all end between now and Thursday evening, April 2. Happy bidding!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thirty two years after a still-unsolved murder brutally ended her flamboyant and controversial life, Florence Broadhurst's dramatic designs are still as heart-stopping as the day she dreamt them up.
Broadhurst's intensely colorful, geometric and nature-inspired patterns are available as indulgent fabrics and luxe wallpapers, and British firm Knots Interiors came out with a line of Broadhurst rugs in 2007. Now, several more of the Australian icon's timeless designs have been reproduced as handknotted wool-and-silk rugs by the U.S.-based, high-end carpet company Woven Accents.
A few of my faves from this new collection:
Honeycomb in cornflour
Floral 300 in scarlet and ivory
Kabuki in olive and brunette
Solar in saffron and navy
Japanese Floral in tangerine
Horses Stampede in noir and steel
Siam in cream and aqua
The rugs are available for order through L.A's Woodson & Rummerfield's. (The cost: Most likely more than many of us can afford. But let's all just indulge in a collective swoon anyway, OK?)
P.S. For more on Broadhurst, pick up a copy of the gorgeous book, Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives.
John Kostick's mesmerizing Six Axis Bronze Star is a beautiful physical expression of a complex geometrical concept: The handcrafted "symmetrical non-Cartesian multiple-axis joining of beams" was inspired by a speech given by synergetic visionary Buckminster Fuller at Brandeis University.
The math, no doubt, is light years beyond my feeble abilities in that area. The beauty, however, is easy to grasp. And over time, the metal wire that forms the gracefully intersecting axes of this collapsible star will develop a rich brown patina with a subtle green undertone.
Kostick's six-point star is $60 at Canoe, or $20 for the smaller Tetraxis Bronze Star, above.
(Via Portland Spaces.)
I'm so thrilled to have welcomed several wonderful new sponsors this past month -- including Hello Victory, Modernica, Sue Augustyn Interior Design, Janus Home, Digs Inside & Out, 3 Fish Studios, and Verre New York.
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Friday, March 27, 2009
If you're in the Bay Area this weekend, be sure to stop by ceramic artist Whitney Smith's Spring Sample Sale on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Smith is making space in her studio by clearing out not-quite-perfect items -- which are 10 to 70 percent off regular retail -- prototypes, older pieces, and even some brand-new designs (her organic-modern Lichen Collection, for instance, is a particular fave of mine). The studio is located at 539 Athol Ave. at Cleveland in Oakland.
And if you're not in the area, don't despair -- Smith will be filling the "Sale" section of her Etsy shop with bargains starting on Sunday, March 29.
See more of Smith's gorgeous handmade ceramics right here.
Mexican Otomi Embroidered Queen Bedspreads in Purple, Yellow, Pink, Green, and Aqua
Red Channel Letter "L"
Original Bertoia Chair Frame
Vintage Task Work Light
Midcentury Modern Danish-Style Lounge Chairs
Letterpress "Collage of Letters and Cuts"
Original Charley Harper Serigraph
Vintage Architectural Metal Sign Letter
1950s Woman Oil Painting
Gustavberg "Eva" Cups and Saucers
Vintage Arteluce-Style Floor Lamp
Six Retro Demitasse Cups & Saucers
Wooden Boot Forms
Set of Four Eames Herman Miller Shell Chairs
Except for the "Buy It Now" Otomi bedspreads, these auctions all end between now and Sunday evening, March 29. Happy bidding!