Monday, May 31, 2010

Saluting Design: An Army Of Military-Inspired Products & Modern Art.

above: American Flag by Dave Cole, made up of thousands of plastic Toy Soldiers and acrylic paint.

In honor of Memorial Day, here's a collection of modern art and fun furniture, jewelry and home decor that incorporate military related icons such as soldiers, tanks, bombs, missiles and more.

above: Memorial Flag of Toy Soldiers by Dave Cole (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: Memorial Flag of Toy Soldiers by Dave Cole (detail) (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: Artist Dave Cole with his American Flag (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: the Army Men Alphabet was created by student Oliver Munday for instuctors Nolen Stals and Bruce Willen at the Maryland Institute College of Art (photography by Jay Zukerkorn)

above: Six thousand Parts by artist Valerie Leonard is made 6,000 melted toy soldiers (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: Six thousand Parts by artist Valerie Leonard (detail) (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: Globe made of melted toy soldiers by artist Valerie Leonard (photo courtesy of the artist)

above: Jason Baalman glued 1,500 toy Army men to a camouflaged board to create a portrait of a soldier when viewed from above (photos courtesy of the artist)

above: The Peace Collection designed by Biaugust is comprised of a ceramic bomb vase, a ceramic grenade bank and a ceramic helmet bowl.


Just click on any of the above images for information, images and links to purchase.

Designers, artists and jewelers for items shown include:
Frank Kozik
Pharrell Williams
Chris Collicott
Daniel Loves Objects!
Mosley Meets Wilcox
La Tete au Cube
Stanislav Katz
Art Lebedev
Melanie Favreau
Peas, Corn & Tomato Sauce
Reiko Kaneko
Dave Cole
Christopher Deris
28 Biaugust
Valerie Leonard
Jason Baalman
Brad Sherwood for Joy Charbonneau
Joel Escalona

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Carrie's TV Cabinet in Sex In the City II

A couple of people have contacted us about the TV cabinet/desk in Carrie and Big's apartment so we thought we'd tell you where you can get it.  It is designed by Thomas O'Brien for Hickory Chair and it's called the Hailings Secretary.  

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Carrie's Bed in Sex in The City II

Did you see Sex In the City II this past weekend? We thought it wasn't as bad as the reviews said it was... Seriously, don't you think the critics take this movie a bit too literally?  After all, the movie is all about the clothes and the fantasies...

Anyway, did you like the bed in Carrie's and Big's apartment? We do. And we know exactly where to get it too.

The bed is made by Vanguard Furniture and you can see it here (it is shown as tufted but it's an optional feature.  You can get it untufted plain as shown in the movie.  The nail heads can be changed to polished nickel  as well).

The fabric, which is what made the bed, is by Kravet Couture and it's called Velvet Gate, pattern number 29868.  Shown in the movie in black/white, it is also available in other colorways. The fabric is a linen/velvet combination. Very, very pretty in person.  You'd love it.

The fabric is priced at $149/yard but you can get it for $104/yard at the Kravet fabric section on our site. Enter the pattern number "29868" (the quotation marks is recommended for precise search) and you can see all the colorways available.

Ilah, 4 Months Old

Ilah, mommy is a few weeks behind on posting your 4 month milestones but here it is! Let’s see what you’ve been up to….
  • You had your 4 month check up on May 14th and you weighed 16 pounds, 14 ounces!
{Here you are after having your 2nd round of immunizations. You handled it so well!}

  • You now wear size 2-3 diapers {thankful to Pampers for making an in-between size!}
  • You wear 6-9 month clothes
  • You went from sleeping on your side to now sleeping on your stomach. It worried me at first but your pediatrician assured me that because of how well you lift your head, and because of how you have mastered rolling from back to front/front to back, I shouldn’t have any reason to worry. Still, I check on you a lot!
  • Speaking of sleep, you rub your eyes {and sometimes pull at your hair} when you are tired...
  • You take an evening nap around 8:30 p.m.; when you wake, we change you and give you your last bottle for the night {between 11: p.m. - 11:30 p.m.}. You sleep anywhere from 7 – 9 hours straight every night and you fall asleep on your own when we lay you down in your crib for bedtime. You usually wake up between 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. This has been your schedule since you were around 2 months old. It's amazing!

  • You discovered that you have feet and you can’t get enough of them!
  • Mommy also can't get enough of your feet and cute little hands!

  • You laughed for the first time the weekend before last!
  • You have recently started to cry when anyone other than mommy and daddy and your abuela hold you.
  • You used to spend hours napping in your swing. Not anymore. You might take a 30 minute cat nap in it, but that's about it.
  • You put your fingers in your mouth all the time – and you have mastered the skill of taking your pacifier out of your mouth and putting it back in all on your own! You've been doing this for several weeks now. It amazes us and everyone who watches you do it. You also chew on the hard plastic parts of your pacifier – I think you like how it feels on your gums.....
  • You definitely let us know when you've had enough of something......

  • You are getting really attached to mommy. It’s not soon after I put you down that you quickly begin to fuss for me to pick you up.

  • You are drooling A LOT. Needless to say, we keep a bib on you quite often. I wonder when your first tooth is going to come in!

  • Mommy always has to tie her hair back because you love to pull, pull, pull on it!.....
  • You started rice cereal, and stage 1 baby food....
  • You drink about 8 ounces at each feeding. You like to hold your bottle on your own. You’ve been doing this for quite some time. Of course we keep our hand right underneath should you let go, but you have mastered how to tilt your bottle to get your milk out!
  • You sometimes imitate the sounds that we make to you. It’s sooo cute!

  • You make screeeching sounds a lot now and you love to goo and coo and “talk” to us all the time!! You have definitely discovered that you have a little voice and you like using it!

  • Daddy and I love taking you places with us!....
  • You reach out for objects…this includes whatever mommy and daddy are eating or drinking!

  • You recognize your name! Anytime we say ILAH! You respond and turn and look at us!

  • Anytime you hear mommy or daddy’s voice, you turn in our direction.
  • Anytime someone else is holding you, or I've put you down to play in your exersaucer for a bit, you constantly follow mommy with your eyes to make sure I don’t go too far!

  • You still love bath time! You haven’t cried once! I think you are going to love baths like mommy.....
  • Mommy and Daddy read lots of books to you; you love looking at the pictures and you even turn some of the pages all on your own.
  • You get a kick out of the song that mommy made up for you: I-lee, I-lee, Lee-lou – you’re my belly-lou-lou. You’re my princey poo-poo and I love you so!! You coo and coo when mommy sings it to you {and daddy does back up vocals! Ha!}.

  • You are beginning to sit up on your own a little bit....

  • You are awake a lot more during the day. Mommy has so much fun playing with you!!

  • You love car rides! And 95% of the time, you fall asleep.

  • You love playing in your excersaucer!

  • You got a dog this month {that your daddy named Rufea!}

  • You went with mommy and abuela to the Princess Diana exhibit last week for abuela's birthday!
  • It’s an indescribable feeling to watch you develop into your own little person. You have such a huge, adorable personality and I love sharing my days with you and being a part of all of your discoveries!
  • Mommy always tell you: "I'll love you forever and ever - and past forever". And it's true. You have brought so much fulfillment and happiness into my life. Your daddy and I love you more than words can say.

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