Posts about 'wood'

fun items (and sale!) at branch boutique

sustainable home decor boutique branch is currently having a three day sale. they are offering 20% off most of their merchandise, so now would be a great time to think about doing a little decorating.

how about some new bamboo veneer moso lamps by brian schmitt, sourced from a sustainably managed forest?

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or some fresh organically grown cotton and hemp pillows for your couch from k studio?

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i can picture the room already. and it looks pretty good from here!

click over to the shop and use special code branchfriend at checkout to receive your discount, but hurry – the sale ends august 29th, 2008!


alpha coffee table

hey letterpress fans – check out this fun mod alpha coffee table offered at crate and barrel. it was created by a graphic designer in london after an inspiring trip to a paris flea market by the cb buyers. the glass-protected top is carved from a single piece of shesham wood, has raised letters and sits atop a steel base.

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it’s 36″ square x 17″ high, it’s $899 and it’s available right here.


light box by jo meesters

what a beautiful light by dutch designer jo meesters. it looks more like a substantial credenza or other piece of furniture from the way it is crafted. made of wood, 8,000 holes have been carefully drilled and plugged with resin so that when lit from within, the pattern resembles low growing trees.

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what a gorgeous, glowing room divider this would make, on or off.

see more from jo on his website.

via pan-dan


best of the week on roadside scholar

here we are up in michigan for memorial day weekend, it’s late in the evening and i am just now getting the best of the week post up — oops! i have spent the day freestyling, antiquing, visiting friends and have been enjoying my non-schedule. there is a certain luxury in having no plans and nothing to do in my humble opinion. anyway, please enjoy a recap of the some popular posts this week. click on the photo to read the article and the hyperlinks for more artist/designer info…

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lichen’s ewetube vases and thaddeus erdahl ceramics

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chatting about art with tellie finley and shalene valenzuela

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rj lee’s elegant ceramics and rich illustration work

i have been tagged by four fabulous blog writers now, so i think the time has come to reveal a little more info about myself… that’ll come next week, along with some cool artists interviews and other happy and random things. thanks for stopping by to say hi as always, i wish you a nice weekend (a long one in the us of course) and i hope to see you again next week!


witches’ kitchen by tord boontje

not that i have changed my mind about the opinion that tord can do no wrong, but his carved witches’ kitchen line of serving utensils, made of sustainable wood by artisans in guatemala, remind me of that one scary movie that one time, with jeremy irons playing twin doctors… oh man what was the name of that? i can’t watch those things. the fact that the pieces have names like sprurk and dagger really does not ease my anxiety either.

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anyway, go have a look at it over at moss and more of tord’s collection for artecnica there too.


sixth and elm wood accessories: miniview

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we are circling back to some lovely burned wood boxes and frames i featured back in march for today’s miniview, since i loved them so and i think you all did too! these tactile pieces are made by toronto artist tellie finley. i think her collection is so pretty, collectible and timeless, and was curious to know more, so i asked three quick ones…

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q: how did you get into this type of craftwork?
a: i got into woodburning as a child with a cheap kid’s woodburning kit and i was horrible at it. almost anything i am good at it seems that i have to fail at the first time, and it isn’t until i pick it up again that it starts to feel right. in a fit of boredom one cold winter i thought longingly of the cheap woodburning pen that used to burn my fingers after a while and, seeking some warmth since my husband refused to turn up the heat, i dug it out and started to burn a design on some scrap wood. then i burned on a blank wood picture frame. then our spice rack. soon my husband was hiding all our wooden items, sure that i was going to brand every piece of wood we own.

although i have graduated from the child’s wood burning pen, this was a recent upgrade and many of my original designs were done with nothing more than that children’s woodburning kit from 1989.

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q: what inspires you to create these pieces?
a: i am inspired by anything lasting, timeless. the first (and most popular) piece i created was the french script box, which uses the text from love letters that are almost 900 years old. i love the lasting impression the written word can have and i try to create pieces that compliment the age of such.

nature is another thing that inspires me with it’s permanence. to look at an ancient redwood tree and try to imagine how many lifetimes of men it has stood sentinel is quite an experience. i think that is why i am drawn to wood as a medium, and woodburning as an art. i try to use wood from earth-friendly sources and i feel that i am giving wood a way to live on as art after it’s life as a tree is over. and i can’t deny that i love having my house smell like a permanent campfire.

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q: do you have an arts background?
a: i did go to arts school, but it was for performing arts. i learned vocal, violin and drama for nine years, but i still think it was relevent as it meant i was surrounded by creativity. i don’t think being classically trained in a particular art is a requisite for being an artist, however.

every artistic technique i have ever learned was from the internet. a lot of great advice and some really bad advice all cobbled together to form the core of my “formal” training. a little success and a lot of failure has sufficed for my apprenticeship. time, more than formal instruction, made me the artist i am today. my official advice to beginners is simple: just keep doing it until you don’t suck at it anymore.

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you can find tellie’s beautiful creations at her etsy shop, and see what else she is up to on her blog.

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thank you tellie!


viva terra mahogany display shelf

i really like this efficiently designed mahogany sliding display shelf. made of solid sustainable wood, it has two drop down display frame that can be slid back and forth on an invisible track to highlight your most prized collectibles.

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the shelf measures 32″l x 4″d x 2″h, and is available for $98 at viva terra.


cedar stump side table

ooh i love these versatile holeystump stools from canada’s thout. these substantial pieces are made from white cedar, which apparently is a weed tree up there. i can think of at least four different places i could use these, whether as side tables or for extra seating.

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delightfully rustic!

find them in four colors and three different sizes at design public.

via more ways to waste time (leah has great taste — go over there if you can!)


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