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Duck Duck Goose » Cloudy with No Chance of Rain

November 20, 2012

Magis Me Too's Cloudy by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini

“The voice of children demanding,
insisting to have their own objects,
that correspond to their own world,
which is different from the adult one,
not only for its dimensions
but also for its values.”
— Eugenio Perazza, Magis president

Me Too, the children’s division of interior design company Magis, has been killing it with the kids wares for almost a decade now. This comes as little surprise. Magis’ president is well aware of the finicky taste of children: in no small part thanks to his discerning granddaughter Anna.

A delicate and artful addition to the Me Too lineup is this year’s Cloudy. The resin-covered chicken wire cloud is a whimsical alternative to the standard mobile and, based on your weather preference, can be hung solo or in a cluster of small, medium, and large sizes for an all-out overcast vibe. Artist Benedetta Mori Ubaldini is the creative force behind the object, and no stranger to working with the material: her body of work includes mesh giraffes, flocks of mesh bunnies, and scurrying mesh rats, amongst many other wiry characters.

Found @ Etsy » Fall for Autumnal Vintage

October 18, 2012

Bright Wall Vintage Ceramic Mug Trio
Bright Wall Vintage King ThermosBright Wall Vintage American Tourister SuitcaseBright Wall Vintage SX-70 Polaroid Camera
Bright Wall Vintage Red Enamel SaucepanBright Wall Vintage Renauld Tortoiseshell GlassesBright Wall Vintage Green Enamel Fondue Pot
Bright Wall Vintage Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve TypewriterBright Wall Vintage Southwestern Wool BlanketBright Wall Vintage Children's Book Trio

Chilly nights, cozy blankets, steaming mugs of cocoa…
It’s Autumn on Lo’s List!

The air’s turning brisk, the leaves are changing, school is back in session… it must be autumn! I’m already missing those long, lazy days of summer, but there’s something so delicious about the season of cozy wool sweaters and steaming mugs of tea. The onset of chilly nights calls for a bit of warmth around the house, and these fabulous finds over at Bright Wall Vintage are just the ticket for creating that autumnal charm.


1. Mug Trio:One of my favorite cold-weather treats is a cup of hot cocoa — especially the ultra-luxurious dark hot chocolate from Burdick. Sip that chocolatey indulgence in these cheery floral mugs.


2. King Thermos: Always on the go? Take your cocoa with you in this air pot Thermos from King. Hold enough cocoa for you and your friends whether you’re romping through the woods or swimming in a sea of cubicles.


3. American Tourister Suitcase: Go away for the weekend in style with this covetable American Tourister suitcase. It’s just the right size for a couple days of drinking in gorgeous fall foliage, or a getaway to wine country to celebrate the harvest.


4. SX-70 Alpha 1 Polaroid Camera: Capture the beauty of autumn leaves with a classic collectible like this SX-70 Alpha 1. Instagram may be the way of the future, but nothing is as magical as seeing a Polaroid snapshot develop before your eyes.


5. Enamel Sauce Pan: Nothing says welcome home like a pot of something delicious simmering away on the stove. Let this sweet saucepan fill your kitchen with the scent of spiced cider or mulled wine.


6. Fondue Pot: Speaking of kitchens, I’m a sucker for cold-weather comfort foods. Whether you think it’s classic or hopelessly retro, hot melty cheese never fails to delight. This darling avocado-green pot is its own excuse for a fondue party. And don’t forget the forks!


7. Renauld Eye Glasses: Ease your strained eyes with these fabulous vintage frames. Back-to-school chic never looked so good!


8. Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve Typewriter: There’s something writerly about autumn, isn’t there? When inclement weather keeps you indoors, unleash your inner Hemingway with a wordsmith’s classic tool. With a pop of sky blue, this Smith-Corona Galaxie Twelve is the perfect addition to our growing typewriter collection…


9. Southwestern Wool Blanket: As temperatures drop, snuggle up with a luxuriant flannel blanket. Don’t you feel cozy just looking at it?


