the summer 2008 catalog from flor has a lot of fun styling. a whole range of home decor styles, from traditional to retro to contemporary, from country to urban. a couple images stood out to me though.
and you might even have seen these vandalized snails by the same guy ...
but have you seen akiko ida and pierre javelle's minimiam work? ... a cute twist on food photography. too precious ... i chose this example in honor of the olympics
and incidentally, to celebrate the launch of his photo book, slinkachu is starting a contest at the end of this month in london to win a limited edition signed print or a digital camera
apparently, the couple (lu wendel lyndon and maynard hale lyndon) who runs the shop have a long design history. they met in 1971 at design research, left in 1973 to open their first placewares shop (later to open another 6 shops and a catalog business) and lyndondesignstudio to design products, married in 1980, and then closed up shop in 2004. they moved back to northern california and eventually decided to re-open a single location in gualala! glad they did.
lots of fun stuff but i was most drawn to their wide selection of tableware ... (clockwise, from top left) heath ceramics ... sara paloma ... mud australia (my favorite in the store - thin porcelain, glazed on the eating side, matte stone finish on the other) ... asa selection from germany ... soule studio (by local artist aleth soule) ... bee house teapots ... showroom finland tuisku bowl ...
the nicole pump by yves saint laurent in patent leather with a really fun print, which looks like the shoe was painted in gray and then a dry paintbrush was dragged across it to reveal the white underneath. very cool.
however, with 4"-plus heels, i didn't bother trying them on. BUT! i just saw the same shoes at saks with a 3.25" heel! ... almost the same but definitely a little more squat (and/or practical)
these are still in the consideration phase though. however, if they were in a darker graphite shade of gray, they'd belong to my feet by the end of the week ...
the staircase on the right leading to the second floor: with the same geometric ironwork (appears to be raw metal rather than painted white) used for the risers, and tread planks that look like end grain cutting boards
and i have a confession. i actually went to the store twice over the weekend. but for a valid reason. i purchased the big dipper arc floor lamp, but since i wouldn't have been able to fit the box (about 4' x 2' x 1.5') into my car, i had to come back later in the weekend with a larger car. and on my second trip, i noticed that most everyone who bought smaller items carried them away in cute cb2 logo canvas totes. fun.