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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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Welcome to 2010 everyone!

I’m pleased to kick off a new season by posting some images from virtuoso designer Amie Weitzman.  The former Design Director for Joseph Abboud Inc. and designer for the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, Weitzman’s alchemy of earthy textures and crisp editing give all of her spaces a livable agelessness.  To punctuate that mix, she brings the same creative vision that she was known for as a fabric designer to her custom furnishings and textiles.  I am excited to be doing a story on her amazing Connecticut lake house for the March issue of Litchfield Magazine (see story here) and hope to publish a piece on another beautiful home she did in Westchester before long.

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The shelter magazine industry continues its grisly decline…

Today, industry insider Stacy Kunstel, reports in her excellent tweets at StacyStyle that Metropolitan Home is going belly up by the end of the year.  I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel a bit queasy.

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tables-crochet-pg3-imgThe Philadelphia Museum of Art will be hosting, Marcel Wanders: Daydreams; a dreamlike, multimedia installation personally created by the Dutch designer to represent pivotal points in his career. Per the museum’s website, the exhibit, which runs from November 22, 2009 to June 13, 2010,  will feature “new films detailing Wanders’s design process and philosophy in projects ranging from manufactured products, hotel interiors, and design art… The soundscape that accompanies the films provides Wanders’s personal views on design.”

I have  too many Wanders favorites to be able to showcase them all here, so I’ll just post a few today…

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Skygarden for Flos

Stair case at Mondrian Hotel in Miami

Stairway at Mondrian South beach

Stone Crystal Stool

Kartell Stone Stool

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Smart Deco Crochet Chair

Throw for Mooi

July Throw for Mooi

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AlbatrossAnother Saturday morning shopping excursion on 1st Dibs. Today, the guest shopper is New York City designer, Alex Papachristidis. I picked out a collection of items that I would love to work with when putting together a fresh, sophisticated, modern living room. What pieces would you choose from this selection, how would you put them together and what would you add to bring balance to the space?

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Orb Ice Tray

I was surfing on the A + R website for stylish and useful things to keep on hand for days at the beach (Yes, I know it’s August – but I’m in denial) and, as usual, I got distracted by all the other stylish and useful things that I have little use for- –

This cute innovative Orb ice tray not only chills, but can be used to serve and store things. It makes 21 ice cubes, and stores more in its removable inner bucket. And It’s airtight so you won’t get freezer funk in your cocktails.

DOUBLE WALLED OIL/VINEGAR CARAFES BY ICHENDORF

ICHENDORF OIL/VINEGAR CARAFE

These hand blown, double-walled carafes offer a striking way to store everyday cooking oil, etc. But alas, not at the beach. Unless — maybe sun tan oil? hmmm. No! hmmmm.

KOR'S HYDRATION VESSEL

Perfectly portable and visually quenching, these streamlined bottles are totally free of  BPA. The cap swivels open with a touch of a button and the wide mouth is large enough for ice cubes.  And one percent of sales benefit safe water programs worldwide. A votre sante!

DIRECT DESIGNS' STAINLESS STEEL NOTEBOOK GRILL

DIRECT DESIGNS' STAINLESS STEEL NOTEBOOK GRILL

Grill Skewers

GRILL SKEWERS BY EVA SOLO

But I did manage to find some things to prolong summer, or at least make the last few barbecues a bit more fun: This super-slim, portable grill has a large enough cooking surface for about six burgers- or better yet, 6 kebabs.

The square cross-sectional design of these skewers holds food in place so it won’t flop around when you move them, and the flat ends make them easy to hold.

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The graphic combination of black and white is an undeniable classic and a perennial favorite with designers of all stripes. The positive/negative, day/night, cold/hot pairing has been a design statement since long before black and white glazed brick patterns showed up on the architecture of Babylon. But it’s the way it has of yielding to endless reinterpretation that makes it eternally appealing and eternally modern.

Hedonism Collection by Sicis; Glass tile mosaic

Hedonism Collection by Sicis; Glass tile mosaic

A few new takes on an old standby: The new Hedonism collection from Sicis is made with glass tiles, assembled into a mosaic representation of the human form. The Crepax Kadhorna cabinet by Giuseppe Canevese (at Moss) uses the artwork of graphic artist Guido Crepax, who was hugely influential in the development of European comic art in the second half of the 20th century.

Crepax Kadhorna cabinet

Crepax Kadhorna cabinet

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Shadowy deckchair by Tord Boontje; in steel and woven plastic

The Shadowy deckchair by Tord Boontje (at Moroso) has a shape that evokes the beach furniture found in Northern Europe in the twenties. Woven by African craftsmen using plastic threads,  Shadowy’s cheeky design sports a backrest that turns into a parasol.

Ginetta Suspension Light

Ginetta Suspension Light at YLighting

Acrylic cloud ceiling light by Adam Jackson Pollock at YLighting

Acrylic cloud light at Fire Farm

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