10. Vintage Children’s Books: What better way to spend an autumn day than curled up with a good book?  This picturesque set of vintage hardbacks is perfect for sharing with the young ones in your family — or the young at heart!

Kawaii! » Haute Honey Pot

October 16, 2012

Jaime Hayon's Baccarat Zoo Bears

“Receptacle or Art Toy, every character exudes its optimistic narrative strength, full of magic and imagination.” Jaime Hayon

Jaime Hayon is on the fast track to completely winning over my heart. First there was his Green Chicken, with its childish, nonsensical spirit, and now, in collaboration with French glassworks legend, Baccarat, Hayon has created these spectacular crystal and porcelain vessels for a collection simply titled: Baccarat Zoo. Their tongue-in-cheek opulence is right on the money (a hefty wad of money).

I’ve got my heart set on the bears above: which is going to put Henri’s college fund back a few notches, but I’m sure he won’t mind as he wistfully stares at the cubs: perched faaaaar out of curious baby’s reach. If you’re more of a duck or monkey person then you’re in luck: the collection includes a few of those critters as well. Sorry. No giraffes.

Welcome Home » We All Live In A Yellow Submarine

October 8, 2012

André Ricard Tatu Light


The forecast for the week looks dreary. Rain rain rain. Not that we mind the change of pace: curling up inside, dressing Henri in his bear hoodie, drinking tea… With the sun hiding behind the clouds, it’s time to make sure those reading nooks and cozy couch corners have just the cheery glow.

Renowned Catalan industrial designer André Ricard’s Tatu light couldn’t be a more vivacious choice of fall/winter decor. And, with it’s pivoting, sectional construction, it’s the perfect table light for any situation. The Tatu was designed for the Spanish firm Metalarte circa 1972 and can still be found on Ebay, Etsy, and other vintage online retailers like this one. It was manufactured in yellow (we can’t help but wonder if Ricard was inspired by the Beatles’ 1968 release…), red, and cream and currently sells for around $300-$400: a steal for such a ID masterpiece!

Go for the Gold » Brass Takes the Cake

August 10, 2012

Oji Masanori Brass Paperweights


Set these paperweights down on the top page of your finished novel by the window on a breezy day…

Although brass is not a traditional medalling metal – and although paperweights belong to the class of less-than-necessary desktop equipment – we’re awarding gold to these exceptional objects by Japanese designer Oji Masanori. The solid brass polyhedra will oxidize over time, building up a gorgeous patina. They come in three different shapes, each with a satisfying heft and unfussy integrity. These paperweights are clearly made for more than holding down a stack of bills: they’re meant to be admired and held in the hand and set down on the top page of your finished novel, for example, by the window on a breezy day. Buy the set from one of our favorite shops for all things home, Toronto-based Mjölk.

Go for the Gold » Grin and Bear It

August 5, 2012

Frédéric Perigot Gold Bear Bag Large Shopper


Just the right size for a heptathlon
of Olympics-watching treats!

Care about the planet? Might as well be cute about it. Let your green credentials shine with this golden shopping bag by French designer Frédéric Perigot. It tucks away adorably into a little matching golden bear when not in use. We’d bust it out to shlep around our farmer’s market provender – or, better yet, to hold a heptathlon of Olympics-watching treats: Ritter Sports bar, Kind snacks, Volvic, TJ’s trail mix, watermelon, gum and Ella’s Kitchen squishies for the little guy.

The Perigot site is definitely worth a perusal, full of utilitarian-gone-chic household wares and minimalist bags made from one of our favorite materials, Tyvek!

Go for the Gold » Bust out the Bubbly!

July 31, 2012

Sieger by Fürstenberg Sip of Gold Champagne Tumblers


Congratulations, Michael Phelps! You’ve just won your 19th medal and become the greatest Olympian ever. So now what? Bust out the Champers and get celebrating! Of course, your victorious glass of bubbly demands a vessel that’s suitably elevated. You want nothing less than Sieger’s Sip of Gold collection. These sumptuous Fürstenberg porcelain Champagne goblets come in glossy white, black or silver – and with their rim and interior gilding of 24kt gold, they should quench any Olympian’s thirst (for decadence). Yes, even yours. Snag ‘em here for a modest $200 a pop.

