Design

Ash and Anchor

by Joanna on May 19, 2015

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Craving some pattern? Ash and Anchor is the place for you. From scarves to trays to pillows, these patterned pieces are a bit bohemian, a bit eclectic, and a gorgeous layer to add to any home. The artwork is created in the New York City studio of Nina Pace, and has been since 2011 when she made a departure from her traditional fine arts background. Pace then refocused her work on the highly detailed backgrounds of her paintings, making those the focal point instead. Her highly detailed, bold artwork now adorns many gorgeous pieces, but I’ve got my eyes on the textiles line.

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{ Images via Ash and Anchor }

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Recreating the Cosmos

by Kate on May 15, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-loop-cosmos-2I love living in the Bay Area, but sometimes I wish there were more visible stars. It’s easy to acclimate to the local night sky, but every time I manage to take a trip south to the Mojave Desert, I am blown away by how insanely awesome the view can be—so much more vast and dense with stars than I remember.

OSMO is a project that attempts to recreate some of the awe-inspiring beauty of the cosmos, and I would love to be able to see this in person. This giant 9-meter inflated sphere was devised by the London-based firm Loop.ph and designed for people to enter and explore from within. Inside, the mirrored space is a recreation of thousands upon thousands of stars, which are created with laser beams bouncing off the mylar film. As this video shows, there is also an incredibly strange and appealing ambient soundscape within the space.

It’s pretty wonderful that such an other-worldy experience can be conjured with such simple materials. While I know it won’t be nearly as spectacular, I’m inspired to purchase some emergency blankets, portable fans, and LED lights to try a DIY version at home! Anyone with me? 

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anthology-mag-blog-loop-cosmos-4{ All images by Loop.pH }

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The Granite

by Joanna on May 13, 2015

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The Granite is truly something special: a studio and workshop full of emerging female-owned businesses and craftspeople. Founded in 2013, the studio revolves around creatives with experience in metalsmithing as well as ceramics (the latter being my favorite part of their portfolio!).

As a fellow creative, it’s especially exciting to see women-owned and -operated businesses flourishing, with more to come who specialize in working with a variety of materials (such as silk, paper, and porcelain). For a further peek into The Granite, be sure to follow the studio on Instagram.

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 { Images via The Granite }

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Antivilla

by Kate on May 12, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-6Those of you who read the magazine know that we tend to gravitate towards eclectic, lived-in homes that are often filled with lots of fun, beautiful stuff. So it stands to reason that this spare, monochromatic concrete space would not catch our eye—and yet I’m totally drawn to it. Part of what interests us about the homes we feature are the stories and handmade touches behind the space. This Antivilla, a refurbished former lingerie factory renovated by the Berlin-based architecture firm Brandlhuber +,  has both.

This building represents a collective effort to create a cost-effective, uniquely hybrid space that can adapt to the seasons. The huge, irregularly shaped window openings are the result of friends working together to hammer away at the concrete slab facade, and the airy, transparent curtains can cut the interior into big open summery spaces or more enclosed nooks for winter. I admit that I would immediately feel the need to add color and softness to this space, were it my own—but there is a beautifully meditative, ethereal quality to the sparseness, and I find the open, broken-down facade so captivating; like peering out of a beautiful, ancient ruin.

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anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-5{ All images by Erica Overmeer, found via ArchDaily }

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Daily Spoon

by Kate on April 29, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-imagery-kneip-spoons-6On top of my usual and somewhat tedious daily routines, like making the bed or washing the dishes, I’ve been trying to add activities that challenge me a bit, like meditation and a few pages of journaling. I can’t think of a more beautiful example of a rewarding daily practice than these carved wooden spoons by designer Stian Korntved Ruud.

Ruud’s intention with this project was to re-examine the different aesthetic and functional qualities of the spoon, an object most of us probably don’t give much thought to, even though we use it every day. Following the progression of his spoons is delightful; you can see the forms shift from simple variations on a classic spoon shape, to exaggerated paddles and miniature buckets, to even stranger and more abstracted forms.

You can see the full year of spoons here. I hope you enjoy these lovingly crafted objects as much as I do—together they make a beautiful collection, but each spoon taken on its own is equally lovely, sculptural, and full of charm.

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{ All images by Stian Korntved Ruud }

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