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Thursday
Apr142011

milan 2011: bravo

Every year the Milan Salone celebrates what’s new in modern—and this year we congratulate and celebrate its 50th anniversary.

At the same time, Italy is celebrating its 150th anniversary of Unity so attending the opera last night—a supremely Italian experience—meant more than ever. 

We live and breath modern—as in casual, approachable, unexpected—with simple, clean lines.

With its deep red velvet curtains and gilded fixtures, Teatro alla Scala is the complete antithesis of what we do.  Yet being open to diversity is what creates texture and depth in our lives and homes… there’s room for everyone and everything.

Monday
Mar142011

maira kalman exhibit: new york

What: Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)
Where: The Jewish Museum, New York
When: March 11 thru July 31, 2011

In 2007 we had the pleasure of collaborating with Maira Kalman—illustrator, designer and author of contemporary life—for posters advertising the opening of CB2 Soho.

We were drawn to her unique point-of-view, and her extraordinary ability to recognize and portray the quaint moments of life in her work.

This curated selection features original works on paper, some samples of her photography, embroidery, and textiles—all of which were created over the past thirty years.

Thursday
Feb242011

one of a finds: knead it side table

Inspired by the centuries-old red lacquer wood kneading bowls of the Chettiar in Tamil Nadu, India, each knead it side table is handpainted in an optimistic burst of bright calligraphic squiggles and brushstrokes.

The striking designs are hand-painted by artisans in the northwestern state of Rajasthan—one of India’s largest regions—in the city of Jaipur. Their skills were once used to support India’s huge signboard industry, but with the rise in technology these painters have been replaced as companies turn to computer graphics and digitally designed signboards.

One of a Finds are offered one time only in a small reserve for collectors and enthusiasts— this table is from a limited edition of 500.

Friday
Jan282011

spring flower show, 2011

Towards the end of January, the days are getting longer but it still feels like winter will never end—and when its sunny in Chicago, that means its especially cold.

Which makes it the perfect time to visit the Garfield Park Conservatory for some humidity to soothe chapped lips, to bask in the sunlight for some vitamin D, and to visually feast on colorful spring blossoms for a nature fix.

Once inside, the beauty of nature creates a picture perfect view from any angle. The Victorian architecture of the conservatory is not only piece of local history, the ‘oversized greenhouse’ is inspiring to recreate on a small scale as a terrarium in glass cylinder vases. Search out your favorites plants, check their viability in a terrarium, and get your hands in the dirt. Once complete, these mini ecosystems are virtually carefree.

If you don’t have a green thumb, how about photography? The Spring Flower Show starts this weekend so consider investing an afternoon there. Get recharged and come home with some vibrant images that can be artfully cropped and frame favorites to display in your office or home.

Thursday
Jan272011

one of a finds: painted elephant painting

This original canvas is hand-painted by an almost extinct community of Bollywood artists known for their kitschy, glamorous movie posters and sets. Sadly, with the Mumbai film industry’s move to digital vinyl billboards, the talent of these fine artists is no longer in demand. In an effort to keep their art alive, these paintings are created by the original masters and each is individually signed.

Once required to produce up to 20 posters a day during their movie careers, this special initiative provides the artists not only a new source of income, but also the opportunity for a slower pace focused on their skills and passion for painting. This portrait—of a divine symbol in Hindu mythology dating back over 5,000 years to the elephant-headed god Lord Ganesha—takes its inspiration from an old photograph of a painted and adorned elephant in royal procession from the Amber Fort outside Jaipur.

One of a Finds original works are offered one time only as a limited edition for collectors and enthusiasts—painted elephant painting has a release of 504.

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