Design

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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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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David Baerwalde

by Anh-Minh on October 30, 2014

davidbaerwalde1Yesterday, while browsing at one of my favorite local shops, Hudson Grace, I came across the work of David Baerwalde—the Atlanta artist behind these wonderful wooden cakes. (I’m kicking myself for not taking a photo at Hudson Grace, where his pieces were beautifully displayed on domed cake stands.)

According to Hudson Grace proprietor Monelle Totah, Baerwalde creates the slices with a wood form that he embellishes with wood shavings and such to mimic the look and texture of a layer cake. In this YouTube clip, you can see part of his process (and learn more about the artist). But if you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to pop into Hudson Grace’s San Francisco or Larkspur locations to check out Baerwalde’s cakes—available in “chocolate” and “vanilla”—in person.

P.S. Tomorrow, we’ll be posting a recipe for a real sweet treat that you won’t want to miss!

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{ Images via David Baerwalde }

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Meanwhile Curiosities by Epiforma

by Joanna on October 29, 2014

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Epiforma is a recently established Portuguese design studio that aims to tell visual stories across a range of disciplines. It’s not hard to grasp why I’m a big fan of the Meanwhile Curiosities collection. Labeled as “a conceptual representation of time,” the shapes and materials—ranging from metal (steel and aluminum) to solid wood (ash and oak) to stone (granite and marble)—are all about playful exploration. While these functional objects and furniture are engaging, I also love the colors and the styling of the photography.

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{ Images via Epiforma. Photography by Luís Espinheira }

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Living Room by House of Honey

by Anh-Minh on October 24, 2014

houseofhoney1I have admired the homes done by Tamara Kaye-Honey of House of Honey for years; she has this refined yet fun sensibility that I just love. Yesterday, during a visit to Decorist founder Gretchen Hansen’s house, I had the pleasure of meeting the Los Angeles-based interior designer. Tamara was enlisted to work on Gretchen’s living room, and the entire scheme was developed virtually (Decorist is a site that specializes in e-design).

A photo of the living room was posted to the Anthology Instragram account yesterday, and I wanted to share a couple more images of the space here. Tamara incorporated some of the homeowners’ existing pieces into the design, which includes some chairs that I’m seriously coveting now (the tri-legged leather sling, the carved wood hand-shaped chair).

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While Gretchen wanted to stick to a fairly neutral palette, as you can see from the photos below of Tamara’s retail showroom in Pasadena, she also enjoys working with color.

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