Cassie Byrnes

by Kate on January 11, 2016

anthologymag-blog-design-cassiebyrnes-4I checked my local forecast this morning and saw raindrop symbols for 14 days straight. Now this is excellent news for my drought-stricken state, but it also means that I’ll need to formulate a game plan for how to stay out of the doldrums. Art always has a way of lifting my spirits, and today I’ve decided to turn to the work of Cassie Byrnes for some much needed color therapy.

Based in Melbourne, Byrnes is a textile and surface designer with a fearless approach to print and pattern. Her designs are made through a variety of techniques, including painting and multimedia collage. There’s so much playful vitality and life in her work that I can almost feel the warmth coming off of them—which is perfect for keeping me energized and cheerful on the dreary days to come. You can purchase some of Byrnes’ designs through her online shop, Variety Hour.

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Issue20_Cover-loresThis cover story brings back such great memories! It is one of my favorites to write because it involved three very talented individuals: interior designer Chloe Redmond Warner, whose dining room is captured on the cover; photographer Laure Joliet, who was an Anthology contributor from day one; and stylist Miranda Jones, who was also a regular in our pages over the years.

I especially love looking at this feature right now because it is so dark and gloomy outside! It’s been a stormy week here in the Bay Area, but flipping through Issue No. 20 is an instant pick-me-up. If you don’t already have a copy, you can purchase one in our back-issues shop (which, by the way, now carries Issue No. 21). And below are a couple more homes that appeared in our pattern-themed edition.

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BOLD PLAY in Brooklyn

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{ Purchase Issue No. 20/Summer 2015 }


Studio Mondine

by Kate on January 5, 2016

anthologymag-blog-plants-studio-mondine-1Ikebana is one of those art forms that never fails to take my breath away. I know we’re a ways from springtime, but I couldn’t resist sharing these gorgeous arrangements by Studio Mondine, a Bay Area floral design studio.

Studio Mondine has an incredible collection of floral installations under their belt, from weddings and special events to print editorials. These ikebana-inspired designs are a beautiful mix of wildness and minimalism. I’m used to seeing smaller suspended kokedama, and the large scale of Mondine’s hanging moss spheres is truly stunning. You can see more of their work here, including more images from this incredible shoot.

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Home Adventures

by Kate on January 4, 2016

anthologymag-blog-design-homeadventures-1I’m always excited to see a home object—be it furniture, utensils, textiles, or anything of the sort—that blurs the boundaries between the functional and the sculptural. Home Adventures is a Barcelona based-design firm with a playful, inventive vision and knack for walking this line. Their newest series, called “Lines & Dots,” is a collection of lamps that are wonderfully abstract and kinetic, while remaining simple and functional.

“Lines & Dots” originated with dozens of ink drawings, which were then transformed into eight unique sculptural lighting designs and soldered by hand. It’s such a delight to get a glimpse of the whole process, from sketch to process to to finished piece. These lamps are beautifully geometric and have just the right touch of color. To see the full collection, click here

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Issue19_Cover-loresFor our last blog post of the year, we’re going back to spring and taking a closer look at Issue No. 19. This bright and cheery cover—which shows the living room of event designer David Stark and artist Migguel Anggelo‘s Miami living room—always puts a smile on my face. And it’s an especially welcome sight on a cold winter morning! Below are a couple more spreads from the issue, which you can purchase—along with other back issues—right here.

Ready, Set, Go! Melina Hammer shared a trio of recipes that are perfect for making and taking on the road. These are the recipes you need for your next potluck or tailgate!

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Pride of Place Interior designer Niya Bascom of Ishka Designs gave us a tour of his Brooklyn residence, which is appointed with so many beautiful travel mementos.

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{ Purchase Issue No. 19/Winter 2015 }

As many of you know, 2015 is the final year of publication for Anthology. So I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading the magazine and the blog. It’s been a pleasure sharing so many creative people and places with you over the past five years. We’ll still be posting here from time to time, but with less frequency since our team is embarking on new projects.

Happy New Year to you and yours.