Spotted at the new Miansai shop on Crosby Street in Soho, these wonderful little knives from Opinel. Born in the Savoie region of France in 1890, this essential little knife has been in the pockets of some of the greatest artists, adventurers, navigators and mountaineers including Pablo Picasso, Roger Frison Roche and Jean-Louis Etienne. Opinel No8 is their most popular and versatile, and is small enough to be used as a pocket knife. You can pick from a variety of colors, but summer red gets our nod. $18, available at Opinel.






Check out this stunning tent just launched by Shelter Co. Supply out of San Francisco. “The Meriwether” is 16 feet in diameter and stands 9.5 feet tall at the center, large enough to comfortably sleep 4-6 adults. The tent includes stakes and poles and has a dry weight of 65 pounds with a fully attached waterproof vinyl ground sheet and water resistant canvas upper. Beyond it’s functional appeal, it just looks amazing, and will sit happily by the side of a winding river, far from civilization, or in your backyard ready for weekend soirees. $1,250, available at Shelter Supply Co.




Having good style isn’t just about dressing well and wearing the right clothes. It’s about living a complete lifestyle, from knowing how to pick out a great bottle of wine, to playing a killer playlist while entertaining, to setting up your home with timeless, beautiful pieces. LA-based company Modernica has created a series of fiberglass chairs that trace their roots to the late 1940’s and furniture pioneer Sol Fingerhut. Using a high pressure fiberglass molding process, the result was an ultra strong industrial grade material with a beautiful depth of color and translucency that made this chair (more…)


This nifty little gadget from Nespresso will give your morning cup of a coffee a smooth Italian makeover. The Aeroccino 3 is an ultra-simple and fast automatic system that produces a light and creamy hot or cold milk froth. Pour in the milk, press the button. In a few seconds, without noise or vibration, the Aeroccino prepares a delicious milk froth ideal for various coffee recipes, according to the season. $99, available at Nespresso.


By Leo Parker.

Charles Eames is a name which is synonymous with interior design, and though he lived and created over half a century ago, his pieces are just as relevant to today’s contemporary homes – a testament to the timeless nature of his vision and interior design aesthetic. Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907, Eames is invariably solely credited for his work, but a large proportion of his most iconic and celebrated designs were devised and created alongside his wife, Ray. Together they helped drive forward the modernist movement in furniture design and (more…)


During the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javitz Center in Manhattan I had the pleasure of speaking with artist and designer Mark Moskovitz. A graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art, one of  the countries top graduate programs, Mark received the Emerging Artist Award from Daimler in 2005, with his work “Writer’s Cabin” displayed in the companies headquarters in Berlin. Today his most notable piece, “Facecord,” is turning heads, having been featured in the New York Times and other notable publications. I spoke with Mark about Facecord, gaining inspiration from a 15th century painting and the allure of the urban lumberjack.


“Facecord” might be considered the piece of furniture/work of art that has put you on the map in the design world, is this fair and why do you think it has it captured so many people’s attention?

Facecord has certainly had the greatest reception for my studio thus far. I think it works on a few levels. On the one-hand, there’s the element of surprise when you approach it and it’s closed. Everyone wonders why I’m presenting a pile of logs as furniture. When they discover it’s a chest of drawers, jaws literally drop which is of course great fun for me as the designer/maker. I also think (more…)


Designer Ted Harrington of Terrapin Stationers is at it again. Check out these beautiful engraved bicycle note cards with map lined envelopes. They’re inventive, whimsical and bring a warm nostalgia for the days before email. For notes of appreciation that are most important, few things can match the meaningful gesture of a handwritten note. You may also like this earlier favorite. Engraved bicycle note cards, $22 for a set of 5. Available at Etsy. Here are a few other great options: (more…)


This is a great read for your next flight, Dwell magazine’s “Outdoor” special issue for Spring 2012. It’s loaded with beautiful photography, top product reviews and advice on setting up the perfect outdoor environment. One of the cooler stories is a look back at Isamu Noguchi’s public works projects, including a brilliant Japanese water park that is no longer in existence. The cover shot features a dining/relaxing/swimming outpost on a ranch in Texas.





Smart looking lighting is a quick and often inexpensive way to make design improvements at home. The Unfold Pendant Lamp by Swedish design team Form Us By Love is an update on a classic form that will fit naturally in creative work spaces. The pendant is made with a soft silicone rubber, giving it a modern and warm appearance, and enables it to be folded into a small package. Available in gray, black, blue, purple & yellow. $198, available at A+R.



