These photos of broken porcelain in a palace in Vienna have been on my inspiration board for the past couple of months. They’re from a past issue of World of Interiors and I found it fitting as a post since there is so much Wedgwood and Chinese porcelain popping up in magazines and on websites these days. Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to find the byline from this story, but it goes like this: “Schloss Loosdorf, tucked away in the hilly wine country north of Vienna, had been renowned for its porcelain collection, which was predominantly 18th-century Japanese Imari and Chinese porcelain, late 18th-century and early 19th-century Vienna, Meissen, Berlin and Davenport, along with some Wedgwood and majolica. The collection was all sealed up in a cellar room when the owners, the counts of Piatti, were forced to flee in the late spring of 1945 (the final days of WWII). During their absence, Soviet soldiers took up quarters there and tossed out its rare books, hacked at furniture, and located the hidden porcelain collection and destroyed it in a rage. When Count Ferdinand Piatti again took possession of his ruined palace in June 1945, he had the porcelain and other remains of objects arranged in piles by manufacturer in an attempt to salvage at least something. More than 60 years on, the damage, in all its wantonness, is still debilitating to view, though the monumental nature of the installation Piatti created both assesses and addresses the damage in a solemn, thoughtful way.”
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Last week I was invited to attend the preview of Design in Time, an installation by Heath Ceramics celebrating ten years of design and making. Eight artists were chosen to create one-of-a-kind clocks to be featured in the San Francisco and Los Angeles Heath locations, and all of them are available for purchase including a few of my favorites below by Roger Herman, Adam Silverman (Studio Director of Heath Ceramics LA), Commune and Geoff McFetridge. I had never visited the actual Heath studio in LA, and it was really inspiring to take a peek behind-the-scenes. I love a good inspiration board, and Adam’s was no joke. I especially loved the black & white ballet photos as well as the “I heart Texas” sticker, which is where I grew up. If you live in LA or SF, you should definitely stop by Heath to check out Design in Time.
From L to R: Roger Herman, Roger Herman, Adam Silverman, Commune
I’ve always admired the style of Amanda Brooks. To me, she seems like a woman who really understands style way beyond fashion and trends and can get down with Kate Moss as much as she can get down with Jackie O. There’s a simplicity to her way of dressing, but with a hint of bohemian mixed with classic that’s always incredibly chic. While browsing the internet this long weekend I came across a feature of her home in Oxfordshire shot by The Selby for The Guardian and I was instantly charmed by all of it including the artwork, the outdoor area overflowing in greenery, the tree house/art studio, the mix of textiles, the adorable animals, and most of all the pure happiness and love that’s being exuded by her family. I called Darryl over and we flipped through the photos while drinking our morning tea as it rained outside, and we seriously fantasized about moving to a farm and raising animals and kiddos. It was very much a stop and pause moment and it felt good. I love it when someone or something makes you daydream. Naturally, I admire Amanda Brooks even more now.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I’m really looking forward to a weekend spent with family, friends, and a whole lot of food. I thought this image was appropriate for the festivities and every year it inspires me to want to create a table setting just as grand. I have yet to create it, but maybe next year? I have a lot to be grateful for, friends. Happy Thanksgiving! xo Joanna
I am thrilled to announce the launch of Kneeland Mercado rugs on the west elm website today. It’s been in the works for a couple of months and I couldn’t be happier to be included amongst such great everyday home goods. You can check out the rugs now.
I was completely flattered when Heath Ceramics asked me to be a guest pinner in celebration of 10 years of Heath. I’ve been anxiously waiting for my week of pinning to begin and finally it’s here. All week I’ll be pinning images and ideas that have inspired me the past 10 years, both new and old. You can follow my Heath Pin Pals board here and also check out their feature on Kneeland Co. and Kneeland Mercado on their blog.