Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Dinner Party

For those of you that live in Brooklyn, or will be visiting, I am excited to see that Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party" is on (long term) view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Throughout countless art history classes, I was always fascinated by this piece and I look forward to finally seeing it in person.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

'Tis the Season

Last week I was uptown and got the chance to view some amazing holiday window displays. I love this time of year!

Barneys eco-themed holiday window displays were my favorite, and as always, they were the most fun. All of the displays were made of recycled materials and each window had a different green theme, my favorite was Rudolf the Recycling Reindeer, entirely made from bottle caps! It's great to see they not only are committed to style but also to the environment, Barneys is dedicated to planting 25,000 trees . Every little bit helps!

Bergdorf Goodman's holiday window concept, The Four Elements, is extremely sophisticated and beautiful. The glitzy jewel adorned window displays were remarkably over the top and luxurious. I especially love all of the animals, the giraffe in the Earth display and the elephant in the Air display were some of my favorites.

{Images by Thoughtful Day}

Kaj Franck

I am in love with Kaj Franck's hand blown glass, his shapes and color combinations are brilliant. My favorite pieces are his hand blown Bells of Kremlin Caraffes (top images); I love how the actual body is clear glass and the stoppers are where the pops of color come in.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

For the husband to be

I am dedicating a post to Patrick's suit choices, all from John Varvatos. I saved on my dress, I bought the first and only one I tried on (and probably cheapest). From the beginning, I was more into the invitations than the dress. I actually dreaded the dress part, but it turned out to be easy. So money was saved on "the dress" and I am encouraging Patrick to go all out on a suit, not only one he loves, but (I hope) will continue to wear...and it has to be grey.

Vane from Brooklyn Bride had a great post about suits/tuxedos last week, check it out, there are some great and reasonable options that Vane as well as reader's posted. Our link is just about John Varvatos suits, they are expensive, but if this is what he wants, he can have it.

If I were a guy, I would want one of these suits, I love the European cut, not too Thome Browne (although I do love the cut of his suits) and not too bulky, traditional American (long arm and pant leg) suits. All of the above images are from John Varvato's Spring/Summer 2008 collection.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Jonathan Adler : Brooklyn Design / Modernism Young Designer of the Year

Last week I attended the Modernism Show at the Park Avenue Armory (unfortunately the show ended on the 19th) and was excited to see Jonathan Adler recognized with the Brooklyn Museum / Modernism Young Designer of the Year award. Exhibited were some of Jonathan's beautiful ceramic pieces from his early years to present day. The display was beautifully and delightfully presented at the entrance of the show.

{Images by Thoughtful Day}

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Decanter Lifestyle

Up until recently, I never thought about owning a decanter and actually using it. Patrick and I got into a discussion about them and both decided it is a total lifestyle. I love decorative decanters, and have a few of them, but it's hard to imagine a functional decanter becoming part of our lifestyle. I have contemplated registering for one, there are so many gorgeous wine decanters on the market, but who really uses them? Hugh Hefner? Robin Leach? Below are some of my favorite picks from the modern (and some re-issued) world of crystal decanters.

The Ambassador decanters designed by Oswald Haerdtl in 1925 are such modern and elegant shapes.

(l-r) Thomas O'Brien's Cynthia decanter has a beautiful feminine shape with vertical chiseled cuts. I love the masculinity of Ted Muehling's Tortoise decanter.

The first thing I thought of when I saw these decanters by William Yeoward was a lollipop.

Although the Eveline decanter is a modern design by William Yeoward, it is extremely rare to find hand cut star shapes as such on vintage glass decanters.

(l-r) I love this trio of Rosenthal decanters, the stoppers are some of my favorites. This last decanter is a classic shape (yet again) by William Yeoward. I can't help but mention him when posting about crystal as he has some of my favorite designs out there right now.