I read about a new shop in NYC a few weeks ago on Vogue.com and went into fantasy land for a good hour. Emilie Jean Ethnic Antiques in the East Village is a treasure trove of antique textiles, home goods, and accessories from around the world. A love for ethnic jewelry spawned an interest in textiles while living in India, and Emilie Jean began collecting pieces that, according to these photos, are beautifully unique and expertly chosen. Her finds along with an assortment of products are available to purchase and I am so looking forward to visiting on my next trip to NYC. Naturally, I did some research and found this exquisite photo of her from an issue of Town & Country. I’m floored.
Images from Town & Country and Vogue.com
Kneeland Mercado will be having an Open Studio this Saturday, April 20th from 12 – 4. If you’re in LA, I hope to see you there!
A few weeks ago I went on a business trip to Portland and it was my first time to visit the city known for food, vintage, and of course Portlandia. I was only there for 2 nights so I really packed it in, and I had some spots on my list that were must-visits and did not disappoint. I had an epic dinner at Luce with lovely Giovanna and her husband John (who is behind both Luce and Navarre), two restaurants that are very European in style and food. It was magnificent. I also visited Giovanna’s store, Una, where I picked up a gorgeous ceramic piece and some pants for my husband. I checked out Stand Up Comedy and Nationale, both fun to explore for their carefully selected merchandise and artful arrangements. I stayed with my good friend (who just moved from LA) in her new house which nearly brought me to tears when she told me how much she paid for it. When you hear figures like that you start to wonder a tiny bit why you so desperately want to own a home in LA. The price difference is staggering, which of course I knew but to actually hear it from someone you know is a big reality check. I did a little bit of vintage shopping but didn’t find much, although there were a few vintage shops I didn’t check out due to lack of time and I can’t help but wonder if those were the gems. And speaking of gems, one of the most inspiring shops I’ve ever been to is in Portland. Monograph Bookwerks & Objects is a fine art and object bookstore owned by artists John Brodie and Blair Saxon-Hill and was opened in 2010 “to provide a place in Portland for artists and the public to study, explore and purchase the best contemporary art books being published today.” Rare, new and used art books mingle with pottery and sculptures, and the design and curation of the store is unique, inviting, and piqued my curiosity so much that I left with three very special books. My experience at Monograph was beyond inspiring and made me feel hopeful for the publishing industry and for print. There is just too much beauty in both for them to disappear completely. I’m already looking forward to my next Monograph Bookwerks visit, and hopefully that Le Corbusier book I wanted so badly will still be there waiting for me.
I’m finally catching up on blogs and it feels good. This morning my Google reader listed 834 unread blog entires – holy smokes. I just spent a good hour going through the entries and found out that my friend Karen Brown and her identical twin sister Sara started a new Tumblr, Identical Eye, that is way cool. I’ve been a huge fan of their Identical Eye blog for a while now, so of course I’m excited to see more of what the talented twins have in store. Below, photos from their Tumblr.
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This weekend consisted of catching up on work, catching up on emails, catching up on yoga, making red lentil soup, going to a dinner party, reading magazines, and finishing a book. It’s amazing how the rain can keep you indoors if you live in Southern California. The catching up on emails led me to the Cooper-Hewitt online catalog where I spent a couple of hours obsessing over textiles, mostly those by the Wiener Werkstätte collective. I never tire of looking at those prints. The combination of shapes and color that they used was so ahead of their time and I’m continuously in awe of the level of skill and artistry they possessed. And aside from the Wiener Werkstätte, the Cooper-Hewitt has some remarkable textile work by both known and unknown artists; about 585 pages to be exact. I should warn you ahead of time that you shouldn’t visit the site unless you have a couple of hours to spare.
Weft face, unknown