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Wednesday October 31st, 2012

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Dips and Dots

After making it through the worst storm NYC has ever seen, I could use some shine and dots to cheer me up. Thankfully, those of us at D*S are safe and sound, but so many of our favorite stores and restaurants are flooded and in need of help. While we’re all looking for ways to…

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Wednesday October 24th, 2012

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Splashy Dishware at Liberty

I’m typically a minimalist with dishware, but these super colorful bowls and plates at Liberty of London are too pretty to pass up. I love all the splashy colors and patterns; it looks like someone went wild with a paintbrush but knew what they were doing. I probably couldn’t handle a full collection this bright, so…

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Wednesday October 10th, 2012

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birch twig taper candles

Faux bois always makes me happy. Whether it’s campy-fake or more realistic, I always enjoy the playful look of wood grain. These sweet little taper candles at Leif look like glittery winter birch trees and would be perfect for an intimate holiday meal. The set of two (12 inches tall) is available right here for…

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Friday October 5th, 2012

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birch sake vessels

I like birch on anything and in just about every form. As a table runner, in the form of plates, a field full of birch trees — you name it, I probably like it and want to be near it. These birch sake vessels at Mjölk are no exception. The second I saw them, I…

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Friday September 28th, 2012

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nested baker set

It’s Friday, so I’ve got food on the brain. Not only are Fridays the day we share food & drink recipes on D*S, but they’re also when I start planning meals to make over the weekend. Whenever I think about preparing food, I immediately jump to what I want to serve it in, which for…

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Monday September 17th, 2012

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kaleido trays

This year I’ve decided I’m going to stop talking about wanting to do things and start actually doing some of them. One of those things is entertaining. I grew up in a home where friends and family were always welcome, so the idea of creating a space where people gather and catch up has always…

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Crowd Candlesticks by David Taylor

Meet Angela, Sid and Kevin: three beautiful weirdos that are just warming my heart. I’m pretty sure that by this point, I’ve given myself away as a helpless anthropomorphizer, so finding another designer who likes to assign personalities to his creations makes me so happy. According to David, the idea behind “Crowd” is that the group…

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Monday September 10th, 2012

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Holt-Garza for Heath Ceramics

Sometimes color and pattern are so vivid that it’s impossible to resist them, like these incredible new designs from Jamey Garza and Constance Holt-Garza. These gorgeous chairs, napkins and tables are on their way to Heath in San Francisco for the design duo’s show, “Garza Marfa.” Based in Texas, Jamey and Constance work with vintage Bolivian…

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Monday August 20th, 2012

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copenhagen coaster set

For someone who grew up in the South, I seem to have left a shocking number of table manners behind. I routinely place my forearms or elbows on the table, am always forgetting whether my water goes on the left or right and have completely abandoned the idea of ever placing my drink on a…

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Thursday August 16th, 2012

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ladies & gentlemen

I know that summer is basically coming to a close, but I refuse to give up my dream of sunny naps in hanging chairs. We bought a swing for our office and — cue the world’s tiniest violin — sadly discovered that none of the ceiling beams could support the weight. Ever since, I’ve been…

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Friday August 3rd, 2012

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our workshop

Remember the animals I mentioned in the last post? They get me every time. This sweet new range of kitchenware is from the team at Our WorkShop. “Bliss in the Woods” includes a tray, teapot, jugs, mugs, storage containers, measuring spoons, salt & pepper shakers, bowls and cutting boards. The owl spaghetti container and bluebell tray…

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Monday July 30th, 2012

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boulder cup set

This weekend I was walking around the MoMA design store and had to stop myself from collecting more teacups and oddly sized soup bowls. For some reason, if a vessel is small, ceramic and fits in my hand, I immediately want it. A great example is these gorgeous faceted cups at Leif. Each set of…

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Monday July 2nd, 2012

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finest paperware

‘Throwaway Culture’ was one of the first things I covered when I started Design*Sponge. Back in 2003 and 2004, designers in Brooklyn were constantly creating pieces that commented on the nature of so-called disposable goods. But rather than continuing to make ‘throwaway’ goods more permanent, over the past few years some artists seem to be…

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Thursday May 31st, 2012

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dombon-a-tanya’s platter of friendship

I love any design that encourages people to connect and engage with food more often. I’m someone who associates food with happiness, so these sorts of clever designs are always my favorite. Budapest’s Dombon-a-tanya recently released this simple design called Platter of Friendship that was inspired by a Hungarian tradition in which friends send each…

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Tuesday May 15th, 2012

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dahlhaus

Heather Braun-Dahl creates beautiful ceramics. I coveted some of her work at Anthropologie this year and was excited to see her newest work. I love the geometric detailing and the cute video Heather launched with the collection. It’s always nice to see the process and the person behind the work. Click here to check out…

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Monday May 14th, 2012

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spectra glasses

We all know I have a problem with pink, right? I managed not to bring any pink home from Brimfield this weekend, but I did wear hot pink shoes that helped our moms find us all day. However, if I’d seen these glasses, I’m pretty sure they would have joined my growing pink pile at home….

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Wednesday May 9th, 2012

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marrakech servingware

For most of my life, I’ve preferred super-saturated bright colors. When it came to patterns, I wanted to feel like I could practically taste the colors on the material. But I’ve been craving a slightly subtler taste — something worn in, a little faded and gentle. These new Marrakech serving utensils at Leif are a…

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012

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sparrow & co mustard line

I’m completely split when it comes to mustard. As a condiment, I am firmly in the “no, thank you” camp. But when it comes to decorating, I’m almost always on the “yes, please” team (although I can’t wear the color to save my life). These new hand-thrown and painted porcelain pieces at Sparrow & Co…

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Thursday April 26th, 2012

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oui ceramic soy candles

I love the colorful ceramic pieces that Angela Hodgkinson at OUI ceramics produces. I fell for her ceramic garlands last fall and am really digging these new candles and vessels with speckled glazes. Angela’s ceramic vessels come in six colors, ranging from deep red and pinks to watery blue greens. The teacup-sized vessels come with…

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Wednesday April 25th, 2012

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newbies at leif

Leif has become one of my go-to shops for new design because their collection always satiates my need for mini trends like agate, marbling and geometric patterns. Their newest pieces are no exception, and I find myself wanting to stuff all of these in my bag and run. The mini paperweights are so pretty and…

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