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Herriott Grace Spoons
July 16, 2012 | First Look

It all started with a handmade spoon.  A sweet correspondence between a father and daughter who lived on opposite coasts of Canada was the inspiration behind Herriott Grace, a collection of handmade one-of-kind wooden objects and porcelain dishware. The small workshop, located in Victoria, BC, produces hand carved and hand…
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sesame letterpress lobsters

Think of them as functional yet fancy accessories for your cocktail hour. These coasters by Sesame Letterpress come in a variety of bright geometric patterns (zig zags, polka dots, leaves)  or chic animal prints (dog, fox, owl, lobster) to dress up your party.  Printed one at a time on a…
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Tray and Tumblers at Heath Ceramics
April 11, 2012 | First Look, Tabletop

Summer entertaining at Heath Ceramics is all about bold saturated colors.  This season the brand introduces three limited edition hues, California Poppy, Grapefruit and Birch, which are incorporated into their designs and paired with slips of exposed natural clay. The playful collection takes some inspiration from a current trend in…
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wood shop by david stark
February 3, 2012 | First Look, Gifts + Registry, Tabletop

Whimsical, imaginative and a little bit cheeky are ways to describe the designs of the talented David Stark.  His latest project isn’t a corporate event or lavish wedding but a one-month “surprise ambush” of Nina Freudenberger’s Nolita store, Haus Interior. Inspired by a wood worker’s atelier, Wood Shop is one…
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December 12, 2011 | First Look, Tabletop

Always on the lookout for gorgeous and original china, we discovered the exquisite patterns of Melbourne based designer, Courtenay Graham of Frida Plumm.  There are two collections of fine bone china that include platters, bowls, cups, votives and coasters. The Illuminator’s Garden Collection features a darkly romantic floral pattern inspired…
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August 29, 2011 | First Look, Tabletop

If the sight of Missoni’s signature zigs and zags makes you weak in the knees then welcome to the club.  Over the past few weeks, the anticipation for Missoni’s upcoming collaboration with megastore Target has reached an all time high.  We wonder just how many fashionistas are going to camp…
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AVF Acrylic Accents
June 13, 2011 | First Look, Tabletop

Acrylic furniture may have had its big moment in the 70′s but with the launch of Alexandra von Furstenberg’s new collection of modern acrylic designs, the once futuristic material is making a grand comeback. Inspired by the faceted cuts of diamonds and clean architectural lines, the multi-talented designer, who was…
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DVF Dinnerware
March 28, 2011 | First Look, Tabletop

The style icon who made the wrap dress an enduring fashion staple is now looking to wardrobe your dinner table.  Launched earlier this year, Diane von Furstenberg has created a collection of home accessories and tabletop, including glassware, dinnerware, serving pieces and entertaining items, that reflect her modern bohemian aesthetic….
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Barbara Carafe by Design House Stockholm
February 22, 2011 | First Look, Tabletop

One look at the curated web site of Design House Stockholm is all you need to fall in love with the simplicity, minimalism and functional beauty of Scandinavian Design. A publishing house for contemporary furniture, tabletop, lighting and accessories, their site features both internationally recognized designers including A&E Design, Nina…
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January 17, 2011 | First Look, Food + Drink

If a trip to Ladurée in Paris is not in your upcoming travel plans, there is still a way to satisfy your craving for French macarons.  Head down to the Lower East Side in New York to visit Bisous Ciao Macarons, a charming little bakery shop that sells a wide…
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John Derian

Dubbed the “King of Decoupage,” decorative artist John Derian has revitalized interest in 18th and 19th century illustration by incorporating the vintage prints on his wildly popular glass dishes and paperweights.  Now the delicate color reproductions have found their way onto a limited edition collection of social cards created in…
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June 14, 2010 | First Look, Food + Drink

In Montauk terms, going for dinner and a show means dining with your toes in the sand and waiting for the nightly coming attraction, the incredible East End sunset.  At Navy Beach, partners Frank Davis, Kristina Davis, Leyla Marchetto (of Scuderia) and Franklin Ferguson have created the ultimate beachfront restaurant…
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