Eames ReDesign

Over two months ago two coworkers, Sennah, Marisa, and I submitted chair sketches on how we would redesign the Eames Molded Wire Base Chair. One of the chair designs, Fas(cet)nation was chosen as a semifinalist, 1 of 10 designs chosen! We were so excited and happy. We then had to actually make the chair we designed on paper for the 1st Annual Herman Miller Eames Modern Chair Design Competition event. The chairs would be auctioned off for charity with proceeds going to the Clothes-Pin organization for people in need and one chair would win the grand prize with a second and third place winner.

We were given a plain white molded wire base chair and approximately one month to make the chair. Two coworkers had sewing machines at home they brought in for us to use. We were given donations of 2mm charcoal felt by FilzFelt and black cord on tape by Lee Jofa. I brushed up on the sewing skills my mother taught me, Sennah recalled what she learned in school, we all used our crafting skills, and we got it done! Sadly, our chair did not make the final cut, but our chair was still awesome and was greatly complimented.

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I did win a raffle prize though! An Eames Primer which was signed by Demetrios Eames, who I also met that night and was one of the judges of the chairs. Demetrios is Charles and Ray Eames’ grandson and an artist, filmmaker, and writer today. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with him. The night overall was lovely. I got to spend time with coworkers, my coworker’s baby boy Miles (who is the cutest thing!), and chat with fellow Philadelphia designers who designed or knew someone who designed a chair for charity. I should have taken more photos, but oh well…there is always next year!



I missed posting on Juneteenth but I had to share this photo I just saw browsing Park en Madison. How sharp do these folks look celebrating Juneteenth in Austin, Texas in 1900?! This would have been the 35th Anniversary of the day.

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Dressed to the nines to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in Texas! Love it.

This year made the 149th Anniversary and special planning has already begun to celebrate the 150th Anniversary next year.  I hope you join in next year to celebrate this special day.


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This past week I was introduced to the Italian lighting company Terzani. Founded in Florence Italy in 1972 to meld Italian craftsmanship with modern technology the company’s concept is design fixtures that blur the lines between art, luxury, and design. I was amazed at the beauty and design of the fixtures, a few of which I have featured here.

The first one is Bond. Bond is a glass sphere finished with gilt on the inside. The bands of light are just sexy, especially with the fixture being white or black with a red cord. The fxiture is sexy.

The second fixture is Gra. This fixture is just a piece of jewelry. Finished in nickel or gold, this fixtures is an amazing example of the craftsmanship of the Terzani designers.

The one that just took my breath is Magdalena (and I love that name as well). It’s simple design of laser-cut lines in a sphere cast the most amazing light on the walls around it! It’s just lovely.

The last one is Mizu. It reminds me of the Bocci pendant I was first introduced to several years ago and loved. However unlike Bocci being made of two half glass spheres, Mizu is crystal made in organic shapes that caste wave-like refractions of light on the walls. Mizu means “water” in Japanese too!

Check out the other light fixtures Terzani has to offer on the site, which by the way is easy to navigate. Everyone needs the perfect fixture to sparkle in a room.


Save the PA Historic Tax Credit!!!

Today I am here to report some alarming news. I have already written my senator this morning. Please do the same when you have the time today.

Pennsylvania Residents Act Now to Save the PA Historic Tax Credit and Neighborhood Funding!
As the deadline for passing the state budget approaches, there have been several attempts to identify revenue sources to plug the estimate $1.2 billion deficit.

The House passed HB 2188, a tax code vehicle that would ELIMINATE funding for our state historic tax credit and decimate the state’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.

The first round of allocations for the historic tax credit was just completed. In this first year, the demand for credits far exceeded the availability. The 34 projects that competed for these credits represent an estimated $500 million in construction expenditures, which generate local and state taxes through payroll, material purchases, real estate taxes and other revenue streams that will more than offset the $3 million in state tax credits. In addition, these projects are powerful job-creators and help to stimulate economic activity in smaller Main Street communities and downtowns.

Also on the chopping block is the Neighborhood Assistance tax credit, which encourages investment in economically distressed areas and supports neighborhood conservation.

It is now up to the Senate and YOU can help save these credits.

Contact your Senator TODAY (tomorrow may be too late) and ask them to reinstate the $3 Million allocation and maintain the Historic Preservation Tax Credit and the Neighborhood Assistance Program.

Find your Senator’s contact information here: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/


Designer Crush: Urban Grace Interiors

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Urban Grace Interiors. Have you heard of them? I had not heard of them until one of my daily blog reads, I believe on Elements of Style, mentioned Erika Powell’s blog. I went to her blog then to her company’s website and feel in LOVE. I had to share her company’s interiors. The classic details of the interior architecture, the details of the upholstery pieces and window treatments, the use of interior materials, and the colors, and creative ways of designing movie rooms and bunk bed rooms – it all really speaks to me. I didn’t love all of the choices for fabrics or rugs but that’s minute compared to the overall beauty of the rooms.

Erika started Urban Grace Interiors seven years ago after moving to Santa Rosa Beach and realizing there was a need for a design firm to address the needs of a growing real estate market. I’ve learned this is the tell-tale sign of a wise entrepreneur, seeing where there is a lack, a whole in the market and developing a business to fit that niche. Brilliant! Back to Urban Grace Interiors – I’ve only shown you three photos but if you have the time, check out their portfolio. What do you think? Gorgeousness, right?!


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Dr. Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

I just got home to watch the end of Outfront with Erin Burnett and found out Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. As Erin mentioned many of us know her from reading her poems or books in high school and college lit courses. I don’t remember exactly when I was first introduced to her, but one event that still sticks out in my mind is Janet in Poetic Justice reciting “Phenomenal Woman”…that was one of my favorite poems until college when ”Still I Rise” took it’s place. I also remember seeing Dr. Maya speak at the Irvine Auditorium on UPenn’s campus in 2009 for Women’s Week with my friend Aisha. I still remember thoroughly enjoying listening to her inspire us women in the room. It was awesome! Her grace, her wisdom, her sense of humor, she will be missed!

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I loved these words and try to embrace them every day in my life. It’s not always easy, but it’s a goal for my soul’s well-being.

I hope everyone is enjoying their Memorial Day weekend!



Bring Back Our Girls


From HeyFranHey.com:

2 weeks ago, 200+ school girls were abducted from a school in Nigeria and sold as brides to militants. There hasn’t been any major news coverage on this story and from what i’m reading online, it seems not much is being done to help these little girls return home. I’m literally sick imagining the things that may be happening to them as we speak.

More information on the abduction here.

More information on the protests here.

Please sign this petition encouraging the UN to step in.

And please reblog so we can get the 100k signatures still needed.

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