Category Archives: design

Rita Konig: The Complete House

I’m not sure where my infatuation/obsession? with Rita Konig began, but I know that it was cemented during the golden years of Domino magazine. Whenever I spotted her byline on a story, I knew I was in for a treat, whether the subject was how to decorate a rental (she found NYC’s “just paint it […]


  Thanks to the online rabbit-hole that — circa 2015 — is Instagram: new-to-me stationery brand Kartotek. Based in Copenhagen, the line of winsomely minimalist stationery is sure to be on many a paper lover’s wish list for the holidays. There are notebooks galore in muted colors and graphic patterns, utilitarian-with-a-touch-of-pretty planners and lists, as well […]

Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs

Lest there be any remaining doubt, let me affirm once again: I am obsessed with Japanese publishing. On my latest visit to JP Books (to collect the new issue of Cluél magazine), I spotted Coffee Shop and Concept Store Designs: From Interior To Tools (Pie Books, $25) on display behind the registers. The words “coffee” and “design” […]

John Derian: Fall 2015

It’s not even Halloween yet, but I’m already sneakily starting to think about Christmas lists, both for giving and receiving. John Derian‘s fall 2015 collection is bursting with decoupage plates and paperweights that show off my favorite subjects (birds, foliage, and constellations) to simple, elegant effect. A few of my favorites are highlighted above — I was […]

Happy Menocal

I’ve been a fan of Brooklyn artist Happy Menocal for a while, and though her wedding invitations and save-the-dates are de rigueur in Vogue these days, I had the good sense to listen to my friend E back in 2006 when she was raving about Happy. At the time, I was enchanted with Happy’s watercolor takes on […]