{Off Shoots} Hannah and Evan

by Anh-Minh on November 14, 2014

Anthology-Haslegrave-couple-chalkboardWhen Meg and I were brainstorming content for the family-themed summer issue, Oliver and Evan Haslegrave were on our short list. We remembered seeing the brothers’ Brooklyn apartment on Design*Sponge years ago, and have been admirers of their design studio, hOmE. It turned out, though, that Oliver had moved out of the place and Evan was now living there with his wife, Hannah Haehn. So we decided to feature the newlyweds in Issue No. 17, our recently released design-centric fall edition. These are some of my favorite outtakes from Hannah and Evan’s shoot with photographer Seth Smoot. (For the full story, be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine, which is currently available through most of our stockists.)

And if you want to check out some of hOmE’s latest work, you’re in luck: Earlier this week, New York magazine posted pictures of Sisters, a brand-new eatery designed by the Haslegraves. No surprise: It looks fantastic.

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{ Images by Seth Smoot for Anthology Magazine }

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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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Tower of London Poppies

by Anh-Minh on November 11, 2014

tol_poppies1When I was in London last month, one of the things I could not miss was the Tower of London poppies installation, which commemorates the centenary anniversary of Britain’s involvement in World War I. (November 11 is Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, and Veterans Day.)

Paul Cummins is the ceramic artist behind the 888,246 handmade poppies—one for each British and Commonwealth military fatality during the war—and stage designer Tom Piper devised the scheme. Over the course of several months, the poppies gradually filled the Tower’s moat.

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I’ve watched the “making of” video a number of times now, and continue to be in awe of this massive project, which is truly an incredible sight to behold.

The installation will be dismantled starting tomorrow. You can purchase one of the very ceramic poppies that comprise the display, the sales of which support six service charities.
{ Video via the Historic Royal Palaces }

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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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