December 24, 2006

December 21, 2006

Saks Fifth Avenue

I'll admit my complete design nerdyness and say that this one took my breath away. The pure genius that is Michael Bierut is exhibited once again by Pentagram's work on the redesign of Sak's Fifth Avenue's identity set to launch in on January 2, 2007. I highly recommend you read about "the process behind the development of an identity with more variations than there are electrons in the known universe." (images for Pentagram's website)

Take one classic logo from 1973, add a touch of Joe Finocchiaro, put on a black square, and divide into 64 smaller squares.

Beautiful in and of themselves, but try. . .

Mixing until nicely blended. . .

And, voila! One absolutely stunning identity package.

P.S. Mr. Bierut, if you happen to be reading this and are hiring, I'm up for moving to the Big Apple!

December 20, 2006

Philosophy Mugs

Yes, I could use a little bit of this right about now:

These awesome Philosophy mugs are available at Paper Source. In addition to Calm, there is also: Create (I really want this one), Pause, Begin, Dream, Think. For me, "Calm" would be for filling with lemon chamomile tea and "Create" would be for filling with coffee! (photo from Paper-Source0, link via

December 19, 2006

Kelly Wearstler

You might have seen the beautiful Imperial Trellis wallpaper by interior designer Kelly Wearstler recently posted at design*sponge and the style files (from House & Garden's January issue featuring Chloe Sevigny's home). Well, here is an image from the interior of Kelly Wearstler's home (yet another great find from the Fall '06 O at Home). What a stunning kitchen. . .and gown!

If you heart rooms. . .

. . .check out decor8's new flickr group, Rooms I *heart* for lots and lots of inspiring interiors! These numbered stairs would be great going up to an attic space convered to a kid's play room (posted by idahostudios, found in Pottery Barn book - kid's rooms).

Allan McCollum: The Shapes Project

Allan McCollum's The Shapes Project is based on a "system" he designed to produce 31 billion unique shapes. . .one for each person in the planet to have their 2D design finger print of sorts. Truly, design for all:

To make certain that my system will be able to accommodate everyone, I have organized it to produce over 31,000,000,000 different shapes, which is more than the highest population estimates might require.

For the time being, around 214,000,000 of the shapes have been set aside for creative experimentation. These can be used for many different purposes—not only for fine art and design projects, but also for various social practices: as gifts, awards, identity markers, emblems, insignias, logos, toys, souvenirs, educational tools, and so forth.
I wondering how I can get my hands on one of these designs. . .say number 29,534,250,493? Below are a few pics from recent shows of the project: (link via DesignObserver, photos from Allan McCollumn's site)

December 18, 2006

Helvetica: The Film

Ah, Helvetica. I can't say I love it. . or hate it. But I do like it.

I confess, I am looking forward to seeing Helvetica, a documentary by Gary Hustwit.

Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type.
(photo from

Marimekko sneakers

Spotted (pun intended) these fun Marimekko sneakers at Anthropologie. (photo from Anthropologie's website)

Crate & Barrel: Carnaby

Another great purchase this evening: Carnaby dipping dishes from Crate & Barrel, on sale for only $0.95 each! The cashier said that the line has been out for awhile, so the rest of the items will probably go on sale very soon. I'm waiting for a couple of platters and a tray to go on sale. . .haha, since they're so expensive at $10 for a platter and $13 for a tray.

Robert Sabuda

Yes, yes, I know these are NOT in black and white. . .but they are definitely worthy of posting! We were brave and hit the mall tonight to do some Christmas shopping and I picked up these awesome Robert Sabuda pop-up cards at the Met Museum Store (you can also get the cards on Amazon) for only $13 as they were 50% off! I almost bought two. . .actually, I still might go back tomorrow to pick up another tin. There are 26 cards with pop-ups from his Christmas Alphabet book. Check out Robert's website, he has tutorials for simple pop-ups you can make yourself.

Olilo on Etsy

There's no pitter-patter of little feet in our household, but everytime I need to buy a gift for a new baby, I go straight for the shoes, booties and socks. I saw these adorable booties by Olilo on Etsy's homepage today. (photos from Olilo's etsy site)

December 14, 2006

Where can I find. . .

I'm looking for a faux (or real!) white pearl strand necklace with a black ribbon, similar to the photo below and under $30. Or even a simple tutorial on how to make one myself? Emphasis on the simple as I've never made jewelry before! Any ideas? (photo from

December 13, 2006

Richard Saja

Definitely NOT your mother's toile! (Thanks to OhJoy! for this great find, photos from Richard Saja's blog)


I, myself, am an Etsy newbie hoping to someday soon fill up a little online store of my own. . .but their newest contest sounds like an interesting challenge to take on:

The word Upcycling was coined by William McDonaugh and Michael Braugart in their book on ecologically intelligent design, Cradle to Cradle. In the simplest terms, upcycling is the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value. In this contest we challenge all Etsy users to create an object to sell on Etsy that is comprised of materials that would have otherwise ended up in the trash heap.
First prize is a trip to San Francisco, I think I could handle that!


