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Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Lacquer Storage Boxes

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The multi-story behemoth that is Restoration Hardware’s Meatpacking district flagship store is very much like a museum of home design retail. You could spend a week in that place. The abundance of fully-furnished display rooms also makes it a great place to find Pink Things. Case in point: these Paris Pink Lacquered Storage Boxes, which I covet wildly.

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These hand-poured and polished lacquer wood boxes — each layer individually hand polished to create a deep, rich finish impervious to heat and alcohol — feature a a velvet-lined interior, which makes them ideal for keeping your jewelry safe and pampered.  Made in the United States by Pacific Connections, they are available in a range of sizes and can be purchased online Here.

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Oh, You Pretty Things . . .

Photographed in the Restoration Hardware Flagship Store in NYC’s Meatpacking District. 

Eye On Design: Velvet Solar Star Lighting Fixture By Jonathan Trayte

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If you believe that home lighting should be fun and whimsical rather than predictable and ordinary, then you’ll probably appreciate the bright pink, abstract flower shades that make up Velvet Solar Star, a chandelier-type-thing by artist Jonathan Trayte.

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Pink Thing Of The Day: Pink Lazy Throne Sculpture

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We honestly felt like we had stumbled upon a real life version Pee-Wee’s Playhouse when we entered design store / art gallery Leroy’s Place, and immediately encountered this monumentally enchanting (and Pink) Lazy Throne by artist Jacques Duffourc. A New Orleans native whose specialties include set design and puppeteering,  Duffourc works primarily in recycled and found materials, and has a signature skill of transforming everyday materials into extraordinary works of art.

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Finish Detail

The chair has a wood structure, and is then sculpted using a unique method of building with contact cement and cardboard.

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Eye On Design: Jayne Curved Armchair By Ottiu

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The American film actress Jayne Mansfield, one of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 50s and 60s, starred in several popular Hollywood movies that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, hourglass figure and cleavage-revealing costumes. Although her film career was short-lived, Jayne had several box-office successes and won one of two golden globe awards nominations for the The Girl Can’t Help It.

jayne armchair by ottiu

Ottiu designers translated Mansfield’s sexiness and beauty into modern furniture design, creating the Jayne Curved Armchair. Upholstered in cotton velvet with a pinewood structured supported by a brushed brass base, this mid-century modern armchair blends comfort with elegant curved lines. The Jayne Curved Armchair will be the ultimate eye-catching piece of your décor.

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The Jayne armchair retails for 2790€ (approximately $3325).

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Lady

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Stylin’! (Photo By Gail)

On Easter Sunday, the place to be was Tompkins Square Park, where friendly and festive  East Village neighbors dressed in their most colorful finery for some kind of Easter Bonnet Festival — which may or may not be a returning annual tradition. There were dozens of great looks, but this lovely Lady in Pink was my favorite for obvious reasons.

Eye On Design: Chess Set By Man Ray

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Man Ray enjoyed chess, relishing that the game, by design, requires both strategy and spontaneity to play. Though Man Ray remained “a third-rate player,” as he put it, his interest in the game “was directed towards designing new forms for chess pieces.” Manufactured in 1926 and based on his design for an earlier turned-wood set, the artist’s Chess Set (made from silver-plated and oxidized silver-plated brass) converts the familiar form of every chess piece into a more stylized shape that relies on associations — such as the connection between a king and an Egyptian pyramid — to reveal each piece’s identity. The sets tallest piece measures 4-inches high.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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In Celebration of 4/20: Ten Rad Art Bongs!

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Trapped By Coyle (All Photos By Gail)

In January of 2015, I was invited to an art show  billed as an exhibit of “Functional Art Glass.” It turned out to be a show of amazing glass bongs, water pipes and other smoking paraphernalia,  hosted by the online headshop  1 Percent. Tommy Chong was even there! While digging around for a pot-related image in my photo archives, because 4/20, I uncovered my stash of pix from that evening, so I am dusting them off here where you can enjoy them  again, or for the first time,  depending on how long you have been reading this blog.

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Do you like to think about milking cows while you get high? If so, then you might like High Class, a collaboration from glassblowers MTP and Jake Vincent.

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