Sunday, December 23, 2007

The Modern Gingerbread Home

What better way for the hipster to celebrate the holiday season than a modernist gingerbread house by RedEnvelope? Via Black Eiffel.

Note: I'll be on holiday for the next few days, so I won't be posting until 2008. Until then, thank you for reading, and have a Cool Yule!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Holidays on Display

Rosecrans Baldwin interviews William L. Bird Jr (historian and curator at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution) about his new book, Holidays on Display, in The Morning News. Holidays on Display is a history of this specialized area of merchandizing, from its modest beginnings as holiday decorations in shop windows, to building exteriors and then out into the street in the form of parade floats. Read the interview and see a gallery of selected images from the book here. Shown here is the Marshall Field main aisle, ca. 1956.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tale of a Teapot

The Model No. MT 49 Tea Infuser by Marianne Brandt sold for $361,000 at Sotheby's in New York on Friday––a record price for a 20th-century teapot, for Brandt's work, and for a Bauhaus design, too. Read Alice Rawsthorn's International Herald Tribune story on its history and eventual sale here.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Extreme Knitting

"Using extra-large knitting needles produced specifically for her enterprise, (designer) Christien Meindertsma's Flocks Pouf (2006) is hand knit using strong wool from New Zealand crossbred sheep. The pouf is available in two sizes (medium: light grey, large: dark grey) to accommodate use as a seat, occasional table, ottoman or even as a purely organic sculpture." Now that's some serious knitting. Available in January 2008 through Design Within Reach. Via swissmiss.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Ornament

There's an ornament exchange at the staff Christmas dinner each year, and, working with a creative group as I do, most are handmade. This is the one I made for this year's celebration, based on the holiday-card ornament design from the Martha Stewart 2006 Holiday special issue. Martha's design uses recycled Christmas cards, but for mine I used several sheets of a beautiful Japanese paper, and added a suede-like red ribbon.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Shopping Bag

Something a bit more stylish than the usual reusable bags to tote your groceries in: the Vintage Shopping Bag by Showpony (Scottish-based product designer Emma Henderson's company). Each bag is screen-printed with water-based inks onto an organic, fair-trade cotton bag. Pretty and sensible at the same time. See more designs by Showpony (as well as other artists) at the Julianna Grove Presents online boutique. Via the wonderful Bloesem blog.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Potluck Dinner

Another illustration I've done recently for the Globe and Mail, for an article on the modern potluck dinner party. It runs in this Friday's (December 7) edition, in the Facts and Arguments section.

Update: If you looked for my illo in the Globe and Mail online, it wasn't there ... it only ran in the print edition this time around.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Nice Space

Found this lovely photo on the blog, one of my favourite places to visit. I really like the lightness and simplicity of this room (and, of course, the wonderful Eames chairs).

Update: Just discovered that the photographer of this room is Sharyn Cairns. Be sure to check out more of her great work on her website.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Clutch Spaghetti Western

This is one of two pieces I did for the Clutch Spaghetti Western-themed show, on this month at the Mercury Lounge. It's called Once Upon a Time in the West: Hope.
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