DIY Felted Cushions

by Kate on July 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-projects-diy-cushion-1Lately, it seems like I’ve been working a lot with materials that really take their physical toll. This is not to say I don’t love working in wood or concrete or plaster, but sometimes—after a long day of sweat, sawdust, and splinters—I feel the desire to switch gears to something softer. Felted wool is one of my favorite fiber forms. So when I find a project that requires a nice, quiet afternoon of knitting or sculpting wool, I’m ecstatic.

This simple DIY project from the German lifestyle blog Lebenlustiger is a great example of how luxurious and beautiful felted wool can look all on its own. With warm earthy tones and plush texture, these super-simple knit cushions can totally transform an ordinary chair or stool into an elegant sculptural object. The key is the large scale of the knit, so be sure to go chunky with the wool: For these cushions, 500 gr samples of un-spun wool roving was used; it can be found online and usually at specialty yarn shops as well. My fingers are rejoicing at the prospect of making these. Happy crafting!

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Ania Wawrzkowicz

by Kate on July 9, 2015

anthologymag-blog-styling-annew-1I’ve been brainstorming and preparing for the upcoming Market Report shoot this week, so I have product styling on the brain. There are so many incredibly bizarre and wonderful art directors and stylists in the world, and it always bring me a thrill to discover someone new. When I came across photographer Ania Wawrzkowicz’s images for Elle Decoration, I was intrigued. 

Wawrzkowicz is a still-life photographer based in London who works in many genres—including interiors, still lifes, and food photography. Inspired by sculptural and geometric forms, she transforms everyday objects with her playfully tactile, abstract compositions. She has contributed to many publications across a broad range of topics, but some of my favorite pieces of hers are her personal art projects. You can see all of Wawrzkowicz‘s projects on her portfolio site, and be sure to keep an eye out for her work in print as well.  

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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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Susanna Vento

by Kate on June 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-styling-susannavento-1In many ways, interior styling is a delightful form of grown-up play. When I’m working on a concept for a photo shoot, I’m reminded of all the times I meticulously arranged and re-arranged the furniture in my dollhouse when I was younger, or stacked colored wooden blocks in abstract formations. What I love about styling is the way it approaches objects: as elements of a larger narrative and as abstract forms with color, shape, and texture.

I discovered Helsinki- based stylist Susanna Vento through her work for Deko magazine, and instantly wanted to see more. Her styling is simple and sparse, but nevertheless my eyes have plenty to dance around and devour in these images. The products shine in her work, not only as part of the atmosphere she creates, but as interesting shapes in an artful composition. I highly recommend checking out her other styling work for inspiration—and visual delight.


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Ceramics by Matthew D. Ward

by Joanna on May 28, 2015


Brooklyn-based ceramicist and artist Matthew D. Ward creates pieces that feel straightforward in form, but also very mid-century modern and also a bit Scandinavian. Ward is totally self-taught and believes in the daily practice of his art form, something which I wholeheartedly believe has helped to develop his personal style so nicely. In fact, he finds, “that the most reward from artistic endeavors comes from the act of doing.” One can only hope that he keeps producing such gorgeous pieces!

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