John Derian…shoes…

I’m not really a fan of the shoes…but I love all other things by John Derian.

from Refinery 29

Here are a few of my favorite trays and paperweights….all from John Derian’s website.

10×16 Whale Tray

Blue butterfly paperweight

Snakes tray…

AND…also, check out his Cape Code home from Shelter Pop.

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A Trend to Rediscover: Tie Dye

Tie Dye Pillow from Jayson Home and Garden



Last year, in order to honor their 40th anniversary, Maya Romanoff introduced three patterns to in a return their roots in tie dye.


Spring 2011 Runways…


I’m not sure what it means…but I am constantly finding things I like at PB Teen…hmmm…


Tie dye leather…that’s right, leather.  Check out the etsy shop here.


I love this quilt from John Robshaw…and the tie dye mixed with other patterns – not hippie at all!


And of course…John Robshaw country home from Lonny Magazine.


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I’m Obsessed: Eames Rocker Chair

Herman Miller – The Eames Rocker

Plastic, plywood, play. The fertile, curious minds of Charles and Ray Eames invented the modern American furniture vocabulary. Along with other visionaries like George Nelson, the Eameses brought new materials, new processes, and a new attitude to interior design. And they often did it by playing with form and structure in an inventive, childlike way. Charles encouraged experimentation among his staff, saying that he wanted “to have people working on useless projects. These have the germ of new concepts.”  —



from Design Sponge







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Desk Accessories

I think it’s time I replace my coffee mug pencil holder and cardboard box storage system with some grown up desk accessories….


The design of the Pop-Up Pencil Cup is a solution to a basic problem with standard pencil cups – when filled with writing utensils the ones in the center cannot be easily accessed. Inspired by the classic drinking straw dispenser, designer Paul Koh created this useful desk accessory. When the red ball at the center of the holder is pulled up, the writing utensils held within neatly fan out, making each one accessible. Made of borosilicate glass, resin, and stainless steel.  Moma Store


The Grassy Organizer…found here.


Crumpled paper cup…from Essey.


Putting the “speak” in speaker…cute desktop speakers!  from The Future Perfect.


a super simple desk set…from Deskology.


i don’t know what i like more…the simple trace paper holder or the styling of the photo!  Merchant No. 4


Staple-less staplers…  from Uncommon  Goods



I’m Obsessed : Light Fixtures

Just a few light fixtures I’m obsessed with…


System X from Ross Lovegrove  – Yamigawa USA


Moooi – Dear Ingo Suspension Lamp

Foscarini Binic


Cage Lamps from Foscarini


The Rock Lamp by Foscarini


Double Octopus – from Hive Modern


Marginal Notes Table Lamp from Note Design Studio

Top 10: Bar Stools

In no particular order…a variety of barstools from the handcrafted to minimalist…


2 by 3 from Geiger

Available from Geiger


Pierre Duthoit

from Yanko Design



Lazy by Patricia Urquiola for B&B Italia

B&B Italia


Knitted Stools



Heidi from Established & Sons

Established & Sons



Daniel Heer Stool from Matter Matters

Matter Matters



The Four Seasons Stool by Knoll



Alison Berger Glass Stool

Alison Berger is represented by Holly Hunt

Fjord Stool by Patricia Urquiola

Jean Stool - Various Colors

The Jean Stool available from Architonic


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Salvaged and Recycled

Unexpected materials reclaimed into unique furniture pieces…

Reclaimed gym floors:

designed by Soren Rose for Mater

Hindsvik reused wood and pipe shelving unit


Whiskey Barrel Floors (McKay Flooring)


Reused bowling alley floors (Counter Evolution nyc)


Cast iron fence reclaimed into a table


Sweetgreen in Maryland – also by Counter Evolution


Reclaimed wood bundle (


the Sabine table from Brown Dog Furniture :  reclaimed French oak from the vats of one of Australia’s icon wineries




“Office” furniture…at Home

I used to have Knoll Flat Bar Brno chairs around my dining table…and  because I think they are so beautiful, it always amazed me when someone who was at my house for the first time would inevitably ask why I had office chairs in my dining room.  Oy Vey!

