Have you ever been pouring yourself a Slurpee and thought “this could be a lot cuter…”? Well the Swedish arm of one of the biggest franchisors in the world, 7Eleven, has got you covered. They hired Swedish design firm BVD to re-imagine their identity, taking inspiration from the company’s 80 year history.
Read the full story here, and add it to your “Reasons to Move to Stockholm” list.
I think it’s pretty obvious by now that we have a huge crush on our studio neighbor, the mega-talented artist and designer Tanya Aguiñiga. I mean, we’re actually kind of obsessed. Art, furniture, jewelry – she does it all *brilliantly*. At the beginning of the year, we popped into her studio for a visit and were greeted with a mini army of plaster donkeys and chihuahuas, decked to the nines in gold leaf, pom poms, beads, and criss-crossed with colorful thread. These sculptures (along with handful of serape cacti) were being finished for a January show at Houston’s Peel Gallery entitled CRAFTA, which investigated traditional craft within the context of post-NAFTA border exchange.
Since we collaborate with Tanya just about every chance we get, we asked her to contribute some of her awesome (and adorable) CRAFTA critters to our Tastemaker Sale on One King’s Lane. There is still one snazzy burro and one amazing gilded chihuahua left – snatch em up and give em a good home!
Colorful bright colors mixed together with the natural reed material compliment themselves in our next sneak peek item, the painted baskets. They were made and designed in house, inspired by Karen’s drawings and marker sketches. Each one has a unique design with a mix of lime, turquoise, pink, orange, and metallic colors. My favorite is the little hamper with a turban like top, he looks like he has a personality all on his own.
When we created the design for our hanging stencils at the SMMOA Wall Works show, we fell in love with it. An amalgamation of our nine stencil shapes, the image emphasizes our practice of taking inspiration from nature to make shapes that are fun, delicate and modern.
Doing a print of the design seemed like a no-brainer. There’s nothing like the super saturated, clean look of a hand-screened print, and we love the way these vibrant colors turned out. Printed on a soft bright white cotton rag, my favorite is orange.
This week we’ve been giving you a sneak peak at the variety of pieces we’ll have up for our sale on One Kings Lane. Among our Karen Kimmel classics are the dream catchers, a bold addition to any wall, with designs that integrate neon twine, colored hemp, gems and stones. Designed by Karen herself and made in our studio, these beautiful pieces of art make a unique gift.