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The Greenbrier

by Anh-Minh on July 6, 2015

greenbrier7While I’m not a golf fanatic, I do occasionally follow the sport, and this past weekend marked The Greenbrier Classic, an annual tournament held at the West Virginia resort. Some people are drawn to The Greenbrier for its golf and tennis amenities … and others, like me, to its decor, which can be traced back to Dorothy Draper. The noted interior designer “left the hotel with a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns to paint a picture that reflected the luxury of space, elegance, and sense of history in every detail.” (You can read more about her firm’s relationship with the resort here.)

The aesthetic might not work with the architecture of my own home, but I would love to spend a long weekend in one of these rooms and admire the talents of Draper as well as her protégé, Carleton Varney.

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Cute Food

by Kate on June 29, 2015

anthologymag-blog-cutefood-4There are a lot of things kids do that adults should not do, such as putting gum in our friend’s hair, flushing various household objects down the toilet to see what happens, or throwing a shrieking fit in the grocery store. But playing with your food? That’s an all-ages activity.

I thought I’d share the work of two very different designers based in Japan who both play with food in a grown-up way. I am a sucker for miniatures, and this furniture cake mold designed by Ryosuke Fukusada goes right to my heart. Think of how much fun this would be to play with! If you’re more into arts and crafts than playing house, you’ll appreciate the adorable decorated cookies from Antolpo. They are actually quite sophisticated in their craft, but delightfully whimsical in form. I want to gobble them all—after playing with them a bit, of course.

Do any of you have a favorite cute food inspiration? If so, please share with us!

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Girls & Their Cats

by Kate on June 22, 2015

anthologymag-blog-imagery-girlsandtheircats-1I don’t know about you, but I’m going to come right out and admit that cats on the internet play a huge part in my life. Whenever I am feeling frustrated, sad, or depressed; I browse the latest cat videos on YouTube, or scroll through dozens of amusing photos and animated gifs until my heart feels a bit lighter and there’s a huge smile on my face. Call me crazy, but I think it’s a pretty effective form of therapy.

In all my searching, however, I’ve never found a cat-devoted project as elegant and lovely as this one. Photographer BriAnne Wills has created a new site entitled Girls & Their Cats, which is just what the title implies: girls and their adorable cats, lounging about in their apartments. The cynical side of me wants to poke fun, but honestly I can’t because the images are just so lovely, and Wills does a wonderful job of capturing these human-animal relationships. I love seeing these tender, sometimes hilarious interactions between these women and their cats. Instant mood lifter!

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Bud Botanical

by Kate on June 15, 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI consider myself very fortunate to live within walking distance of the botanical gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland, and whenever I’m feeling down, I go there to wander. I’m not sure if there’s been any scientific research done on the beneficial effects of admiring flowers and plants, but I know it instantly causes a shift in my mood.

I was pleased to discover Sammy Go of Bud Botanical, a brand new voice in floral design. Go’s arrangements are unfussy, which I love, yet graceful. Go is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture program, and I think it shows in the gestural quality of his work, and how the arrangements allow each bud to stand out on its own and to complement the overall composition. You can see more of his designs here, and perhaps you’ll join me as I eagerly await more behind-the-scenes news of Go’s process on the Bud blog.

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Adrian Esparza

by Kate on June 9, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artwork-adrian-esparza-2Humanity’s desire to tinker is one of its most charming traits. We build, we take apart, we rebuild into something new. This is what drew me to the geometric thread installations by Texas-based Mexican-American artist Adrian Esparza. Esparza views these pieces as evolving self-portraits, which contain both a symbol of tradition and cultural identity—the colorful woven sarape blanket—and its displacement and disorientation.

I find myself getting lost in the complex angles and overlapping color fields, and it is interesting to see the expanse of color and dimension that can be extrapolated from a small, tightly woven blanket. It’s so delightful when the deconstruction of an object produces something beautiful, because it reminds me that nothing is permanent or unchangeable, and inspires me to continue exploring the individual elements that make up our everyday experience. 

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anthologymag-blog-artwork-adrian-esparza-5{ Images found via Taubert Contemporary and Designboom }

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