Stone and Sawyer Lamps

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What if you could turn a sculpture into a functioning object? This is the question that founders and artists Julian Peploe and David Ryan asked when embarking on their line of table-top lamps called Stone and Sawyer. They wanted to bring this artistic sense to functional objects by hand-crafting each base from wood and clay. And the result is an absolutely beautiful line of table-top lamps that are all handcrafted in Upstate New York, and draw influence from 20th century design, as well as traditional American craft. I first saw these wonderful pieces at ICFF, and they definitely stood out for their … Continue reading >>

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5th26 Handcrafted Design

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When talking with Brandon Tang, founder and designer of 5th26, it’s easy to get swept up in the stories of his beautifully designed and crafted goods for the home. As an avid traveler, Brandon pulls from craft traditions from around the world to create his simple, but unique line of ceramics, oil lamps, throws, and trays. Each piece in the collection is designed with the craft in mind, like the fabulous Checker Throw, which Brandon was inspired to make after a trip to Turkey. He just loved the versatility of the traditional Turkish towels, which are used for bathing, and as blankets, scarves, … Continue reading >>

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L’Usine Ho Chi Minh City

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Tucked away on the second floor on a nondescript building in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, lies the wonderful L’Usine, a bar, cafe, restaurant, and shop that has everything from Bahn Mi, to handcrafted Vietnamese textiles. It’s been years since I’ve been in Vietnam, but one thing that I know is that this place is still a must see. In fact, our managing editor Olivia here at Interior Monologue, returned from a recent visit and was kind enough to bring us back a suite of photos to use for our story! I can take a bit of credit for this “report from … Continue reading >>

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The Best of the Best: Father’s Day Gift Edition

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Father’s Day is a wonderful chance to take a moment and tell the dads, husbands, brothers, or friends in our lives that we appreciate what they do. But dads are no longer the bearer of bad jokes and ill-fitting jeans, which is why you should ditch the usual last minute gifts such as the ties, coffee mugs, power tools for something he’ll truly love and cherish. This is why I’ve put together a short list of must-have grabs for Dad: the best of the best. And to the men in my life who will be celebrating Father’s Day, you’re welcome. … Continue reading >>

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Decors Barbares

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When I first came across Decors Barbares I was simply floored. Founder and designer Nathalie Farman-Farma has the most amazing eye for prints and patterns. The French-born, London-based designer has long been a collector of antique textiles, which is what inspired her to began printing her own interpretations of textiles from around the world as fabrics for accessories and home furnishings. Nathalie spent years as a self proclaimed “Madeleine Castaing blue, green and black disciple,” before marrying her husband, and becoming more immersed in the textiles from his Iranian heritage. She became drawn to the folkloric themes of the textiles from Persia, and loved the mix-and-match quality of all the patterns. As … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Gary Graham

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Entering Gary Graham’s atelier and showroom in Tribeca is like stepping into another world, one where textiles and artifacts from across so many eras collide to create the perfect space to experience his rich and layered line of clothing. Mixing fine art, craft, and high fashion, Gary Graham brings his fantastical women’s wear to life in his newly redesigned showroom, outfitted with curated pieces from antique connoisseur Kabinett & Kammer.   Graham worked with friend and Kabinett & Kammer founder Sean Scherer to revamp the space, which had originally been dark and brooding, much like the backstage of a set. Now the … Continue reading >>

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