White Up My Alley

Down here in Texas, I've been craving what you northerners have been taking for granted for months:  some snow days.  Last week, the hubs, Matt, my brother, Davis, his friend, Tom and I finally got our fix:  5 days in snowy Vail Colorado.  I got to walk in honest-to-god snow and see my breath when I dared to step outside, it totally ruled.  My trip also inspired this post of all white goodness.  I'll bore you with some vacay pics first, then we'll move along to view the stuff you're here for:  decor porn

Tom, Davis & me about to make our first run of the day.  Note my big mug of chai, which I am rarely seen without.

Me, Matt, and Davis in our exceptionally fancy goggles

I monitor as Matt and Davis scrape 10 inches of overnight snowfall off my aunt's car

K-dawg in front of the stable where aunt Darlene's horse lives.  Please keep in mind that I'm wearing, like, 45 pounds worth of snowboarding gear, which hides my teeny tiny 13 inch (approx) waist line.

Ok, no one likes to look at other people's pictures so I'll quit the tomfoolery and move on to the meat of the post.

Several Months ago I posted this Nathan Ables print available from Tiny Showcase.  As fate would have it, Mr. Ables contacted the DC headquarters just days after my trip updating us on his newest work:

Nathan's almost all white print, Two Roofs, merged seamlessly with my plans for an all white post.  Hooray, we're all winners.  You may buy the limited edition print here

Clockwise from top left:

Bianco Pelle Quadatissimo (aka awesome ottoman) at myfab.com (It killed me not to post the gold version)

Snow Globe available here

DC fave: The Carlos Night Light, available here

Banana Bowl (also available in gold, hooray!) here

Cloud Umbrella from Joons Design

Design House, Muuto is stealing my heart six ways to Sunday with their plethora of oddly shaped white objects

Because I was feeling extra daring, I allowed myself to cruise over to the house of all things overpriced and unattainable, 1stdibs, just to glimpse at their white selection:

I could give you individual links to these items, but really, which of you readers is ready to shell out 25 large for a pair of hand chairs.  If you've got that kinda cash here are the options I am willing to present:  1. call your decorator and tell her to get her ass on the case, or the better choice, 2. contact me directly at hollaback@design-crisis.com, I will gladly take some of that extra green off your, um, hands.

If I were ever honestly willing to pay 1st dibs style prices, the only thing I could imagine shelling out serious dough for would be my favorite light ever from innermost.  There is no price mentioned on the site (surprise!) so I'm guessing it exceeds my $100 / light limit.  Yes, I know, I know, I could make it.  But who has time?  Plus, I don't want it to end up looking like this.

Until now, my white obsession has mostly revolved around lamps, here are a few choice chairs to even things out:

clockwise from top:

Crochet Chair from whack-a-holic, Marcel Wanders

Chair that I can't find the name of from Mathieu Lehanneur

Tropicalia Chair from Moroso (it's really best in it's multi-colored version)

Bouquet Chair also from Moroso (not sure about that stand, though)

Hechima 4 chair via atelier 29

If you're looking for something lovely and white that is absolutely amazing but has no function what-so-ever, might I suggest this sculpture:

Kim Simonsson has a plethora of to-die-for pieces in her gallery, most of them make me swoon with their mixture of white and gold, but I wanted to stay on task like a good little blogger.

As I can't afford a single item in my post today, but love clusters of white oddities, I've taken to buying toys from the thrift store and spray painting them white.  Here are 2 pieces from my, very slowly growing, collection.  Total cost: $3.75

Trend Alert: Cross Sections & Topography

Well, well, well, what will they think of next?  Certainly not butterflies, Mrs. Russell.  Sometimes it seems like just about anything could be a new trend, think of something you haven't seen in awhile:  telephone books for example, when was the last time you saw them?  An item needs to be absent before it can be reborn with to a new perspective and adored.  Let's explore this phonebook thing for a while, I'll apply my scientifically formulated trend-worthy questions: Are they hovering on the verge of being nostalgic? check.  Easily recognized with bold colors?  check.  Firmly planted in the depths of the universal subconscious?  And Check.  hmmm, in my babbling I think I may be on to something:  phone books will be next season's new black.  For now, I'm feeling something equally arbitrary:  cross sections and topography.  Totally random, right?  But still, somehow, it's everywhere.

