Monday, August 22, 2016

Helpful Hints: Late Summer Picnics

Late summer is an optimal time for picnics. Rainy season is over, the sweltering heat has come and gone, and what’s left is that sweet, comfortable transition between summer and autumn.

Whether your picnic is at the beach, the park or even your backyard, here are some helpful objects that can make for an enchanting and memorable dining experience outdoors.

Protect your party from the elements with stylish throws and pillows, comfy scarves, and handy totes and umbrellas.
Diamond Throw & Pillow Set | Blue Lagoon Scarf | Van Gogh Palette Tote & Umbrella
Help assemble a makeshift table with colorful coasters, useful tools, and fun food displays.
Beaded Edged Glass Coasters | Swiss Cheese Cutting Board Set | Painter's Palette Tray | April Showers Placemats
As the sun begins to set earlier in the evening, keep the area lit with playful lanterns or candle votives.
Laser Cut Lantern-Sunburst | Laser Cut Lantern-Swirls | Perforated Vase – Large | Perforated Vase- Small

Find more objects that can add a little fun to your picnics at the Museum Shop online.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Trending: Modern Minimalist Jewelry

Nothing is more classic than a sleek and polished look. What better way than to embellish one’s style with jewelry that manages to turn something simple into something extraordinary.

Our selection of modern minimalist jewelry offers a nice contrast to any outfit. The delicate pieces are handmade with care. Gold-filled and sterling silver wire is skillfully arched, angled, and adorned with etched bead accents. This elegant high wire act is a trend you definitely won’t want to miss.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

In Conversation: Jennifer

Our new Fall 2016 collection is here! Get the scoop on our new items and learn a little about the process of curating a new assortment each season.

Please provide a brief overview of the new Fall 2016 assortment.

It's a mix of sophisticated rich items and bright cheerful pieces. I think most people like to have a little of both.

We have an exclusive new assortment of handmade Czech glass this season, please tell us a little about these items.

Our Czech glass is very special, and we worked closely with the artists to get just the right collection. They incorporate different materials and finishes like metal inclusions and glass grit. Others have hand painted elements and interesting color combinations.

The colors of our new glass items seem to represent that transition between cool hues of summer to the warmth of fall. When selecting new items, is color more than or equally as important as texture and shape?

All three elements are important but I think color is often what initially draws interest.  I look at a lot of glass, and an unusual color always catches my eye.

The process of curating a new assortment every season can be complex. What is your favorite part of the process?

I like researching home decor trends and working with my colleagues to create a cohesive collection. The most exciting thing is finding a new artist or item that I haven't seen before.

When starting fresh or looking to redecorate a room, how does glass transform a space?

A beautiful piece of glass can give life to a room. It catches and refracts light unlike anything else and glass artists know how to maximize this trait with color and form.

What are five new products you are most excited about and why?

The City Plate from the Czech Republic, the Gold with Dots Italian Glass Tree which was inspired by a vintage Murano tree, the Laser Cut Wood Clock, the Harper Lovey Dovey Panel, and the Spotted Glass Fish which was made especially for us by a talented Italian glassblower.

Thanks Jennifer!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sneak Peek: Fall 2016 Gift Catalog

Your home is the canvas; now it’s time to get creative! Showcase your true colors with our new arrivals for fall.

Next week, our Fall 2016 Gift Catalog will be arriving in homes with pages full of stunning new products and inspiration. Get a sneak peek and shop our new assortment starting tomorrow, August 9th, or sign up here to receive your own catalog at home.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

In Focus: Jonas Lie Afterglow Canvas Reproduction

Nothing conjures up the spirit of New York City quite like Norwegian-born artist Jonas Lie’s Afterglow. Created in 1913, the dreamy piece lingers, managing to feel both immediate and of another time all at once. In fact, one could argue it is a reflection of past and present. 

Lie Canvas Reproduction
Eyes will grow wide with wonder for our high quality giclĂ©e canvas reproduction of Afterglow. Capturing the hard edge of the city’s skyline, soft colors glow at dusk in this dramatic and luminous representation.

Monday, August 1, 2016

How it’s Made: Pleated Ribbon Necklace

“I always loved colors and creation; it seems that I was born with it.” Color and creation are apt terms when it comes to describing our Pleated Ribbon Necklace. Inspired by the fabrics of her childhood, Monika Line-Golz, a textile designer in the south of France, found opportunities to make things, driven by a need to create and express herself through her hands. “I always made amusing and lovely things, colorful and light, and I loved making people smile, to create one of those small pleasures that makes life beautiful,” she says.

Never wanting to do things like everyone else, Line-Golz was searching for something special when she discovered pleated fabrics. She calls it a “living material” that can make extraordinary shapes when used unconventionally. From a beautiful sixteenth century mansion surrounded by nature in Aveyron, France, here is peek into the process of how our Pleated Ribbon Necklace is made.

Since 1994, Line-Golz, also a member of the French craft council Ateliers d’Art de France, fully manufactures her fashion accessories with the help of her employee, Perrine.

The pleated fabrics are manufactured exclusively in France. They are dyed and pleated by a small company like this one in Lyon. It takes three to four meters of fabric to make one meter of pleated fabric.

They receive crude versions of the pleated fabric by the meter, in order to manufacture Line-Golz’s own creations of accessories and clothing.

Line-Golz established a very manual kind of sewing. Growing up with experience in different techniques, she uses a professional machine normally used for luxury undergarments.

However, much of the fabric is sewn by hand. Her process is considered rather unconventional, being inspired by several kinds of arts teamed with a natural sense of observation and intuition.

The end piece is a work of art, a voluptuous vortex of color and design that could have only been accomplished through genuinely creative and avant-garde means.