obsessions: alyson fox

At Of a Kind, the site my friend Claire Mazur and I launched in 2010, we commission up-and-coming fashion designers to create limited-edition pieces just for us, and we tell the stories behind them — both the products (say, how a leather bracelet by Annie Costello Brown was actually constructed) and the people (for instance, where Laura Lombardi looks for inspiration around Chicago). But what we don’t typically get to share is the ridiculously amazing taste the designers we work with have in other products. So we’re thrilled to be able to do that here!

First up: Alyson Fox, who just created a second set of limited-edition necklaces for us. And while she’s used to being busy — not only does she design jewelry but she’s also an all-around creative force who’s masterminded everything from a book of portraiture to dishware — these last few weeks have been especially nuts. On top of this little collab, she moved into a brand-new house outside of Austin that she and her husband have been building for nearly nine months. And now that that’s all out of the way, she’s ready to start decorating. These are the home things she’s dying for right now (ok, with one piece of jewelry thrown in there for good measure). Erica

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Blu Dot Copper Real Good Chair, $299
“It just came out! I’m going to try to get two for our kitchen table. I love the idea of them tarnishing over time. For some people, that’s a deal-breaker, but I think it just tells such a nice story as it ages and gets watermarks.”

Pia Wustenberg Stacking Vessels
“Okay, so I saw those in Dwell and nearly had a heart attack. The combination of materials with the wood, glass, and ceramic — you can’t get any better than that. Unless there was some plaster there somewhere! I’m saving up for the yellow one on the left for our house. I’ve been really into yellow these days.”

Bell and Bird Georgian Orange Paste and Diamond Ring, $2,200
“The store Bell and Bird is my obsession in Austin. I probably go in once a month, and I just look at their cases and get a little bit of history about everything. I get this wonderful story behind it all.”

Leif Striped Taper Candles, $24 for two
“I was just visiting my grandma a couple months ago, and she’s always asking me, ‘What can I give you?’ And I said, ‘Actually, I would love these brass candleholders.’ She has like twelve, and they’re all vintage and kind of weirdly shaped. I wanted to do a bunch of different colored candlesticks, but then I stumbled upon these and thought, ‘How fun to do the blue and white ones and then have some nudes around them?’ They’re the perfect hostess gift, too.”

See more of Alyson’s obsessions after the jump . . .

Image above: Alyson’s necklaces for Of a Kind

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Line Depping Tatami Bench
“This is a sculpture; it’s an art piece. I love that you can change it. I love the first picture, and I love the second picture. I love how I could move the pillows and make it look different whenever I wanted to.”

Anna Leena Clothing Rails, $375
“So useful! You can put them above your washer and dryer. You can put them in your studio. You can put them anywhere. When there’s nothing on them, they’re just an interesting shape, but then you can hang so much stuff from them, too.”

Pascal Anson Reunification Cutlery
“How awesome is that? I love the idea that it looks like we just dipped our silverware into a can of paint and then let it dry.”

Lukas Peet 24-Karat-Gold Hanging Light, $2,700
“This would be my number one, if I could afford it, for the house. I was emailing Lukas Peet constantly for like the last two years because he was looking for production, and he just landed something. “

West Elm Layered Side Table, $149
“We’re building on five acres, so we’re looking for outdoor things that are affordable. I love that kind of automotive-paint finish on furniture. I think the idea of putting plants on a couple and then having one open next to your chair for your cup is great — or, if it’s sturdy enough, I love the idea of being able to sit on the top one.”

Studiomake Flawed Gold-Plated Set of Bowls, $249
“I’m really into process-oriented products and materials. The color palette of these bowls is beautiful, and I love how you can have them on a dinner table, or you can just have one in your bedroom with your jewelry.”

Daniel Barbera BRONZE Table
“We’re building a house, and my brain has been focused on brass and copper — we’re adding elements to the house where we can. We’re actually going to make our own table out of copper — just one copper sheet.”

D-Bros Vinyl Rainbow Vase, $20 for both
“Again, it’s the color. They’re just these sacks, but once filled with water, they become something else. Again, perfect hostess gift.”

RouDesigns Salt and Pepper Shakers, $25
“RouDesigns is such a great little shop on Etsy. They have a lot of fun shapes, and they’re still affordable. I’m really into Art Deco.”

Scholten Baijings Paper Table Cups and Saucers
“This is a man-and-woman design duo, and they constructed the forms out of cardboard first and then made that into a mold. The reason I love them is that I’m not very feminine, but I like having a hint of femininity. They use a lot of pink, but it’s done in such a great way that even my husband will be like, ‘Yeah, I want that.’”

  1. sara says:

    i am kind of obsessed with her shirt.
    her necklaces are amazing. and those bowls..

  2. Bridget says:

    Love this! Everything Alyson touches turns simply lovely. A fact I already knew as editor of her book A Shade of Red: http://amzn.to/O4WU7E, but am delighted to be reminded of here!


  3. Martha says:

    This girl’s got great taste!

  4. Rena says:

    We love everything Alyson does! So proud that she is in our first Treasury Project edition right now as well. http://www.treasuryproject.com That girl is busy!

    Rena & Kelly

  5. kyra says:

    Aww, I started reading Design*Sponge about 6 years ago and Alyson Fox was one of the first artists I was introduced to through this site. Feels kind of nostalgic… and a tad jealous inspired in that I haven’t had the quite it courage to do what you ladies have done with your creativity!

  6. chela says:

    Absolutely everything here is amazing. Looked throught everything on Pia Wustenberg’s site, so great to see unique design.

  7. CarleyGeorged says:

    Yes! Such a smart lineup! However the big question on my mind is where IS that shirt/dress from? So, so good.

  8. Margaret says:

    Love Alyson’s work. She strikes me as superbly talented: jewellery maker, photographer, illustrator! For those curious about Alyson’s dress, it’s from Madewell! http://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/waistdefined/PRDOVR~70064/70064.jsp


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