inspired by a friend yesterday to pick this up, and start posting with greater frequency… and then, happened to check out the artwork for this album i’ve been repeating today. guess it’s a sign!

more patterns and other pretty things to come



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these limited edition lamps by Inga Sempé for Moustache are so lovely that they inspired a post. (there’s been an embarassing lapse in frequency for my updates) these pleated lamps have detailed patterning, and are made of Tyvek with an iron base. I love the suspended pendant version. they are so playful!

all pictures were found here, on the oneweekofdesign blog, sourced here. for more information visit www.moustache.fror

on a related note, i saw this installation over the weekend in milwaukee at the lynden sculpture garden. i didn’t catch the artist’s name, but wanted to include this image of the collage.

it’s all strips of paper, configured to create a field. in person it appears 3-dimensional, but it’s actually only the thickness of the strips, all depth is created through the shaping of the field. the colors are quite pretty.

so, just a quick snapshot of things that have crossed my mind today. more patterns and other pretty things to come!


the first thing i read this morning inspired me to write, and now as i go back to edit i think i’ll just leave it stream of consciousness. happy reading!

this post on critic Robin Givhan discuses contemporary criticism in the fashion world, but is relevant to a range of disciplines. Givhan wrote an article on Karl Lagerfeld’s work with Chanel, and consequently fell out of favor with the fashion house. her thoughtful writing supports her integrity as a critic, but this honest criticism comes with industry backlash. ny mag pegs her as an endangered species in the blurry world of journalism and blogging, where the surge of fashion writers gush that they love!, covet!, and want everything!

“It’s got to be more than just ‘I loved it or I hated it,’ … You’ve got to explain your thinking — how you got there. Criticism is not personal opinion. At its best it’s opinion based on a set of facts that are set in context. I’ve seen shows that I’ve loved but I knew that critically they were not great. And vice versa.”

this quote sparked memory of experiencing critiques in both architecture studio and  printmaking (and other fine arts) studios. in architecture school, crits were almost always a panel of assorted critics, often focused as much on their attempts to out-do each as the quality student work, stringing connections to architectural precedent. the paradigm of the crit included strong personal opinions, (usually) grounded in context with objective parameters for hitting the mark. printmaking was always more subtle, perhaps this is why i gravitated towards the balance between the two disciplines. most of our pin ups were initially within the studio, and thus it became imperative to develop a vocabulary for constructive critique. not, “i like your use of color,” but instead, “your use of color is successful because it creates an atmosphere” or whatever. ok, that wasn’t necessarily the most convincing example, but you get the idea.

my printmaking instructor teresa cole continues to be a strong influence in my development as an artist interested in pattern and printmaking. she works with a range of media, and her painterly compositions with highly detailed imagery are inspiring, dancing around the page, paper, or panel. her work is subtle- in person, it is mesmerizing. here’s a link to her website, hoopskirt press, and here are a few selected images of her work and process:

i loved that studio space at tulane. as a student, i had no idea how rare our access to natural light and a large open facility was. i haven’t gotten into making my own print work in new york yet, but i’m getting antsy. i have been collecting ideas… i recently went to the printed matter inc store in chelsea. i first went there with a fellow printmaker and architecture grad from tulane when i was planning my move last summer, or maybe the summer before. this bookstore is a gem. their emerging artist program has produced one of my favorite new york finds, kim beck’s a field guide to weeds. this book imitates a 19th century pocket guide, with plant silhouettes which start as small weeds and eventually take over, page by page. the 5 color printing is amazing- a rich choice of colors, dense high-quality ink which saturates the page. every time i pick it i find more inspiration in the pattern developments. i am grateful that this book introduced me to her range of cross-disciplinary work- see her website.

speaking of chelsea- last weekend, i had brunch at tipsy parson. the wallpaper was bookshelves as in a library, with beautiful colors. i have been hunting for this wallpaper all week (to no avail- does anyone know who makes it?). i also loved the integration of those colors into other design items- the needlepoint-covered footstools in blues and greens, the window seats, the almost-mustardy gray of the lower walls- i can’t remember if it was wainscoting or chair rail. OH and the hand-painted floral wallpaper in the bathrooms… here are a few pictures from their website– i was too caught up with my date- and my bloody mary(s)- to take any of my own.

oh, and just for some sex appeal:

i wrote recently of florence broadhurst, whose patterns have recently been plastered on kate spade billboards all over soho. a renowned pattern maker of the same era but a different aesthetic is designer dorothy draper. her collaborations with carlton varney have produced, among other things, fabulous textile patterns. she pioneered the integration of bold baroque patterns with contemporary colors and pieces in a style she called “modern baroque.” her strong color combinations and eye for contrast lent to public spaces, such as hotel lobbies, elevated the comfort of high-quality interior design. (her work is the precedent for the look of contemporary bold coloration of traditional patterns now ubiquitous to crate and barrel, “shabby-chic” target, and ikea).