Fast forward 10 years and although the Brno chairs are gone (I sold them to a client) my house is still a mix of “office furniture” and what one would traditionally categorize as residential furniture.  That juxtaposition of both is what, in my opinion, makes my space a reflection of me.  I love the modern classics and at the same time find myself drooling over a traditional chesterfield, in my own house, I’ve decided not to assign labels or function to furniture or lighting…

I think I might need the HM Eiffel chair for my bathroom!

Bathroom: Eames Eiffel Chair

Dining and Living Room: Herman Miller

Dining Room: Herman Miller - Eames molded plywood chairs

Repurposed File Cabinet (from DesignSponge)

Living Room: Pedestal File Cabinet as End Table (from Apartment Therapy)

File Cabinet as a Nightstand


Dining room: Eames Aluminum Group Chairs and Knoll Saarinen Table



Dining Room: Knoll Brno Chairs - from Met Home

Living Room: Swan Chair and Knoll Mies Day Bed

Living Room: The Bob Chair from Coalesse

Dining Room: Emeco Navy Chair

Bedroom: Tolomeo Task Light as a Bedside Lamp

Living Room: Knoll Brno and Day Bed

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Trends: Sliding and Barn Doors

In the world of corporate interiors, barn door hardware isn’t new…but the hardware continues to evolve with materials that allow this type of door to bridge the gap between extremely modern and corporate to rustic and earthy.

This modern barn door hardware is made from exotic hardwoods and stainless steel.  From Rustica Hardware.



Modern Glass and Stainless Sliding Barn Door – Manet System from Dorma

Modern Yellow Barn Door (from Harvest)


Wine Oak Doors from Cliff Spencer

The wood is 100% reclaimed. With aunique blend of natural oils and waxes, it’s completely non-toxic. The color comes from wine, not stain.


3Form translucent resin, sliding doors


Hafele stainless steel barn door hardware shown with a wood door


Modern, minimal barn door hardware from Bartels USA


Horseshoe Track – from Barn Door Hardware


Standard Flat Track – from Barn Door Hardware


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Lighting as Art

Serge Mouille – A French Icon

“Serge Mouille made each of his lamps by hand and never used machine technology to maximize production numbers.” “A Serge Mouille lamp is as much a work of art as it is a source of illumination.”

Serge Mouille 3 arm floor lamp

Serge Mouille wall sconce

Serge Mouille 2 arm wall sconce

David Weeks Studio

Taking cues from mid-century design and machine age products, David Weeks has created a distinctly modern lighting collection.

David Weeks Chandelier and Sconce

David Weeks Chandeliers

David Weeks Floor and Table Lamps

Alison Berger Glassworks

Alison Berger is an artist whose medium is light and whose material is glass. Whether designing light fixtures, objects, furnishings or large-scale sculptures, she uses age-old glass blowing techniques to create glass forms that transcend time and capture light. Derived from historic forms that have been stripped down to their essence, her work feels simultaneously old world and modern.

Alison Berger Scripted

Alison Berger Lensed Chandelier

Daniel Becker Lighting

Daniel Becker Emily Chandelier

Daniel Becker Sparks

Description from Daniel Becker:

Sparks attempts to freeze a fleeting moment and record it emotionally. The light appearance of a split second is compressed and duplicated volumetrically.

Technically, it is a modular lighting system which consists of three different modules made of aluminium tubes. They can be arranged with a simple plug-in system in various configurations to form a three-dimensional structure. Every module can be rotated freely in 360° which makes the whole system easily adaptable to every possible architectural situation. There are virtually no limits in the size. The lighting elements are based on low-energy LED modules which are hidden behind cones made of frosted acrylic glass.

Tom Dixon

Established in 2002, Tom Dixon is a British design and manufacturing company of lighting and furniture. With a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry, the brand is inspired by our nation’s unique heritage. Tom Dixon launches new collections annually with products sold more than 60 countries.

Tom Dixon Beat Lights - A series of lights inspired by the sculptural simplicity of brass cooking pots and traditional water vessels on the subcontinent.

Tom Dixon Mirror Ball Lighting

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