Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nesst-ing Baby

Deriving its form from an egg, the nestt car seat has been designed by think/thing design firm. Among the many cool features of the nestt, it is able to tilt and swivel to face a car's open door with one swift motion.

Pantone 08

Pantone Colour Calendar 2008 was created by Swiss designer, Moritz Zwimpfer. It has a new Pantone color (complete with Pantone #) for each day of the year and has plenty of space to jot down notes and ideas. It is available on Amazon.

Paul & Joe Decorates your Desktop

Paul & Joe Beaute has some cute wallpapers you can download on their website.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Members Only

Remember in the movie 'Shallow Hal', when Gwyeneth Paltrow asks Jason Alexander if he's the last member of the club after she spots him wearing a Members Only Jacket? Well, the 80's outerwear brand is back and has relaunched at Henri Bendel in NYC.
Now you'll have something to wear to the newly announced New Kids on the Block reunion tour!

Monday, January 28, 2008

At Home with JC Penney and Target?

Target is introducing two lines of housewares from Dwell Studio, the home furnishings company known for textiles with bold patterns and subtle color palettes. Dwell Baby, available today, has furniture, accessories, and textiles for the nursery. Dwell Home will be introduced at the end of February and it will have sheets, throw pillows, etc. for the rest of the home.

J.C. Penney is working with Danny Seo to create a line of organic and bamboo housewares that will be called "Simply Green".

Thursday, January 24, 2008

To see or not to see...that is the question

I tried on some items in Club Monaco today and had a mental heart attack when I viewed myself in their 3-way, dressing room mirror. After talking to my friend CDB, it got me thinking......are there any dressing rooms in NYC that deserve praise instead of a reaction of shock and horror? What happened to good lighting, "skinny" mirrors, and room enough in the dressing rooms to actually see yourself before venturing out in the hallway only to have the door close and lock behind you?
Anyway, I came across the grindskipper's take on the best and worst NYC dressing rooms and thought I'd share.....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Perrier + Paul & Joe

French fashion house Paul & Joe have collaborated with Perrier to design assorted, canned, 6-packs. My friend, Michelle, insists on drinking her Perrier out of a wine glass...I wonder if this new packaging can get her to change her mind.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

White House Re-Do!

In today's Metro, I noticed an article reporting on Storefront for Art and Architecture's contest to do-over the White House. My initial reaction was - it's obvious - a 200 story penis shaped tower! But politics a side, think about it...would't you love to know what would Frank Ghery do? It's all hypothetical, but if your submission wins it's worth $5000 and a weekend in NYC!

The article states that formal submissions aren't necessary - it could be paragraph or full blown plans. The jury will consider all reasonable and creative ideas. And it's a highly esteemed jury at that:

Beatriz Colomina, Architectural historian, New York
Stefano Boeri, Editor-in-chief, Abitare magazine, Milan
Liz Diller, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York
John Maeda, MIT Media Lab, Boston
Geoff Manaugh, BLDGblog and Dwell magazine, San Francisco
Mark Wigley, Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University
Laetitia Wolff, Editorial director, Surface magazine, New York

So, good luck in impressing them! We would be thrilled if you would like to post any of your ideas here! Let us know. Meanwhile check out

Sunday, January 20, 2008

What's the Story Morninglori

Morninglori by Lori Brown has "handcrafted curiosities" by Lori Brown. Each stuffed creature comes with a story about their character.....really cute.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Big week at Liz

It has been getting increasingly difficult to keep up with which designer or celebrity is lending their hand to a new line, gadget, or accessory but some recent news regarding Liz Claiborne has caught my eye.
Isaac Mizrahi is moving from Target Corp, where he has been designing an apparel line from 2003, to creative director of women's sportswear, accessories and licensed products beginning with the spring 09 season.
Liz Claiborne has also hired John Bartlett to design the Claiborne men's sportswear line which will be launching for spring 09.
And in other Claiborne news, there are rumors that they are in talks with Kohl's to license the Dana Buchman label.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

MacBook Air

Weighing just 3 pounds and remarkably thin, the MacBook Air will be available in two weeks time. In addition to its compact size it has iPhone's trackpad features. I'm not ready to replace my MacBook Pro but I'm tempted...

Monday, January 14, 2008


I posted about Abigail A. Percy's jewelry on 2Modern but I'm digging her earrings so much that I thought I'd give them a second mention.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Top Design Casting

Bravo's Top Design show is now casting for Season 2!

Vest Assure

It's hard to swing a stick these days without hitting a men's vest but to be honest there is not much stick swinging going on so men do not fear. Seen on the streets, in the clubs and in the office, vests have turned into that wardrobe piece that is easy to throw on and seems to kick up almost any outfit a notch. Born out of need for postboys and horseback riders in 19th-century England to keep warm, it is now being seen all over Hollywood's big screen as well. Check out Johnny Depp in "Sweeney Todd", Daniel Day-Lewis in "There Will Be Blood", Brad Pitt in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and George Clooney in "Letterheads"....vests, vests, and more vests.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Bringing the Outdoors In

Check out Chair Couture's recycled French antiques that have been upholstered in bold, nature-inspired fabrics.

Balenciaga's New Ads

Jennifer Connolly is the rep for Balenciaga and the Spring/Summer 08 ads have a marionette meets gladiator quality to them that I like. Tres Haute Couture.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Bravo's New Design Show

Stylist, Rachel Zoe has gotten her own reality show on Bravo. Scheduled to start in June or September, it will be a weekly, hour long show.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Luxury Sport

Lydia Hearst has designed a new Puma bag inspired by Puma's classic French 77 Racket Bag. This limited edition is available in two colorways: asphalt grey with chrome and black with blue.

Any Suggestions?

Kerry Russell was walking through the streets of NYC the other day and I loved the way her scarf was tied. Granted, you need a long scarf to pull this off but any ideas on how to create this?

Thursday, January 3, 2008

It's Back

Abercrombie and Fitch is reinstating their A & F Quarterly magazine this spring. It will however, only be available in London, where A & F opened its first international flagship store. When the magazine was in circulation, it was extremely popular with teens and gay men yet extremely concerning to religious organizations and women's rights groups due to pictures of young men and women posing in erotic and homo-erotic poses or scantily clad in A & F clothing. No word yet on how the new edition will look but Sam Shahid who designed the magazine during its six-year run, has returned as creative director.

Jot It Down

A year of journals, one brilliant hue for each month, is available at Red Envelope. Each journal contains 200 pages, more than enough room to jot down your thoughts, notes and inspirations.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Social Housing Block

Ofis Architects created a highly flexible, low-cost housing project in Izola Bay, Slovenia. The team that worked on the project was inspired by the patchwork of sheets and blankets residents would hang in front of their balconies for shade and privacy.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Happy New Year

Last night marked the 100th anniversary of the Time Square New Year's Eve Ball. It also unveiled the new LED Crystal Ball. Waterford Crystal crafted the ball and Philips Lighting provided it with state of the art technology that increased the brightness, energy efficiency, and color capabilities of the Ball. Cheers to ringing in the New Year brighter and more brilliant!