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Homegoods: Kelly Wearstler for Pickard

Kelly Wearstler is a force to be reckoned with. Carving out a stylish nook for herself in the home-goods sector, she’s managed to capitalize on Hollywood’s desire to be decadent and different. You’d be sleeping under a rock if you’ve missed all of her carefully placed press editorials over the past month. Everyone from The New Yorker to Lonny Magazine to Elle Decor in Australia has weighed in to compliment her maximalist style and make note of her new book, Hue. Wearstler is a well crafted luxury brand and has skillfully inked deals with like-minded product labels, such as Schumacher, Sferra and Bergdorf Goodman, expanding her reputation, influence and quite frankly, her appeal. This collection of Pickard China is one of her latest collaborations and a perfect example of what a style EKG can do to an otherwise stiff brand.

Homegoods: Tactile Topography

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In our modern times, filled with GPS and GoogleMaps, it’s no wonder that we seem to have developed a fascination for knowing where we are at all times. It’s reached a new level of poignancy to be able to locate yourself as well as peer over your neighborhood from above, observing it’s grid-like form. This sentiment is popping up in various textile projects and is most successfully executed by Emily Fischer of Haptic Labs and Marcello Campa and Stefano Avesani of the Instant Hutong Project. While Fischer references the borough of Brooklyn, quilting on silk dupioni, Campa and Avesani explore the Hutong districts throughout downtown Beijing.  Regardless of the landscape, both works bring a permanency to topography that has become nearly extinct with technology’s latest advances.  Nowadays lines are blurred so easily perhaps there is a certain comfort in being able to see and feel the things that don’t change so easily.

Compiled by: Emily Gup

Homegoods: Which Porcelain Personality are You?

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On a recent trip to West Hollywood, I ventured into TableArt, a high-end home goods store with playfully decorative merchandise.  I stopped in my tracks at the Landscape collection, a recent collaboration between Patricia Urquiola and Rosenthal China.  The honeycomb reliefs within each plate, bowl and stem had accidental precision that was both delicate and striking.  It reminded me of all the times I wanted to leave personal markings in wet cement as a kid, a thought that undoubtedly crosses the mind of every child.  Though the writers from Cool Hunting and Design Boom covered this release a few months ago, it’s noteworthy to observe and compare other relief projects that have recently emerged and continued to shape this ongoing trend over the past few months.  Below are a few examples of ceramic reliefs personifying natural and man-made influences.

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A Bryan Kerrigan tile installation uses high relief for ceramic architecture, Fast Vases is an abstract depiction of old-world Ming Dynasty artistry fused with futuristic digital technology, Bryan Kerrigan’s woodgrain tile mimics wooden floor panels and a mountain range inspired topographic plate designed by Japanese artist, Kyouei.