Daily Diary

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Daily Diary 07.07.21: I’m getting my July Journal posts ready for launch this week. You’ll notice a slight change in the format. OK, it’s actually a huge change, more in line with what I want IAMTHELAB to be: a place where you click and discover. I’ll save some of the commentary for the podcast, which is almost ready to launch. In the meantime, we need to talk about ping pong. Yes, you read that right. If these custom ping pong tables, the results of a collaboration between Campbell Hay and Art of Ping Pong, don’t make you want to pick up a paddle, I don’t know what will. I found them via Wallpaper and had to hop over to both websites to see if I could find out more info. Alas, these particular models are in use at London’s Islington Square, but Art of Ping Pong has some other incredible designs to purchase. One more thing: if you are looking to buy a new iMac, head over to Grovemade to read their comprehensive unboxing.
Daily Diary 07.02.21: I just added some brand new prints to my Design Studio shop and I’m pretty excited by this new collection. The Paradox Prints are some of my favorites and I wanted to find some handmade objects to coordinate with them. For lighting, I found the Signal Wall Light from Gantri and I think it would pair nicely. I love it in Sedona. Has a touch of Miami Beach vibe to it. Since I have a ton of books, I could definitely see myself owning a pair of Dumbo Bookend in Sand by Tortuga. One of their reviewers called them cute and I concur. Lastly, Dowel Jones has the perfect seating for viewing my new prints with their 1/5 Thimble stool. I just adore that thing! Lastly, since I’m dreaming, I’ll take one of those Duo rugs by Grain. I really do want to own something from Grain one of these days. They make such wonderful and sustainable products.
Daily Diary 06.28.21: One of the things I really miss about traveling is not having access to museums. Maybe you are like me in this regard. Moving through those large and almost ominous environs, often characterized by a near-silence that seems to be amplified by echos and mood lighting, tends to put me into a state of open-eyed absorption. With all that said, let’s create a virtual museum moment. Imagine sitting in this chair, the Hauner & Eisler Reversible chair, designed in all its modern glory in 1955. I found it via Béton Brut. Can you believe this was designed in 1955? Amazing, right? OK, sitting down? Good. Now, in front of you is the work of textile artist Rachel DuVall. I found her work via Cereal. Is there really any other art form more contemplative and mesmerizing than weaving? We’re not done setting the mood: add this new watermelon and chili candle from those scent pros over at P.F. Candle. Sounds incredible, yes? OK, mood set, take a seat, luxuriate in art, breath.
Daily Diary 06.25.21: I cannot think of a single, legitimate reason to own a slingshot, but that does not stop me from wanting one of Melanie Abrantes’ DIY kits. It’s made from beech wood and looks like it would get me in a lot of trouble. Let’s just say I did cause a mild ruckus by acting like a 10 year old. How would I escape from the scene of my mayhem? It would be on a Tokyobike, naturally. I just love the Sport in Matte Stone. Alas, I’m a responsible adult person and I would never do anything so silly. Instead, you will find me learning how to layer scents the P.F. Candle way.
Daily Diary 06.24.21: I don’t know if you’ve noticed this trend in architecture recently, but using what appears to be off-the-shelf-plywood is huge right now. I feel a little torn by it, honestly. One side of me loves seeing such a readily available material being used in often elevated ways. On the other hand, like most trends, it seems to be everywhere these days. There are homes that I’ve seen where the exteriors looks so modern and refined and then you take a look inside and…plywood. Not that it doesn’t often look amazing, it’s just that the juxtaposition can be abrupt. Here is a home where using this type of raw material makes sense to me. I found this house on Field Mag: The Inoki-Ye House in  by the Office for Environment Architecture. Plywood seems right here. It’s a rustic design in an urban environment. It feels like a space that should be in the country, which to me must make this home a respite from its surroundings. I’m sure I’ll see more homes using this and similar materials, especially with the cost of building materials continuing to rise. What do you think about plywood as a common building material?