There was this old man that used to come in to the coffee shop where I often write, plopping himself on a big red sofa and spending hours sifting through wrinkled books and weathered photographs, magnifying glass in hand. Every now and then, he would look up and breathe in a deep, satisfied sigh, as
Furniture with intention is something that – in my art directing days – I was incredibly drawn to. I loved learning that, historically, wingback chairs were stationed near fireplaces to keep warmth in the head/torso areas, while a chaise “daybed” was designed to encourage mid-day napping at noon. So naturally, the Growth Table from L.A.
One of my favorite parts of this interview with photographer Isabelle Wenzel was the realization that, as a young girl, she’d trained to be a professional acrobat. Even more surprising, of course, were the incredible bits of life wisdom she found nestled into her practice. And although she shared some amazing insights, one in particular
Some days, I fantasize about having a day job. One with a real office and real water cooler and real office supply closet where the paper smells like memories and the coffee tastes of community. I’m like that. I’ve always been like that – a dreamer, painting perfect portraits of other worlds where the grass
When Ken and I first married (eights years ago next month!), I remember feeling this overwhelming sense of responsibility. It was as if by signing a marriage license, I’d signed a contract for a slew of household roles: the chef, the hostess, the maid, the mother (eventually), the butler, the baker, the candlestick maker. You
It’s a philosophy that Judith ascribes to in her life, as well. “I kind of love mostly everything that I make,” she writes. “I mean there are duds and unsuccessful pieces of course, but each thing build upon the next. Failures are as important as the successes that’s when you know you are pushing the boundaries and figuring out something new. I guess for me its all a work in progress, never ending really.”
“At the heart of my work is a fascination with the mundaneness of the everyday,” Corey writes. “Objects are overlooked, they become invisible in this blur of overfamiliarity with the daily inattention. When we look at the everyday objects we don’t stop to think about them, in ways of colour, shape and form, we just accept what they are, no questions are asked.”
British designer Sarah Reader’s swimwear brand Project 104 explores this relationship between our body and choices in its debut collection, “My Body, My Shrine.” Limited edition swimsuits depicting addictive lifestyles are displayed in the midst of artifacts associated with each, from candy-coated gluttony to poker-chipped greed. And the suits are lovely, yes. But the challenge is even more so.