Saturday, March 31, 2007

accidental interview #7
...a periodic presentation from hoping for happy accidents



i'm a little in awe of yen ha and michi yanagishita.
these two architects (and grads of carnegie mellon), who met one day in pittsburgh's schenley park, now run the stellar front studio together. when not shaping space in interesting and beautiful ways, they are redefining the idea of "ladies who lunch".
collaborating with a good friend, doing something creative that you love for a living, coffee and dessert every day at 4pm...
where do i go to sign up?




what did you want to be when you were a child?
+ wonder woman
+ mathematician
+ oceanographer

what inspires your work?
+ everything that is around us, that we come into contact with, see, or
hear
+ accidental happinesses :)

happiness is?
+ eating foods that make you happy to be alive
+ unexpectedly witnessing something beautiful

browsing often?
+ bookstores - virtual and physical
+ local neighborhood - soho, nolita, chinatown and union square
+ drugstore.com

wishing for?
our dream day: go grocery shopping with jeffrey steingarten, have thomas
keller
prepare the food, and eat the dinner with clive owen.

listening to?
+ npr all things considered
+ lagaan soundtrack
+ department of eagles
+ jenny lewis

escaping with?
+ ny times crosswords
+ world of interiors
+ new yorker
+ saveur
+ gawker
+ whiskey

morning?
+ breakfast
+ coffee
+ thinking about lunch

noon?
+ lunch
+ afternoon espresso
+ thinking about dinner

night?
+ dinner
+ wine
+ thinking about breakfast

what are you looking forward to?
+ our next good meal
+ designing great architecture
+ traveling to anywhere we haven't been before
+ lazy summer days

the future is?
today and tomorrow

the past is?
yesterday and today

your happiest accident?
shortly after front studio underwent a partnership change and it became just michi and i {yen}, we came across our initials in the sidewalk.

Friday, March 30, 2007


photo by thomas j. story

i was so happy to see over on knit squirrel that there's a great article in sunset magazine about the home remodel of heath ceramics owners catherine bailey and robin petravic. i really love and admire their style and their careful care-taking of the company's quality and identity. my boyfriend and i recently registered with heath for our wedding and were so surprised and pleased a week or so later to receive a lovely hand-written pancake & franks thank you note from the company.
who does that kind of thing anymore?
they're good people.

added: did you see? selvedge now has a store!
(via lotta jansdotter)

...a new accidental interview will be posted this weekend. have a good one!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

this is a short one.



swapmeat
(via swiss miss)

...oh and i am in love with this positively juicy ring by the multi-talented lisa solomon.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007



what a cute bag...very old lady chic.

love this new book
(via book by its cover)

and these cards are so pretty...

and and this ring too.

other things:
* oh i like sprink
* wonderful shopping at beklina...from my inbox
* looking forward to having small people of my own some day

but the very best is...
i scored some tickets to see bjork this morning.
may is shaping up to be quite a month.

Monday, March 26, 2007


this is my favorite room.

ever since fanja posted this image from the japanese publication come home, i haven't been able to get it out of my head. the colors, the textures, the wood, the warmth. its such an inspiring room! so this weekend, when i cracked open the april issue of domino magazine and flipped through to find this sofa...




...well, i was beyond happy. its perfect. i'm not really looking for a sofa, but this is just too good. it looks so much like the vintage chairs in my inspiration photo - like its the sofa just beyond the edges of the photo.

and to top it all off, finding the sofa led me to the super fabulous room.
i like it all.
a very happy accident.



that parker sure is pretty...

Sunday, March 25, 2007



i love these new ads. vincent gallo for ysl.
although he's insane, he's my favorite.
(click to view larger)

more manly links:
+ i love the style guy
+ godspeed the well-dressed man
+ engineered garments
+ seize sur vingt

...and this is just kind of amazing.

...and i almost forgot to mention, that i saw ann liv young this weekend at the kitchen. it was really really really super great.
dance with abandon. kind of mind-blowing.
i really don't want to see art that isn't like this.
if you aren't afraid, you should go see it.

