Monday, July 29, 2013
Do you like puzzles? Nervous System is a product design company in Boston that uses math, computer programming and fancy tools (like laser cutters!) to make nature-inspired, affordable puzzles and other objects. They use software to simulate crystal development to create an unique, organic interlocking design for each puzzle. The details about the development of their puzzles is fascinating. The current radial series features colorful work by Jonathan McCabe. I'm filing these away for my Christmas wish-list.
P.S. There is a great interview with the founders Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg over at Design Milk.
Images courtesy of Nervous System
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Well, this collection of jewelry in the shop certainly doesn't scream "summer sun," but I love it anyway. Black, grey, silver and gold are colors for all seasons, in my opinion. Just hover and click for a link to each piece in the shop.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
My Aunt gave me this original photograph of my grandparents earlier this spring after my grandma's memorial service. I was nearly speechless. It was snapped around 1937, possibly in Chicago. It looks like summertime which means my grandparents - Miriam and Fred - had only been married for about six months. My grandma is twenty-two in this photo, the same age as Edith Piaf across the ocean (who had just been "discovered" and was starting to record music). It is difficult to imagine the world that they were walking around in at that time. The country was segregated. Women had been voting for less than twenty-years. The Great Depression was just coming to an end and World War II was looming, although they didn't know that. The Golden Gate Bridge had just opened for traffic in May. Amelia Earhart was about to disappear. And they were just out for a walk, a young couple with no kids (yet!) stopping for a photo. What did they imagine their life would be like together? What were they worried about? What were they looking forward to?
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
I spotted these bright sandals by Ix Style in a magazine while waiting for an appointment the other day and was smitten with the woven huarache style and the bright colors. I didn't have time to read the blurb so I looked them up when I got home. I found out that the young company (just launched this spring) is involved in charity work in Guatemala, which is where the founders have family roots. 15% of every shoe sale goes to fund clean water projects in Guatemala through Charity Water. The production of the sandals is in-country by a cooperative of women artisans, which means the retail cycle starts and ends in Guatemala. I like the mission and I like the shoes (natural leather and bright canvas - swoooon) I'm off to get the red pair.
P.S. Refinery29 has a generous coupon code for Ix sandals available right now, which will put a pair of these at your doorstep for less than $80.
Images via Ix Style Inc.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
If you like lapis lazuli (which you must!) you will love this Art Deco necklace. It is simulated lapis - also sometimes called Czech or Swiss Lapis - which is glass mottled and colored to mimic that wonderful blue. This piece is German-made and featured in one of my favorite jewelry identification and pricing references, "Popular Jewelry, 1840-1940" by Roseann Ettinger. I am so excited to offer it in the shop! Fun fact: I sold the faux chrysoprase version of this necklace (see above!) over two years ago.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Monday, July 8, 2013
I recently bought a bird mobile for Severen and we both love it. The company that makes it is called Skyflight Mobiles and they have several other really great designs. I like how delicate they are and the 3D design of the birds makes it easy to enjoy from any angle. We are sort of crazy about birds at our house. Severen has a bird identification book and it is amazing how many birds/bird calls he knows. Of all of them, my favorite is when he says "Great Blue Heron," which sounds like "Gra bah HAIRRoh" with great emphasis on that second to last syllable. I'm going to miss his little sing-songy voice when he grows up.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Why beetle jewelry on the 4th of July? Because you need to have some pre-firework excitement. I mean, sheeeeez - beetle jewelry is the best. This piece is turn-of-the-century and mounted in 14K gold. It sold for a reasonable $230. The beetle-shaped bezels just kill me.
via Aspire Auctions
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
I just couldn't wait until morning to put these four in the shop!