Archive for 10 August 2008

Squint!

I’ve been spending several weeks this summer helping clean out an old family house in Chicago. Four generations of Schultz’s have lived there and there is pleeeenty of stuff to sort through, categorize, clean and acquire. My favorite finds so far, in addition to the treasure trove of vintage souvenir scarves collected by an aunt, are several pairs of vintage eyeglasses. I finally made it to the optometrist’s this week to see how much my eyes have changed in three years (not at all, yeah!) and to see how much getting prescription lenses in some of these will cost me. 

All of this is just a roundabout explanation for how and why I picked this week’s design focus subject. Squint, a favorite of Deb and mine’s since we first discovered it three years ago, is a custom upholstery and design firm based in London. Launched in 2005 by artist Lisa Whatmough, who was originally looking for a way to put to use her collection of antique and vintage textiles, she burst onto the scene with brilliant patchwork upholstery on classic furniture pieces.

 

The York sofa by Squint

The York sofa by Squint

 

The Vienna chaise by Squint

The Vienna chaise by Squint

She soon added lighting and accessories and as demand for her pieces grew, she had to abandon the vintage pieces/vintage fabric combinations, although those types of items are available by special order. She now designs her own patterns and furniture blanks, although a custom mix-and-match option is available. Take a closer look at Squint!

A small custom cabinet by Squint.

A small custom cabinet by Squint.

 

 

A silk and velvet mirror by Squint

A silk and velvet mirror by Squint

Gives the term “patchwork” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

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10 August 2008 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Uniform Disaster: Project Runway, Season 5, Episode 4

What a bunch of totally crazy, often fugly looks walked down the runway this week! And how many of the designers were so caught up in their “design vision” that once again, they completely ignored the “givens” of the design challenge? I mean, what Jerrell put up there, however inventive and well constructed it may be, could in no way have been feasible, applicable or even desirable as a Olympic ceremony outfit.

My top three this week were Leanne, Joe and Terri. I thought Korto’s was ok, but the proportions of the vest to the pants looked odd and it didn’t seem as “sportif” as the outfits Leanne and Joe sent down the runway. And Terri’s design was, to me, a marked improvement over the much-heralded official Ralph Lauren uniform.

 

Ralph Lauren’s Beijing Olympic uniform

Ralph Lauren’s Beijing Olympic uniform

Image via Guest of a Guest

 

Terri’s Beijing Olympic uniform

Terri’s Beijing Olympic uniform

But while there were plenty of missteps this week, there’s no doubt it was time for Jennifer to leave. From the beginning she kept referencing “surrealism” in her designs and yet I found little trace of it in her Chanel/prep/WASPy looks. It reminds me of that line from “The Princess Bride” when, after Vizzini has exclaimed “Inconceivable!” after each of The Man in Black’s many escapes, Inigo Montoya says: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” That’s Jennifer and surrealism.

Here’s hoping I score more points this week!

10 August 2008 at 4:20 pm Leave a comment


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