Monday, March 29, 2010

A trip to Droog

For those living in New York who have never been, I would highly recommend a visit to New York design and furniture shop, Droog. The shop is in SoHo and features two floors of decorative, industrial and furniture design pieces. The lower level is a gallery space with tons of high concept pieces. I was there a few weeks ago with a friend and colleague of mine and I have to say, we had so much fun exploring the amazing (and sometimes fantastically bizarre) pieces in this store.

Some of my favorites

This piece was so incredibly cool. it's called Crystal Virus and it's a studio piece. It's basically a maple wooden table with about 25+ crystal amorphous, organic looking vases sitting on top. The vases are strategically placed across the table (some of which are bulging over the edges) and under each of them, the wood is charred black. the result is very cool and unexpected.

The next piece is a chest of drawers made entirely of waste material as social commentary of wasteful our consumer society. It became an icon of the nineties and is now a collector’s piece.

This one is probably my favorite piece and reminds me of this huge teak table my parents own in the Philippines. It also reminds me of my travels to Bali and the incredible wood carvings they create in Ubud. This enormous table, called the Godogan table is completely handmade by expert Indonesian carvers. The woodworkers were challenged to the utmost with this extremely complicated design depicting an Indonesian fairy tale. This table could not have been carved in the West where comparable craftsmanship does not exist anymore. It also kind of reminds me of MC Escher drawing with the way the lizards emerge in and out of the composition.

Here's an MC Escher

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bird collages by Kup Kup

I'm a huge fan of and am constantly amazed by the creativity and uniqueness of the products made by its members. The other day, I stumbled upon these awesome bird collages that just blew me away. What also blew me away were the price! $75 for these entirely handmade original works of art? It's practically free considering how much work must go into each of these. The store name is Kup Kup and here are the pieces that I just adore..

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tina Kalivas

 I discovered this fashion designer a little over a month ago and was really excited to blog about her. Her name is Tina Kalivas and her 2009 collection is to die for! She is an Australian designer, based out of New South Wales, and trained in London for 8 years with several designers, one of whom being the extraordinary British designer, Alexander McQueen.

Her latest collection appears to reinterpret patterns, textures and colors from African and Polynesian cultures. I just love the vibrant colors and structural (nearly architectural) forms. She's able to apply all these dramatic and boldly graphic details and yet the final result is still something totally wearable!

 And the artist at work in her studio...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Ultimate Engagement

I'm doing a special post today to let everyone know about The Ultimate Engagement bridal show we're participating in this Sunday at Gotham Hall. We're so very excited to be one of the masters appearing at this show. Let me tell you a little bit more about the event.

The Ultimate Engagement is a very unique bridal event in a sense that instead of the traditional trade show booths we've come to expect at most shows, this is set up very differently. Couples get to schedule 10 minute appointments with wedding vendors, all of which are absolutely world class. You’ve read about them in magazines, books and blogs and you've seen them on TV. What this does is that it gives each couple a chance to get sort of a mini-appointment with tons of great vendors all in one day. It's a one stop shop for your wedding planning. Sprinkle in some hors d'hoeuvres, champagne, exclusive trunk shows and you've got yourself the ultimate in luxury wedding events.

We're really proud and excited that we were invited to attend and will be there (with bells on) on Sunday. Hoping to see you there! The show starts at 9:00am and goes all the way out to 7:00pm. To buy tickets, check out the Ultimate Engagement website

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Paper Engineered Lighting by 7GODS

Paper engineering is truly an art. I remember during my foundation year (the first year of art studies before you get to chose a major) at Parson's, one of the projects we were given as students was to create wearable footwear entirely made out of paper. No adhesives, tape or staples were allowed in the execution of this project. And let me tell you, that project was no joke! Come to think of it, I wonder if I still have pictures...

So when I saw these amazing lamps created by 7GODS, a british design agency I was immediately blown away by the beauty and ingenuity of each of these amazing lamps. All the designs are handmade and available on limited edition. Here are some of my favorite selections.

I love that they kept all of these sculptures white so that you can fully enjoy the sculptural effect.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Magda Sayeg: Knitted Graffiti

I stumbled upon this a few days ago and was so completely amazed by it that I just had to share. An artist by the name of Magda Sayeg has been creating these delightful public 'installations' for years using knitting as a medium. She has travelled the world from Sydney to Milan making these truly wonderful pieces of art. I once tried learning to knit (failing miserably I might add) but I would suspect one would get really good and fast, not to mention p-a-t-i-e-n-t at knitting by attempting a series like this.

Here are some of my favorites...

 I can't begin to imagine how she got this one done...




 The artist at work...