Life has been pretty distracting lately with a lot of exciting projects in the works – so much so that it has hardly hit me that I’m off to Mexico next week for the first long vacation since my son Quincy was born last spring! Emerson Fry‘s latest offerings has inspired me to pack light, easy and simple. A week of rest and relaxation deserves some unfussy, pared down classics . . .
Brooklyn based artist Sophie Blackall‘s Missed Connections project is an ongoing series based on real messages posted online by lovelorn strangers. I could spend the entire day reading these anonymous postings through the eyes of Sophie’s Chinese ink and water color illustrations. Some are sweet, some are funny and some are sad, but mostly they are hopeful . . . and make us hopeful for someone’s second chance at love!
When designing each handbag collection, Barbara Bonner keeps in mind the archetypical strong woman who inspires her. Her influencial grandmother, for instance, was a traveling circus performer who rode a motorcycle in the circle of death . When I first discovered the London based designer, I immediately wanted to get my hands on one of her ultra long fringed bags. Wish list, check.
I absolutely love the idea of a daring set of mismatched chairs around a dining table. Not only does mixing different colors totally work, seeing how different textures and materials being juxtaposed is inspiring. Vintage wooden chairs + metal Tolix chairs + old barstools + plastic Eames chairs + lucite Philippe Starck chairs . . . I’ll take one of each!