Friday
Aug022013

Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 2 of 2

It's been a busy week wrapping up projects and "thinking" about packing for our vacation (although I haven't actually started packing yet :) We are excited for a little time off! Before I go I wanted to send out my second post about lighting from the ICFF. (first one here). There's some really great ideas, what do you think?! You can click on the titles of each section for links to learn more. 

David D'Imperio Lighting

Very eye catching designs with lots of pattern and geometry. My hands down favorite was the entire linear suspension line. So unique and beautiful. Technical and fluid at the same time, all around a great design.

Crystalmeth faceted design

Ozone

I also liked this drum pendant design

Diadema

Serip Organic Lighting

Portugal based lighting designs, organic here meaning looking natural (not made with "organic" materials) with it's branch-like tentacles grabbing onto glass droplets. Together this creates a very sculptural & unique lighting fixture.

Aqua

Nenufar

Bespoke Global

Well with a name like and a website full of interesting and unique projects it sounds like they can make anything custom. Here are two of my favorite lighting designs they had.

Tubular Light

Virus Lights

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Wednesday
Jul312013

Bright Ideas from ICFF: Part 1 of 2

Where is the time going?!? I can't believe tomorrow will be August already! I have spent the past few weeks organizing the last bit of ICFF information I collected and so I'm ready to send out my last few product round ups! I wanted to send lighting next since I've been thinking about a few design projects that involve lighting. It's always great to see what new stuff is out there! Here is the first post of two.

Apparatus

Vintage aged brass, etched glass, porcelain, one of a kind. I like the clustered look of the light below.

Cloud

The open and minimal look of this one.

Highwire

And the teardrop shaped bulbs on this one...

Triad with exclusive matte white bulbs and hand cast porcelain

Marset

Barcelona based design firm has come up with a line of outdoor lighting with innovative combinations of materials, like the Txl lamp below. I like that you can bring the inside "out" with these, they look like normal living room lamps.

Txl outdoor lighting

I like the combination of materials in this floating shade concept.

Mercer table lamp

And this lamp is designed to play with light and shadow with it's narrow slits.

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Thursday
Jul252013

Impromptu Gatherings & Surprise Guests: Quick Tips to Prepare!

The summer season is a wonderful time to entertain and catch up with friends. It's so easy to throw together a BBQ or pool party (if you have one). Gatherings are typically casual and relaxing - especially if you can be outside for the majority of the time. But hectic schedules and bad weather change plans quickly. Even if you plan your soiree outdoors you'll most likely greet your guests at the front door and they will probably use the bathroom at some point. And then if it rains... well then you'll stay indoors. I recently read an article in my local paper that I found to be a good refresher for last minute entertaining and wanted to share: "Half an hour to prepare for guests? Some tips". 


Some people find cleaning therapeutic and don't mind a routine weekly cleaning session. And those people are always welcome to our house to help--- cleaning is definitely not my favorite! Having guests over is really the best incentive that gets us cleaning. And at this point I think we've gotten really good at the last minute scramble. It's always good to have a basic strategy and to prioritize, and even better if you have someone to help you. Here are a few of my favorite tips from the article.

10 Minutes of Cleaning


Focus on the areas that guests will be entering, such as the kitchen, bath, front entry, main living room. Wipe down surfaces in the kitchen and bath, then grab an old sock or rag to dust visible surfaces in the living and dining room.

   

For a sink full of dirty dishes (like mine always is) consider stashing them in the oven to make room for new ones.

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A quick vacuum of carpets or rugs in the main areas - and add a dash of deodorizer or baking soda as you go.

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10 Minutes of Hiding Clutter

I'm sure you've all heard this before - grab an empty basket to collect the clutter. Then hid this in a bedroom or closet with doors closed. This basket helps to keep the clutter together and is easier to find and sort afterwards instead of stashing things in different drawers and closets as you go. If you have a pretty basket you could leave it in plain sight by tossing a pretty throw on it. 

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Wednesday
Jul172013

Handmade Hardware : ICFF

The hardware is often used as the jewelry of the room, as I talked about in this post. These designs are very industrial and sculptural at once. Combining the hard metal with custom shapes and hand carved details and you get something very personal indeed!

I have included links to each of the products below but for some reason they aren't showing up in their normal green and are gray instead. So if you'd like to know more info just hover your mouse over the italicized words below each picture and you'll find the links there.


Olson Kundig Architects

Another integrated design: Peek sliding door pull


Phillip Watts Design

This company from across the pond designs and manufactures custom hardware and various commission works. For their full portfolio you can take a look through their website here:http://www.philipwattsdesign.com/  Here are a few of my favorites, starting with these porthole designs. 

The thing I found most interesting about these designs is they are DDA Compliant - which are requirements set in the UK for the Disability Discrimination Act. Imagine being in a wheelchair and not knowing what's behind the door before you open it? Some doors have a window on the top but these portholes allow easy and stylish views for everyone of all different ability levels. Some of their design also offer a perimeter handle that allow for easy opening anywhere. 

