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lizzie fortunato2Twins, Lizzie & Kathryn Fortunato founded their eponymous line in 2008 with the intent of creating unique accessories that use unexpected materials.  “Lizzie designs the line, while Kathryn, who got her start on Wall Street, oversees sales and operations. Lizzie studied Art History and English at Duke University (where Kathryn majored in Economics) and her interest in “dressing to tell a story” is reflected in the pieces she creates.”

lizzie fortunato

ncrocksThe Mother-Daughter team of Nadine Hammoud and Cherine Altobaishi design jewelry that is inspired by their Lebanese heritage and their travels to exotic locales. Timeless in style and modern in expression, NC Rocks creations recall the abstract musings of artists like Al Held and Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. They honor the stylized ornamentation of art deco, the contoured fashions of the 30s and 50s, and the liberal, versatile vibe of the 70s.

My New Years resolution to post on a timely basis was foiled by technology…our internet connection evaporated on New Years day and did not return until today.

Simplicity & Power

monique peanAs you scroll through the work of Monique Pean, you may be struck by a simple yet powerful design aesthetic. “MONIQUE PÉAN uses environmentally responsible procedures to source its materials, and uses 18 carat recycled gold and platinum, conflict and devastation free precious stones, diamonds and fossils, which are gathered with no mining involved. MONIQUE PÉAN is a member of the No Dirty Gold campaign and a supporter of the Too Precious to Wear campaign.”

The stone in this dramatic ring is Kyanite. Some believe kyanite is a calming stone, helping to quiet the mind and dissolve feelings of anger and frustration.

“Like a Lion”

1697_searchSolange Azagury-Partridge has a rather eclectic mix of inspirations…Berbers, Rubies, the Moon, Gargoyles etc….but first on the list “LIONS”.  “I feel a huge love and affinity with Lions. My star sign is leo, my hair is big and frizzy like a lion’s mane, I’m a carnivore, I’m from Africa, I’m sociable and lazy”

Like the inspirations, her work encompasses a wide variety of styles and several categories. Rings, in the jewelry category, move from refined to playful and then into edgy. I was attracted to the stairway in her London showroom. Each step is carpeted in a different pattern, creating a riot of color. HMMM!!! I wonder if I can talk my husband into that for the stairway to his loft office!!!

solange azaguryA recent article in the Wall Street Journal featured Solange and highlights of her work over the past 28 years. The 1999 ‘Nature Ring’ for a mere $24,500 caught my eye…but the 1996 ‘Hotlips’ ring is still a best seller…$9,600.

 

 

serenity-rose quartz

The wait is over and the Pantone colors of 2016 are Serenity and Rose Quartz…YAWN!!! Since the last 20 years of my career was in interior design, I am seeing nursery decor, or onesies in Serenity and possibly party dresses up to age 6…beyond that…NOT SO MUCH!!!

From the Pantone Executive Director “Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.” 

past 6 years

As you look over Pantone’s color of the year for the last 6 years you will see several colors that have ‘legs’ and some that fall flat. While my favorite color palette includes the rusts, golds and neutrals of the Fall, Radiant Orchid through Turquoise find a way into my Spring and Summer designs. (My daughter’s burgundy school uniform definitely influenced my decision to avoid Marsala)  Let’s talk next year about Serenity & Rose Quartz…I would love to know how they have influenced your designs…or not!!!

Illuminating Inspiration

The latest issue of the Wall Street Journal Magazine features a series of ‘Calderesque’ light fixtures.  The dramatic arrangement of the elements in the fixtures would translate well as pendants, suspended on a cable necklace. 

The photo on the left features a fixture from Ladies & Gentlemen Studio“Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a  bi-coastal based design studio operating between Seattle and Brooklyn and embracing the best of both coasts. L&G Studio’s aesthetic and design philosophy is a balanced blend of warm minimalism, playful austerity, and simple sophistication.”

The photo on the right features the Helix Variant from lighting designer Bec Brittain & sculptor Hilda Hillstrom  and ” pairs LED lights and brass forms with pigmented jesmonite, illuminating the relationship between planar forms and volume.”

 

 

The Magic of Light

Przemek KrawczyńskiPrzemek Krawczyński started his career working in architecture and engineering…until 2009 when he ‘met his first gourd’. “I started making gourd lamps in 2009 when, for the first time in my life, I accidently came across the gourd fruit. As soon as I made my first gourd lamp, I knew that I wanted to make another one and shortly after that it became my great passion.”przemek

Przemek feels that “Light is kind of magic: insubstantial, yet visible. It is something that can change our material world and the way we perceive it in thousand ways. After all, it is light that winds our body clock; it naturally boosts our mood and heals us.”

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