PERFECT POSTAGE

Beautiful stationary deserves well-designed postage and this set titled “Pioneers of American Industrial Design” is one of the best you’ll ever find. Each stamp features the name of a designer and a photograph of an object created by the designer, as well as a description of the object and the year or years when the object was created. The selvage features a photograph of the iconic “Airflow” fan designed by Robert Heller around 1937. Available at USPS.com

EAMES SOFT PAD CHAIR

 

Designed in 1968 by Charles and Ray Eames, the Soft Pad chair is certainly not cheap, but neither is a Rolex. Both are status symbols that evoke prestige, and if placed strategically in your office, power. $3,600, available at Hive Modern.

JAMES PERSE DIRECTORS CHAIR

Widely regarded as one of the the best tee shirt designers in the world, James Perse has quietly developed a handsome and striking furniture collection. The Cross Creek directors chair shown above is part of the (more…)

IITTALLA KARTIO BY KAJ FRANCK

August is a big month for entertaining and it’s important to get your glassware right. A perfect gin and tonic just looks and tastes better in a proper glass. The Kartio was created by Kaj Franck, a leading Finnish designer (more…)

TERRAPIN STATIONERS

This is a big week in New York for the fashion industry as two major Spring/Summer 2012 trade shows take place, ENK NYC and Capsule. Just around the corner from Capsule, there is a much smaller spin-off titled “Something Old, Something New,” where we spotted this spectacular stationary from Terrapin Stationers (you get the reference). The sportsman motif is spot on and will make you look like a good old fashion gentleman upon receipt. It’s good to switch it up from email from time to time, regardless of the hassle. Available at Etsy.

AUTOBAN BOX SOFA

The Box Sofa from Autoban was designed by Seyhan Ozdemir and Sefer Caglar back in 2007 and draws it’s inspiration from the 1950’s modernist movement. A few calls through to retailers and the price range kept landing around $7K. A bit pricey but not bad for an item that will anchor your living space for years to come.

DELFONICS ROLLBAHN NOTEBOOKS

A good old fashion notebook makes just as much of a design statement as a fancy tablet. One of our favorites is the “Rollbahn” by Japanese design firm Delfonics.

JIELDE LIGHTING

 

 

Your choice of lighting can make or break the overall look and feel of your home or apartment. And unfortunately, many guys rely on the bland overheads that came with the keys, ending up with depressing living room yellows and scary kitchen neon. If you want to upgrade your space, take a closer look at Jielde, a French company that has been (more…)

B&B ITALIA

A modern, beautiful sofa will anchor your living room for a decade, so it’s worth putting a little money into it. You can certainly go the Crate & Barrel route; there are some good options, like the mid-century modern inspired Petrie sofa. But when you’re ready to step it up and go for the Rolex of couches, check out B&B Italia. The “Ray” sofa shown above is a stunner and can be (more…)

TIVOLI AUDIO ISONGBOOK

 

The iSongBook is a sharp looking music player that would look great in any apartment.  Features include: a flip down ipod dock, detachable speaker and credit card size remote.  Keep it by your bed and set the alarm to your soon to be least favorite song, or throw it in your bag, hit the beach and listen to the game on the AM/FM radio. Available for $399 at tivoliaudio.com

 

FUTSAL GLOBE SOCCER BALL

Keep this soccer ball in your office and treat it like the conch in “Lord of the Flies;” whoever has it owns the floor. Something this cool is sure to get brainstorming sessions flowing a bit quicker. Designed by IDEA from Japan, the futsal blue world soccer ball costs $72 and is available on the fun website A+R Design.

SHOP LIKE THE PROS: BRIMFIELD ANTIQUE FAIR

Have you ever wondered where Ralph Lauren finds all of those early American iconic pieces that make his stores look so authentic?  Look no further.  Furniture and antique insiders (along with creative fashion types) make the trek north three times a year to Massachusetts for The Brimfield Antique Fair.   The first show begins on May 10th and goes until the 15th. It’s ok to go antiquing as long as you never actually say the word ‘antiquing.’  You are (more…)

ARNE JACOBSEN: HOME STYLE

 

Home design is an important aspect of your personal style.  Consider the “Egg” chair, designed in 1958 by Arne Jacobsen, the vintage Rolex of furniture.  Both are timeless, striking and bold luxury items that you can build your whole outfit, or apartment around.

Jacobsen created this famous chair for the lobby and reception area of the Royal Hotel in Copenhagen.  The sweeping sides and high back are intended to provide privacy and comfort, with an immediate soothing affect.  A slightly worn version now sits (more…)

ELEKTRA CLASSIC ESPRESSO MACHINE

ELEKTRA CLASSIC “BARLUME” ESPRESSO MACHINE. Old school Italian company Elektra has been producing beautiful espresso machines since 1947. This particular model, part of the ‘classics’ collection, sits serenely behind the bar at restaurant 24/7 in the Standard Hotel, Downtown LA. Although pricey at $7,650, it’s one of the best design elements in the hotel.

PANTONE MUGS

Sunday morning’s best.  Boldly designed coffee mugs from Pantone. $110 for set.

PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTIAN CHAIZE

PHOTOGRAPHER CHRISTIAN CHAIZE

French photographer Christian Chaize captures southern Portugal with a beautiful image worthy of any apartment.

Statement from the Artist:

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” – Marcel Proust

Five years ago, Portugal did present itself as a new landscape in my life – both literally and metaphorically. Since then, I have photographed exclusively along a very small stretch of its southern coastline. Returning to this specific place, I’ve sought out its nuances. In doing so, I have peeled back layers of how I see, and how I experience this magical environment.

The results of my slight obsession have evolved into two distinct series. Here are two images from Praia Piquinia, a body of work focusing on a singular, secluded beach front in which all of the pictures are taken from essentially the same elevated angle. What the still life was for Morandi, this beach is for me. From a distance, I observe the variables: light, weather, time of day, the ebb and flow of the ocean, and the sunbathers, unaware, below my large format camera. The images are shot vertically, a departure from the traditional, horizontal format in landscape photography. It puts my subject matter in the form of a portrait – an ongoing record of this ethereal yet playful nook in nature over the minutes, the days, the years. Ultimately, I try to instill an element of time within these captured moments… visceral time, elastic from one image to another. And always, I seek to have new eyes.

NORWEGIAN DESIGN

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A housing solution in Svalbard, Norway by the architecture firm Brendeland and Kristoffersen.  Beautiful, cozy and inexpensive.

KYOCERA BLACK CERAMIC KNIFE SET

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From Kyocera’s “Kyotop” collection, these black ceramic knives will add a sharp edge to your kitchen.

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