California-based jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning is one of my favorite jewelry designers. Not only do I love her jewelry, I love that they are affordable enough for me to buy. I often find her pieces at Good in Beacon Hill, though tonight I stumbled across these gold and pyrite earrings online. These Melissa Joy Manning earrings are handmade from recycled 14-karat gold and 10.00-carats of raw faceted pyrite. I have a thing for pyrite too.
These earthenware Drip vases are hand-made in Syracuse, New York by Brian Giniewski. Glossy glaze, formulated in such a way that allows the artist to suspend it’s drip, is juxtaposed against a grainy, matte finish of the vase’s body. Alluring pastel colors and earthy textures in sophisticated but not too serious silhouettes.
Last week I was on the phone with Lulu deKwiatkowski, an effortlessly cool artist/designer whose label,Lulu DK, spans a broad range of furnishings, from Schumacher wallpaper to Matouk bedding to Elson & Co. carpets, and more. Not long ago she launched a lifestyle retail site on which she sells one-of-a-kind finds, her own original artwork and prints, well as accessories and furnishings in her textile prints, including lampshades and tote bags.
I was interviewing Lulu about the Italian Riviera—she spends her summer there with her Italian-born husband and three little kids—for her new Riviera bedding collection for Matouk. At the end of the enlightening conversation (I’ve never been to the Italian coast; sounds heavenly), she tossed out her newest venture—jewelry tattoos.
Lulu DK jewelry tattoos are temporary tattoos, like the kinds you put on your kids, but in metallic gold and silver, in swirly silhouettes, that range from rope to geometrics to henna-like designs, and look like jewelry. She got the idea from her sister, and they’ve taken off like mad. Love them?
M E T A L L I C J E W E L R Y T A T T O O S B Y L U L U DK
Each order includes 2 sheets, one gold & one silver. Made in the USA. Passes safety standards for cosmetic products and meets all domestic and international regulatory requirements. Non-toxic.
This just popped up in my inbox and I thought it was hysterical. It’s called the Chicken Lamp, and yes it is really a chicken.
Chilean born, New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz created this working lamp using actual taxidermy.
Previously he designed a Duck Lamp out of a taxidermy duck with a broken neck (poor duckie) that he found in the trash of a taxidermy museum. (Museums just toss specimens in the trash? Really?) Apparently he was nervous about presenting the piece since taxidermy was not yet trendy.
Taxidermy is certainly trendy now (with deer heads thankfully disappearing from the design scene), though not sure I’ve seen much in the way of stuffed chickens.