Fashion Scout » Family Ties

July 24, 2012

Gene Meyer BowtieGene Meyer Bowtie
Gene Meyer Ties

No, skinny ties and bow ties are not played out, thank you very much. Not when you’re wearing one of Gene Meyer’s original silk woven designs, anyway. The brand’s ties appeal to today’s nattily dressed men, but infuse Mediterranean colors and geometric patterns that call to mind, say, Capri in the 1960s. Which makes sense, considering all Gene Meyer’s ties have been made in Italy since the company began manufacturing over 20 years ago.

By the time brothers Doug and Gene Meyer established the accessories arm of their brand, they were lauded veterans in the interior design and fashion industries. You can still find their home décor and textile work in the likes of Vogue and Architectural Digest any given month, and they clearly bring that same expressive touch to their neckwear. The assorted textures, juxtaposing shapes and beautiful color blocks of violet, salmon and citrus yellow hues make each of these ties worthy of a magazine spread in and of themselves.

Lo’s List especially recommends these ties, bow ties and pocket squares for summer and autumn weddings, weekend getaways, or after-work negronis along the Italian Riviera.

I ♥ Art » Desert Treasures

July 20, 2012

Alma Allen Sculptures


I rarely pine for a work of art. I must sheepishly confess that you’re more likely to find me daydreaming of a big leather bag than a painting. Not to say that I don’t ♥ art: Matisse, Brancusi, Ernst, Morris Louis, and so on… I just… I don’t need to own them the way I need to own a Reed Krakoff Boxer bag. You know.

But Alma Allen? I’ve been jonesing for this Joshua Tree-based artist’s delicate little sculptures: thinking about which I would own if I could, the precious spot on my desk where it would live, how would it feel in the palm of my hand, how I probably wouldn’t be able to stop at just one…

The stone, bronze, and wood works by Allen have the sumptuous, lusty curves of a Maillol but also a precious quality, evoking the nostalgia of long-forgotten curios. And yet, they’re not relics of the past. They are a modern celebration of the earth: a blast of nature’s colors and resources. Marble, alabaster, malachite, serpentine: we sometimes forget that this is what Earth is really made of.

Allen’s current show, titled Function/Dysfunction, will be travelling to Tokyo in November, where it will run from November 14-26. Be sure to check out the artist’s site for a broader selection of past and current works, for images of Allen’s furniture collection, and for the wonderfully written blog! You can purchase Allen’s work through the website – but pieces are also available at Commune Design, Tortoise, Heath Ceramics, Totokaelo, and The Future Perfect.

Duck Duck Goose » Think-Inducing Toys for Tots

February 24, 2011

Little Sapling Toys Organic Number Blocks
Little Sapling Toys Brainbow Stacking Nesting ArchesLittle Sapling Toys Organic Rattle
Little Sapling Toys Organic Sapling StackerLittle Sapling Toys Organic Camera
top: Organic Number Blocks
top: Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches and Organic Rattle
bottom: Organic Sapling Stacker and Organic Camera

As motherhood inches nearer, I find my mind is preoccupied: where to put the crib, what to put on the iPod for our (hopefully short) stint in the birthing wing of Roosevelt Hospital, whether little Pipsqueek will be as boisterous as his/her cousin Lir, the baby’s college fund, where we’re sending the little munchkin to preschool… Every parenthood-related article that comes my way is read and pondered. It’s clear: my priorities are shifting.

Along with this new lioness mentality comes my scrutiny of modern-day toys: what happened to the gorgeous and imagination-provoking toys of old? I remember this beautiful wooden duck I had when I was a child. I loved it… There are still a few purist companies out there: with toys that don’t require an army of batteries to amuse, that don’t just give it all away without evoking an ounce of exploration. Kid O (which we’ve reviewed here and here) is one. We were thrilled to find another: Little Sapling Toys on Etsy. Nick and Kimber’s collection of wooden teethers, blocks, rattles, and Montessori-esque puzzles are minimalist and beautiful, with delicately rounded corners and a lovely finish of jojoba oil and beeswax. Most of the inventory is available in maple, walnut, and cherry wood versions and now, with they nifty new laser engraver, personalized products are an option for those possessive babies on your list… Toys range from $12 for teethers to $80 for a personalized rocking horse!

