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Lighting by Michael Anastassiades

by Joanna on November 19, 2014

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The lighting collection by Michael Anastassiades walks a very fine line between art and design. The pieces are all about composition and balance, materials and minimalism. Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 with a focus on product design, furniture, and environmental design. He believes in “objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality that one might not expect.” What I find especially interesting about his work is that his background is in civil engineering, which could explain an approach that veers more functional than aesthetic. Yet they are clearly appreciated for the latter, too: His designs are part of permanent collections at the MoMa, Craft Council in London, FRAC Centre in New Orleans, and more.

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{ Images via Michael Anastassiades }

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Beanie on Helina

by Joanna on November 17, 2014

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The minute I saw these cloud-shaped potholders, I sort of held my breath. They were just too good. These darling yet modern pieces are available in the Etsy shop of Beanie on Helina. In general, textile designer and illustrator Kaisa’s aesthetic is playful and sweet. Perhaps it’s her Finnish roots, but these pieces also reveal a very precise level of restraint, lest anything get too sweet.

Kaisa learned to sew at the age of six. With a background in textile design, as well as communication studies, her work strikes a really interesting balance. She also believes strongly in sustainability, using linen (which is biodegradable) as much as possible.

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 { Images via Beanie on Helina }

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Julie Peach

by Joanna on November 13, 2014

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With Thanksgiving in just two weeks, I’ve got my mind on my table linens game. No doubt because of my background in textile design, I think that good quality napkins are the perfect finishing touch for a setting. These blockprinted linen napkins from Julie Peach might be exactly what I need. The lightweight fabric gets better and softer the more you use it. (Plus, it’s a great eco-friendly option.)

The artwork is blockprinted, giving each napkin a modern yet still totally one-of-a-kind feel. Another upside? When dinnertime conversation gets weird, you can always distract everyone by turning their attention to these beauties.

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{ Images via Julie Peach }

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Sweet Gum Co.

by Joanna on November 12, 2014

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As a fan of one-of-a-kind and handmade design, I was delighted to recently discover Sweet Gum Co., a boutique specializing in Southern-made provisions. The shop is bursting with pieces both vintage and handcrafted, hailing from Tennessee and the South. The real treat here is that each item is selected to carry on the storytelling tradition of the South. Whether it’s a wooden stirring spoon that’s made to use a family recipe or a handbuilt serving bowl full of warm biscuits, these pieces tell a story while also bearing witness to the new stories you create in your home.

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{ Images via Sweet Gum Co. }

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ABJ Glassworks

by Joanna on November 10, 2014

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ABJ Glassworks is a Philly-based designer focusing on whimsical, yet modern creations. Started by Ashley Bram-Johnson, these glass pieces are the result of traditional stained-glass techniques, capturing the “nuances of light throughout the day and the changing seasons.” The effect is really quite lovely.

Bram-Johnson uses eco-friendly materials, such as non-toxic flux and lead-free silver alloy solder. From glass wallhangings to geometric terrariums and planters, it’s safe to say that these pieces are exactly what my home needs.

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{ Images via ABJ Glassworks }

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