The Aran sweater, which most of us know as the fisherman sweater, takes its name from the set of islands where it originated in the late 1800s, off the West coast of Ireland. There are numerous myths and folklore associated with the cable patterned, cream-colored sweater, most of them related to fishermen and sailors once lost at sea. Today, versions of the fisherman sweater are seen everywhere and we just can’t get enough – it’s a classic and a definitely a wardrobe staple.
Oh, how I love the Milan home of Barnaba Fornasetti – a true living tribute to the Fornasetti style, with every square inch decorated with furniture, wallpaper, and decorative objects from the line. Barnaba is the creative director of the eponymous design atelier founded by his legendary father, Piero. You may recognize the iconic face that adorns their collection of porcelain wares. I, for one, have been dying to own a set of Fornasetti vases for our new home. Mi piace!
After interning for Gaspard Yurkievich in Paris and Peter Som in New York, French designer Claire Pignot moved to Barcelona to create her label Cocotte. In 2010, she refocused her energy on a new label, Heinui, with effortless, feminine and easy to wear clothing. And for fall, it’s all about indigo. I especially love the high waisted shorts, jumpers, full skirts . . . trés francaise!
This series of unbelievable images by African photographer Dillon Marsh, titled Assimilation, captures the nests of sociable weaver birds built around telephone poles in the barren landscapes of the Kalahari Desert. They construct these enormous nests using twigs and grass – not only for their own kind but for many other bird species as well. After all, there is safety in numbers.