May. 18

 

Cute DIY Wall Art for Spring

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Often when I come across supposedly easy DIY projects in magazines, I wonder if the nice results the magazine has achieved are really possible for us regular folk.  I always have the sneaking suspicion that the magazine found the best possible examples that mere mortals didn’t have a prayer of replicating.  Or else, the magazine staffer possesses super powers in the crafty arena.  Not so with this charming project featured in the April issue of Canadian House and Home (photo above from there).  Click here for a link to their website.

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May. 17

 

Follow-Up: New Designs by Fornasetti and Clothes to Go With

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Turns out last Wednesday’s post on Fornasetti was super timely.  That very day, I received an email from Timothy Elliott, director of public relations at Barney’s, (yes, I was thrilled that someone at Barney’s reads my blog), announcing new Fornasetti vases by Bitossi Ceramiche.  The designs are all based on an original chalk mold of a vase designed by Piero Fornasetti in the 1950′s that was never produced and later found in the basement by his son Barnaba.  The new ceramics reflect Bitossi’s craftsmanship and Barnaba’s design flair.  They are produced in a limited edition and once sold out will be replaced by a new personality.

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May. 14

 

A New Pop-up Store At West Elm By David Stark

by Lynn Byrne


By Lynn Byrne.
Now you see it, now you don’t.  David Stark’s  Purely Paper Flower Shop at the Broadway and 62nd street outpost of West Elm opened yesterday and will close today.  As to be expected from designer David Stark, the pop-up is highly creative, whimsical and earth friendly, if a bit impractical.  (Not sure who would wear paper wellies,  or buy a paper covered watering can).  Everything is made from old books. I was there at the opening yesterday and snapped a few shots for you to enjoy.  David is sooo clever.

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May. 13

 

Winner of the Benjamin Moore Hue Award For Lifetime Achievement

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Congratulations to William Diamond and Anthony Baratta of Diamond Baratta for winning the Benjamin Moore Hue Award for lifetime achievement in the use of color in architecture and interiors.  Diamond Baratta is well known for its boldly colored interiors.  Still this is the first time the lifetime achievement award has gone to interior designers.  I hope these photos of their colorful interiors brighten your day.

First photo from the New York Times.  All other photos from the Diamond Baratta website.

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May. 12

 

Piero Fornasetti

by Lynn Byrne

By Lynn Byrne. Denise’s deer print, purchased at the Brooklyn Flea this weekend, inspired me to write about a giant in post war design, Piero Fornasetti.  Certainly the artist at Brooklyn Flea was influenced by Fornasetti’s work.  Compare one of the iconic Fornasetti wallpapers by Cole & Son to the print shown in yesterday’s post.  Note the black engraved design and superimposed bright colored flowers.  There is certainly a similar feel to  the engraved black and white deer and colorful butterflies.  Denise’s print is by artist John Murphy and you can buy similar works on his website as well as at the Brooklyn Flea.  Click here.

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