Craft & Consumption

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lisa Mayock: Vena Cava

Vena Cava designer Lisa Mayock was recently photographed in her Brooklyn apartment for an article over at Refinery29. Check it out. Below are a few of the highlights from the post.

The shadow box in her "closet" (which is apparently a humongous room filled with clothes) reminds me of artist Joseph Cornell.

(R29) What wouldn't you be caught dead wearing?
(LM) "That's a difficult question. I often have complete changes of heart about certain looks. And I l
ove things that are good taste/bad taste and other things that are just plain tacky. So, honestly, the only thing I can think of right now that I would never wear is a 'sexy' Halloween costume. Which you may see me in come October."

Name something in your wardrobe you'll never throw away?
"Old T-shirts, sweatshirts, and leather pieces...they just keep getting better with time."

Vena Cava designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai (in black) with models wearing their Vena Cava for GAP pieces, which I got excited about here back in May.

Not that we're surprised, but your apartment is off-the-charts cool. And we hear you just gave it a little makeover...what look were you going for?

"If I had to give it a name, it would be called 'Things I Like.' That was pretty much the only criteria."

I really like her break all the rules attitude. She has a "Just Bone Me" poster above her bed. And Mayock wears a bright freaking yellow beaded dress that apparently sheds beads as she walks. But it is gorgeous. And I am intrigued. Plus the chair in her living room (below) can also be found in my father's office. His came without the spikes and does not sit atop a sheepskin rug. Nevertheless...

Get an inside look at the designer's inspiration over at the Viva Vena Cava blog, which Sophie and Lisa started back in February. Thank you Refinery 29 for giving us an inside look at this modern gem.

P.S. Did I mention I want Mayock's hair cut? I juuuust grew out my bangs and am lusting after them again!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Spring 2010 Inspiration

Seeing this awesome photo shoot with the ginormous bubbles reminded me of making huge bubbles as a kid. I've been thinking a bit about the creative direction for Sorrelli's Spring 2010 jewelry line, and I think bubbles might become an integral part of the campaign. If any of you readers out there are bubble producing experts, holler at me!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Velib - Traveling the Streets of Paris in Style

The Velib bike rental system in Paris is amazing. The image above is from The Sartorialist, one of my all time favorite blogs. Seeing the chic Parisian dude on the rented bike reminded me of my recent trip to Paris, in which my friend and I rode around the city like giddy-as-could-be-children. Something about renting a bike for 24 hours for only 1 Euro & riding beneath the Eiffel Tower really evokes a sense of child-like wonder. It was very liberating, easy, and somehow felt quite chic. All cities deserve to have such an amazing (and environmentally friendly) transportation option!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Material Culture, Philadelphia

I just read an article over at Design Sponge about the furniture store Material Culture down in Philadelphia. I will definitely be taking a drive down this summer to the Wissahickon Avenue location. The store seems to stock an unbelievable selection of home furnishings from throughout the world. 

The interior shots of the store remind me of my recent trip to the jam packed outdoor market, or medina, that I recently went to in Rabat. I bought some punched brass lanterns there, which I plan to hang outdoors on my new patio. I can't wait to search for more unique outdoor furnishings at Material Culture.

The image below is a photo from the home of Material Culture owner, George. The 18th century Moghul teak arches look freaking fantastic by the glow of candlelight.  


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Styrofoam Installation

I found this mesmerizing installation over at Ace Gallery online. I love the end result but feel pretty conflicted about the piles and piles of styrofoam cups that artist Tara Donovan used to make it.  

In the installations below Donovan uses drinking straws to create an entire room of undulating texture.