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At this year’s second New York International Gift Fair, it was all about functional design. In the “Accent on Design” section, the part applicable to us the most, we were overwhelmed by the innovative designs exhibited. Here is a round-up of our favorite, top three participants:
#1 – Moleskine
Just when you think this forward-thinking journal company has reached their creative limits, they present ingenuous product design. Some stand-out new products include a tear away desk calendar (pictured above), the 2010 “Color A Month” Daily Planner box set, extra large folio journals, and the 2010 Pocket Softcover Project Planner that features 54 accordion pages.
This steady favorite of ours specializes in providing a context for designers of all fields to create, develop and produce various high-quality home and lifestyle items. This “publishing house” for designers has resulted in unique accessories that mix form and function, many of which have playful overtones. Our favorite new designs they were showing include a white table that swivels, a candleholder meant for dripping wax, and a foursome of Swedish stick-back chairs.
#3 – DESU DESIGN
According to their mission, DESU DESIGN “strive to make innovative products that blur the boundary between art and design” using modern manufacturing technology to mass produce their products. Every single furnishing and accessory that they sell has a specified function. Their small products for the home feel especially custom. Our favorites: the spice rack series.
The kitchen. It’s made a big comeback in recent years. This is especially true for kitchens with open layouts that lend themselves to a more communal dining experience. According to Adilin Darling Design, an architecture firm based in San Francisco, when a kitchen has an open layout, it becomes a “stage” within which the most average of cooks can shine. In that vein, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite open kitchens that we’ve found inspiring for your enjoyment this Friday.
The art of display is almost always a challenge, especially when thick industrial walls or exposed brick make hanging art impossible. We say, when in doubt, invest in some easels. They allow you to rotate your artwork, turning your home into a make-shift gallery space. Another common conundrum is the decoration of table tops. Stacked books with objects on top, the oh-so-hip coral craze and various candle stick collections are all possible routes to go.
My current choice? Mini Easels. They come in various shapes, sizes and materials, though the ones most readily available are usually acrylic, brass, or bamboo. They are most especially useful in terms of versatility: framed pieces of art, postcards, mounted photographs, even pages ripped out of art books can all be displayed via these easels.
Here is a roundup of awesome display easels we found on the web that range from table-top to full-length:
(Clockwise, starting from upper left)
The Wahkeena table top easel from Easel Society; Acrylic tripod easel from CB2; Acrylic hinged stand from Xylem Design; Deluxe Brass Display Easel from Easel Society; Vinyl Coated Counter Display from Mamasionshopping; Twisted and Smooth Brass Wire Easel from Potomac Display
A personal favorite, this streamline metal adjustable display stand and lamp is a stunning way to show off your most precious piece of artwork or your kid’s art project from school. From Visual Comforts, through Circa Lighting.
Here are two examples of how I am using them in my apartment (the first displays a drawing that I have mounted on a faded piece of canvas and the second an acrylic framed drawing) this week . . . mind you, I’m always changing it up!
Posted by Cate West Zahl
Everywhere we look we see white lacquered contemporary furnishings and accessories. Check out our round-up of what we’ve found on the market that’s sure to give your space a sleek, modern, even glamorous update!
(clockwise, starting from upper left)
(clockwise, starting from upper left)
Overlapping-square chair from West Elm; White Lacquer Dashboard Collection from Williams-Sonoma Home ; Oeuf Three Door Dresser from 2modern; Blomster candlesticks from Ikea; Parsons Desk from West Elm