here’s a clip from their website’s section on color consultation: “The Draper pallet believes that the neutrals go way beyond beige, white, and grey. The Varney/Draper neutrals are soft aquamarine blue, sunny yellow and even pink. And you do know or may not; pink, chocolate, and caramel all go together.” the color combinations and hues are subtle but remarkable- i love the olive green leaves with the pastel blues and purples of the peonies in the princess grace kelly pattern.

the watercolor style of these patterns bring a familiarity to the old-school formality of their composition- they could live in your bathroom or as a panel in your apartment just as easily as they could grace the walls of a parlor in the carlyle (with some of dorothy’s most famous interior design work).

for more of these patterns, or to order wallpaper, visit carlton varney’s fabric and wallpaper site, by the yard. more of carlton’s textile design work can be found on their sister website, carlton v.: “The staple concept of the Carleton V Ltd. design studio is that color, scale, and texture are equal parts of the design spectrum. Our fabric line is constantly evolving in order to display the designs of yesterday in a synthesis with the design concepts of tomorrow.”

that print above is the bloomsbury. here’s an image of another textile, the bukara:

those colors and the setting are traditional, but one can easily imagine how this pattern could translate into a more contemporary setting. and, who can resist these charming pictures of carlton and dorothy at work:

well, that’s what you get for a pre-caffeinated post. more patterns and other pretty things to come.

real quick.


i want to go here (thanks, daily candy, for this post on visiting detroit)

honor and folly, in detroit. i’ve been thinking about a WI/MI trip this summer… and this picture is irrelevant to my potential trip but so pretty!

also, check out owner Meghan McEwen’s blog “Designtripper explores the intersection of travel and design with genuine curiosity and good taste.” sounds about right to me- and look at her desk portrait, i love when people post these!

that card on the side reminds me of orla kiely stationary i recently purchased….. which makes me want to wear this (thanks SugarRock for the pics):

from the Uniqlo+Orla Kiely collaboration- will stop by this weekend! on the uniqlo site:

and more.

this weekend we walked by the greenwich letterpress shop- i love my new york skyline letterpress cards, and they have great window displays! here’s their site

too bad they were closed for president’s day… we wandered over to the high line and then cookshop for lunch- yum. and, on the way, we saw these windows- anyone know anything about the paper or decals? i think it was on gansevoort or little west 12th.

and, a few shots of the new A.P.C. storefront in the West Village- i only snapped a few quick exterior shots, but these wooden louvers are great. from the outside, it’s the illusion of a picket fence or jewelry box. on the inside, there is a warm filtered glow and complete views outside to sant ambroeus and the weekend crowds. we’re not sure if it’s temporary or permanent, but i love it! (and take a look at these professional shots on racked)

update: yes, it is temporary. read the scoop here, and i love this response comment:

“APC (to be pronounced the French way) has always been an interesting and edgy clothing company. If they can shake up the West Village by either some clever marketing campaign or a new concept store, that’s not a bad thing, it sounds like this part of town is soon becoming more uptight than even the UES. Good job APC! To answer guess #12, Paris has rules this is true but they also built the Pompidou center in the middle of Le Marais, and FYI, Beirut has become a hot and trendy destination in the last few years.”

i’ll leave you with a fun timeline graphic, courtesy of the Columbia Building Intelligence Project– an interesting academic-industry collaborative project.

one of my best friends will be in town this weekend, and we have been throwing around activities. maybe stop by the foreclosed exhibit at moma– and a few print exhibitions in conjunction with print/out? dan flavin drawings at the morgan library? anyone else have thoughts?

more patterns and other pretty things to come

if you’re feeling indulgent today, check out kate spade‘s homage to florence broadhurst patterns with their new decor line.

the graphic japanese floral patterning is so interesting and well detailed. i love this pillow in coral, and the wallpaper!

a catalog of other florence prints can be found here at signature prints. her pattern work is so inspiring- i love the variety of color and textures within the pattern elements. look at this amazing image from signature print’s site:

and, some of their inspiration boards for integrating her patterns



our adorable intern printed this poster for the fridge today- great architecture valentine. i love the disclaimer at the bottom, too. any holiday centered on arts and crafts is fine by me, especially when it involves sending cards to your loved ones. here are some fun things to look at today:

the gilded age mansions on manhattan, on curbed– the one pictured above was demolished to build bergdorfs, isn’t that wild! “The only remnant of the mansion are its magnificent gates, which today provide the entrance to Central Park’s Conservatory Gardens at 104th and Fifth.”

this is my new favorite lip gloss. the packaging feels really fancy, like playing dress up, and the texture and vibrant color are so fun, especially for a “holiday” like today (or any other tuesday). i wear 10 pure redcurrant, which is basically a strawberry bubblegum color, and it really does change my entire day when i put it on. find it here.

of course i looked at this is glamorous this morning, here are some gems she’s posted recently- roseline has a great eye, and has an incredible sense for combining imagery:

here’s her valentines inspiration post:

and, if you’re like me and can’t get enough, look at her inspiration board.

