Designer Randi Mates was first exposed to ancient Greek and Roman goldsmithing methods while enrolled at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City. Her newly acquired technique and her background as a historian of material culture eventually inspired her jewelry label Aesa, which is the ancient Greek work for fate and destiny. We just love how each piece from her collection, usually casted in bronze and dotted with precious stones, can resemble an old relic or even a futuristic keepsake. So unique!
Danish photographer Ken Hermann couldn’t help but be instantly inspired by the sellers of Calcutta’s Malik Ghat flower market, one of the oldest and the largest of its kind in India. Each day, over 2,000 sellers hawk garlands of marigolds, enormous bunches of mango leaves, and handfuls of jasmine and sunflowers – all of which play a huge part in Indian rituals, festivals and weddings. The portraits of these male vendors posing, in front of the Hooghly River with their floral livelihoods, are totally striking and beautiful.
After spending an entire year renovating our newly purchased home, my husband and I found ourselves hitting a visionary roadblock when it came to furnishing one of the most important and multi-functional spaces: the living room. This open area posed a bevy of challenges for us, one of which included having a layout that accommodated the entertaining guests, playing areas for our crawling – now walking – toddler, and the occasional television viewing. Enter One Kings Lane, who recently came to the rescue and solved our design conundrum . . .