7-30-11 – wildflower wonder

Wedding wildflowers

My childhood friend asked us to create the flower arrangements for her country wedding in upstate NY. She arranged for us to pick wildflowers at a local farm the day before the wedding, but we had no idea what flowers would be available. Armed with hundreds of mason jars and rolls of rafia ribbon, we arrived at the farm ready to make some floral magic happen. This was such a fun challenge – to have no plan – no sense of what colors, shapes, varieties of flowers we would have to work with – and just to trust in the beauty of nature and the abundant possibilities. A great design exercise! Have you ever been faced with the unknown and had to design your way to an answer?

Wedding flowers

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7-7-11 – butler sculpture park

Butler Sculpture Park

Happened upon a super cool sculpture park while driving in the Berkshires today. Opened in 1991 by sculptor Robert Butler and his wife, Susan, this is one of a very few “single sculptor” parks in the US. 40 acres of winding paths and grassy knolls with sculptures sprinkled throughout – very cool way and unexpected way to spend an afternoon. Open 7 days/week, May 20th to October 31st – no admission fee!

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5-16-11 – to market, to market

Thrilled to be included in the latest Interior Design Spring Market Tabloid issue. Our new Grasscloth & More collection is featured twice among the beautiful wallcoverings highlighted in this issue.

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2-17-11 – pratt student 3D wallpaper

Pratt review Feb, 2011

Our friend, Sarah Strauss, a multi-talented designer and professor at Pratt Institute School of Art & Design in Brooklyn, NY, invited us to review her student’s recent project, along with our artist/architect friend, Jessica Jane Perkel. Challenged to create 3D wallpaper, her students explored many themes and worked through the ups and downs of repeats and scale, with the added layer of attempting to create a 3D effect. The review was super fun – 3D glasses and all – and we so enjoyed meeting the diverse group of students and sharing our feedback on their patterns, as well as the realities of manufacturing and marketing wallpaper. Thanks Sarah!

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2-4-11 – shane’s studio chat

Chatted today with Decorati founder and VP of Gilt Home, Shane Reilly, via Skype about the origin of our business and our design process for her blog Shane’s Studio. We had a great time discussing how we work with our own photography to create the elements of our patterns – check out some of our photos in a slideshow on the computer behind us. Also, shared a sneak peek of some new patterns in the works and the specific images that inspired them.

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1-8-11 – the gravity of color

Just visited the New Britain Museum of Art and was blown away by an installation by New York artist, Lisa Hoke, entitled “The Gravity of Color.” She covered a huge, 2-story wall with thousands of plastic cups. Many of the cups were clear and she had beautifully coated them with vibrantly colored swaths of paint. Others were new or vintage paper cups in a spectrum of complimentary colors. The assemblage had such dimension and texture. The entire installation created a stunning, swirling, jewel-like effect that was further enhanced by the natural light pouring into the museum on this snowy day. I am a sucker for color and this one really got to me. Cannot stop thinking about it! Does this make you want to create art or collect cups?

Lisa Hoke Gravity of Color

 

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