Monday, August 29, 2011

kenneth cobonpue - out door furniture that ( probably ) doesn't look like your mother's.

Whenever we stay at a beautifully executed hotel, I'm  shameless when it comes to flipping over ottoman's, crawling under the desk in the room, shimming out the armoire - all to find that little tag telling me, 'who made it'. Last week while in Nevis, the hotel where we were staying used mass quantities of Janus et Cie furniture. Most of it was what you'd expect with traditional lines and dark wood,  but what stood out to me was a line by designer Kenneth Cobonpue that sat on a little patio over looking the beach. I couldn't find the exact line that the hotel used, but his site had a ton of similar and great looking pieces. Check it:

these guys, below, are my favorites. They look like fishing rope, but the red just makes them killah.

move, eat, learn

I'm going to be posting photos from my recent trip (per several requests.) They will not be anything remotely close to these nuggets of genius that were hit hard with the art directing stick.....

EAT from Rick Mereki on Vimeo.

"3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage... all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food ....into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films.....

= a trip of a lifetime."

move, eat, learn

Friday, August 26, 2011

peace out

via soul surfer

 I'm back. Yes, it was incredible...with crazy variety. We went from family's house in St. Michael's Maryland (Chesapeake  Bay) to Washington D.C. to Nevis (West Indies) barely made it out before the storm rolled in. I gotta say, it's a lot easier getting back into reality when you live at the beach. I highly recommend it if you can swing it.

Hey, are you guys Instagramming? (Assuming you have an Iphone) It's social media crack. It makes Twitter feel like an 1920s radio to a HD flatscreen. If you're already "IGing" (as we cool kids like to call it) check out  this list of spin offs, stickers, books, fun things to do with your images. And folla me. See you next week!

Monday, August 8, 2011

what's black and white and read all over.

I don't know where this photo originated, but it feels like SF on a good foggy, summer day. And I feel nostalgic.

Here's what you guys are reading this summer. Me? Well, I can talk a blue streak about Ashley and J.P. and those miserable Real Housewives, but I can barely seem to get past "Talk of the Town" every week in the NYkr. So I'm hoping this trip causes me pause to enjoy a few of the following:

 I should mention, I'm not copy editing tonight, I'm busy packing. So if you guys spelled it wrong, no big, people will figure it out.
  1. "Bossypants" by Tina Fey
  2. "Memories of John Lennon" by Yoko Ono
  3. "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtenay 
  4. "Trick of the Dark" byVal McDermid 
  5. "The Hunger Games" series
  6. "Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children"
  7. "Summer in the City" by Candace Bushnell
  8. "The Help" 
  9. "The Girl who Fell from the Sky"
  10.  "Lil Bee" 
  11. "The Forgotten Garden" by Kate Morton
  12. "East of Eden"
  13. "Cutting for Stone" 
  14. "I Know This Much is True"
  15. "The Devil In The White City"
  16. "Astrid and Veronika" by Linda Olsson
  17. "Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls
  18. "The Passage" by Justin Cronin
  19. "The Beautiful and the Damned" by Fitzgerald
  20. "The Unbearable Being of Lightness" by Portia de Rossi
  21. "Pigeon"
  22. "The little buddhism and meditation book" by Bettina Lemke
  23. "Loneliness on the net" by Janusz Leon Wisniewski
  24. "Autobiography of Mark Twain"
  25. "The Invisible Wall"
  26.  "Let the World Spin"
  27. "Outliners"
  28. "The Education of Little Trees"
  29. "The Power of On" 
  30. "Room"by Emma Donoghue 
  31. "One Day" by David Nicholls
  32. "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
  33. "The Girl next Door" by Elizabeth Noble
  34. 'The Ghost of Greenwich Village' by Dawn Powell
  35. "The Baron in the Trees" by Italo Calvino
  36. "My Life In France" by Julia Childs
  37. "Life" by Keith Richards
  38. "The Year We Left" by Jean Thompson
  39. "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
  40. "Cutting For Stone"

I looked Monday straight in the eye and said, 'Bring. It.'

I'm going on vacay for a bit. I'll be posting. Maybe. Not sure. The family usually hates me when I do this on vacations. It interrupts the getting-to-re-know you aspect of the sport of hanging out together. I'm sure I will be Instagramming the whole way through so please follow along over there if you're a voyeur (like myself).

I thought I'd leave you with this nugget from one of my favorite people I've never met. I give you, Ira Glass (who is one of the few radio personalities who looks exactly how I'd imagine) ......

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through." - Ira Glass


Friday, August 5, 2011

peace out

And we have a winner! Thanks to all of you for your great reading suggestions . I've written each one down and will be digging in to a few on my upcoming summer vacation. The stag's head (generously gifted by the home of all things lovely, Rian Rae) goes to......."Sparkie". 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

I have a mad crush on Josef Frank

Born in 1885, Frank, the Austrian born architect, artist and designer is to this day one of the most important designers. In his structural design work, he like a true architect, rejected facade decor for functional forms. His ability to successfully use asymmetry and curvilinear design in a modern sense, is brilliance.

In his wallpaper, carpet and textile design, it's a celebratory chorus of organic lines and color. Never, ever will his work appear dated. A true design genius.

This print, Terazzo, is one of two of his 160, known textile designs that are not based on nature. Designed to be used as carpet in 1944 for Estrid Ericson on her 50th birthday.

Monday, August 1, 2011


From the folks who brought you The Surf Lodge comes another great place to stay while in Montauk Ruschmeyer's.  Check it out, so cute.....

my favorite shot. Love the bag, the orange espresso machine. all of it.

Ruschmeyer's from King and Grove on Vimeo.  

"Evoking memories of summer camp, the nineteen rooms circle a central lawn featuring a teepee and grills, while a sand-filled pool serves as an open-air beer garden." A teepee? I love a good teepee.

summer time give away with Rian Rae

As promised here's your chance at another fantastic giveaway from my friends at the beautiful home store,  Rian Rae. This Scandinavian Stag's Head brings instant charm to any space. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment sharing with us your favorite summer read (I've got to get something out of this and I need a good book)  Tweet this and you're entered twice - don't forget to use #beachbungalow8 in the tweet. Winner will be announced on Friday 8/5/11.

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