Friday, March 7, 2014

Swimming Pool

As another round of winter weather makes its way through town this afternoon, I don't think I've ever been more ready for spring. Argentinean artist, Leandro Erlich's new permanent swimming pool installation at The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa Japan takes me right to the best part of summers - long lazy days in and out of the pool at D's parents' place.

This fascinating installation has all the trappings of a real swimming pool; ladder, deck, lights and drains, but only 10 cm of water suspended on top of clear glass, and a side door to enter the pool from beneath. Visitors to the installation experience the mixed perspectives of looking down on others in the bottom of the pool and then traveling inside to look up from within.

Although not a new piece (it had a lengthy run at MoMA's PS1 in 2008), it has found a permanent home in Kanazawa where the sun light shimmering through the water makes for an even more authentic summer experience.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentines for Her

Photo by Daniel Lebee
Another installment of Valentines. This one goes to the ladies - your sisters, mom, colleagues and girlfriends, let them feel how loved they are.

Because it's cold outside. A cheerful sweatshirt in a cherry color from Hello Merch. 
Because bad hair days happen, a hat full of never-fading flowers Liberty baseball cap from J. Crew

Because it's a valid question. What would Beyonce Do? print from Charm and Gumption on Etsy

Because she needs something to carry that morning coffee in, Cold Hands Warm Heart travel mug by Kate Spade on Swoozies.

Because her coffee needs options, Darling Coffee Mug from Sundance

Because it's a classy way to leave her mark. Custom crossed arrow stamp from Stationary Boutique on Etsy

Because it's romantic, Love Poems by Pablo Neruda from BHLDN

Because this is even more romantic, Elle Mcpherson Windchime set on Journelle.

Because that's one beautiful bottle. Passiflora by Nest Fragrances from Sephora.

Because it's a cheery way to counteract the grey days, heart umbrella from Amazon.

Because nothing could be more true, Shot of Whisky tee from ThugLife Shirts on Etsy

Because it's a subtle way to bling up her daily look, Mae necklace from Stella and Dot.

Because her home is her haven, delicious candles in beautiful packages, Capri Blue Lost and Found series from Anthropologie.

Because she needs a classy carry-all for a night on the town, Cube01 Clutch from Pyrite Sky on Etsy

Finally because she's an Instagram artist, a beautiful softcover book of her greatest pics from Artifact Uprising.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Valentines for Him

Photo by Willy Ronis
Valentine's Day - the holiday of many interweb detractors - is just around the corner. As I have said before, I'm a fan of the day as an opportunity to tell all those you love in your life (and I'm guessing there are many) how much you do. Here are some sweet treats for your brother, your boyfriend, your father, your friends...

Because the groundhog says spring is still a long ways away. Crocheted leather touchscreen gloves from Mujjo.

Because he's been perfecting his Manhattan. A handsome heavy-weight cocktail shaker from Cocktail Kingdom.

Because it's a subtle way to show your love. Heart socks from Banana Republic.

Because it's cozier by the fire. A portable bonfire starter from Terrain.

Because he'd be even cozier in this. Red castine flannel shirt from LL Bean Signature

Because he's such a dapper dresser. Sterling arrow tie clip from J Crew

Because it's true. You're My Person Valentine from Yellow House Homemade on Etsy

Because it's a city he loves. Pin City London (lots of other options available) from Fab

Because see above notes about cozy fires and flannels, this goes with those. Bourbon Tasting Set from Master of Malt

Because it adds a gourmet edge to the lowliest freezer pie. Wooden Pizza Peel from West Elm.

Because they'd look great with jeans. Diesel sneakers from Zappos.

Because he'd like to smell like Hemingway, or Mediterranean top notes of Italian bergamot, juniper, and black pepper blend, with heart notes of orange blossom, Florentine iris, and cinnamon, and a base of vetiver, vanilla, and yellow amber. Histoires de Parfums 1899 Hemingway from Birchbox

Because he never goes anywhere without a pair - the very highly-reviewed Silver Cherry Wood Rain Headphones from Thinksound.

