Eleanor Ambos a living treasure, keeper of treasures

When asked to name her occupation Eleanor Ambos, looks up and then without pause looks you in the eye and answers ‘crazy’.  Here is a women who has spent the last 35 years renovating an old warehouse on Long Island and collecting many floors worth of furniture and accessories.  Used for interior design projects, photo shoots, and the location of formal events, the Metropolitan building in Long Island and several other locations upstate are her creative playground.



Nomadique, a creative collective in Brooklyn, has created a short film that captures exquisitely her spirit and struggles as she enters her 80’s and the modern era.  She is truly an original and should be honored as the inner design voice we can only dare to tap into and express from ourselves.



Bringing Curves to Creases

There are many different styles of the ancient art form of Origami.  When we came across Hoang Tien Quyet’s work we had to share his take on ‘wet folding’ which brings a softness to the objects that is not found in the traditional methods.  The detail he achieves is quite beautiful so we’ve shared below a few of our favorites from his gallery.

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Expanding color to object relationships

Emmanuelle Moureaux, a French architect and artist, moved to Tokyo 20 years ago and pulled her inspiration for ‘100 Colors’ from the streets of Tokyo and the layers of colors that make up the city. The 100 Colors Lab is her installation series that divides space using everyday objects in a bright range of hues. By saturating and organizing this way she makes the ordinary into something vibrating with energy.






Source Design Boom ‘100 colors’

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Dutch Redux

Where else but from a design firm in the Netherlands would you find a sparse stool imprinted with images taken from paintings of the dutch masters.  Uncommon materials and uncommon yet simple methods of production inform the work of Piet Hein Eek.   This stool is an example of that ethos, one that we are immediately drawn to.


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Architecture: Cabins

The Swedish firm Tham & Videgard Arkitekter have brought a new twist to a growing family’s rustic retreat in Stockholm.

The house has a wide open floor plan and it’s vertical shape allows for plenty of light. All construction and finishes are made out of wood. We especially love the floors that run throughout. The sliding doors are perfect for enjoying the view from inside and creating the perfect respite after a day of hiking and boating.



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Architecture: Modern within Classic at the Pathe Foundation

The Pathe Foundation, which promotes cinematography and the heritage of Pathe, has recently added a new public space to their offices in Paris, France. Designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the modern space is surrounded by historic buildings. The domed roof is made of glass panels that look akin to scales on a snake. These allow the upper rooms to capture plenty of natural sunlight by day and will then emit a faint glow at when lit from within at night. It is always interesting to see how modern materials and structures find harmony amid classic architecture found in older cities like Paris. This may be a stop on my next trip to Paris, my favorite European city.









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Matter: Tull Light

Taking inspiration from the classic utilitarian hanging light used in a workshop setting, Tommaso Caldera has created the Tull for Incipit. A light fixture that charms as much as it illuminates. Made of painted metal and aluminum in a smart palette of colors its cage aspect diffuses the light and casts interesting shadows. I can picture these hanging in my painting studio or over the drafting desk.

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Sense: A Book of Colors

We read words, expressions, and situations. Graphic artist Antonio Ladrillo has created a book of ‘Colors’ that you ‘read’ by turning the pages in an immeasurable array of combinations. Choose your own color adventure per se that will spark your mind’s eye and captivate in both 2 and 3 dimension. He has also created a ‘Dots’ and a ‘Lines’ addition to the set to stimulate and amuse the graphic designer in all of us.

Here are a few images from his book of ‘Colors’






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5 Posters by Milton Glaser We Love

5 Posters by Milton Glaser We Love

This Wednesday it is a bit gloomy outside in Chicago so we thought we would bring something bright and bold to you to contrast the weather. Milton Glaser is known around the world for his famous graphic designs. Most of you my know him from his wildly famous I (heart) NY design, the Brooklyn Brewery logo, or from the New York Magazine.

Today we want to share a few posters we found to be inspiring, bold and unique.






And one extra poster for all of the MadMen fans…


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Spring In Chicago

Be Inspired By Spring In Chicago

Happy April 1st everyone! The weather in Chicago today has us feeling refreshed and extra motivated so we thought we would get back to blogging. Since it is so wonderful outside we would like to share some inspiring spring photos from around Chicago that will hopefully brighten your day and remind you to stop and smell the roses even in the bustling city.


 Seeing the first blooms of spring is always so positive!

What types of things inspire you and/or keep you motivated? Leave your comments below


“April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.”

William Shakespeare



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