Another item that didn’t make it into the NYT gift guide but that I love – a very simple tree swing. Who doesn’t love a tree swing? I spotted this on one of my favorite sites, Hickoree’s Hard Goods.
Description from the site:
It is hand made in Minnesota from local reclaimed elm. The seat is kiln-dried and sanded, with a light coat of mineral oil applied to bring out the natural beauty of the wood. The swing comes with a 20-foot length of the best 3/4″ natural fiber rope. We recommend attaching the rope to the seat with a double over hand stopper knot.
- Seat: 1-5/8″ thick x 12″ in diameter
- Rope: 20 feet long x 3/4″ diameter
Buy it here.
I have never been a beauty product junkie, which is one reason the editor of Organic Spa asked me to do some testing of beauty products (my lip balm test drive is here, and scrubs is here). I don’t buy into hype. I believe good skin is a combination of genetics and common sense. That said, I tend to like chemical free (or as close as they can get) products that either feel good to use or make my skin feel good after using. Kiss My Face’s Ester C Serum does both – it’s light and a tad greasy but that part evaporates quickly. It has a nice tingle to it, but didn’t upset my sensitive skin and I found it very soothing, especially after a few hours in the tropical sun. Read a few reviews and buy it here.
I don’t have a dining table so technically I do not need placemats. Or napkins (isn’t that what paper towels are for?) But I do have a set of these, in red, by Commune Design. Love love love looking at them – even on my desk. And that napkin is big enough to fashion into a tres cool bandana. Napkins, $112/4, placemats $140/4. Not cheap but hey, locally made AND a lot “greener” than using paper towels. Buy them here.
A friend turned me on to a sale in Williamsburg. The guy who made these items is Paul Puccio, a sculptor who also got into making furniture. He had a showroom and studio in Williamsburg for years but is now in his late 70s, getting out of the biz, selling the building and all his stuff. Most of it is OTT crazy in a Donald Trump/ Nouveau Rich Russian way.
But some of it, used properly, could be amazing. A few pics below, nothing shown is over 5k, average was 2500 or less. Most of it is solid stone or a mix of stone/wood/stainless.
There are also some fireplaces and at least one gigantic tub.
They’re closing the space 12/15.
Contact info after pics -
Yes, I am doing a clearance sale on all of Mr. Puccio’s lifetime work, over 5 decades of his craft. It saddened me when Mr. Puccio was showing me the entire collection and tears came to his eyes. He has become more than a client. He is a personal friend and mentor and I have taken this assignment with great honor. We wanted to do something memorable for the community or anyone that wants to acquire some of his work, so we are giving 75% to 90% off his entire collection in order to make it affordable to everyone. This is the first time in 60 years he has allowed the public to come into his private gallery and we would like to extend the same invitation to you.
I will be there tomorrow at 271 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, from 9am to 4pm. Feel free to stop by and I will answer any questions you may have or call me at any time at 646-533-3470.
Agapito (Pete) Garcia
This is a limited edition, gilt-bronze sculpted vessel designed by Claude Lalanne. Cost: $4,800. Yes, it’s a lot of money. But even the coffee table book that Reed Krakoff did a few years ago is listed on Amazon for $650, and there’s only 2 furniture pieces on 1st dibs and they’re listed as “contact dealer.” So $4,800 if you’re Lalanne obsessed might not be so crazy. These are available through Maison Gerard.
Just saw Colin Firth’s latest movie. Design aficionados will gag over the sets – especially his speech therapist’s (played by Geoffrey Rush) office. I couldn’t find good pictures of it online – this is the closest I got:
check out the windows, the perfectly peeling wallpaper, the sofa….
sofa + wall = !!!
Production Design by Eve Stewart, Art Direction by Netty Chapman, Set Decoration by Judy Farr.