Thursday, February 09, 2012

Sweetness and Light

Perfectly tousled hair — and a wonderful gaze, too. Love.

(model mikaela carlén photographed by andreas öhlund for velvet. via ms. muse)


This week's links. Enjoy.

A Handwritten Love Letter
Want to send your valentine a romantic letter they'll treasure forever? Bryn Chernoff of Paperfinger offers a charming love letter service, in which she'll write your words in beautiful, calligraphic script on lovely Italian stationery. Love this. Via swissmiss.

Domino Returns
Attention Domino fans! This week Condé Nast announced they will begin publishing a special print-only edition of the much missed Domino magazine. Called Domino Quick Fixes, it will mix new and previously published content, with the original Domino's best home decorating stories featured with DIY projects like furniture makeovers, painting ideas and reorganizing projects. The first issue hits newsstands on April 17.

How Plywood Revolutionized Design and Changed the World
"Making beautiful, affordable design available to the masses was a central tenet of mid-century modernism — one that never would’ve been possible if not for the advent of a key material: plywood." A wonder material, it inspired the Eameses, Alvar Aalto, Arne Jacobsen and Marcel Breuer — follow the link for the rest of Suzanne Labarre's article at Co.Design.

Deborah Turbeville: The Fashion Pictures
Check out this great interview with the legendary photographer Deborah Turbeville — and see a slideshow featuring 13 of her favourites from her fashion images, along with commentary by Turbeville.

A Brief History of Blurbs
An interesting look at the often overblown author endorsements on books, which have been around far longer than you'd think — Thomas More got his friend Erasmus to gush over his book Utopia.

On The Sets of Downton Abbey
If you're a fan of the PBS smash series Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy this — a behind the scenes look at the sets where it all happens.

A Minimalist's Music
What sort of music does highly minimalist architect John Pawson listen to when he wants inspiration? The answer is both fascinating and surprising (I didn't expect to see The Who, for one).

Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Molten Chocolate Cake

Now a modern dessert classic, this decadently rich dessert is a perfect finish to a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. Find other equally rich chocolate desserts here, too. Via Saveur.

(photo by siren lauvdal with styling by kråkvik & d’orazio. via the style files)

Browse: Delicious Shots

The lovely food blog Delicious Shots has a special Valentine's Day issue out, with loads of wonderful recipes, all beautifully photographed — plus pretty suggestions for wrapping up your freshly baked sweets as gifts for loved ones and friends, too (including downloadable gift tags and packaging). Read it here.
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