I caught my first glimpse of some trend-worthy cross sections when I purchased this Josh Keyes print from Tiny Showcase (ps, if you happen to know where the hell I put it, I will totally give you a dollar).  I instantly fell in love with the small sections of land Keyes meticulously slices off for his animals to live on.  His work speaks to the ever-growing human population and their encroachment upon natures little creatures, so it's a bit sad, but man if it isn't pretty.  Let's see more:

I've been drooling over Keyes's work for ages and skipping the starbucks in hopes to one day save enough dough for a real painting, not just a print.  I had never seen anything like it.  So imagine my surprise when I saw this ad campaign for a Ukrainian Travel Agency:

So similar to Keyes's work, just without all that we're stealing the sweet cute baby animal land stuff.  I have to admit, while these works are lovely,  Keyes is still my fave.  

If I wanted a real-honest-to-god cross section hanging around my house, I'd most certainly hunt down the work of Rainbow Monkey:

let's play archeologist and get a closer look at this bit of earth we've discovered

I have blue rocks in my backyard, too, what a coincidence!  

With 3 confirmed artists creating cross section art, I started to keep my eyes peeled.  I began to notice cross sections popping up everywhere, from realistic shots of actual earth, to meticulous topographical paper carvings: 

Silver Lake Operations #1, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2008 3/10

Isn't it funny that, after looking at several fake cross sections, this real one seems like a bit of a bummer?  If you pull Edward Burtynsky's Australian Minescape out of the context of this post, however the photographs become epic, and even mirror the work of Keyes:  documenting human destruction of the land.  Ok, on to something less depressing:  Birthday Cards, yay! 

Etsy Artist, Crafterall carves topographic wading pools and ravines into her notecards, combining enough color and texture to make the blank cards speak for themselves.  This is perfect for me because I never really know what to write in those anyway.  Thank you for the gift......you're awesome?  (But don't worry, I'm from the south and therefore have manners and, yes, I always send thank you notes, just not very interesting ones)

Noriko Ambe takes the whole paper-carving thing to a whole new level, carving entire landscapes into her works

Crazy-insane?  Right?  But so amazingly beautiful

Incase you designophiles were worried that I was missing the decor section of today's post:  fear not!  I managed to find two home goods companies that are buckled in tight on the cross section-trend-bandwagon:

Forsberg has created a line of silver topographic plates.  I, of course, am waiting for them to come out in gold.  

And Gore Design Co. has a line of STUNNING concrete topographical sinks:

I usually lean towards the very simple when it comes to things like basins and tubs, shying away from anything as outrageous as, say, a pedestal sink but these topographic sinks really get my heart racing.  I strongly urge you to stop by their site to check out more of their lovely works.

So, next time you're cruising along a ravine and see a big piece of exposed earth, remember who told you about it first.

Peace Out Homies!

Hold Me Closer Tiny Showcase

So for the last month +/- erin and I have been waxing poetic on all sorts of home goodness, but we have failed to mention a single thing to do with your walls.   If you've got a craigslist budget but are hoping to pass on the 1920s french restaurant posters you may want to check out Tiny Showcase.  Each 100 - 200 print run features work from up-and-coming artists and is priced to move.  I'm talking like $20 a print, people.  One new print is released each tuesday.  As the site becomes more popular the runs sell out quickly, which means old fans like myself just don't buy as many pieces anymore.  Sorry, after 3 years, I still forget to stay in on Tuesdays. Here are some of my favorites, and some of the ones I own:

Tiny Showcase, misc prints

clockwise from top left:

"Island" Nathan Abels

"Lucky" 1911 

"On the Lounge" Marci Washington (possibly my fave tiny showcase artist)

Untitled, Julie Morstad

more from Marci Washington:

marci washington

"the coming of darkness" and "the cannibal in his chamber" marci washington

jacob gobel

2 of the prints I own, both by Jacob Goble: "here it comes" and "we are in trouble"


"poolside" leah giberson

freestyle friends

"freestyle friends" matthew furie


another print I own, I'm loving his cross sections.  "weaving" by Josh Keyes.  My other favorite showcase artist.

On a side note, i once sent the tiny showcase dudes an email with the title of this post as the subject and, believe it or not, they never wrote back!  Do you think they've heard it a hundred times, or do you think it's the funniest thing ever?  Discuss.