(sometimes i wish i could write more about the performance work that i see. i see a lot of it. but it sort of conflicts with my job. argh.)

Friday, March 23, 2007


i'm inspired...
especially by elisabeth dunker, but its all good at lula
(via moco loco)

and
there's a new accidental interview coming very very soon...

Thursday, March 22, 2007



lotta jansdotter is having a mega sale to move out all her merchandise from past seasons. you can check it out on-line or stop by her studio this sunday, march 25th, from 12 - 4pm.

lotta jansdotter studio
75c hoyt street
brooklyn, ny

Tuesday, March 20, 2007


this past weekend, i happily joined the cult of pinkberry and saw the wonderful film version of the namesake. super nice.

other super nice things:
+ this (shown above) and these (taupe!) over here.

+ ooga booga...didn't know there was an on-line store...

+ landscape products

+ love these aprons from teresa green (available at luxeville, via design*sponge)

oh...and is anyone from vancouver? or has anyone been there recently? if so...e-mail me please...i have a few questions. thanks!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

do you know what's a good feeling?

joy.



love these opening ceremony coats at creatures of comfort.

oh oh and so excited about book by its cover






by trico
(oh and yes, they ship to the u.s.)

...not sure who makes the other things, but i know the pillows are by donna wilson.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


this tie dye dress at apc is kind of perfect.
i think i'm going to try to make one for myself.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


some shoe love
or rather, lust
(available at gravity pope)

these, these and these are nice too...

Monday, March 12, 2007


i think these amazing wood birds by heather amuny-dey popped up on design*sponge recently...so i may be a little late to the party...but i thought they were so wonderful they were worth mentioning again.


i first posted about rogan objects last year, but recently checked their website and found these almost eerie-looking glass cylinder pendants. gorgeous.

Saturday, March 10, 2007



i'm really attracted to the texture, shape and colors of these rafia flats from tashkent by cheyenne. so pretty.

my post about fall 2007 fashion is long overdue, but i guess i really haven't been inspired by much that i've seen in the shows. these days my fashion inspiration has been coming from the amazing style pics over on the sartorialist.

these prints by isamu noguchi are interesting...

so is this new-to-me blog.

oh and have you seen fanja's amazing new chair???
go see!

Thursday, March 08, 2007


spring is coming...
get ready

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


have you seen the beautiful blankets at brahms/mount textiles?

also, like lena, i can't wait until muji opens here in new york. can't wait.
saving my pennies...

Monday, March 05, 2007


germany has arrived at the salvor kiosk.

Sunday, March 04, 2007



i love this ring and all the other beautiful things over on the most excellent grijs.
is it a sign that the hand above looks a lot like my own???

oh and...
+ she's just stunning.
+ community is beautiful.

Saturday, March 03, 2007



this morning i'm inspired

by miranda july's new live performance work, THINGS WE DON’T UNDERSTAND AND DEFINITELY ARE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT, which i saw last night at the kitchen here in new york. it breaks your heart and then puts it back together again.

when it comes to your city, you should try and see it too.

i'm also quite excited about her upcoming book of short stories.

Friday, March 02, 2007



this has been the birthday of the necklace.

two of the necklaces in the picture above were gifted to me this year.
the super long, white resin river stone necklace is from dinosaur designs, a gift from my husband-to-be. the shorter wood bead necklace was a happy birthday thrifting find. and the third, long polished wood bead necklace...well...that one was found in vienna last year. somehow it made its way into the photo. perhaps because its standing in for this one (best seen here)...a belated birthday gift that is winging its way to me in the mail.

also two interesting links...
+ pour porter
+ from my e-mail inbox...delicate adornments by jimena

my head is fuzzy today.
just like my photo.
too much champagne last night. but still happy. yep.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

yesterday was my birthday.
i'm a little behind today...
a little sluggish from eating too much gâteau au citron...
a lot happy...

more tomorrow...
in the meantime, check out the new blueprint magazine blog, bluelines.

oh and how could i forget mav's stellar new photograph & print project. wow!