Euro Trash Girl

One of my favorite craigslist search terms is "Italy" or "Italian," because I know a sleek sculptural piece that wields an uber designy flavor will sharpen up any room. The right Stilnovo fixture will take any 18th century palazzo straight into the 21st century, just as the perfect pair of Gio Ponti chairs will offset the stuffiness of a roll arm sofa or super traditional fabrics.

And in the interest of international relations, let me add that I'm not anti France, Germany, Denmark, Eastern Europe, or any of those other furniture making countries. It's just that craigslisters can't seem to find many labels except those that broadcast the pedigree of anything 90s Scandinavian orange teak veneer, but somehow the Made in Italy label has the aura of cash flow about it, so that usually merits a mention in ads.

Beware of Copenhagen Imports unless you know who Ettore Sottsass is and enjoy an ironic nod to his sensational but perhaps not so versatile aesthetic... I'm pretty much talking about cheap 80s black lacquer and red leather mushroom sofas. Can these things be awesome? Yes, but you better have a plan for all that swag or things will get ugly fast.

You know what's not ugly? These rooms. You're welcome.


Choose Your Own Adventure

Quick!  Let's list off some of the things I love:  animal furniture, groovy sculptures, anything gold, pretty pieces of furniture, well organized spaces, animals, animals, animals.  I think that's all. So, what happens when you take all of those things (minus the gold) and roll them into one?  Karly is in heaven

Choose Your Own Adventure cabinet by Misha Kahn

Designed to hold all the goodies strewn about his floor, the CYOA cabinet is what dreams are made of, people.

See how messy life is without it

and now everything is so neatly put away.  Tada.

Big Money No Whammies

Lately life has handed me quite a few lemons:  literally - my husband's new van stopped working and figuratively - my interwebs are haunted.  I guess I'm supposed to find a way to make lemonade, but with all that sugary tartness I'm not so motivated. Art duo Ghost of a Dream stumbled upon a bunch of lemons in the form of a pile of losing lottery tickets.  The pair took it among themselves to consider the nature of the lottery, the things we desire, and the anticipation of the win followed by the inevitable loss.  Then, they made lemonade:

Dream Home 2009, $70,000 in discarded lotto tickets, wood & steel

Dream Home Detail

Dream Home Detail

Dream Car 2008, $39,000 in discarded lottery tickets, cardboard, cast plastic, wood, steel, and mirror

This is it 2010 discarded lottery tickets, romance novel covers, wood and found objects

This Is It, detail

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For more lotto madness: Ghost of a Dream