Design

Nynne Rosenvinge

by Kate on July 23, 2015

anthologymag-blog-decor-nynnerosenvinge-1It’s become clear to me over the past couple of years that I’m much better equipped to handle face the stress of daily life when my home is set up to be a place of peace. This has meant paring things down significantly, organizing better, and thinking more consciously about the objects I collect. This is not to say that non-functional objects are not important; in fact they are some of the most emotionally beneficial things I own. When I feel overwhelmed, I take a few moments to gaze at this plant in a small ceramic bowl that sits on a shelf in my bedroom, and everything slows down a bit.

I was reminded of this when I discovered the work of Copenhagen-based artist and designer Nynne Rosenvinge. Her watery abstract paintings and are so beautiful, fluid, and simple, and I love her soothing, cosmic color palette. It’s not hard to imagine being relaxed in the dreamy environment of her designs. Rosenvinge has an Etsy shop where you can purchase some of her prints and wall stickers, but you can also see the full range of her work here.

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Ilano at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on July 8, 2015

anthologymag-blog-ilano-1I was so happy to see Ilano‘s booth at the West Coast Craft show last month. Roselio Ilano was featured in Issue No. 18/Winter 2015 and I loved reading her story. It was fascinating to learn that Ilano started off studying cartography at UC Berkeley and how she evolved to designing textiles. I wasn’t able to attend the photo shoot, but was excited to see her goods in person at WCC.

Ilano partnered up with women artisans from Oaxaca, Mexico, and designed a line of personal and home accessories. The result? Beautiful handmade goods with an updated and modern edge. The techniques used by the skilled craftswomen were passed down from generation to generation. It amazes me that the vibrant colors in the yarn are all achieved by plants.

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The Greenbrier

by Anh-Minh on July 6, 2015

greenbrier7While I’m not a golf fanatic, I do occasionally follow the sport, and this past weekend marked The Greenbrier Classic, an annual tournament held at the West Virginia resort. Some people are drawn to The Greenbrier for its golf and tennis amenities … and others, like me, to its decor, which can be traced back to Dorothy Draper. The noted interior designer “left the hotel with a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns to paint a picture that reflected the luxury of space, elegance, and sense of history in every detail.” (You can read more about her firm’s relationship with the resort here.)

The aesthetic might not work with the architecture of my own home, but I would love to spend a long weekend in one of these rooms and admire the talents of Draper as well as her protégé, Carleton Varney.

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Liz Robb at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on June 23, 2015

AnthologyMag-Blog-LizRobb1Seeing a weaver work is like watching a musician perform with a tactile outcome: The repetitive movements become rhythmic and the weaver creates a piece with patterns, motifs, and color. The imagery above caught my eye immediately when I walked the West Coast Craft show a couple Sundays ago, and was pleased to find a mini-exhibit of Liz Robb’s work.

Robb started her career as a fashion designer in NYC, but then switched gears and after obtaining her master’s degree in fibers. She wasn’t in her booth when I walked in, and I was so drawn and tempted to touch her artwork. I had to refrain myself and instead, I peered closely at the details of her work; the indigo, copper, paint, and what looked to be hundreds of wood beads. I love that her pieces have dimension, and are subtle with beautiful textures. I can’t wait to see more of her work in the future.

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DSC06349{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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Susanna Vento

by Kate on June 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-styling-susannavento-1In many ways, interior styling is a delightful form of grown-up play. When I’m working on a concept for a photo shoot, I’m reminded of all the times I meticulously arranged and re-arranged the furniture in my dollhouse when I was younger, or stacked colored wooden blocks in abstract formations. What I love about styling is the way it approaches objects: as elements of a larger narrative and as abstract forms with color, shape, and texture.

I discovered Helsinki- based stylist Susanna Vento through her work for Deko magazine, and instantly wanted to see more. Her styling is simple and sparse, but nevertheless my eyes have plenty to dance around and devour in these images. The products shine in her work, not only as part of the atmosphere she creates, but as interesting shapes in an artful composition. I highly recommend checking out her other styling work for inspiration—and visual delight.

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anthologymag-blog-styling-susannavento-5{ All images via Susanna Vento }

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