Sculptural Handrails & Handles

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Wednesday
Jul102013

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 2

Phew it really feels like summer here in the northeast...  it's been kind of refreshing to look at all these water related designs! Here are some more beautiful fixtures and hardware design from the ICFF, as a follow up from my previous post.

Blu Bathworks

Now I remember some of the photos I lost during my computer transition.... I took photos of their booth during ICFF because I liked how they showcased their sinks with engravings and colors. These screen shots from their brochure and website will have to substitute!

Blu Bathworks ICFF booth 2013

Blu-stone bathtub with engraving along the sides.

Colorful lime green tub made from proprietary blu-stone

Rohl

Handcrafted sinks from Shaws of Darwen in partner with Rohl.

Rohl offers a line of water filtration options (for information on how it works click here), this one shown in an inca brass finish.

Graff

Headquartered in Milwaukee with locations throughout the world, they provide modern bath fixtures for the industry. I found it impressive that during manufacturing they created a zero discharge system and they recycle 100% of their brass and paper products so just about everything they create is either recycled or recovered. Bravo Graff!

Here is my favorite of their from the show - their new Ametis line. This is definitely a stand out design and I love the LED light around the toggle... so technical looking and not your typical bath fixture. I had a hard time finding more information (and pictures!) but I hope the LED changes with the water temperature. I photographed their catalog so apologies for not having the most clarity!

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Thursday
Jul042013

Jumbo Yard Games and Pizza on the Grill

Happy 4th of July Everyone!!

I hope you are all able to carve out some time to enjoy the holiday! If you are staying home or entertaining this weekend here are some fun yard games to play - the bigger the better!

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This is my favorite idea so far. and I first heard about this from someone I used to work with (Mike R, if you ever stumble upon this I am giving you 100% credit right here!) At first it might sound dangerous to have large chunks of wood tumbling down all over making loud noises... But isn't that part of the fun? :)

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Apparently it even makes a good wedding game! I saw several wedding reception photos including Jumbo Jenga. No danger here!

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Tuesday
Jul022013

Crafty Spaces

I just wrapped up a consultation with a fun client who wants to turn a spare bedroom into her crafting workspace. At the beginning of each design project I like to do some research that serves both as inspiration and an easy way to talk about their needs and wants for the space.

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Once I started researching I kept finding more and more creative storage and workspace solutions! There are so many great options out there it can certainly be hard to choose. Some general things to consider when making your decision are: how long you plan to stay in your home (which will help you figure out what type of investment to make), what is your budget, who uses the space, what for, and most importantly is how do you work?

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My biggest suggestion is to create a system that works the way you do. Are you a piler or filer? Do you like to spread out to work or do you keep things confined to one desk? Do you craft solo or with a group? Do you like to do crafts in the heart of the action so you don't miss anything, or do you like a peaceful escape? Everybody works differently and there is no wrong solution. It's a ton easier to create a custom workspace that fits your style rather than changing the way you work.

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After talking through some ideas we narrowed down the essentials to scrapbook supplies, finished album storage, and the longest possible work surface for spreading out pages while working! Given this criteria I suggested getting quotes from both California Closets and Elfa, the wall system from The Container Store. Both are fantastic options and I can't wait to see which she chooses!

California Closets - craft

California Closets - craft

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Wednesday
Jun262013

ICFF KITCHEN & BATH: Part 1

Here it is... I am finally catching up on the rest of my ICFF material! Although quite some time has passed since I first went to the show I feel it is still worth showing all these beautiful designs. Some of them might not be a good fit for your home per se, but I love to show what the design world has been up to - pushing boundaries and exploring options. It's almost like the fashion runway for product design, and it's at shows like these that new designs are introduced and some design elements will trickle down into every day designs. 

Hardware in general is like the jewelry of the room. Literally... they are shiny, mostly metal, and used as an accent and accessory. Such a small detail in the grand scheme of a room design but it's something you physically interact with everyday so it becomes a very personal product, especially in the kitchen and bathroom!

My hands-down favorite during the show was Italian design company Fantini. Their collections are very diverse and each one equally beautiful! Their "I Balocchi" line was really fun and colorful. I liked their chunky handles and could see this working well in a kids bathroom or just anywhere you want to add some fun color!

I Balocchi

With their logo on the handle and bright color it also has a "sportcar" aesthetic - what do you think?

They also had a beautifully elegant collection called Venezia with handles made from murano glass. It's such a beautiful material combination for a bathroom that really creates a boutique feel, like a decorative perfume bottle.Venezia

Venezia

Venezia

 

And how about this spa-like bathroom? I love their shower head options mounted in the ceiling.Acqua Zone

And it comes with "chromotherapy" options, which basically means providing an atmosphere of color to help improve mood and energy levels. I actually did my product design thesis on color therapy and had a similar idea, but didn't pursue water as my method of transmitting color, although I do love this!

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