For most of us city folk space is limited; instead of going hi-tech with your bike rack, opt for something organic and subtle. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Elevate Woodworks was founded by Brian LaBarbera who couldn’t find storage designs that he liked. He wanted a way to display his bike in a common area, while looking classy. We think he hit the mark. You can view his blog here, or purchase the above poplar rack for $100, on Etsy. (sweet bike not included). Another example: (more…)


If you leave it up to your significant other to bring a blanket to the park or beach, you might end up wrapped in a flowery Lily Pulitzer print. Take charge and own a good solid blanket. Pendleton Woolen Mills has been manufacturing a collection of handsome blankets in honor of America’s National Parks since the early 1900’s. There are four available, with the above “Yellowstone” blanket woven in an eye-catching summer marigold color. Made of 100% virgin wool, they’re best suited for cooler evenings by a beach bonfire, or wrapped up tight (with that same significant other) watching the stars come out. $178, available at Pendleton. And take a look at the Glacier National Park blanket, a very close second: (more…)


James Perse is best known for his collection of chic tee shirts with a relaxed west coast aesthetic, but it’s his lesser-known collection of hand made furniture that is perhaps most impressive. Take this stunning teak and black matte ping pong table for example. Made by hand in the USA from environmentally farmed solid teak, it combines playability with functionality – remove the net and cover with the optional teak table top to convert the game room (more…)


This would be a fun addition to your work space, although it might be difficult to get anything done. The “Fishscape” Fish Bowl by Gaia & Gino & Aruliden. $140, available at A+R. A first-rate design website that’s loaded with beautiful objects for the home.


Aromatherapy is certainly not my thing but there’s something to be said about walking into a room and being taken aback because of the incredible smell. That was the case after a quick stop into the terrific Muji store in Times Square yesterday to get out of the rain. The store smelled like a high end spa, that scent you try to get from a candle but never can quite capture. I was pointed to a table featuring these nifty little gadgets, Ultrasonic Aroma Diffusers. They work quite simply: fill up the diffuser with water, put in a few drops of whichever scent you like and plug it in. The ultrasonic waves work like a humidifier and quickly makes your space feel like a different space. It also glows subtly giving off a calming ambient light. There are (more…)


I wrote about this great little engraving and printing company in an earlier post but as it’s time to start sending out thank you cards, it’s well worth another mention. Terrapin Stationers is based in New York City and owned by Ted Harrington – his collection of note cards, calling cards and other small paper goods have a decidedly masculine aesthetic. My favorite would be the hunting/fishing outdoor motif shown above, $20 for a pack of 6, available at Etsy. His simple twitter handle calling cards are another top seller: (more…)


Last chance to enter to win this sweet jacket from Eddie Bauer, the “Yukon.” Just tell me what the best gift was that you ever received and why and I’ll pick the best entry and announce it tomorrow the 14th. Email your entry to: There have been some great entries and it looks like the sweet spot for all us was right around 10 years old. Here are a few:

“The Christmas when I was 8 (my sister was 5) started out like any other Christmas morning: my dad going downstairs and then coming back up to let us know that Santa had came (we still believed at this point…too old? O well, win some lose some) so we went downstairs and we were a couple gifts in before I noticed there was no big present behind the tree. Once we were done with all the gifts, my dad looked at us and said that Santa must have forgotten our big present this year but then all of a sudden he turned around, looked outside and said “Wait is that Santa in our backyard?”…sure enough, (more…)


Sometimes the best finds in life are classic pieces from another era and there is no better example than the Kobenstyle collection of cookware from Dansk. Bright bold colors, graceful lines and natural wood accents make them stand out, even from today’s trendier and hugely over-priced Le Creuset line. Back in 1956, Danish designer Jens Quistgaard debuted the collection of enameled cookware, which were functional and visually attractive and able to be brought directly from the kitchen to the table, with the lid serving as its own trivet – a nifty innovation at the time. Today you can find individual items (more…)


It’s important to always remember that good style is not limited to your wardrobe. Your choice in artwork, furniture and home design play an integral role. For a beautiful statement piece, consider the ch25 chair by Hans Wegner (1914 – 2007). Wegner was a furniture designer who contributed to the huge success and popularity of mid-century Danish design. Over the course of his career he designed over 500 chairs, several of which are now in the galleries of top museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. Functionality played a key role in his approach and the ch25 chair’s moderate dimensions fit easily into interiors where space is a factor. A prerequisite for urban city living. $3,130, available at Hive Modern.


Here are a few items that will add a little punch to your seasonal entertaining, both from Ballard Designs, a good alternative to the drab repetition of Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm. Consider Ballard a slightly more refined option, with items that at least appear more customized. Door handle bottle stopper with bee emblem or custom monogramming, $35-39. Pedestal champagne bowl, $99.


If you appreciate beautiful design then Dieter Rams is someone you should know of. Born in 1832 in Weisbeden, Germany, Rams is widely regarded as one of the preeminent designers of his day. Working as Chief of Design at Braun for 30+ years, many of his designs — coffee makers, calculators, radios, audio/visual equipment, consumer appliances and office products — have found a permanent home at many museums over the world, (more…)


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