25,000 brown paper bags on a continuous surface that arches from floor to ceiling

I’m liking this wall covering, a lot! A great use of found materials. Lots of visual interest. I’m certain it adds a create deal of sound absorption. Anyone who’s shopped in SoHo knows that the shops can seem like concrete tunnels. The brick and other hard surfaces make them very cold and echo like mad.

Give a read to this article and let me know your thoughts.


In response to the rich history of the space and through the juxtaposition of industrial elements with the handmade, Barbour sought to create a place that is both familiar and timeless. OWEN features Barbour’s latest concept of 25,000 brown paper bags on a continuous surface that arches from floor to ceiling. The repetition of the paper bags results in a honeycomb-like structure that defines a warm, organic volume that sits within the existing industrial brick and concrete space. Additionally, all clothing, accessories, and jewelry are displayed on quartz slab tables, blackened steel hang-bars and steel and glass vitrines whose linearity and crisp details sit in contrast to the delicate texture of the paper arch beyond.

 Read full article and see more images here!

Kanye West’s seven-screen pavilion / OMA 7S Pavilion Cannes Cruel Summer Screening 4_ Philippe Ruault – ArchDaily

Take a look and tell me what you think? Not so much a fan of KW, but I like this screening set up. It’s like being inside the movie. You’re surrounded by screens from all sides so you can see what’s on the floor, ceiling, to the left and right as well as straight on. I wonder if I’d feel nauseous kinda like Imax?

Kanye West’s seven-screen pavilion / OMA 7S Pavilion Cannes Cruel Summer Screening 4_ Philippe Ruault – ArchDaily.

Decorative Arts

My friends at Object Lesson featured this Steuben bowl today. Steuben was America’s premier crystal and glassware maker of the early 20th century. This is the Zodiac Bowl made by Sidney Biehler in 1935. At 16″ in diameter, this is a great size for a decorative piece on a mantle, shelf, or table.

Trending: Outdoor Rugs

Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s 97 degrees here in the Valley today. Yes, but, it’s not 97 degrees in the rest of the country. While we hybernate during the Summer months, the rest of America lives it up in their backyards and pool decks.

I’ve fallen in love with outdoor rugs and I know you will too.

Take these Grammercy Medallion Rug from Frontgate Contract (available retail, too! check the Internet). It’s hand sheared, has a UV protection. Comes with a tootsie tickling 1/2″ pile and is virtually impervious to weather and foot traffic. Get this, simply “hose-clean” and air dry. Kinda like the Honda Element when it first came out years ago.

This luxurious and elegant area rug is available in 7 sizes, including rounds and three colors, Honey, Black, or Natural. I’m partial to the black, it’s so elegant. But it all depends on the color scheme of your furniture.

Don’t have outdoor furniture? Frontgate has a plethora of yummy traditional and modern styles to choose from. Again, they specialize in contract, but if you like something on their site, I’m sure you can find it at retail.

Like this Venetian Glass-top Italian Bistro dining table with aqua base and shell dining chairs, also in aqua. All come in sand-cast aluminum with a long-lasting powercoat finish. Available in six fade-resistent colors. You can swop out the glass-top for a hand painted tabletop, or event pick another style of chair such as Noveau Chair or Venetian Chair.  This table and chair set are timeless, elegant and so exotic.