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I’m excited to report that New England Home magazine has launched a Connecticut edition and I’m so pleased to have been asked to contribute a piece for the premiere issue.

The magazine, which offers a sophisticated look at area designers, architects, products and artists,  is now expanding its focus to the exceptional design world to be found in Fairfield County.

In this era of rough seas for the publishing biz it does my heart good to see such a lovely and esteemed magazine float confidently through the flotsam.

Kudos!

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It’s here! It’s here! It’s heeere!!.

Popular radio host, Binnie Klein, has just released her new book: Blows to the Head: How Boxing Changed my Mind and I can’t wait to read it!

Judging by the blurbs on the publisher’s website, this id-romp of a memoir is destined to be read and reread by anyone who has ever grappled with the intricacies of  self concept, and anyone who appreciates how the mysterious hiccups of everyday life can dictate our paths.

Nice Blurb: “Until now, I have avoided anything to do with boxing on the grounds that it was brutal and uncivilized. Reading Binnie Klein’s elegantly literary, funny, philosophical, moving, and endlessly intriguing Blows to the Head has changed my mind! It’s a wonderful discovery.” — Katharine Weber, author of True Confections and Triangle

Nice Plug: In a story that will captivate and inspire women and men, athletes and nonathletes, Klein shows us that if we turn over the “weird stones” on our path, the ones we usually ignore, we may find ourselves on an unexpected journey that will summon vitality back into our lives.

Why not?: When Binnie Klein took up boxing in her mid-fifties, the reaction from friends and acquaintances was always the same: “You?” Why, after all, would a middle-aged Jewish psychotherapist with no previous history of athletics take up boxing?


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sm_GGroc-WDWent to the opening reception for Ella Vickers‘ flagship shop on the avenue in Greenwich last evening. Ella is a charming and talented sailor and entrepreneur who began designing bags out of the retired sailcloth of the yacht Columbia, the first 12-meter vessel to win the Americas cup, after sailing on her as first mate. The well-edited designs, superb construction and utter usability of the bags made them an immediate success with boating aficionados in the loop. Now Ella Vickers Sailcloth Collection (EVSC) is busting out into the broader market. The season may be over here in New England, but you don’t need to be a boater to fall in love with this eco-friendly bags.

Along-side Ella’s bags and accessories in this high-rent neighborhood, is the sublime portraiture of photographer Koren Reyes.  Check out the pets and maternity pictures on her beautiful website; Korenreyes.com. She somehow manages to turn what could be unbearable cuteness into true art.

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Recycled Sailcloth Hand Bag with Rope/Sailing Line Handles & Black Star

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San Francisco Backside Shoulder Bag

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Sailcloth shower curtain

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Sailcloth Garment Bag

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Sailcloth Tote with Rope/Sailing Line and Laser Sail Insignia


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Today, Interior Design Magazine’s Designwire Daily has a piece on two exhibitions which celebrate the 90th anniversary of a profoundly influential (and one of my favorite) design movements; the German Bauhaus school. “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model”, is currently running at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Baumuseum through October 4th, and the Museum of Modern Art will be hosting, “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity”, from November 8 to January 18th. (See the entire story here.)


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Bauhaus (“House of Building” or “Building School”) was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and ran until 1933.  Its attempt at a “new way of living” combined crafts and the fine arts, with the idea of creating a total work in which all arts could be united;  a modern approach which reflected the social changes of the time.

Klaus Labuttis of the Dezignare Interior Design Collective (www.dezignare.com) writes: “The ‘New Man’ became the ideal, a concept that also expressed itself in living. The Bauhaus Design showed a simplicity with emphasis on straight edges and smooth, slim forms. The rooms were sparsely furnished, superfluous features were taboo. Shining steel was discovered as a material for furniture. The aim was to take advantage of the possibilities of mass production to achieve a style of design that was both functional and aesthetic. Objects were to be designed to have simplicity, multiplicity, economical use of space, material, time and money which looks as modern as anything in production today.”

◊ Bauhaus Style ◊

Furnishings:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Adjustable MR Chaise Lounge for Knoll.

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Adjustable MR Chaise Lounge for Knoll at 1st Dibs

Christian Dell (by Kaiser) Desk Lamp Circa 1930 at 1st Dibs

Christian Dell (by Kaiser) Desk Lamp Circa 1930 at 1st Dibs

1924 Marianne Brandt Silver and Ebony Tea Pot at Tecnolumen

1924 Marianne Brandt Silver and Ebony Tea Pot at Tecnolumen

1924 Wilhelm Wagenfeld Nickel plated Tea Cannister

1924 Wilhelm Wagenfeld Nickel plated Tea Cannister at Tecnolumen

Architecture:

1938 Walter Gropius house, Lincoln, Massachusetts

1938 Walter Gropius house, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Barcelona Mies van der Rohe Pavillon

Barcelona Mies van der Rohe Pavillon

Art:

Komposition 8; 1923 by Vasily Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Komposition 8; 1923 by Vasily Kandinsky at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Bauhaus Stairway by Oskar Schlemmer;1932 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Bauhaus Stairway by Oskar Schlemmer;1932 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York


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After reading novelist, journalist and all around new favorite weekend neighbor, Lauren Lipton’s (www.laurenlipton.com) engaging Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, (flush the flaccid “chick-lit” crap- this is romance for cynical, smart girls with a wry sense of humor and a few Las Vegas-scale misdemeanors under their Miu Miu belts) I started to notice all of the types of wasps that one comes across during the summer in Connecticut-

I can't help it, maybe it's the WASP in me but I just think this is pretty

OK - this is a bit of a stretch - maybe it's the WASP in me but I just think this is pretty

But not to worry:

Menu organic wasp trap

Menu organic wasp trap at Grounded

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Mer, Evacuation DressesCurator, Barbara Bloemink, corralled 36 multi-media artists for the “Dress Codes- Clothing as Metaphor” exhibit at the Katonah (NY) Museum of Art (www.katonahmuseum.org) to explore a range of cultural issues; reflecting the complexity of contemporary life while showcasing some pretty clever conceptual constructions. (Click on the images for details and attributions.)

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I could do a blog entirely about all of the truly great artisans that abound in my home state of Connecticut. It brings me pleasure to have the chance to profile some who represent the type of innovative designers across a range of media that live and work here.  GG2G (www.gg2g.com) is a designing duo out of Milford that brings a re-use & recycle philosophy to their line of accessories which are made from recycled  billboard vinyl and vintage or designer fabrics. These “ReVinylized bags”  are chic, colorful, versatile and eco-conscious.  Gotta love it!

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KT Pouch and Julia Beach/Market Tote

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