Mateus Ceramics

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I just love the simple elegance of Mateus ceramics, a collection that combines the rich tradition of Portuguese craft, with the twist of a contemporary Swedish aesthetic. Founded in 1993 by Teresa Lundahl, the ceramics are all handmade in Portugal, meaning no two pieces are the same. The idea for this line came from Teresa’s own multi-cultural background. Having grown up in Portugal, then going into business and fashion, which brought her to many different locations, Teresa ended up settling down with her husband in Sweden. It was here that Teresa realized she could combine not only her knowledge and experience … Continue reading >>

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The Floral Creations of Azuma Makoto

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Ok, get ready for something that will blow your mind. What you see here is a fascinating project by artist-florist-set designer Azuma Makoto, who fuses art and science to create his beautiful works. Ready? This is an arrangement of exotic flowers in space! That’s right, SPACE. In his series “Exbiotanica” Makoto partnered with JP Aerospace to send plants and floral designs into the stratosphere with a ballon launched from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Suspended in carbon fiber cases, these terrestrial beings get to experience what it’s like to step off of earth’s surface and into space. How. Cool. Is. That? This project just … Continue reading >>

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The Amazing Papers of Antoinette Poisson

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The trio of paper experts who came together to create Antoinette Poisson in Paris had a vision; to preserve the almost lost art of “domino” wallpaper, which at the height of its production in the 18th century could be seen throughout the the palaces of Louis XIV’s court in France, but nearly died out completely after the French Revolution. Named for one of Louis XIV’s mistresses, who was known to have used the domino wallpaper throughout her quarters in the royal court, Antoinette Poisson was formed in order to bring this luxurious art form back to the contemporary interior. And … Continue reading >>

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The Fabulous Cogolin Rugs

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I just love when finding an insider secret that you I wait to share! This one you can walk all over if you like and in some ways I hope you do! So let’s get on with the story. In 1928, textile entrepreneur Jean Lauer came across a small factory in the town of Cogolin, just outside of St. Tropez in the South of France. Here, he discovered a group of skilled Armenia craftswomen were producing silk thread and hand-knotted rugs using 19th century looms. Seeing the potential, Lauer bought the factory and introduced the slightly more advanced Jacquard looms and thicker wool yard to … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Devin Kirk of Jayson Home: Chicago

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Being a Chicago girl, I have a soft spot in my heart for all things design-oriented that are coming out of that great city right now. New York City may be my home, but Chicago will always be my hometown, which is why I just love the brilliant design and antique store Jayson Home. Located on North Clybourn Ave in a post-industrial area that has become quite the hub for all things design in Chicago, Jayson Home has become one of the top purveyors of finely crafted, antique, and hand made furnishings for the home. They have such a fabulous … Continue reading >>

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My Holiday Tradition: Simon Pearce Glass Ornaments

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Every year for the past 10 years, my dear friend and I have exchanged ornaments as our own little holiday tradition. But, knowing me, these couldn’t be just any old ornaments. Which is why I always look to Simon Pearce, who makes beautiful hand-blown glass ornaments. There’s nothing more lovely than seeing these delicate glass orbs reflecting the twinkling lights on your christmas tree! But it wouldn’t be a truly Interior Monologue pick if there wasn’t a rich backstory. And for Simon Pearce, it starts with a boyhood in Kilkenny, Ireland – a medieval town that’s rich in history and has a long … Continue reading >>

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