Tuesday, September 05, 2006

black & white

french bull

thomas paul

: : i'm back. so sorry i've been absent for the past week. my lovely friend .erica. from home came to visit for the week. and we took the grand tour, seeing everything between New York city and Southern Maine. not quite, but we did spend a few wonderful days in NYC and just today returned from an incredibly relaxing weekend in Rockport, MA. my absolute favorite place in all of New England.

.erica. brought me a whole stack of Swedish design magazines....nothing makes me happier. i've read them over and over again. much of my inspiration this week will come from my swedish magazines as well as my inspiration from the weekend.

to start off, I found this adorable store in Rockport on Saturday, called Lula's pantry. [unfortunately, they don't have a website.] where i found some wonderful french bull melamine plates, along with some plates by thomas paul. which inspired me to do a series of black and white patterns for inspiration.

: : this wonderful pattern is designed by Åsa Ekerholm, sold at Åhlens in Sweden. The pattern is called Elisa, and can be found on plates as well. Check out the latest issue of Sköna Hem [Swedish home decor magazine], you can find the plates on page 21.

: : all time favorite, marimekko, has some wonderful black and white collections. find them at scandinavian design center online.

: : Swedish fashion designer Filippa K joined Rörstrand, Swedish china company, and these great cups were the result of that collaboration. I am a big fan, and a collector as well. The gold edition just came out this year! I am still missing that piece. Find these at scandinavian design center.

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