Monday, December 27, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sugar and spice and everything patterned is nice. Here are our top picks for holiday gift giving:
1. Notebooks Sanna Annukka
2. Playing Cards Lanvin
3. Hosiery Patternity
4. Kenzo Book Rizzoli
5. Blocks Shapemaker
6. Erdem x Globe Trotter Luggage
7. Fitzgerald Collection Penguin Publishers
8. Patterned Nails via Alexander McQueen SS11
9. Lipstick Paul & Joe
10. Set of Pencils Iomoi
New York, NY – December 2010 – Printsource New York, the leading textile and surface design show in the USA, announced its list of the TOP TEN PRINT IDEAS FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2012.
The list, compiled by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery, of the Portland-based textile design studio Pattern People, highlights some of the most directional print and pattern ideas for Spring/Summer 2012, both for the fashion and home textiles markets.
3. Eastern Color Block, BG 2770, USA. | 4. Pop Art Conversational, Pattern People, USA
5. Tribal Wash, MLD 0039 by Margherita Leonardi, Italy | 6. Shanghai Florals, MLD 0039 by Margherita Leonardi, Italy.
7. Abstract Elements, Emma Schonenberg for Theo & Hugh, El Salvador | 8. Photobased Prints, Oaffi, USA
9. Bohemian Folk, Gather No Moss, UK. | 10. Baroque Opulence, Studio L2 Design, USA.
1. Under the Microscope - science and design collide with detailed images shown in overblown scale.
2. Ink Blot Camos - watercolor and ink spots create an organic update.
3. Eastern Color Block - influenced by Bauhaus and Mondrian with a hand painted feel.
Pop Art Conversationals - bold, outlined shapes take inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein's technique.
5. Tribal Wash - ethnic prints that are hand-painted yet look as if rain has washed part of the design away.
6. Shanghai Florals - stylized Asian florals with a slick nighttime feel.
Abstract Elements – tie-dye textures that take inspiration from the earth such as minerals and other organic matter.
9. Bohemian Folk - geometrics, paisleys and floral designs influenced by Ballets Russes.
10. Baroque Opulence - rich, ornamental, embroidery inspired designs with an antique feel.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
The blogosphere is a'twitter about Chanel's pre-fall collection, and with good reason. The dresses are opulent but balanced, the hair is effortlessly chic, and of course the surface details are phenomenal. Inspired by ancient Byzantine tile work, the applique is contained in crisp geometric strips, fusing the past with the present in true Lagerfeld fashion.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I just bought this awesome book, Patterns of the 1930's by Pepin Press. It is filled with reproductions of original hand-painted textile patterns from the 1930's, and comes with a CD of art you can use for your own projects. These designs look so fresh and now--a great inspiration for Spring 12.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Over 100 pieces by the late Alexander McQueen will be featured in the Costume Institute's next exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, WWD reports.
"Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" will chronicle the designer's work over his 20-year career. Curator Andrew Bolton told the fashion newspaper, "McQueen had such a singular voice and he was a remarkable technician....He really was one of the most provocative voices of the past 30 years in fashion. His catwalk presentations were outstanding and straddle art and fashion. We want to get across two elements -- the spectacle of the runway presentations and the beauty of his craftsmanship."
WWD adds that the exhibit will be organized by themes, such as, "The Savage Mind," "Romantic Gothic," "Romantic Nationalism," "Romantic Exoticism," "Romantic Primitivism" and "Cabinet of Curiosities." It will launch with the Costume Institute Gala on May 2 with co-chairs Anna Wintour, Stella McCartney and Colin Firth and honorary chairs Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek putting together the fete. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 4 to July 31.
Monday, November 8, 2010
On a recent trip to the University of Oregon in Eugene, I had the privelege or visiting the John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes. Full disclosure, my husband Marc Curtis had a big hand in the interior design of this building while working for ZGF in Portland, and brought some innovative solutions to the problem of recognizing award winners and donors while maintaining the integrity of the space.
"We designed this beautiful building, but there's a huge component of recognizing student athlete achievements, as well as major donors to the athletic department. The normal way, the ugly way, is to have a bronze plaque tacked on to the wall and unrelated to the space. We wanted to avoid that, so we spent a lot of time designing solutions that integrated these recognitions into the fabric of the building, inside and out. There’s a great deal of them, so these solutions are actually what defines the public space. As the viewer looks around in the space, the first things that catch their eye are those many examples…..We achieved this by incorporating graphic elements, typography, shapes, colors, and patterns into the materials that the space is built out of.
One example: The bathroom is a recognition of Don Essig, a famous announcer at U of O, and his famous line "It Never Rains at Autzen Stadium." We recorded his voice, created a graphic representation of that recording, and that became the tile pattern in the restrooms."
Another example is a wall of back lit steel laser cut panels that are the names of notable U of O professors."