“We plant a tree for every toy sold, use FSC Certified hardwoods, recycled content packaging and participate in our local green power program.” — Little Sapling Toys

Kawaii! » Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man. Bake Me a (Cup)cake as Fast as You Can!

February 17, 2011

Ming Makes Cupcakes: Blueberry with Maple Brown Butter FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Sour Cream Fig with Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Red Velvet with Buttercream
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Vanilla with Lemon Filling and Meringue FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Graham with Key Lime Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate GanacheMing Makes Cupcakes: Lemon with Jam FillingMing Makes Cupcakes: Apple with Caramel Frosting
Ming Makes Cupcakes: Vanilla with Strawberry Filling and Chocolate GlazeMing Makes Cupcakes: Carrot with Cream Cheese FrostingMing Makes Cupcakes: Flourless Beet Chocolate with Whipped Cream
first: Blueberry with Maple Brown Butter Frosting, Sour Cream Fig with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Red Velvet with Buttercream second: Vanilla with Lemon Filling and Meringue Frosting, Graham with Key Lime Cream Cheese Frosting, and Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache and Cream Filling third: Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Frosting and Chocolate Ganache, Lemon with Jam Filling, and Apple with Caramel Frosting fourth: Vanilla with Strawberry Filling and Chocolate Glaze, Carrot with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Flourless Beet Chocolate with Whipped Cream

I hold a very dear place in my heart for cupcakes. My own bergamot lavender cupcakes were a hit in the East Village when my friend Jodi of Sympathy for the Kettle would serve them up with frothy matcha lattes and endless pots of Ti Kuan Yin. Lately, I’ve had the growing desire to get back into the kitchen and bake up a storm (motherly instincts?). On the to-bake list are my tried and true favorite sweet-tooth recipes: navettes, speculaas, and, of course, cupcakes of all kinds.

It was thus a sweet coincidence that, over the weekend, YZ found this bonanza of cupcake ides on a perfect little site modestly titled Ming Makes Cupcakes. Each straightforward recipe is accompanied by an oozing, dripping, frosted little cake – begging for a chance in my kitchen. The only problem is: where to start?! YZ’s pining for the graham/key lime number but I’m more of a carrot cake girl myself… Guess we’re stuck making 2 batches…

Eco-Friendlies » Chop-Chop!

February 15, 2011

Geoffrey Lilge Walnut Culina Tray
Geoffrey Lilge Maple Culina PaddleGeoffrey Lilge Full Walnut Culina Tray
top: Walnut Culina Tray
bottom: Maple Culina Paddle and Walnut Culina Tray

The kitchen is such a happy place in our house: full of anticipation, tempting aromas and (mostly) great results – thanks to head chef YZ. I’ve always had quite the weak spot for kitchen supplies but, with my klutzy husband breaking most of the japanese glassware and ceramic treasures of my past life, I realize that my attention should now turn to accessories of a less breakable nature. Already a big fan of beautiful wood objects, cutting boards are a great culinary object to focus on.

For the absolute cream of the crop of artisan cutting and serving boards, look no further than Canadian Geoffrey Lilge’s sumptuous FSC-certified walnut and maple offerings. Use the x-large walnut Slab (love the huge hanging hole) to wow your dinner guests with an endless spread of charcuterie & fromage or whip out a maple Culina paddle if you’ve got some serious chopping to do. Each board is handmade to order and ships from Canada so expect about 4-5 weeks for delivery…. Hmmm, plenty of time to arrive before my birthday {ahem}.


