My love affair with rugs began in Turkey with kilims. And now, the obsession continues with India’s dhurries. Sweden designers Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén explore new cultures and age-old techniques for creating one of a kind dhurries in their nomadic studio. Each Oyyo dhurrie is handwoven by a group of artisans who live just outside of Jodhpur, India’s blue city, with 100% organic cotton and richly pigmented, vegetable dyes. Honestly, need!
Since I’ve never been a fan of a perfectly coiffed do, I almost always carry a teaser brush in my handbag for when I need to add volume and mess to my sometimes lackluster hair. This attempt at a just-rolled-out-of-bed hairstyle may be perplexing to some who can’t quite understand why having seemingly disheveled hair is a good thing. But the bedhead look can be effortlessly chic and sultry – if done correctly. I personally like to first protect hair with L’Oreal’s Ultimate Strength Solution, wrap sections around a wide barrel iron for loose curls, tousle with fingers to create loose waves, lightly tease the crown of the head and roots, smooth out any wild pieces, and set with Elnett. Throw on a sexy pout and you’re good to go.
It’s no surprise that Argentinian designer Maia Bergman‘s final collection, before graduating from Central St. Martin’s School of Design, put her in the running for the 2013 H&M Design Award. Maia brilliantly embellishes sheer and simple silhouettes with tiny and colorful plastic beads, while drawing inspiration from the repetitive patterns of bacteria growth and the downtown punk and pop sensibility of designer Stephen Sprouse. We’re honestly blown away by the textures and details and are just dying to see more from this emerging designer!
Dustin Cohen, the filmaker behind last year’s The Violin Maker, has added a new artisan to his “Made in Brooklyn” series. Frank Catalfumo has been making and repairing shoes at F&C Shoes, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, since 1945. And today, the 90 (and a half) year old shoemaker still works five days a week alongside his son Michael. I can’t wait for my next trip to New York as I’d absolutely love to meet the man so dedicated to his craft.