5.30.2012

the mall...






i was running errands downtown, saw that there was going to be one of those crazy thunderstorms, (you'll want to click on that link, my photo is on the news) so i ducked into the mall because i though it would be silly to bike home in the super heavy rain/hail/thunder/lightning and besides, i didn't have any of my rain gear with me.  well, the mall ended up being way sillier.  flooding!!  pouring water everywhere.  it had to be evacuated.  i took some photos, got to turn off an escalator (kind of exciting), and got out of there as soon as i felt the floor shake in a weird way.  biked home in the pouring rain, but not crazy insane pouring rain.  i'd rather get soaked than die crushed under centre du rasoir rubble or something.  how embarrassing.  it was kind of scary.  

oh, and i saw some weird chivalrous bullshit.  you see the photo of the escalator?  this couple was walking down it, and when they got near the bottom, the guy picked up his lady friend and carried her through the deeper water.  now doesn't that seem WAY more dangerous than if she used her own two feet to walk?  what if he slipped on the wet escalator, her face would be ground beef right quick.  also, it's not like she was wearing suede shoes or a plaster cast or something that you really really can't get wet, she had on a pair of ugly ass sneakers.  HIGH MAINTENANCE.   

oh, and how about the food court guy who was sprinting across the food court to get upstairs.  running?  wet tiles?  slippery maybe?  he wiped out soooo bad!  he just lay on his back for a really long time not moving and completely stunned, and i'm pretty sure he wasn't able to move his arm, he was pretty sure he broke it.  that's why i had to turn off the escalator (this is after i considered snapping a photo of him laying there), because there was no way i was running DOWN on a wet & slippy UP escalator to see it he was ok.  sheeesh.  no one really seemed to be concerned that the escalators were immersed in water.  electricity?  metal?  water?  seems kind of dangerous.  anyway, made it home a quite cold, wet and shivery & don't plan on going to the mall again for quite some time.  

5.26.2012

vintage en gros!

bernie of lost vintage with my bike full of goodies.  
baby head.  on a big fibreglass fish.  i have a real weakness for baby heads.  

vintage wallpaper, there was another shelf on the bottom with metallic foil wallpaper! 
GIANT moose antler.  i kind of wanted it, but it's pretty much the size of my living room. 
lamps lamps lamps, brushed copper and stufff.... 

this little lady had real hair on her head, i don't know if it was human or animal, or where it came from... she was also quite detailed, um, in the crotch area.   

my eiffel tower!  i think i'm going to put it on top of my fridge!! 

real old signs.  i think these are so lovely!  bilingual too! 

motorcycle boots!!! i had a pair exactly like these that i bought in iceland years and years ago, they were two sizes too big for me even with a few pairs of insoles, and they pretty uncomfortable because my feet were always sliding around.  anyway, these are the perfect size!!! i can't wait to wear them all summer.  yes boots in summer, do my feet get hot, not really.  do yours?

old chemistry stencils.  super duper!!!

yay exciting!! i finally got to explore one of the lost vintage warehouses!  i've been dreaming of going ever since bernie (see photo on top) was one of our vendors at smart design mart.  if you like vintage, and are looking for anything, anything at all, love digging around, great deals, lamps, chairs, odd things, deadstock jewelry, mannequins, records, antlers, decorations, tables, vintage t-shirts, seriously, anything you can think of, stop by this weekend.  (if you can't make it this weekend, check his website for opening hours, but hurry because he's closed for two months during the summer for road-tripping) i picked up some amazing things, and plan on going back for these crazy amazing painted solid wood blinds for my front window.  just had to go home to measure the window first.  also, if you don't like to explore & dig, but still love vintage, let bernie know what you're looking for and he can point you in the right direction.  he has a mental catalogue/map of every single one of the thousands of items in that space.  he knows where everything is, and where it came from and the story behind it.  so fun!  and don't forget to look in the drawers.  we stumbled across drawerfuls of e.t. figurines still in the package.  who doesn't love e.t.? well, actually i don't really like the little guy, i find him creepy.  

5505 d'iberville, go around the back of the building to enter  (just north of masson)
open 11-4 on sunday he might also be open next weekend as well.  check out vintageengros.com for details and additional photos and a facebook page is coming soon!! 

5.21.2012

herman miller pop up shop


i'm kind of in love with the tiny marble ltr
 





check this couch!  



inside the lamp.  so beautiful!!!



eames leg splint.  i touched it.   

lovely boxes


bent ply eames shells.  will be available in january.  

the woodgrain is stunning, the edges are beautiful, but i don't like it with the really really bright shiny silver bases.  blech.  







mini kids section.  







38 wooster street, nyc open until july 1st.  i really enjoyed my visit.  i touched every single item, and managed no to drool on anything.  sorry for some of the crappy photos, i was using my phone without looking too conspicuous!  monday - saturday 11-7, sunday 12-5.  

modern cat bowl




the todd oldham&target kid made modern collab thing launched at target yesterday.  i went out of my way to go there right when the store opened.  sadly they didn't have the charley harper paint by numbers or the wood figures, but i got some other crap.  really well designed kid's stuff that i plan on keeping for myself & give as gifts.  i got pretty duct tape, pencil crayons, watercolour kit and other stuff too.  really really nice.  

the launch seemed pretty disorganized, none of the staff knew anything about the line, even the store manager had no idea what i was talking about, where it was, who todd oldham was or even what paint by numbers was.  i had snag a weak wifi signal from next door to bring up a blog post about it on my phone to show them what i was looking for.  they don't even have everything listed on the target website.  it's too bad, because a lot of the stuff is really really nice, and it's too bad it's not very accessible.  the kid made modern website is also pretty bad, it doesn't even show all the products, good job guys.  but there are a few cute videos and downloadable patterns.  looks like there's a message saying that a new website will be going up eventually.  oh right, what was the point of this post?  i bough the cats a new cat bowl.  i'm usually "anti" buying products specifically made for cats, they eat out of vintage pyrex & crystal & rosti melamine.  i avoid that stuff because most of it is hideous.  but this bowl was super nice and minimal, i love the wire frame, it reminds me of mid century design, like the eames ltr or bullet planter of cat bowls or something.  hah.  well, can't really go wrong at $10.27.  if they don't like it, i'll turn it into a planter.  





fab fab fab








hi hi hi, i was in nyc this week was design week and it was soo much fun!  i also got to visit the fab.com offices, it was crazy to see what needs to happen to put on these flash sales.  the offices are beautiful, right on the waterfront with a stunning view of the hudson.  what really got me excited was that they get delicious lunch every day and birthday celebrations on fridays.  nice design furniture all over the place, it looked liked a clean modern black white and red herman miller showroom.  i was pretty excited to meet all the people i've been communicating with in person!!  it helps to put a face to the email.  everyone was super nice and it's refreshing to see a company where everyone absolutely loves working there.  i think i may have asked to work there after seeing the lunch menu and also finding out that they would be serving magnolia cupcakes at 3pm.  

fab also had two pop up shops on the go for design week.  pretty nice to see the products in person, especially the tom dixon etch web pendant lamp!  sooo beautiful.  

one and a half more days left in my fab sale!  check it out if you haven't, there are a few new styles included as well!