Tabarka Studio

by Nancy on November 25, 2015

anthologymag-blog-TabarkaStudio-1I grew up in a ranch-style house that was built in the mid-1950s, and our bathroom was hideous. Even at 11 years old, I knew that the pink and brown tiles paired with a 1970s brick linoleum floor was a disaster. Although my current bathroom is much better than my childhood one, it is still dated and needs a fresh new look.

Around the holidays, I tend to daydream more than usual about updates to the house, as the season of welcoming guests gets under way. And lately, I’ve been obsessing over these gorgeous tiles by Tabarka Studio. They hand make their tiles out of terra cotta, and hand paint each one. Many of the designs have a unique glazing finish that gives the tiles an aged look. The company was started in 2000 by creative director Meir Zenati, and if you’re in Scottsdale, Arizona, you can visit their studio there. Tabarka also produces an impressive luxury flooring line called Stone & Wood. So many possibilities and so much renovation inspiration!




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Nendo Tribal Collection

by Kate on October 27, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-nendo-tribalcollection-1I love home objects that serve multiple functions, especially when one of those duties is to be a sculpture. When I came across the tribal collection, which was created by Oki Sato and his design firm Nendo, I was immediately charmed by the idiosyncratic gestures. Have you ever seen furniture with so much personality?

The collection uses solid oak for the main frames and bamboo rattan elements which are hand-woven by local artisans in the Philippines. According to Nendo’s site, the conceptual aim of this project was to “create a sense of a small and tightly knit ‘tribe’, greater and better than the sum of its parts.” I think this goal is certainly achieved; instead of prioritizing the furniture element, these pieces are both furniture and interior object, and visually they create a playful dance between the two. 

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Cacti Coasters

by Kate on October 19, 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love any home object that works overtime, which is why I greatly appreciate this quirky design that provides a set of coasters, a sculpture, and a plant all at the same time. The cacti coaster set is the brainchild of Clive Roddy, a designer and maker based in a small town near Bath, England.

Many of Roddy’s designs share this great mix of functionality and playfulness. What I love most about this product is how interactive it is: For such a simple collection of parts, it impressively provides a variety of ways to be displayed and used. You can find Roddy’s design on his website, and be sure to check out the pencil shaving desk caddy, too—it’s equally delightful, and would make a great pairing with this cacti!



Maud Vantours

by Kate on October 8, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artwork-maudvantours-1I like to think of myself as someone who pays close attention to detail. However, I would be kidding myself if I thought I could come close to the same degree of precision and excellence of craft as artist and designer Maud Vantours. Her papercut works are phenomenal—so many layers upon layers of delectable, color-rich pattern.

Vantours lives and works in Paris. Her practice, which includes a variety of editorial projects, blurs seamlessly between the worlds of art, design, and craft. I can’t wait to see what she’ll produce next, and I do hope she’ll continue to make her mesmerizing paper pieces for years to come. To see more of her work, click here.

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Moroso Collection

by Kate on October 5, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-moroso-collection-1I was looking for some autumnal color inspiration the other day when I stumbled upon these stunning interior images from the Moroso furniture collection. These beautiful shots were taken in Patrizia Moroso’s home, which was designed by the incredible Patricia Urquiola. I love the eclecticism of this collection; the unusual colors and textures come together to make a really sultry palette. If you’d like to see more of the Moroso collection and their catalogue, you can visit the website here.

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