Friday, March 30, 2012

Lab crush: Ariele Alasko

Ariele Alasko is, of course, in Brooklyn, but we could be such good friends. Her work is all salvaged wood awesomeness, and it's just stunning. I am (uncharacteristically) speechless. Choosing 3 photos to share with you was almost impossible. Please, click over to her blog, Brooklyn to West, and admire the work.

For you West Coasters, she designed her father's restaurant in Pacific Grove (il vecchio), if you want to see some of those amazing tables in person. Next time I take the kids to the aquarium, you can bet we'll be eating here.

Images from Ariele Alasko. Via Design Sponge.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gilded cages

My latest Fab discovery--Language jewelry. These are geometric and modern and crave-worthy. I love the pieces built from tubing and bars. My favorites by far are the caged ball pendants, like this one. I keep thinking of other spheres that might like to live in that gilded (OK, brass) cage. These tubing necklaces that use silk cord instead of chain are also so simple and charming.
Aside from some use of reclaimed brass and materials, there's not much overtly green about the language designs. Still, they are lovely and inspiring.

Images from Language Jewelry. Via Fab.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Brent Comber

I spotted one of these tables in a Houzz tour and wanted to know more. Unlike most Houzz posts, this one gave the artist details--Brent Comber in Vancouver, BC. One quick click, and I was in love with these Alder rounds. There's a lot of great sculpture here, but it's the pieces comprised of smaller bits that really send me. 

If you're lucky enough to live in or visit Vancouver, you can see some of his work in person at the Salt Tasting Room or Yew restaurant. The glass-topped tables above are at Salt.

Images from Brent Comber. Via Houzz.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The modern daily doily

I love a good modern take on a vintage doily. This one is a nice improvement of the string lamps on every green blog. Isabelle at Dos Family shares how she made this from flea market doilies and a large party balloon. 

She provides a full tutorial (with photos) and even helps to troubleshoot for her readers who've struggled to reproduce the look.

Images from Dos Family. Via Apartment Therapy.