black & white is such a classic combination its sometimes hard to believe that it can also be so chic at times. It works just about everywhere from art to dress to rooms and it seems effortless too.
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im so excited! to release two new collections, the ZOLA and HUNT collections, in the shop today,and i will be posting some of the inspiration behind them over the week but for a wonderful sneak peek head over to illseen,illsaid. jane has written up a lovely post.
i hope you all enjoyed your weekend… inbetween rain drops i watched Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, directed by jan kounen- i find more and more that when watching a movie, what im actually watching is the sets. i had to watch the king’s speech a few times to be able to tell you what actually happened in the movie but the set, i think i can map out each scene. Coco & Igor was no different. its streaming on netflix at the moment. the the set becomes the bonding point for the movie, which in all honesty is pretty slow and not terribly compelling, but the sets…
i believe the sets are designed by marie-helene sulmoni and yves fournier, but i had a very hard time confirming this, so if i am mistaken please correct me. what ever the case, they are truly inspirational, with too many details to point out but i hope you’ll enjoy lingering over them as much as i have. i also couldnt resist this little bowl, so humble yet elegant especially paired with that crystal steamware.
Mario Giacomelli is a photographer i have long admired. as a fledgeling photography student my first encounter with the work of maria giacomelli was one of curiosity and amazement. here was a respected (albeit its something of a cult following) photographer breaking almost every rule of the medium as i understood it.
he was a print maker by trade and used the camera not as some marvel of technology, but as a tool. a tool to accomplish the surreal, haunting and poetic photographs for which he is known. his camera was closer to a handmade pinhole camera than anything and for the most part he captured images of his world. the landscape, village and people amongst whom he lived and worked and eventually died. with a few exceptions he did not venture out of his hometown to photograph and this relationship makes for even more introspective photograph of landscape and human condition.
i could go on and on, but with giacomelli’s work especially it is simply best to just experience it for yourself. in all honesty many of his images boarder on frightening. it has taken me years to be able to look some of them in the face, but i think on some level its more that he is holding up a mirror to the very aspects of the human condition we fear most.
the father of street photography, and with an mfa in photography images etched in my mind. last night i went to see selected images from the life’s work of Henri Cartier-Bresson.
it was like chicken soup for my head and heart. i find comfort in looking at a body of work made though most of the world’s huge changes which can maintain a sense of humor about itself and its subjects or in the same scope be calm and intimate and reflective. the first photo of the couple on the train is my favorite of his.
if you are in the bay area, you should go to the sfmoma and see the show. otherwise i encourage you to take a few minutes and look at his photos online or better yet – find a library with a few of his books and spend some time with them.
im so! excited to share the sequel to In with the Mid Century Modern
you all may remember that i found this chair in the back of a salvage truck on the street in san francisco. literally sitting atop a mountain of junk being removed from a basement somewhere around hayes valley. after a brief chat with the driver of this truck and a few eye rolls from SOS the chair was mine.
and then the dilemma began. what?! was i going to use for fabric, what style cushion, what size cushion, welting or no welting. i must have looked at 50 different fabric and changed my mind 200 times. you can see my progress in this post. and in the end i chose exactly what i thought i didnt want at the start and i couldnt be more thrilled with the outcome. THRILLED!
i took a risk (well risk for me anyway not for some) on the fabric choice. one day it was just like bam! sitting there at the fabric store right in front of me and i knew that was it. from there i let the fabric and the line of the chair guide me as far as cushion style and size. im so excited.
i hope you enjoyed this little series and i would love to hear what you think.
P.S. i picked up a new project last night and will be starting another little series on that.