Thing Industries

by Anh-Minh on September 12, 2014

thingindustries1Much to my neat-freak husband’s chagrin, there’s a chair on my side of the bedroom that basically gets used as a landing spot for recently worn clothes or garments that need to be hung/folded properly. It’s a shame because it’s a lovely Chippendale chair that is often obscured by piles of sweaters, skirts, and jackets. So what I could really use is Thing Industries’ Sacrificial Chair, which is described as follows: “Like a lamb to the gods, we give you this chair to sacrifice to your clothes.” (I hope it’s back in stock soon!)

I’ve also got my eye on a couple of other Thing Industries pieces: the felt Beast Rug (which is available in dark grey on their site as well as in a spotted pattern at Of A Kind), and the Indoor Stoop which can serve as both seating and storage (clever!). I’m looking forward to seeing more great designs from this New York/New Zealand-based creative studio and store.

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{ Top and bottom images from Thing Industries. Middle image from Of A Kind. }

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Sketchbook of Carl Randall

by Anh-Minh on September 11, 2014

carlrandall1A couple of years ago, I was in London while the National Portrait Gallery was holding its annual BP Portrait Award exhibit. I picked up a postcard of Carl Randall‘s Mr. Kitazawa’s Noodle Bar as a little souvenir. The oil on canvas piece is one of a number of paintings that Randall created, based on sketches done during his time in Tokyo.

I have the postcard framed in my kitchen and enjoy looking at it every day. But only recently did I realize that Randall’s website not only features his portfolio of paintings, but also pages from his sketchbook—providing a cool behind-the-scenes peek at his work process.

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My affinity for Japanese food is showing here—Sushi is another one of his paintings that I love.

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And check out the progression of this piece! The rough drawing was done with pen on paper, while the later iteration was pencil on paper.

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Here’s his Tokyo Subway and the initial sketches for the painting.

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{ All images via Carl Randall }

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Mineral and Sage

by Joanna on September 10, 2014

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Just because it’s almost fall doesn’t mean you have to give up on gardening. Lately, as the temperature has dropped, I’ve been thinking of ways to bring greenery into my home. Air plants are a personal favorite, so these beauties from Mineral and Sage are at the top of my list. Not only do you receive a Caput Medusa air plant when you shop, but you also get your pick of gorgeous gems and geodes to display them with. I love how each resembles, as shopkeeper Hannah Rich puts it, “an extraterrestrial emerging from a fallen meteorite.” While I’m picturing a grouping of these on my coffee table, they’re just as lovely as solo presentations.

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Unitedthread

by Joanna on September 9, 2014

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Around the start of summer, Alexis posted about Michelle Morin’s work. With the changing of the seasons, I have a tendency to look to new art to refresh my apartment. So I recently revisited Morin’s Etsy shop, Unitedthread, which she started as a way to share art “that is inspired by the imaginary worlds and narratives within nature.” True to this mission, her beautiful work explores nature and botanicals in a truly gorgeous way. The pieces have a great energy about them. I’m gravitating toward the ones with a black ground—they are so dramatic and feel just right as we move into that time of year when darker/cozier palettes are especially welcome! Morin is based in New Hampshire, so it’s easy to understand how nature and the water inspire her. Executed in watercolor, each work features stunning details and quirky elements.

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{ Images via Unitedthread }

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Louise Saxton

by Joanna on September 8, 2014

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Based in Melbourne, artist Louise Saxton works with materials she calls “the detritus from the home.” Her preference is to use the everyday, such as old envelopes, discarded bits of needlework, even vintage wallpapers. Saxton gathers these pieces of ephemera, then converts them into intricate works of art. My favorite of her collections is entitled Sanctuary, where she’s re-imagined her materials into delicate, super-detailed birds based on a selection of natural history paintings. I love how Saxton explains her inspiration for the collection: “Everyday textiles, made in and for the home, are on the brink of extinction and many of the plants and animals which inspired them are today also vulnerable.” The result is beautiful, as well as thought provoking.

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