Did you hear about Milton Glaser's answer that has the graphic design world buzzing? A good read and more context and links to other article and discussions at Design Observer. (photo from Design Observer)

December 12, 2006

Mae Mougin

Another find in my out-of-the-ordinary-yet-recently-purchased O at Home magazine was the porcelain tableware of Mae Mougin. I really like the how the pieces are embossed with type, symbols and even cheese stamps. (photos from Mae Mougin's site)

One for Team Jolie

I am not usually one to rave over celebrities. . .but Team Aniston vs. Team Jolie aside, I do like Angelina's style--simple yet stunning, mostly in black--and often find myself wishing I had her closet. This Reem Arca dress is just gorgeous. .and I love the look of this crisp with jacket with black skinny pants. (photos from

White Forest Pottery

Just beautiful. (Link via DesignSponge and port2port, photos from White Forest Pottery's site)

Nested Rose Bowls: I love layers of texture in all white.

Hot Cocoa Mug: It almost looks soft, like you're drinking out of yummy marshmallow!

December 11, 2006

Black & White Gift Guide

A fun flash site with interesting gift ideas at Carbone Smolan's Black & White Gift Guide. (screenshots of Carbone Smolan's website, link via SpeakUp)

Contemporary Cloth

Thank you, again, decor8 for all the fabulous discounts. . .but today's post with with all this black and white fabric from Contemporary Cloth really hit the spot (at least for me)! (photo from decor8)

December 10, 2006

Interior Inspiration

O at Home is not one of my usual magazine reads, but I'm a sucker for "before & after" features and with a headline "Get Organized!: The O-What-a-Mess Challenge" I had to take a peek inside the Winter 2006 issue while at the grocery store the other day. . .and I ended up buying it!

Here are a few treats from an article about the renovation of a 645 sqft. NYC apartment owned by Jane Mount, a online furniture importer and artist, and Darko Karas, a graphic designer. I couldn't find the article online, so these are just scans of the magazine pages--which didn't turn out so great on my little all-in-one Epson, but hopefully you get the idea! (photos and quotes from O at Home Winter 2006)

"Jane and Darko painted the cupboards with Chalkboard Cupboards painted with Benjamin Moore Studio Finishes chalkboard paint and then had fun drawing their own pictures."

"Jane loved Dutch designer Tord Boontje's lacy, laser-cut curtain so much that she hung it in her shower. She put transparent cloth liner behind it, keeping the water in the shower bu still allowing light from the window over the tub to spill into the bathroom."
"By covering Cole & Son's "Woods" wallpaper with glass, Jane and Darko created a tree-themed backsplash."

December 08, 2006

Peter Wegner

"Wow" is about all I can say. I really like the clean, graphic forms and the bold scale scale of his work. (p.s. there's lots of other pieces in color, too) (Link via Design Observer, photos from Peter Wenger's site)


Shades of Grey (Dewey Decimal)


A mesmerizing flash illustration of sorts, "a woman, from the inside out" according to Design Observer.

Carnaby line at Crate & Barrel

Thanks to print+pattern for posting more on the Carnaby line at Crate&Barrel! (photo from p+p)

Discounts via Decor8

If you haven't been checking out decor8 lately, you MUST! Tons of stores are offering special discounts for decor8 readers. This Count Piggy from not neutral would be perfect for saving up for my pepper white with black racing stripes Mini Cooper convertible. (photo from not neutral's site)

December 07, 2006

Allison Fomich

I love the graphic patterns of these plastic rings by Allison Fomich. . .and, they're only $6 a pop at tigerllyshop on etsy. The 2 Ring Gift Certificate or Button Ring of the Month Club would make a great stocking stuffer! (photo's from tigerlillyshop's etsy site)

Ink Blot Plates

How fun would these Ink Blot Series Plates (by Kathleen Walsh for Walteria Living) be at your next dinner or holiday party? Here's a description from

. . .inspired by a 19th century parlor game called blotto. a pre-cursor to the use of inkblots by rorschach in modern research psychology as personality tests, blotto encouraged right-brain thinking in a social setting. it is the intent of this series to simulate a similar dialogue and promote togetherness around the dinner table. . .
Encourage more right-brain thinking and promote togetherness. . .I like the sound of that! (photo from

Small Stump

I think there is a spot right here on my desk for three of these "stand tall little stump (gray)" by smallstump. It's super cute for the holidays, but I could handle having them on display year round! Check out other great finds at smallstump on etsy. (photo from smallstump's etsy site)

Warhol-idays at Barney's

Although Barney's is a bit out of my price range, it's very tempting to break the bank for some Warhol gear. I love the quote on this shirt! Once again, I'm wishing for a trip to the big city to see the Warhol Windows in person. (Thanks to for the head ups, photos from Barney's site)