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Top 5 Beach Essentials for Summer

5 Jun

Whatever you are up to this summer, take some time to relax and enjoy our beautiful world.  Go to the beach, and bring some of this stuff with you.  First, I suggest- if you’re like me, and don’t like to be in direct sunlight you buy a tent for the beach.

Beach TentThis tent is designed by Ginger and Gilligan and is available in a variety of colors for $350.  It takes one person less than two minutes to set up, and features a pop up design.  You’ll have the chic-est hut on the beach.  Also available is the Sombrilla which costs only $180 and also comes in a variety of colors.Sombrilla Beach Tent Moroccan2_large

You will also need a towel or a blanket.  You could be like my friend Alex who will undoubtably have a Hole inspired towel or tank top this summer.Hole Tank  Or, you could be classy and get a Carry All Beach Towel from my friends at Arte Mare.

Arte Mare Carry All TowelYou might also want a bag that unfolds as a carry all tote which is also available on their website.  You’ll also find a fun set of beach paddles!img_2202_1024x1024 img_2209_1024x1024Works on Whatever is a project by the Art Production Fund.  They make these great beach towels– which are huge, and will give you enough room for two.  And it’s a non-profit organization dedicated to creating projects that will reach new audiences and promote art.  This towel is designed by Rirkrit Tiravanija.  There are towels available by Barbara Kruger, Yoko Ono, John Baldessari, and Cecily Brown.  There are also water bottles!

I Am Busy Beach Towel  You’ll definitely need some swim shorts.  Warriors of Radness and Franks’ are both good options, and are available at Opening Ceremony. Franks are on sale! Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 2.52.44 PMOne thing you really will need is sunblock.  I understand you want to tan your skin, but the sun is just too harsh these days people, it’s not the 90s’ anymore.  Get some Supergoop sunblock, and this natural Aromatic Bug Repellent by Intelligent Nutrients, a new company from the founder of Aveda.  It smells amazing and contains no deet or anything bad for you.  Available at Intelligent Nutrients at ABC Carpet and Home.Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 2.39.14 PM certified_organic_perfume_spray_1Lastly, bring a real book.  I prefer to bring picturebooks to the beach.  I’ll be bringing along my copy of Tom Bianchi’s Fire Island, which features Polaroids from his visits to Fire Island back in ’75-’89.  The forward is by Edmund White, and the book includes a personal account of what it was like for Tom to arrive in Fire Island.

“I came to see Fire Island as more than a place. In the Pines I found a force that gave birth to and nurtured my gay soul.” Tom BianchiTom Bianchi Fire Island Pines


Artbook: Collective Design Fair

8 May

Artbook Logo Collective Design FairI had the pleasure of finding the best books about design to include in the first ever Collective Design Fair taking place right now through May 11th.Artbook Collective Design Fair  Artbook asked me to transform a former parking garage and municipal storage facility at pier 57 in Manhattan, into a pop-up shop selling the best design books you can buy.  On Friday at 2:00, we will be having a book event with the author Jeffrey Head about the artist/designer Paul Evans.  Get a copy for yourself at the fair or online using my special Popular Offerings reader discount code ARTBOOK25.Paul Evans Book

House of Ladosha: Made in Queens

16 Apr

What’s the tea? House of Ladosha is a team of queens in Queens that create music, events, balls and T-Shirts.  I am really into this Rhianna/Nirvana tee.  Check them out on Soundcloud and scamper over to their website and order a T to wear to the TEA DANCE.  Limited edition shirts are available at VFILES.RIHANNAFROWN Ladosha_T_G Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 3.44.45 PM 422150_10150765299549572_476209280_n jewel_tee_black

Karl Lagerfeld designed plastic shoes for Melissa//Brazil

9 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 4.49.48 PMI am mainly posting this for my mother, because she has more shoes in her closet room than most people do.  Karl Lagerfeld has designed some plastic heels for Melissa of Brazil.  These designer collaborations are nothing new for Melissa with past designers including, Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood, and The Campana Brothers.  Remember jellies? (click here if you want to refer to what they looked like, I wouldn’t dare put them on Popular Offerings).  Karl wouldn’t let you wear jellies.  They come in a variety of flavors and are available at Colette.Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 4.48.30 PM

California Style: Steven Harrington

9 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 5.40.07 PM The California based artist Steven Harrington has created a very unique lamp in an edition of 12.  His whimsical, colorful, tribalish work is very Cali, and reminds me of cheerful little hobbit men living in the base of a big redwood tree.  I love the turquoise paint splattered shade, do I sense a DIY project coming on?  The lamp is his first project with wood, and is in collaboration with Case Studyo.Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 5.39.39 PM

Hot Fireplace by Ryosuke Fukusada: Salone Del Mobile, Milan 2013

4 Apr

This is a new fireplace set designed by Ryosuke Fukusada in collaboration with Eco Smart Fire that debuted this week at the Italian design fair, Salone Del Mobile in Milan.  This fireplace is good inside with ethanol fuel, or outside with wood.  I love the nod to the traditional Adobe fireplace, with the ceramic, and southwest colorways.  These are not yet available, but they’ll be on the market soon and would make a perfect addition to any home.faro-fireplace-rui-pereira-ryosuke-fukusada-2-643x435 faro-fireplace-rui-pereira-ryosuke-fukusada-1

Hot tub time machine: Weltevree

4 Apr

When searching for vacation homes, I always look for a hot tub.  I don’t know what I expect– I guess i’m looking for a transcendent experience every time I step into a tub.  I came across Weltevree, a Dutch company which makes these beautiful hot tubs that aren’t your usual square plastic multi-jet hot tubs.  The tubs are light enough to lift with two people, and require zero power.  The tubs are heated by wood, and the water circulates around the coils and back into the tub.  For all of my non-US residents, this one may be easier to get outside of the states, but it is possible!weltevree095_copy2s dutchtub-kinderen-spatten-ws-LRG weltevree1-640

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