Monday, April 30, 2012

Terra-Cotta

Israeli designer, Talia Mukmel creates these earthy objects made from simple materials - sand, flour and cotton threads.

Inspired by the crafts and basic materials used by African tribes, Talia created a series of containers. Made using knotting techniques like macramé and materials like earth, flour, sand and water, the decorative quirky objects are biodegradable and ephemeral. Mukmel’s innovative “terra-cotta” containers mix old traditions, easily available materials and experimental new techniques.
To make these fantastic objects, the young designer first crafted macramé containers using a heat-proof tough string. Then she mixed and rolled the sand, water and earth with flour, which helps bind everything together, and wrapped the string basket with the dough. Lastly, she baked her creations in the oven for a few minutes.


Monday, April 23, 2012

The Selby at Mazor's

I've never seen so many images from a Todd Selby photo shoot, ever!  You can tell he had a lot of fun shooting Oscar De La Renta's right hand person Boaz Mazor's New York City home.  Boaz's place is like a mini museum!  The decor isn't really my aesthetic, but I appreciate his collections and the way he's displayed them.  Everyone knows how much I love accessories and art, not only do they fill a space, but they fill it with purpose. Objects and collections really tell the owner's story, their background...their memories.  This is why I like Todd Selby's work so much, because he has a passion to capture his subjects personalities without the whole photo shopping, fake lighting and the styling that you see in magazines.  What you see in the publications are a bit fake.  Furniture and objects are moved around, added, borrowed from places here and there to fill the space in order to get the perfect shot.  Todd isn't interested in that.  If there's a little dust or things are a bit askew...all the better.  Check out the entire shoot here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Indoor Desert

These photographs by Alvaro Sanchez-Montanes conjure a lot of emotion in me.  They give me feelings of sadness, loneliness, peacefulness and playfulness.  I would love to run around in a house full of sand.  Alvaro's series of "Indoor Desert" are so beautiful - the way he captured the light, texture and angles.  
View the entire series here.

 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Organic Porcelain


Made from hand built porcelain, Nuala O'Donovan creates these amazing forms inspired by nature.  I love her statement.  Here is just a portion of it.  

"My decision to research patterns and forms from nature stemmed from my interest in the narrative quality of irregularities in patterns.  The history behind a scarred or broken surface is what fascinates me.  The evidence of a response to random events visible in patterns in nature is testament to the ability of living organisms to recover, to respond, and to continue growing and changing.  It is the imperfections in the patterns caused by a unique experience that are evidence of the life force in living organisms.



Monday, April 16, 2012

Shades of Turquoise

One of my favorite colors, especially for Spring and Summer.  Maybe because it reminds me of the ocean.  Gentle and soothing...
photography by David Prince + Martin Morrell  The first picture isn't really turq, but I just threw it in there anyway...I like it!   


Wednesday, April 4, 2012