Design

Monster Skin Rug

by Joanna on April 6, 2015

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It takes something extra-special to capture my eye, particularly when it comes to Kickstarter these days. Perhaps that’s why I’m so blown away by the Monster Skin Rug by Joshua Ben Longo.

Longo’s inspiration is simple: He’s obsessed with monsters and has been since he was a boy. Now that he’s a full-fledged designer, he’s able to execute his dream in the way of super cute furry monster-creatures, like this rug. With a background that includes a bachelors degree in industrial design from Pratt, as well as several years of experience designing for the home decor industry, Longo has the talent to back up his love of monsters. All of this adds up to a rather interesting and informed rug design. In this video, he addresses how the rug is made, what the limitations are, and all the help that he needs to make his dream come true. I couldn’t help myself—I backed the monster rug and truly hope it is produced one day!

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{ Images via Joshua Ben Longo }

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Quitokeeto

by Joanna on March 4, 2015

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I feel like I am constantly on the hunt for sites to inspire me and help me figure out the vibe that I want in my new apartment. Maybe that explains why I’m so into Quitokeeto, a recent discovery for me.

Initially started as a pop-up shop, Quitokeeto has turned into a full-fledged purveyor of new and found objects, as well as collaborative pieces. The gorgeous array of items is curated by Heidi Swanson and Wayne Bremser, both of whom have an affinity for culinary accessories. (I’m also a big fan of Swanson’s cooking site, 101 Cookbooks.) True to their passion, the online shop is full of gorgeously designed ceramics, knives, textiles, and everything else you could possibly need for a handsome, functional kitchen.

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{ Images via Quitokeeto }

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Nightwood NY

by Anh-Minh on February 20, 2015

ag_nightwood_issue18I’ve been working in Park City, Utah, this week and woke up to a flurry of snow today. It got me thinking about Anitha Gandhi’s home, shown above and featured in Issue No. 18 of Anthology. It may seem odd that I associated wintry weather with such a colorful abode—unless you know Anitha’s approach to her décor:

No matter what the conditions outside, she could at least conjure an interior that transports her to a warm destination. “I wanted it to feel like the Caribbean, with super saturated colors,” Anitha says.

Anitha worked with Nightwood NY, a Brooklyn-based furniture, textile, and interior design duo. Ry Scruggs and Nadia Yaron were responsible for so many of the pieces in Anitha’s home. I couldn’t believe how much they designed, built, or sourced! Below are a few more images from their portfolio.

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The next time I’m in New York, I’d love to visit Nightwood’s showroom, which is open by appointment only. In the meantime, I’ve been checking out their online shop and have got my eye on the totem weaving.

P.S. If you’d like to see the full feature on Anitha’s home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 18 from one of our stockists.

{ Top image by David A. Land for Anthology. Remaining images via Nightwood NY }

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Art & Article

by Joanna on February 5, 2015

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It’s often said that the beauty is in the details—something that clearly hasn’t escaped the founders of Art & Article. Established in 2012, this online boutique is brimming with gorgeous examples of Scandinavian and Japanese design. Truly, it is all about the special touches: a different type of weaving, the portions of wood to white or glass, even the color palette of natural hues.

The entire assortment in this shop is designed to be your “favorite,” the thing that you use often and well. For example, this hand-carved wooden utensil is both beautiful and totally functional for day-to-day use within my kitchen. Can you tell what I’ve got on my wish list?

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{ Images via Art & Article }

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Warby Parker in Hayes Valley

by meg on January 30, 2015

Warby Parker Glasses

I first started wearing glasses in college—and wore them for about 3 years. One day they broke in half (I sat on them), and being an unemployed recent graduate at the time, I decided to forego getting a new pair right away largely because they were too expensive. Then a curious thing happened—after about year (yes, that is how long I waited) I went to get my eyes checked and I found out that, crazily enough, my vision had returned back to 20/20. I should have been happy, right? Despite the miracle of restored vision, I was actually a bit sad that I didn’t have to wear glasses. They were a cool…accessory.

That was 1998 and at the time the words cute and inexpensive were not usually conjoined in describing eyewear. Until of course, Warby Parker came along years later.

Last night, we had the pleasure of attending the opening party for Warby Parker in Hayes Valley. (They’ve actually been open for about two months now, but their initial party date had the misfortune of landing on the inception of #Stormaggedon 2014—hence rescheduling.) We enjoyed the library-esque design: bookcases filled with hardcover titles that were organized by color, reading nooks with leather seating, reference desk signage over what might normally be a service counter (it was a DJ station and bar last night). We also instantly recognized the cityscape murals and art throughout the space as the work of local designers and illustrators, Lab Partners (the duo designed the cover for our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide).

Perusing the selection, I started thinking of wearing glasses again—partly for style but mostly as a cover-up for my allergy-ridden eyes in the coming spring months—and starting at $95 a pair; it’s really a no brainer.

Hmmm, maybe I should get two.

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{Photographs by Lisa Wong Jackson}

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