Even after all these years, I’m still completely blown away by the creativity of miniature diorama artists. So you imagine how delighted I was to recently discover photographer Derrick Lin‘s miniature series. Using only his iPhone, a desk lamp, and an expansive collection of miniatures, Derrick seeks to find the humor of the everyday ups and downs of life. He’s created over 300 vignettes, cleverly using the most ordinary objects as foundations of his tiny scenes. Paper is cut to resemble ocean waves, a notebook’s spiral is used as a bike rack, and index cards echo a an iceberg. Honestly, brilliant!
Boy, it’s been a long week. By Tuesday, all I could think about was sleep, the weekend and my bed. And while we’re on the subject of sleep, something I haven’t spent much time doing as of late, let’s talk about my crush on metal canopy beds. A canopy bed makes quite the statement but at the same time, I love the minimalist feel of a thin, dark iron frame. Having always had an upholstered bed, I wonder how sturdy some of the thinner metal frames are. I’ll soon find out. My bed is ready for its makeover!
The straw bag. The it bag of summer. If you haven’t jumped on the trend train yet, or want to add to your growing collection, let me introduce you to Bembien. These super chic straw bags are intricately woven by artisanal weaving communities from Bali, Morocco and Vietnam. I love the fine details, like the leather straps and woven button closures, and unlike many other flimsy straw versions, these are roomy and structural. I also dig their commitment to giving back to the artisan community. 10% of Bembien proceeds go to Nest, a nonprofit committed to the social and economic advancement of global artisans and homeworkers through supply chain transparency, sustainable business development, and widespread industry advocacy. Sold.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned as long time member of Ulla Johnson’s unofficial fan club, it’s: if you see it and love it, buy it. As we all know, the words “sold out” can incite the worst kind of feelings . . . the kind that are synonymous with remorse and FOMO. So with Ulla’s fall collection now available for pre-order, the only thing I’m second guessing is whether I need the copper lamé dress, the topaz silk velvet evening jumpsuit, or ivory flared corduroy sailor overall. And the only thing that I foresee regretting is that I can’t have it all. Cue yet another lesson: you win some, you lose some.
There isn’t a storm drain, street sign, drainpipe, barred window, manhole cover, bike rack, or electric meter in New York City that is safe from Tom Bob‘s imagination. Seeing the “before” photos on the street artist’s Instagram feed makes you realize the creativity required to transform the most mundane, urban elements into a quirky characters, colorful animals and trompe l’oeil illusions. I love it and hope I can stumble across any of this works the next time I’m in the Big Apple!