Based in Japan, Leif.designpark is a collective of three designers, Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda, whose work is both modern and deeply traditional. 'The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture.' While the 'Green' furniture movement in the US has been diligently looking for more and more ways to use unfinished wood, we thought this was a great addition to the mix.
We have posted about plates hung on walls before but Katie's sculptural positioning of them in her kitchen deserves some recognition. A grouping of plates on a wall can be so much more interesting than a framed work. This combination is similar to the grouping seen in Rome Service Home that we posted about back in August. With Katie's great patterns and colors, this free flowing form looks more like artwork then dinnerware.
The jumping off point for the entire room was bright ikat fabric that was used for the custom drapes and my daughter's desire for a canopy bed. I selected a subdued color for the wall so the room would age with her as she grows into a teenager. The bright red dresser brings a fun surprise element to the room, and touches of black keep the overall look from being too sweet. The bed is a copy of the more expensive Maison canopy bed from Pottery Barn Teen that I painted gold. I selected different shades of cream and gold for her bedding to make it look more collected. I had a small lumbar pillow made from the leftover drapery fabric to give the room a custom look. The lamps are especially dear, since they belonged to Paige's great-grandmother.
Fashioned by Twenty Gauge from vintage steel blueprint storage flats, layered up and topped with glass, the Archiflect is one of this LA-based steel furniture company's top-selling designs. Archiflect juxtaposes the heavy-duty industrial aesthetic of restored vintage steel furniture with the delicate horizontal proportions of the flat file, and although it no doubt weighs a ton, it manages to have grace. We love that it provides storage for books, magazines, games-anything flat, and a seemingly bullet-proof display area. Like all of Twenty Gauge's products, Archiflect can be customized with color: the company will powder coat any or all of the component pieces in one or more of their 14 colors. You can further tinker by specifying a wood top instead of glass and adding casters. Pricing varies and is not published on Twenty Gauge's website. To order direct from the company, call 310-945-5438.
We recently had our own Adventure and Outing at a family get-together in the Finger Lakes. As excited as we were to spend time with family, we were most looking forward to meeting the two newest family members who are close in age to our one-year-old son. To both minimize the amount each family with a baby would need to transport and to reduce the clutter in the rental home, we made sure to coordinate beforehand to see what baby items we could all share. Having three full-size high chairs never would have worked in this space so between the three families we had one standard high chair, one booster seat and one clamp-on chair for al fresco dining. One family brought a water mat while we brought a baby float to share. One area of sharing we could have coordinated better was food as we ended up with about three dozen baby yogurts and a dozen bananas. Have you vacationed with multiple babies or young children before? Any tips for coordinating beforehand to share?
Purple is a color that shows confidence, as it was once the color worn by Roman Emperors and continues to be the color most associated with royalty. The color purple is used to attract attention - here are some bold and beautiful pieces that will become the focus of any room simply for their hue. Arc en Ciel folding table in lilac, EMU. 6.
Whether it's a cutting board, wood furniture or wood flooring, the occasional use of a nourishing wood cleaner is a good idea to replenish lost luster. Despite the name, Bamboo Goo is good for all varieties of wood beyond the fast growing sustainable variety, composed of a natural blend of beeswax, carnauba wax and vegetable-derived ingredients that are all food-safe.
COLOR PALETTE: Calm Contemporary - calabash, flagstone, yellow magnolia. GO TO ANDREW'S ROOM TO ADD IT TO YOUR FAVORITES. Visit the entry page to view all five photos, make a comment, select the room as a favorite and share on Facebook and Twitter. The rooms with the greatest number of favorites at the end of the initial round go on to the finals. You can choose as many rooms as you like as favorites, so be sure to check back each day for all the new entries - the more favorites you find, the better! If you love color and are thinking about adding new hues to your home, help is here. Whether you enter or simply find fantastic rooms to choose as favorites - join us!
Who says you have to go the route of tradition and put up a typical Christmas tree? For those looking for a more minimal and modern contemporary spin on the old yuletide decoration, why not take a cue from this IKEA catalog setup where they've taken a trimmed tree branch and decorated it with a striking monochromatic selection of ornaments. Posted originally from: AT:LA. Our only qualm is that presents don't look hardly as nice under this as a traditional tree, but it could be executed as a smaller complimentary holiday decor detail with smaller vases also instead of a replacement for a traditional tree. A good friend created something similar for her wedding reception centerpieces, and they were such a big hit, attendees fought over who could take them. Either way, it's a great way to recycle and reuse some wintertime yard trimmings.
I grew up with one of those wildly inaccurate mechanical body scales which always required adjusting, offering a reading only somewhere in the ballpark of 'Accurate'. Bathroom scales have come a long way since then, like this all-digital wireless model offering user-calibrated weight and BMI measurements, wireless data uploads via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a partner Health Mate app to visualize user's weight data, and multi-user recognition for households...all with a year long battery life!
You know, the part of you that looks at a discarded sake barrel on the street outside your favorite Japanese restaurant and reimagines it as a funky side table. All it needs, after all, is a good scrub-down and some nice legs. Furniture designer Ian Maclean had such a positive response to the retro hairpin legs he fabricates for his own line that he now makes them available for his customers' DIY projects.... This means you can make your own stylish case study furniture, even if you can't weld. Made of cold-rolled or stainless steel round bar with 'TIG-welded joints', Maclean's hairpin legs mimic the clever design of v-shaped MCM appendages, as seen in the quintessentially-Californian case study bed and the bedside table. Hairpin legs come in many sizes and run from $18 to $37/apiece. Custom fabrication is also available to accommodate beds or different sizes and styles.
If you've finally found the perfect teak desk and got a steal on a white Eames Aluminum Management Chair, the last thing you want to add to your ensemble is a boring desk lamp. Here are some vintage finds from Etsy to finish the look.