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Top 10: Quirky Design Perfected by Online

Quirky Design Perfected by Online for TWE Top 10

Quirky Design Perfected by Online: Alec Scott–sfgate.com–1/3/12–Photo: Stephen Lam

Television Host Lisa Roberts Finds Antiques Of The Future

Lisa Roberts

By Stacey Gualandi

Twitter: @mydesignlife
Facebook: mydesignlife

Some people have it, some people don’t. I, of course, fall into the “don’t” column. I’m talking about an “eye for design.” But Lisa Roberts, a former architect -turned-product designer, has what it takes to find unique products that gain value as they age. Her own collection of over 300 items is the subject of her first book “Antiques of the Future.”

“Good design improves the quality of our lives…” Lisa Roberts

Lisa Roberts BookcoverHer expertise has landed her as host of a new television show called “My Design Life” on the Ovation Network, produced by Nancy Glass Productions. The ten episode marathon is coming up Sept. 28, 8PM EST and again on Oct. 1 at 12PM EST.

Part travel show, part “In Search Of”, this design doyenne travels the country in hot pursuit of the best new and old products. What she finds will be in her next book: “Design Pop.”

So what makes a product museum-worthy? Lisa took time out from her travels to talk tv, her own designs, and just what exactly a Juicy Salif is… [Read more…]

Diane Meier On The Season Of Second Chances

Diane Meier

By Pamela Burke

Twitter: dianemeiernyc

If you’re looking for a person who understands style and self-expression, look no further than Diane Meier, author of the recently-released paperback “The Season of Second Chances.” Diane is the founder (at age 29) and Creative Director of MEIER, an award-winning NYC marketing firm.

“We only have the shortest time on earth–only the tiniest bit of time–and shame on us if we don’t make our mark.” Diane Meier

Her experience at the beginning of her career at top companies like Avon, Revlon, and Elizabeth Arden paved the way for her to launch her own marketing empire. As winner of many of the industry’s top honors, articles about MEIER have been published in magazines and graphic design books all over the world.

Diane’s first novel is about the renovation of a house and a soul and seemed fascinating fodder for me and readers of TWE who cherish the opportunity to review and renew. Getting the chance to talk with Diane about the wonders of the “eye” and much more was indeed a pleasure… [Read more…]

Upcycling Men’s Ties

Upcycled Men's Ties

By Stacey Gualandi

Its not like I needed another handbag. But when I was shopping at the artisan boutique Eclectica in Boulder City, NV, recently, I bought two of these adorable purses made out of men’s ties! Reusing old neckties to create a whole new item, a.k.a. upcycling, seemed like a novel idea.

Little did I know that a high school junior made these purses with one goal in mind: sell enough to help pay for a new prom dress.

Ciarra covered with ties

This is prom season after all, and I got to thinking, what do you do if you don’t have/can’t afford a dress? Well, Ciarra Klingonsmith didn’t get all tied up in knots over it. She just decided to make one out of men’s ties!

This 17-year-old fell in love with designing when she got her first Princess sewing machine. She started out sewing clothes for her doll collection. Then she moved up to school book covers made out of old jeans and shirts. She often “borrows” old clothes and ties from her family.

Ciarra says the key to a good sewing project is to be quick and to improvise! And upcycling appeals to her love of the planet. Ciarra says, “Why waste if you don’t have to?”

Ciarra Sewing

With the Davis (Utah) High School prom coming up April 16th, Ciarra wanted to create her piece de resistance! But she needed money to buy the needed ties and supplies.

So she set to work with needle and thread to make a collection of tie purses. She figured maybe if she sold a few, she could earn enough to make a prom dress! She has sold 10 so far, which was enough to finance her tie-prom dress with money left over!

Ciarra Prom Dress

Now she’s ready for the prom! It took just a few hours, 40 ties and some creativity to make this 3/4 length halter dress. Ciarra is happy to report that a friend has already asked her to make her a dress! She says her sewing won’t stop there.

Down the line Ciarra wants to become an orthopedic surgeon. But right now she has plans to open her own upcycling business making more tie purses, dresses, and all things tie-related. She already has a name for it: “All Tied Up”.

We wish her all the best. Have fun at the prom, Ciarra! And if you have some old ties lying around the house, consider the possibilities!

VHS TAPE HANDBAGS

Lucrecia Lovera VHS Handbag Designer

Handbags made out of old VHS tapes?

Who would ever think to recycle these tapes into purses? This article on 2space.net piece gives credit to designer Lucrecia Lovera above. I have piles of these old tapes around my house and wonder: Why I didn’t think of that?

Laptops and Soon Dresses

Not only is Lucrecia designing bags, but laptop cases, and soon dresses. Reuters produced a video you’ll see in this Huffington Post piece showing how she does it. Her first idea was to use audio tapes, but she says they were the wrong color–brown. Then she went on eBay and found 500 videotapes for sale.

Lucrecia Lovera's VHS Handbags

The rest is history. The company making these unique items is retape and the concept fascinating. The idea is to combine modern, obsolete material with traditional handcrafting techniques. Every bag is made from a different movie tape.

Anything is possible!

Reuters says she spends 6 hours to make a handbag. Sometimes she adds leather. So start looking around your house for items that you would never dream of recycling and put them to use. If videotapes can be made into purses, anything is possible!

And once you see the incredible video above, you’ll know see what 3000 vhs tapes can do. Think of what Lucrecia could make with these!

THINK PINK

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Pink is back, even pink bathrooms, and they are more popular than ever. An article by Kate Murphy in the New York Times features Nancy Burns from Fairfax , Virginia, above, who has pink poodle decorations on her shower curtain, a pink scale, and matching pink toilet and tub.