“I happened to grow up on a commune in northern Alberta and first gained a feel for natural materials by sanding maple cutting boards in my mother’s woodshop. Growing up surrounded by woodworkers, potters and musicians introduced me not only to bushy nudists but more importantly to the gratifying acts of making and collaboration. The one object that I have held onto from that time is one of her boards, and I have come to appreciate what it symbolizes to me – the passionate spirit of the craftsperson.” — Geoffrey Lilge (read the full text here)


Geoffrey Lilge Long Walnut Hole SlabGeoffrey Lilge X-Large Walnut Hole Slab
Geoffrey Lilge Long Walnut Hole SlabGeoffrey Lilge X-Large Walnut Hole Slab
top: Long Walnut Hole Slab and X-Large Maple Hole Slab
bottom: Long Walnut Hole Slab and X-Large Walnut Hole Slab

Welcome Home » King of the Cupboard

February 7, 2011

Weck Asparagus Jar
Weck Short JarWeck Rubber Seal and Lid

I’m not going to suggest I spend my weekends canning or preserving peaches — this isn’t that kind of blog — but I can’t help loving a classic glass jar. Forget the fussy, sticky, sweaty days of making marmalade. Jars are perfect for everyday storage around the kitchen, and for those of us without much cupboard or pantry space, they’re a great way to make the usually-hidden presentable. In fact, a neat row of jars filled with nuts or grains or pasta often adds a touch of dare-I-say rustic charm to a countertop.

So while browsing one of my favorite Manhattan shops, Fishs Eddy, I was delighted to discover this affordable collection of glassware by Weck. The century-old German canning company makes sturdy jars with wide openings and replaceable rubber rings. An adorable strawberry logo on each lid completes their old-world charm.

And yes, of course, they can be hermetically sealed: you can boil and preserve to your heart’s content. Get them at Fishs Eddy, Kaufmann Mercantile, or directly through the Weck site!

Geekology » Attention Clutterphobes!

February 3, 2011

Bluelounge Studio Desk
Bluelounge Cable YoYoBluelounge Cable Clip
Bluelounge Cable DropBluelounge The Sanctuary
top: Bluelounge StudioDesk
middle: Bluelounge Cableyoyo and CableClip
bottom: Bluelounge CableDrop and The Sanctuary

As a design geek living with a music geek, I spend my days lost in an endless gaggle of wires: nests of audio-cables, tangled mouse-cords and — what the heck does this attach to!? Three cheers, then, for Pasadena-based design firm Bluelounge, who are single-handedly cutting through the technological gordian knot with a range of savvy clutter solutions. Their dozen-or-so ingenious gadgets are sure to inspire at least one holy-shit-eureka moment for every hard-working digital-age clean-freak. Our favorite is the CableBox Mini (very bottom right). This clever cord-stasher is available in five happy colors and comes with a 4-socket surge protector that neatly stows away inside it.


Bluelounge Space StationBluelounge Cable YoYo
Bluelounge Cool FeetBluelounge Cable Box Mini
top: Bluelounge Spacestation and Cableyoyo
bottom: Bluelounge Cool Feet and CableBox Mini

Found @ Etsy » Cuddle Up with the Cosmos

January 31, 2011

Stellarquilts Phobos V2

Stellarquilts Phobos V2 Quilt

I’ve always been a lover of quilts – watching my mother create exquisite ones as a child, starting my own collection once I moved to New York City and discovered the East Village Flea and the wonders of eBay, standing awestruck before each Gee’s Bend quilt during the Guggenheim exhibition a few years back… The diversity of the genre – from the pure white and meticulous piqûre de Marseilles to the bright, appliqué styles of Hawaii – the history of quilts is rich with local tales and oozes the patient expertise of endless cultures’ womenfolk.

Needless to say, I get weak in the knees when coming across a quilter with a new style or story to tell. Jimmy Mcbride aka Stellarquilts is definitely a fresh voice at the quilting bee – using galactic imagery as his textile inspirations. My favorite from his current Etsy collection is, bar none, the Phobos V2 quilt (above) – a quilted replica of one of Mar’s moons. The quilts range from a modest $1,000 to $12,000+ so start pinching pennies for your very own piece of art to cuddle up in.

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