Quilts by Lindsay Stead

by Joanna on September 16, 2014

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Traditional quilts haven’t always done it for me. True, there is a nostalgic, Americana vibe that is not to be denied. But design-wise, they just didn’t excite me—that is, until I discovered these incredible quilts by Lindsay Stead. Graphic and modern, these strike the perfect balance between traditional quilting techniques and a bold new approach. I am truly obsessed with the “scale, asymmetry, negative space and the use of solid colors.” Each quilt is entirely handmade in Stead’s Toronto studio, making the process very personal and time-consuming.

Be sure to also follow Lindsey on Instagram for behind-the-scenes shots!

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images via Lindsay Stead

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Recipes Suspended in Mid-Air

by Joanna on September 15, 2014

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As if I needed another reason to play with my food, check out this Recipes series by Germany-based designer Nora Luther and photographer Pavel Becker. According to Luther, “the image serves as a foretaste not only of the dish but also of its preparation. The look of the ready cooked dish is left to your own imagination.” She came up with the concept, while Becker shot it.

The result is truly dynamic, energetic, and exciting—don’t you think?

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{ Photographs by Pavel Becker; via Honestly Yum }

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Thing Industries

by Anh-Minh on September 12, 2014

thingindustries1Much to my neat-freak husband’s chagrin, there’s a chair on my side of the bedroom that basically gets used as a landing spot for recently worn clothes or garments that need to be hung/folded properly. It’s a shame because it’s a lovely Chippendale chair that is often obscured by piles of sweaters, skirts, and jackets. So what I could really use is Thing Industries’ Sacrificial Chair, which is described as follows: “Like a lamb to the gods, we give you this chair to sacrifice to your clothes.” (I hope it’s back in stock soon!)

I’ve also got my eye on a couple of other Thing Industries pieces: the felt Beast Rug (which is available in dark grey on their site as well as in a spotted pattern at Of A Kind), and the Indoor Stoop which can serve as both seating and storage (clever!). I’m looking forward to seeing more great designs from this New York/New Zealand-based creative studio and store.

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{ Top and bottom images from Thing Industries. Middle image from Of A Kind. }

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Sketchbook of Carl Randall

by Anh-Minh on September 11, 2014

carlrandall1A couple of years ago, I was in London while the National Portrait Gallery was holding its annual BP Portrait Award exhibit. I picked up a postcard of Carl Randall‘s Mr. Kitazawa’s Noodle Bar as a little souvenir. The oil on canvas piece is one of a number of paintings that Randall created, based on sketches done during his time in Tokyo.

I have the postcard framed in my kitchen and enjoy looking at it every day. But only recently did I realize that Randall’s website not only features his portfolio of paintings, but also pages from his sketchbook—providing a cool behind-the-scenes peek at his work process.

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My affinity for Japanese food is showing here—Sushi is another one of his paintings that I love.

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And check out the progression of this piece! The rough drawing was done with pen on paper, while the later iteration was pencil on paper.

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Here’s his Tokyo Subway and the initial sketches for the painting.

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{ All images via Carl Randall }

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Mineral and Sage

by Joanna on September 10, 2014

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Just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to give up on gardening. Lately, as the temperature has dropped, I’ve been thinking of ways to bring greenery into my home. Air plants are a personal favorite, so these beauties from Mineral and Sage are at the top of my list. Not only do you receive a Caput Medusa air plant when you shop, but you also get your pick of gorgeous gems and geodes to display them with. I love how each resembles, as shopkeeper Hannah Rich puts it, “an extraterrestrial emerging from a fallen meteorite.” While I’m picturing a grouping of these on my coffee table, they’re just as lovely as solo presentations.

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