July 21, 2012

When I worked for Vitra they came out with this product called Algue.  I loved it and wanted to find an opportunity to use it.

Then I forgot about it.

I have been looking for something to put on the wall above a client’s dining table for months with no luck.  The objects that I have found have been out of budget, and even more challenging, my client didn’t want anything to cover the grasscloth that we had installed on that wall.

So I have been looking for something with presence, that is interesting and has a light airy quality that allows the shimmery grasscloth to shine.

I was at Dwell on Design in June and it hit me.  I walked past a display with some poorly executed Algue in it and I knew that it was perfect.

I told my client about it and we ordered it right away.

We ordered 2 boxes of the product, each box includes 25 approx. 12″ x 10″ pieces.  My client and I spent a day last week assembling the Algue ourselves and are quiet proud of the result.

What do you think?

We started assembling on the dining table.  This is 4 pieces of Algue snapped together with little pegs that are provided.

We kept holding it up to the wall to see how we liked it.

We realized that in order to keep adding on to it we would need to mount the piece to the wall.  It was becoming unruly to move it from the table to the wall.

In this image the algue sculpture is nearly done, we added a few more on the right side and decided to walk away for the day to live with it and see if we wanted to add more.  When we know its complete, I’ll share a few pics of it in the space.


There is a museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania called the Mattress Factory.  I went there last year.

There was a fantastic installation by artist James Turrell that rocked my world.

James Turrell is an artist who’s “work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind with the force of a spiritual awakening.” – Art : 21 blog

There isn’t really a way to do Mr. Turrell’s work justice in words or pictures, so maybe it is silly to even attempt sharing some of his genius via post.  I’m going to anyway.

James Turrell is from California, I am from California, in that I feel pride.

Check it out.


July 14, 2010

I appreciate a good font.  Fine handwriting.  Letters.

Here are a few font inspired items of decor…enjoy!

MAHARAM letters by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen

Helvetica wall panels from B+N Industries

Chris Labrooy’s lorem ipsum lamp

Letters bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw

Antique letters used as decor

Flocked letter cushion by Bev Hisey

Font coasters through Carolina Cottage

alphabet wall art by Bookhou


July 12, 2010

I love graffiti.

I’ve posted about it before.  In my post I included an image by BANKSY, a London graffiti artist who has become more and more well known over the years.  BANKSY has been growing in popularity and seems to be getting a lot of interest from the masses.

You can find out all you need to know about who BANKSY is or isn’t by googling him and reading his wikipedia page…what I love about BANKSY is how he is taking areas, buildings and other urban environments and turning them into works of art.  I love that his art can’t be bought or sold, and that it appears randomly for all to see and enjoy.

Storm King

May 22, 2010

Spring on the east coast is probably one of my favorite things.  Last year at this time I was in New York and New Jersey from early April until the middle of June.  While there I visited an amazing 500 acre outdoor sculpture museum set in the rolling hills of Hudson Valley, New York about an hour north of Manhattan called Storm King Art Center.  It is truly a magical place worth visiting.

I won’t make it back east this spring, maybe over the summer if I am lucky, so I’ve been looking at old photos to satisfy the strong pull I feel to be east.

In the meantime if you aren’t able to make it to Storm King, here’s a link to their website and a few images from my visit…