Archive for April, 2009


I was completely delighted the first time I saw the work of British textile designer Zoe Murphy.  Only one year out of school and already a star in my opinion. She repurposes mid-century furniture and helps it transcend itself.  I ADORE the mid-century aesthetic but have to say that she really adds some welcome ooomph power to a look that is getting to be everywhere these days.  She gives it that little something extra that makes you really pay attention and appreciate in a new way, the great lines of that era.  (again, did I mention that I ADORE modern design.  Not dissin’ , just giving it room to grow.)

And her tag line, “love what belongs to you”, is such a perfect fit for her (re)work!





via: not beige ; with additional images from: more ways to waste time

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This week’s interviewee is photographer Julia Staples.  I met Julia 8 years ago while she was a photography student at Parsons School of Design in NYC and I was busy one building over working on my product design degree.  And I’ll just flat out say it… I adore her.  Even though we don’t see each other very often since we both moved away from NYC, she will forever be tucked away in my ‘good egg’ file.  

In 2003 she received a Fulbright scholarship to study for a year in Iceland, returned to her native Philadelphia for a few years, then decided to make the move back to Iceland and give permanent island living a go.  She is now busy there creating some seriously stunning work and kindly agreed to join the ranks of our other maker Wayne Pate  (our first & only up until this very moment…), officially making it ‘makers’ plural for our ‘meet the maker’ series.  Thanks Julia!



Julia Staples, photographer:

1.  What is your favorite movie for visual/design amazing-ness?

Probably all movies by Wes Anderson, especially The Royal Tenenbaums


2. What is your favorite Icelandic/or other  band to work to?

Reykjavik! are especially great to photograph, they are really fun and
great live to shoot. Really original music and the most fun
performances you have ever seen.


(I’ll be compiling both a watchlist and playlist on my blog very soon)

3. What’s your favorite thing about photographing Iceland?

there are no trees, it never is too hot, you can photograph for 24
hours in the sunlight in June, the name “Little America” really is
true and as an American, I find that quite interesting.



To see more of her beautiful photographs, please visit her website at www.juliastaples.com.

All photos from www.juliastaples.com , with the exception of The Royal Tenenbaums poster care of photobucket.

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c-152The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes is hidden by spruces and sits 15-ft. above ground on concrete pillars. The hammock offers a quiet napping place– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.


I just can’t get enough of inspired forest living.  I don’t know if it’s just my deeply ingrained love for the Ewok village, or if it was my own experiences going to our summer cabin as a kid.  Whatever it is, I am yearning for it.  Here are some good mid-century dwellings that stirred it up for me today.

summer-house-1The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Neil Rantoul cleaning his rifle on a pull-down bed in the boys’ quarters which doubles as a painting studio– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-132Interior of the Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. (L-R) Neil Rantoul listening as brother-in-law Mark Harrison strums a banjo in the living room– Martha’s Vineyard, MA 1965.

c-14The Talbot Rantoul summer house designed by architect Eliot Noyes. Talbot Rantoul relaxing on the sun-dappled porch– Martha’s Vinyard, MA 1965.

c-19Wood-panelled exterior of John and Janet Smith’s summer home near Pend Oreille River which they built themselves from a set of architect’s plans ordered from a magazine– Spokane, WA 1970.

via: The Selvedge Yard

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This is how my mom put her Wild LIfe to good use.  (L to R: 4by & RVee from my North American Wild Life series @ http://www.paigerussell.etsy.com)   Plant clippings in water are a great way to spruce up any container & propagate green living.  I’m all for the great indoors!

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Super(S)mart #003


Another shiny week has begun.  I don’t have a dog, so I’m up the creek with this week’s advice, but for those of you who do, please add a grain of salt!  I’ll be back this afternoon with fresh goods.

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To round out this week, I thought i’d share with you, TED.  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design.  It is an organization that holds annual conferences bringing together the brightest minds in these fields, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in just 20 minutes.  This is what they have to say for themselves:

Our mission: Spreading ideas. 

“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.”

I first heard about this from my friend Graham Hill who is the founder of treehugger.com, the net’s biggest & best eco-centered site.  (He had the good fortune to attend this year’s conference & see the talks in person!)  And I was again reminded of this source of inspiration by another friend recently.  He recommended the particular talk I’m posting a link to.  The speaker is Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love.  She waxes on a different way to think about creative genius.  It’s always inspiring to me to hear different perspectives, especially in this generously free &  as-if-you-were-there video format. Very special indeed.   So get yourself a cup of tea, settle in, and click on this link to enjoy!

Have a great weekend, and we’ll see you on Monday.  Ole!

via: ted.com

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‘yellow’ is for spring


To thank my mom for helping me with the big job of getting my sample kit put together for my new rep (my mom is my amazing studio assistant), I stopped and got her these yesterday.  Their technical science name is Craspedia, but I think it should be something more akin to Bubble blossem or Dapplelion.  Hmmm… just a thought.  I am constantly inspired and amazed by the intense beauty/architecture of nature so I will be posting often my little outdoor noticings.

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