British designer, Tracy Wilkinson launched TW Workshop earlier this year for her new collection of handmade ceramics, one of a kind furniture and home accessories. I love her planters, ceramic vessels intricately woven with wicker and twine. The rustic, handmade look would be a wonderful way to warm up a modern space—especially this time of year! She has a masters degree in fashion and textile design from the royal college of art, and now lives and works in LA. Shake it Tracy.
“Would you like to play a game?” Yes, I’m quoting the 80′s movie War Games! Anyway…how wonderful are the “War Games” by Fredericks & Mae?! Jolie Mae Signorile and Gabriel Fredericks Cohen are an art/design team who create unique and often unexpected objects for the home. What a fun gift for the design lover in your life. Shake it.
Curtis Micklish designs and builds wonderful creations out of wood and metal. I found this bike rack on Etsy and was instantly smitten. I love the concept of hanging your bike like a piece of art and this simple little shelf is perfect for that. One of my other favorite pieces of his is The Butler. The Butler is made to fit your wallet and keys in the top sleeve, your iphone on the side slot, with a concealed space for your charging cord, glasses, hat or whatever other go-to item on the slide out walnut piece. Check the time and go. Shake it Curtis.
I do believe it’s been a while since I have mentioned a fabulous chair. So here it is—the Stuck Chair by OATO Design Office. It was created by taking apart all the elements of an archetypical chair and rearranging them as if they were simply stuck together. This way it doesn’t need additional supports. All the elements now have a supporting role in the total structure of the chair. The chair is made entirely of oak wood and powder coated steel, not to mention it looks super cool. Shake it.
I am loving everything about Keating Woodworks, from his craftsmanship and attention to detail, to his tag-line “Made in the mid-west with my own bare hands”. Geoffrey Keating is a fifth-generation furniture maker, his grandfathers built churches and monasteries throughout the southwestern United States. Geoffrey worked as a roofer in Texas and a mechanic for a professional racing team before getting his graduate degrees in theology from Yale and Notre Dame. Then he decided to do what his ancestors have done and work with wood. His goal is to create furniture that is “as beautiful as it is useful.” I think he has done just that. Shake it Geoffrey.
I’m loving the useful, little Tokyo lamps by Misewell. The neck and legs are made of recycled steel, each lamp is capped with an oatmeal colored rolled-edge shade. The shade pivots and the neck angle can be adjusted to give the Tokyo the perfect stance. Tokyo I is the petite version of Tokyo II and fits well on most shelves, but both look great on a desk, table, or dresser. Shake it Misewell.
Inspired by bicycle frames the Thread Family by Flip Sellin of Coordination consists of three members- Thread Small Stool, Thread Bistro Table & Thread High Stool. The collection features well crafted lathed threads and tops from walnut wood connected by a visible wedge-joint on a welded steel base. Shake it Flip.
I’m loving these graphic print pillows designed by Elisabeth Dunker in the Fine Little Day shop. Elisabeth Dunker is an artist and photographer based in Gothenburg, Sweden. She is also the creator and author of Fine Little Day, a blog devoted to appreciating everyday life, creativity and eye candy in different forms. Elisabeth loves handmade things – folk art, outsider art and the art of children. Shake it.
Matthew Cleland of Score+Solder makes these unique terrariums by hand in Pender Island, British Columbia. Each sculptural planter is made-to-order with handmade glass and lead-free solder and comes with everything you need but the plants. They come in a variety of geometric shapes for tabletop or hanging. “A traveling gypsy, matthew cleland makes his beautiful pieces by hand. His skills are passed down through ten generations and continued by this magician. With a flask in one and a soldering iron in the other, he brings you one of a kind pieces of art.” Shake it.
One of my favorite Portland shops Machus carries these super cool bike lights. The BOOKMAN Light is designed to meet the modern demands of material and energy efficiency, but most importantly to look fabulous on your bike. BOOKMAN says— “inspired by the bustling bike life of the European metropolis, the focus is the urban bicyclist, for whom style is as important as function. Our design aesthetic is simple but expressive, minimalistic but playful.” I say shake it.