one of my favorite gifts upon moving to new york was sibella court’s the stylists guide to new york. it is packed with great shops and secret gardens throughout the city, and well edited (read: neighborhood neutral). the book itself is textured like a scrap book, with notes, routes through the city, suggestions for snacks and lunch, etc.

it has been a really fun resource, and i enjoy the hunt. read more about sibella here. her book tipped me on to kiosk, the store i walked by every day on spring street that  was a mystery until i went in for most on my christmas shopping. this store is such a hidden gem. i get the sense it’s an excuse to travel and write it off as business expense… which is fine by me! they carry some unique items and knick-nacks from around the world. it is an oasis in a sea of big name shopping in soho, up a graffiti-ed staircase next to a mini cupcake kiosk (of course), not that i don’t also love walking by miu miu and mulberry’s window displays- see below, that wallpaper!

and speaking of wallpaper, i also walk by this in the morning:

alright, that’s kind of a grab bag… oh wait! i saw these marais mary janes today on dailycandy and really want them for spring

these animated e-cards from west elm are very sweet and pretty crafty. who wouldn’t want to receive a cute valentine??? and, the 5th one nice shout-out to la colombe- an excellent cup of coffee here in manhattan. in honor of valentines day, let me say that today, i am in love with my morning walk and especially my favorite coffee shop. this morning was my free coffee day at gimme coffee on mott street (oh hey, loyalty card). i love the enthusiastic coffee clerks, and as my first stop its always a great way to start the day. they recently switched from pies n’ thighs donuts (a loss i mourned over an email that  received a prompt response!) to dough donuts, which are different but also delicious….

happy valentines day, loyal readers. more patterns and other pretty things to come soon

winter patterns


gosh, apparently i’ve been hibernating. i’ve had some time to catch up at work this week, so here are some thoughts i’ve been sitting on.

these are images of the pattern development for the bayou-luminescence installation, by ISSStudio + PATH. the images, found here,  are so lovely, but i think these drawings of the process are really indicative of the level of thought and detail that goes into these small-scale installations. (side note, i was a designer and project manager for an installation the first year, 2008, with victor jones of fievrejones. i’ve really enjoyed visiting the installations over the years, and being my first winter away from new orleans i really missed participating.)

along that trajectory of design and scale, my friend claire anderson wrote a great post on the fair folks & a goat blog, about egg collective, a furniture design/build studio in brooklyn.  egg’s creative mission merges quality design, a commitment to heirloom quality furniture, and strong friendship. i love the way that claire writes about their work, cataloging all elements of that go into the micro and macro scale of running a furniture design business. plus, their work is lovely. here are a few pictures, you can see more on their website

i love that stumped lamp. i knew hillary, 1/3 of egg, in new orleans, but have gotten to know her and her work (and her saints dedication) more closely through our similarly timed summer moves up here.

i was in new orleans this past weekend, catching up with friends 6 months after i moved. there are subtle changes, but there’s also something comforting about returning to the favorites and familiars (case in point, i’m gone one weekend and come home to find out my corner bodega is closing today and she completely sold out on kinder candies before i had a chance to go stock up). i suppose things change at a different pace in different places, but also our perception of change is relative to our experience. i don’t really know how to tie this graphic in, but i love how it represents the icons of the 60s and 70s, when new orleans was the promise of urban grownth in the south before atlanta and houston surpassed it.

anyway, two new and amazing things to report. first- freret street is totally killing it. in terms of an urban development, it makes me wonder where oak went wrong and freret went right- or, why the freret area has been more lenient in granting restaurant/bar zoning and alcohol permits (micro scale tie-back to the new orleans/atlanta/houston conversation). when i left, cure had been going solid, but there’s now a whole strip of restaurants- multiple pizza places! dat dog II! (and friar tucks is a sushi place, what?!). everyone seems on board. the freret market this weekend was packed, insert shameless plug for my friend mary dipasquale and her art here.

second, the new orleans food co-op is finally open. the president, rachel riezman, is one of my best friends (and weekend host), and has been a strong volunteer of the co-op for years. it is amazing that they were able to pull it off. the shop looks great, the selection of products is incredible, and i love the mural on the outside.

dreams coming true, in a variety of ways….

i read this post by lebbeus woods yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it. many designers share these cross-over interests (and struggle to express/perfect the expresson of these values), and i feel that they end up in architecture and design as a way to spatialize these expressions regarding design, composition, light, materiality, you name it. while in new orleans, i also visited laurel at the glass studio, and saw the completed windows (see posts from last summer where i wrote about the process of designing and fabricating these, and here’s her site).

i can’t wait to see them installed! i imagine they’ll look something like this (laurel porcari, the glass artist; dave coon, architect with pelli on the xavier chapel project, and i on a site visit)

maybe i should make a february goal for posting… is it too late to resolve something for new years? what’s a reasonable expectation? do any of yall (my loyal 3 or 4 readers) have a request?

more patterns and other pretty things to come.