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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KLM Airplane Airbnb Apartment

by Anh-Minh on November 18, 2014

airbnb_klm1That’s right. KLM Airlines has taken one of its planes, located at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, and temporarily turned it into an apartment. Now through Thursday, November 20, you can enter for a chance to win a one-night stay (on November 28, 29, or 30). In addition to getting to hang out in this unique place, KLM will fly the winner to Amsterdam. (I was just thinking that I was long overdue for a trip to Amsterdam! I was last there about seven years ago—and, coincidentally, flew KLM there.)

The 1,200-square-foot space includes a master bedroom with a king-size bed, second room with two kids’ beds, two kitchens, and eight small bathrooms. Oh yeah, and 116 windows.

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{ All images via Airbnb }

 

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Beanie on Helina

by Joanna on November 17, 2014

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The minute I saw these cloud-shaped potholders, I sort of held my breath. They were just too good. These darling yet modern pieces are available in the Etsy shop of Beanie on Helina. In general, textile designer and illustrator Kaisa’s aesthetic is playful and sweet. Perhaps it’s her Finnish roots, but these pieces also reveal a very precise level of restraint, lest anything get too sweet.

Kaisa learned to sew at the age of six. With a background in textile design, as well as communication studies, her work strikes a really interesting balance. She also believes strongly in sustainability, using linen (which is biodegradable) as much as possible.

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 { Images via Beanie on Helina }

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{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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