Mamie Eisenhower, below,  is said to have started the trend back in the fifties with her love of pink. She decorated the White House with the color, so much so it became known as “The Pink Palace.” Since pink was her favorite, she wore a pink gown to her husband’s inauguration. It was decorated with 2,000 pink rhinestones of course. Ike is said to have sent her pink flowers every morning.

Mamie Eisenhower in Pink

You have to check out savethepinkbathrooms.com by Pam Kueber, the publisher of RetroRenovation.com. It includes everything you ever wanted to know about the Save the Pink Bathroom movement and all those Pink Patriots who love it. And you’ll want to take the Pink Pledge.

Pink Typewriter

My favorite pink item is a Royal Typewriter that I have stashed away which was a present from my dad when I turned 16. Who can ever part with something as fabulous as this?


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WRAP STAR AND MORE

Megumi Inouye, second best wrapper in world

Megumi Inouye in SF Chronicle as second best gift wrapper: photos Liz Hafalia and Russell Yip

If you’re in the need of gift wrapping ideas, turn to the San Francisco Chronicle and a wonderful article by Steve Rubenstein on Megumi Inouye, the world’s second-best wrapper, a title won at a contest in New York.

Megumi Inouye wraps banjo for SF Chronicle

Not only does she do an incredible job wrapping, but she says in the article that she can wrap anything. To test her skills, the Chronicle gave her three unusual objects to wrap: a hacksaw, a jump rope and a banjo. Using found objects like the cardboard tube left over from toilet paper as wrapping paper is one of her trademarks.

Check out the Chronicle for how Megumi wrapped the hacksaw and the jump rope. You’ll see the banjo here. And below, an incredible wreath she made from those tubes. What a talent this woman has! Credit for the photos goes to Liz Hafalia and Russell Yip and kudos to the Chronicle for the article.

Megumi Inouye and her homemade wreath of toilet paper rolls

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The Exquisite Book–12/04/10

Exquisite Book

Grain Edit has a terrific interview with illustrator Julia Rothman, creator of “The Exquisite Book” (see the video here) in which 100 artists take on a Surrealism game. Each artist was given two weeks to do a piece and then passed it along to the next artist. It’s fun and fascinating to see what this art project morphed into.

Julia Rothman

Here is Julia and her Old English Sheepdog (that I am partial to as I have one) and some of her colorful patterns. This inventive designer and New York native blogs at Book by its Cover.

If you like giraffes as I do, you’ll love hers.

Julia Rothman

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Butterfly Dream–11/18/10

Butterfly Dream

This show-stopping gown called “Butterfly Dream” previously in an exhibition in Shanghai had audiences bursting into applause at a recent Colleen Quen fashion show in San Francisco.

It was worn with a matching monarch butterfly-shaped head piece. Read all about it in the San Francisco Chronicle article by Anastasia Hendrix. Photo by Wing Shya.

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Knitter Extraordinaire–11/11/10

Donna Wilson Knitter

Donna Wilson has been knitting since she was a child. She’s been called a textile legend. Hailing from a fishing village in northern Scotland where she’s considered a design star, she started out making dolls from old sweaters. Now her line includes pillows, rugs, throws, sofas, and of course her line of playful knitted critters.

Check out her colorful and whimsical designs on her website. Here’s one of her Mabel sofas:

Donna Wilson sofa

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Fashion on the Streets of NYC–10/25/10

Pam Burke Photo in NYC

I took this photo in NY this week as I was walking near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It captures the vitality of that city where you know you’ll be bumping into something fascinating on every corner.

Here’s the wider shot of the photo shoot. They disappeared before I could find out who there were or what they were doing. If anyone knows, let me know at thewomenseye@gmail.com.

Photo by Pam Burke taken in NYC

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Whimsy a la Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Photo: Paul Chinn/Chronicle

Here are the women who give the store Anthropologie its great look in San Francisco. Check out the amazing knotted portrait rug in the background.

Read the San Francisco Chronicle’s fascinating story about them and their creative approach to designing the windows and interior of the store.

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Fancy Footwork

Vivienne Westwood Shoe

Read about the “Extreme Shoe” craze in dailyfinance.com…shoes that are crazy, scarey, and strange…and what women will pay for them.

Wedgie Bootie ssense

Shoe shown above is by Vivienne Westwood and is similar to one shown in a recent exhibition at Selfridges in London. It’s a mock-crock elevated platform. Wow!

More crazy shoes and boots at ssense. Check out this wedgie bootie in metallic silver leather. Perfect for a work-out!

Would you wear this bootie?

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Amazing Tapestry

Pae White tapestry

Look at this incredible tapestry by Pae White in her Los Angeles Studio. It’s called “Smoke Knows” and is nearly 40 feet long. It captures curls of smoke which is a common theme for her.

Read the article about this interesting artist in the New York Times– 9/17/10. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen.

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Rainwear for a Shower

Jane Bowler's Curtain Coat

How about a shower curtain for a raincoat? Check out this cool cloak by British designer Jane Bowler.

CURTAIN COAT–from the blog “unconsumption”

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Backyard Theatre

Backyard Amphitheatre

Photo by Trevor Tondro/NY Times

Artist Beverly Pepper, 87, designed this outdoor theatre and sculpture for a New York couple’s backyard.

BACKYARD THEATRE–New York Times–8/12/10

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Hello–My Dress is Calling

Cellphone Dress

This photo of an amazing cell phone dress has recently been released.

The London-based fashion company CuteCircuit says the dress will be out sometime in 2011. You can slip the SIM card underneath the garment label and make your call so they say.

CELLPHONE DRESS–Mashable–8/27/10