After many years of buying O Series glasses, I've finally settled on this size - the Chardonnay/Viognier size - for all around household use. I use it for water, milk, juice AND wine, and the shorter, stouter shape with a more open mouth is pleasing and more durable than the other sizes. Riedel has many sizes, but this is my go to pick if you want to start with one size.
Just like we'd already discovered the amazing world of vintage movie posters and European advertisements, vintage American menus from the early late 19th century through the 1970s are no less amazing. Check out this brand new company that is bent on preserving this art and selling it as affordable giclee prints.
Looking around for some clean, simple inspiration and aspiration on this cold winter night, I found myself enjoying the end of Mjolk's cottage reno up in Canada. I hope to meet this couple some time, and love their choices and all the effort and sweat they've put into their home.
This sofa is a lovely example of their perspective and pairing a Japanese design with a Canadian/Scandinavian sensibility. This is Fukasawa's "Madmen-esque" modern sofa, which comes in a number of different fabrics and leg choices. These are beech legs, and the fabric looks like it could be a blue Italian linen.
Bright colors for the new year. This blanket, designed by Vík Prjónsdóttir in 2005, is an homage to the ocean and the historic fishing grounds around Iceland, where many men ended up engulfed by the blue waters.
Made of 100% Icelandic wool. 94,4 x 63,93 inch / 240 x 162 cm
At a friend's for dinner last night, my host served all the red and white wine in these green hued "pomegranate" glasses with the nubbly sides. It was a bold and interesting choice for wine, and I loved it. Never having seen glasses like these before, I asked him "where" and he said, "Canvas." Now you know.
They come in three sizes, but I would get the Tumbler (2.5" x 4.25" 12oz). All are made of hand-blown recycled glass.
Spotted two years ago at ICFF, this amazing design by Peter Stathis quickly disappeared with difficulties over distribution and manufacture. It is now back.
Trapeze comes in two sizes (this is the bigger) and with two arms or one, and is a seamless, sculptural design feat that takes advantage of ultra-thin flat panel LED technology that burns cool and illuminates large areas with a "brilliant, perfectly even warm light". It's beautiful and comes in four colors.
I have a weakness for really nicely designed clocks and functional pieces that are also beautiful. Braun is a master at this. Today I was introduced to their new weather station at the Gift Fair and got a little crush. This busy little thing sits inside and speaks to it's partner outside so that it always gives you an accurate reading on the temperature and humidity inside and out. It's packed with features, including radio controlled time, 12-14 hour weather forecast and the max and min temperatures from the past 24 hours. When the weather keeps bouncing around like it has lately, this is my version of a cheap thrill.
Last year, when I moved into my new home, I only bought three Sanelli Premana professional knives for my kitchen. Why? Because they were really sharp, strong and easy to hold, AND because I could throw them into the dishwasher safely due to their tough rubber handles (I keep them on the side away from other objects). A year later I still swear by them. I need to sharpen them a bit more often due to the heat and detergent, but I don't need knives that telegraph "high class" and are really high maintenance. These professional knives rock. The three I use are:
- Premana Professional 7 Inch Cooks Knife
- Indented Japanese Knife 18 Cm.
- Premana Professional 12 Inch Cooks Knife
It's comforter sale season and there are a lot of good deals going around at the big brand shops like The Company Store and Cuddledown. That said, I continue to like the great value of this comforter for only $140. I've bought two of them and they have proven to be really well made, thick down duvets with a nice, heavy cotton outer layer. It's not a brand name that will knock your socks off, but it's a great, high quality comforter at a great price.
The fellow in the office next door told me he and his wife were selling their brand new Bertoia Diamond Chairs with pads for a lot less than they paid ($200 discount and no tax) in order to make more room in their apt. I said, good deal, let's see if we can get these quickly into a good, new home. Interested? Check out this listing as well as the many other great furnishings that are filling up our new classifieds.
Never too early to get ready for spring. I saw this bike go by me this morning and ran to catch up, because I'd never seen anything like it before and it was hot looking. The woman riding it, pulled over up ahead of me and in two shakes had folded the bike up and was walking into a building. She happily stopped to chat and told me it was her favorite commuting bike ever and a recent upgrade from a Dahon.
Designed in Finland and made in Taipei, Tern launched its first bike in 2011 and is now on a roll with a line of five different models with many variations. This one, The Verge Duo, is more affordable at $1000 and comes with only two gears and a totally stripped down design.
A good friend tipped me off to Andre Jordan, an illustrator and a Brit who fell in love and moved to South Dakota with his girlfriend, and has set up shop selling beautiful vintage Indian rugs online. This one is BIG and more expensive, but it's stunning AND he's got many smaller ones if you want to go under $500. Whether this is a Daily Find for you today or not, keep your eye on this shop.
Tonight I'm drinking peppermint tea out of a large Teema mug and, aside from Daniel Smith's handmade porcelain ones that cost a good deal more, these are my go to's for my everyday home and my clients.
I first saw the whole Teema collection at OK in Los Angeles years ago and it was the mugs that caught my eye. I just wanted them immediately. There's something about mugs that can do that to you. Teema is the name given to the Iittala collection designed in 1962 by Kaj Franck (1911-1989). Still in production, it is lush AND spare (if such a thing is possible) and based on familiar and basic shapes – a circle, a square and a rectangle. The mug comes in two sizes, 10oz and 13oz, and is part of a whole dinner line that also shouldn't be missed.
I don't find something like this every day: a stunning, large throw blanket made of merino wool and cotton with colors rarely achieved in natural fiber. Tipped off by Material: 84% merino wool, 16% cotton
Spotted in the front of Holler and Squall on Saturday, I asked about this fabulous, rich kilim sofa and found out it was a George Smith creation, probably about 4-5 years old. With removable bolsters, thick down filled seats and great kilim swatches, this probably cost @ $15k when new.
Not many people graduate high school with knife making in their future, but Adam Simha did. After we both graduated from the same boarding school in New England, I was delighted to find him, years later, designing and selling these remarkable, high performance knives with bright bicycle grips. This knife set is his best grouping and a great place to start. After this, there's very little you need.
"Bicycle handle blades were originally manufactured in Sheffield, UK then Maniago, Italy, briefly in Sevierville, TN, and finally here in Massachusetts. They are tempered to a Rockwell C 56 hardness for toughness and easy sharpening. These edges will put up with a pounding. Steels used in the different blades are 13C26, 440-C, 420M, and SF77 stainless. All knives come with choice of red, blue, green, or black handle grips (alternate BMX style grips available upon request), and a rawhide honing strap. A clear plastic knife roll and DMT fine or extra fine diamond sharpening steel are optional."