Thursday, June 3, 2010

OK… this is way excellent!

The other day, while browsing through some blogs, I came across the blog “Green by Design” 

…on one of their blogs there was a new product that they were highlighting…  
and it is way too excellent to just let it go…

You can read Green by Designs interview here: We Get the Dirt on Platinum Dirt 

 “each VIN jacket is a one of a kind, handmade work of art”

It is about the brilliant idea of recycling the leather from the seats of prestigious vintage automobiles such as the ‘71 Cartier Edition Lincoln town car, or a Cadillac or Mercedes… into leather jackets that retain their original identity.  The VIN number is sewn right into the jacket and the hood ornament becomes the zipper pull!  The mastermind behind the idea and the designs is emerging fashion designer Dustin Page.  He is its creator, designer, producer and tailor.  Together with his business partner Aaron Parrish, they will officially launch their line of custom made VIN Jackets in the fall of this year for both men and women.  Each car individually selected is made into a single jacket.   

Left over scraps are turned into accessories such as these clutch purses.

You will want to visit their website at

Covermodel Louise Roe from Vogue TV wears a Platinum Dirt brown Cadillac VIN Jacket on Coco Eco Magazine

What does this have to do with interiors? .... everything!

 After communicating with the brilliant men behind this fashion line, Aaron told me that they plan to start working in the spring of next year on expanding their product line into home furnishings, after their fall fashion schedule.   My mind runs wild in conceptualizing the different ways these wonderful leathers can be used.  You can’t describe the emotional feeling that you get from authentically worn leather! … and I would love to see one of these leathers, that once adorned the seats of the aristocratic autos... adorning the seat of one of these…

The contrast of the worn leather in their original ‘70’s colors would look amazing against the delicate lines of a French fauteuil or as a cushion on the sleek lines of the Stapleton Bench by furniture designer James Murphy…

or just a nice cushy pillow to curl up with…  heads up Horchow, I see a new product coming your way!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

pure… sustainable luxury

… anything done well is quite a luxury...

so when it is referring to sustainable products done well they must meet certain standards to catch my attention. If you have read my blog before you will know that I am a proponent of green design done well...

There are a lot of eco-friendly products on the market… especially compared to what was available just a few years ago. This change has been brought about by market demands and product awareness by consumers. The demands have broadened the production capabilities for such products and provide the product designers the support system that is needed for production of their creative visions.

Even with the increased supply and selection of sustainable products, the vast majority of products labeled green or sustainable (and I referring to the home furnishings end of it here) quite frankly don’t impress me. Embellishing instant oatmeal with toppings may work for breakfast… but not for interior design.

Edward Ferrell has created a collection of sustainable

furnishings that one would be hard pressed to recognize as such when comparing to much of the conventional green furnishings… meaning… they are absolutely gorgeous!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Make Mine Cashmere...

I can’t think of a better way to spend a third of my life than wrapped between layers of sumptuous cashmere sheets!


Few things are as luxurious as cashmere… so one of the ultimate indulgences has to be bed linens made from 100% cashmere. Can you even imagine! Well, for those that want to self indulge, or are looking for a gift for the person that has everything… and money is insignificant… then Manrico may have the perfect selection for you. But if you must ask… a king sized set including duvet cover will be approximately $7500.00 .

MANRICO is an Italian Company founded in 1993 specializing in the manufacturing of cashmere. In 2007, after four years of research, MANRICO invented and patented the ultimate product in this industry…


This incredible result was achieved by perfecting the balance between the nature of cashmere and the technology through innovations.

The Cashmere Bed Sheets will change your perception of a good night sleep. You will feel the best performance of this material: thermo-regulating, it warms you up when it is cold; it keeps you cool when it is hot and humid. The softness…the lightness… all that plus they are machine washable and dryable.

There is a choice of over 200 colours, many combinations of design with any personalization or special request.