Blah, blah, blah...just show me something good. I hate going to yoga classes where the teacher talks to you for 10 minutes about life and spirituality before getting to why I am really there: to move my body. I feel the same way about homes and design. Show me. Don't talk about it. With that in mind, here we go.
Barbara Smith is an interesting character who I confess to liking in this lead article, "A Move Up (Martha Who?)". I haven't heard much about until recently. She is a large company already with books, television and design, but she loves her husband and the degree to which she brings him into her picture is strikingly different than the eponymous Martha. You can see it all at www.bsmith.com. Let me know what you think.
Meanwhile, at the Milan furniture fair there is a lot of talk, cocktails and politics which is lost on me ("Softening the Cutting Edge With Petals and Patterns"), probably because I am not part of the crowd. That said, I often find high end design as useful as high end fashion, which isn't much. Practicality is key. However, everyone in Milan is getting happy again after a disasterous few years of furniture sales following 9/11 and there were a few neat new designs, including the Bloomy chair (pictured right) which is based on a desert flower.
Rents are going up! Watch out New Yorkers! As a result of prices being so high for purchasing apartments ("Betting on Rent Over Mortgages"), people are opting to rent instead - saving their money for when the market is more tolerable. That means rental availability is getting scarce again. Time to SELL or stay where you are.
My favorite section, Currents (which you can't link to - which sucks), has some great things, the best of which is a statement by the architect Peter Gluck, "Color is not a cost factor."
Also very cool lighting if you live in a warehouse. From Mathieu Lustrerie in France.
Though I can't vouch for the craftsmanship,
And though we don't have children, I love nightlights anyway, and this one caught my eye because it slowly changes colors: ">The Glowbug for $13.50.