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ambersceatsThese sleek earrings from Australian designer Amber Sceats start our year with a timeless design element…the triangle. Amber’s designs are “Heavily influenced by her appreciation for art, travel and architecture; Amber Sceats is an ode to the abstract. The underlying ‘rock’ element throughout her collections make the pieces uncompromisingly contemporary whilst simultaneously timeless.”

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fcd5e594cb7e435c21be92877eecc300There is something about the holiday season, that brings out the inner child in all ages.  Van Cleef & Arpels’ animal clip collection for 2016 will be certain to bring a smile to your face.With its glittering procession of animals, the Maison’s new High Jewelry collection takes an affectionate look at the tale of Noah’s Ark. These giraffes are up to their necks in emeralds and sapphires, offering a spectacular tribute to the wonders of the animal kingdom.”

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Historic Collection’ at the bottom of the page for more look back at some earlier pieces…love the lion and the cat!!!

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I stumbled across this glassware by Joseph Hoffman in a Wall Street Journal insert entitled…The Future of Everything. His background is fascinating, but the scope of his life’s work is amazing…furniture, glassware, architecture, jewelry etc.

With an eye that favored strict geometric shapes, Josef Hoffmann was in many ways anticipatory of the cubist movement. His fondness for the square was so well-known that the architect and designer earned the nickname Quadrati-Hoffmann (Square Hoffman) among his peers.

Hoffmann was among the rare breed of designers who could make anything. Coming to prominence at the turn of the 20th century, the Austrian creative put his mark on everything from lounge chairs and silverware to a modernist sanatorium. Hoffmann undoubtedly owed much of his success to good company—working alongside artists like Koloman Moser and Gustav Klimt, the young Hoffmann founded the Vienna Secession, an organization of artists that held exhibitions of progressive work as a reaction to the prevailing conservatism of the art world.”

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The September fashion magazines are stacked in my studio with pages ripped out for scanning or dog eared for future reference.  During a quick page through of Elle, I discovered that even the august house of Chanel has a playful side. The photo from the Fall 2016 collection features three designs with colorful resin emoji brooches scattered throughout. Another dominant element that appears frequently in designs this fall is the use of grommets.

More ‘notes’ in later posts as I work my way through the stack. Hmmm!!! I love this homework!!!

 

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inuitThe last few months have been filled with travel, most of it fairly mundane, with one notable exception…Alaska.

Our first port of call, Ketchikan, was a wonderful introduction to  Native American Totem Poles, as well as, the interesting patterns that are an integral part of the overall design.

HMMMMM!!! My mind is spinning with ideas.

 

 

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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.”

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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.

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