New Year’s Resolutions: Read More

Happy New Year! For many of us, January 1 brings a sense of optimism.

In 2015, we will be our better selves, as itemized in long lists of resolutions and self-betterment programs. If one of your resolutions is to read more, you might enjoy writer/artist Austin Kleon’s suggestions: he read 70 books last year by following his own prescription, including “Throw your phone in the ocean. (Or, keep it in airplane mode.)” and “have another book ready before you finish the one you’re reading. (Make a stack of books to-read or load up your eReader.).”

Fore more, read on.

photo credit: Austin Kleon

What’s on your reading list?
What’s on your New Year’s Resolution list?

Gift: Holiday Wants

Here are a few items that have caught our eyes to either give or receive this holiday season.

While making the party rounds , the Aplat canvas tote is like no other for transporting a fresh-made pie or home-baked bread. Aplat in french means ‘lays flat’ or ‘for dishes’ which is why it is the perfect name to describe it’s purpose.

A convenient and classy approach to transporting your creations to your next event and it can be used at the market when not performing holiday duties.

I cannot help but be charmed by these leather coin purses from Loewe.

With over a hundred years of artisan experience with leather, Loewe has created these delights in smooth calf leather. A gateway into their line of bags, ready to wear fashion, and home accessories.

For the kid in you or for a lucky child, this puzzle box by Beebla will keep one playing.

This animal pieces in this jungle themed set are made of sycamore wood and their ‘homes’ in cork. You can pull out and display individually or create an ever-changing tower to amuse.

Inspiration: Doodling

[image courtesy of chipotle]

Chipotle announced, last month, that their packaging–cups and bags–will now feature the writing of several esteemed authors. Jonathan Safran Foer is responsible for this charette. While eating at Chipotle, he lamented his lack of reading material. That’s when the idea struck him: what if Chipotle provided the reading? Now, Foer joins Toni Morrison, Malcolm Gladwell, and George Saunders, among many others, as the new Chipotle cup and bag canon (Foer put together the list).

You can read cup reviews, here!

MATTER: Olympic Posters

Here’s a great feature on One hundred years of Olympic posters. We’re partial to the seventies graphics. Which are your favorite?

Happy Valentine’s Day

A video by Justina Lang, for Design Sponge:

How to draw hearts with circles – A Geometric “Love” Story from Fiber Lab on Vimeo.


In 1900, Erwin Perzy created the first snowglobe, with snow made from ground rice. His patent was titled “Glass Globe With Snow Effect.” Today, his grandson runs a snowglobe museum in Vienna. The backstory:

At the turn of the 20th century, a surgeon asked Erwin Perzy, a medical instrument technician, to make the Edison light bulb brighter for his operating room in Vienna. Perzy drew inspiration from shoemakers, who would fill a globe with water and place it in front of a candle to magnify lighting. To further enhance the effect, Perzy filled the water globe first with tinsel, then with white grit, to reflect the bulb’s light. Unfortunately, the idea failed. The added particles floated to the bottom and no longer increased light.

On this snowy day, it’s easy to feel as if we’re enclosed in a snowglobe. Which scene do you choose?



“Wintry Mix”
Enjoy the Snow!

1. Winter Prayers, Iron and Wine

2. Wind and Rain, Wild Leaves

3. Neon Drag, Malaena Cadiz

4. Cups, Lulu and the Lampshades (Watch the amazing video, here)

5. You Were Always on My Mind, Elvis Presley

6. Alison, Elvis Costello

7. Day is Done, Nick Drake

8. Blackbird, Elliot Smith

Gifts for the Sleepless

Personally, a bed or chaise lounge will ease us to sleep, but for those who need a little more encouragement… about an ostrich pillow?

or a cashmere bratwurst blanket?

These are perfect gifts for the insomniacs in your life. Garnish with some lavender, for relaxation.


Through December 20. Happy Holidays!

Library Credenza: Named Best of Year Finalist by Interior Design

Maxine Snider Inc.’s Library Credenza was named as a finalist for Best of Year by Interior Design. The credenza was honored in a December 5 awards ceremony, attended by over 900 people, in Frank Gehry’s IAC building, in New York City. Among more than 1,800 submissions, the credenza kept good company with finalists Andrew Franz, Bauen36 Architecture, and Rimadesio.