Because he might need some inspiration. Love Letters of Great Men from Amazon. 
Finally, because he's hungry. A box loaded with the best in American artisan food and recipes for what to do with it, buy one month or up to six, Mantry

Need some more inspiration? Here are a few more posts on the holiday I know you all love the most!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Holidays

Friends - I had hoped to squeeze out a few more gift guides, but it's the holidays and there are parties to attend and baking to do. I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to joining these people back in this house for a Christmas like the one we shared two years ago. 

Sending you much love this holiday!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gift Guide: Tokyo

Photo by James Justin Via
His digital dreams and technical talents make him right at home in this bright, big city. Gift him with gadgets that speak to his stream-lined style, but don't forget the toys for this (sort of) grown up boy.

Kind of creepy notebooks for big ideas. Blue Monster Kraft Notebook set from NotbookNotbuk on Etsy.

For his subversive artist side. Linocut Starter Kit from Linocutboy on Etsy.

The work of masters to display on his coffee table. Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle available on Amazon.

For shuffling around the house, what could be better than his out set of sushi slippers. Bonus removable fish flavors included. Sashimi Slipper Set by SushiBooties on Etsy.

Fluent Stash - Wool Die Cut Origami Organizer -
A organizational origami to keep his stuff together wherever he goes. Fluent Stash by Nau.

Space invaders socks for wearing his geekdom on his sleeve, er, ankles. Soxfords.

A custom-printed origami version of himself. Because he always wanted his own action figure.

Five Pack Double Tip Pens

A compact set of felt-tip markers. For illustrating his next graphic novel. Five Pack Double Tip Pens from Poketo.

Work fucking harder. (black on black) Mens T-Shirt

A rude shirt with a positive message. Work Fucking Harder Shirt from Good Fucking Design Advice Store.

A baseball-sized robot that interacts with his smartphone or tablet, ights up, goes off jumps and turns his entire apartment into a game. Because, robots. Sphero.

Taste Explosion - Salt and Pepper Shakers - Objects - by Thabto - Designer James Wosiek and Steven 
For kitchen table combat. Taste Explosion Salt & Pepper Shakers from Molecule Design.

It's a cap, it's a fannypack. It's a fannypack for his head. It's a cap-sac

For headware with a different purpose. A napping necessity, the Ostrich Pillow which provides a "micro environment in which to take a warm and comfortable power nap at ease."

For coffee break constructions. The Lego-lovers Build-On Brick Mug from ThinkGeek.

Cufflinks that pay homage to his favorite game system ever. PS3 Cufflinks from Etnecklace on Etsy.

A totally terrifying robo-attack spider. For everyday. Combat Creatures Attacknids on Amazon.

For daily McMuffins, this incredible advancement in breakfast technology. The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker from Amazon.

A shirt that's also a shark, about to eat his head. Shark Shirt by Lazy Oaf.

Because he'll find something to do with it. Conductive Bare Electric Paint Pen.

For serving his own rolls, or amping up take out. Sushi Gift Set from Bento & co.

Because he's a designer, right? For reliving his youth. Hot Wheels Car Maker on Amazon.

For putting a spring in his step and lighting up his next underground dance party. Fiber Optic Shoe Laces, loads of different options available on Amazon.

Bruce Lee Playing Cards. So what if it's not exactly Japanese... from Dan and Dave.

A soap on a rope in a traditional prosperity-promising form. Tamanohada Welcome Soap from Bigelow Chemists.

Because all the cool kids are playing it. Grand Theft Auto 5 on Amazon.

Finally a bottle of oh so delicious Japanese Whiskey. Our neighborhood bartender does great things with this bottle.  Suntory Yamazaki 12 Year Old Japanese Single Malt Whiskey from K&L Wine Merchants.