Friday, March 30, 2012

Adler in the Minni Apple

Image taken from here

Image taken from here

Famed designer Jonathan Adler is bringing his chic and cheek to Minneapolis in his new store in the Uptown area just off of Hennepin and Lake Street.  It is a bright breath of fresh air in the area of town that is now becoming a modern design enthusiast hot spot.  With stores like DWR and ROAM nearby, Adler's new shop is in good company!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tile Trends

I am loving this large format tile from Mutina by designer Patricia Urquiola:

I love the pixelated look and the beautiful mix of textures in this tile.  What a focal piece!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012


All images from Kelly's blog My Vibe My Life

Painted plywood canvases with large nails serve as backdrops to product in Kelly Wearstler's window displays in her new boutique creating cool edgy displays.

I especially love the first image of the paint on plywood.  The color choices are beautiful and the abstract patterns pop against the faint wood grain.  Totally inspiring me right now!

Monday, March 26, 2012

For the Love of Lakes

Art Director Nicole Mayer is redesigning and rethinking the standard lake name and logo.  Taking one Minnesota lake and creating a new visual identity for it everyday.  The results have been a fun way to pay homage to the 10,000+ lakes of Minnesota.  Here are some of her designs:

King Lake

She says it will take a little over 27 years to complete the branding for every lake, but slow and steady wins the race right?  You can find her designs and links to her twitter and facebook, where you can chat with her about your favorite lake, here.  Some of her designs are even for sale here so you can proudly display your lakes new logo in your cabin!  You can find the link to shop on her website.

What a great creative challenge!  What are you doing to challenge yourself and flex your creative muscle?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Alexander Girard

I just came from a fantastic presentation by Todd Oldham about the great Alexander Girard.  Part interior designer, part graphic designer, part industrial designer Girard was a master at everything he touched!  From creating beautiful textiles with (for the time) outrageous bold color schemes, exquisite graphic posters with beautifully unique text, to lovely folk art inspired dolls for his children were all crafted with the utmost attention to detail.  He broke the rules in an exciting way and was at the forefront of design working along side Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen and Emilio Pucci.  Here is just a small sampling of his work:

I would also recommend checking out the Alexander Girard book by Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee:

Its big and expensive but has beautiful photographs and is full of details of his work and life

Folk art inspired dolls originally made for his children, these have been reproduced by Vitra

I love his use of color, texture, and line.  The book really illustrates his love of juxtaposing unexpected colors and shapes.  His work translates so well to our modern aesthetic sometimes it's hard to believe his work is mid-century and his graphic work was absolutely genius!  If you are looking for a little inspiration, Alexander Girard is someone to check out!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I loved the art from yesterday's post so much that I am dedicating a whole post to Thepairabirds shop on Esty!

I love the idea of these three individual geometric prints matted and framed and hung over a sofa to add a splash of color and bring your space up to trend!

Here are a few other pieces that I really liked from her collection:

Pieces featuring women in a very strong, positive way

Cool art featuring animals that would be perfect for kids rooms...

The thing I find really great about Thepairabirds store is the great breadth of selection and the use of repeating color schemes/motifs that make the prints very easy to put together in a cluster of 3 or 5 to really make a statement in a room.  And at around 20 dollars a print they are a pretty inexpensive way to add some unique art to your space.

Tabitha Bianca Brown, the Chicago area illustrator behind Thepairabirds, also has some really great portraits and abstract nature themes that all have that faceted look. I love her perspective and fresh color schemes.  Definitely an artist to check out! 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On Trend: Planes and Folds

Wow, I have been MIA for quite some time.  I would like to blame it on the fact that my fingers have been so frozen here that I haven't been able to use my keyboard, but it's been a ridiculously mild winter.  The only one I have to blame is myself.  In my absence I have been keeping my eyes open for upcoming trends and really love this graphic, edgy look:

Image from

Handmade faceted vases by Phil Cuttance.  Since each piece is done by hand, each is unique.  Read more here

Images from United Nude

A new spin on a classic, United Nude turns the classic Pantone Chair into a series of planes and folds in this edgy looking high design chair.  They have also applied this same theory to bottles, shoes and martini glasses.  It's definitely worth checking out the entire project online here.

Image from here.

 For a more natural way to incorporate this faceted look into your home try this sideboard from Amitrani, called Sedici.  The natural wood element makes it easy to incorporate into any existing design while the faceted surface ties in this trend beautifully. 

On a budget?  Don't want to spend $2000 on a chair?  How about these less expensive ways to incorporate this trend:

Faceted Mirror Side Table, $199 - West Elm

The Pixel Rug, $349 - CB2

"Geometry" 8x10 Art Print, $20 - Etsy