Some Local Talent!

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Feb 23, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Art, Material Girls Projects

I recently had the opportunity to work with Andy Barnes an amazingly talented young photographer who hails from here in good old Chicago.  Always a treat to be able to meet a local while on a national photo shoot!  Go team!

Andy studied photography at Columbia College and has been on the move ever since.  A list of some of his clients includes The Joffrey Ballet, Kohl’s Department Stores, Lands’ End, and Levi’s to name a few.

As you can see from these images culled from his website, Andy has a serene sense of style and a magical take on grabbing details within each frame.  Mesmerizing!









Andy states that “My work often focuses on the environments that people live in and the everyday objects that they use.”  He manages even to make these simple objects look beautiful and elegant.  What a treat.




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The response to MG Abby in NYC was so great that I thought it might be fitting to add some Valentines Day furniture options for all of the fabulous pillows that she discovered and passed along to us…Numero Uno has got to be this “Red Lips Sofa by Bocca.  Do you think that it is too late to order for delivery on the 14th?

Maybe you feel like being alone on Valentines Day for a change…less stress….but still great pillow choices as company….

This combo red hot seating includes your very own musical accompaniment!  Bring on the bubbly.

Cozy two seater aka “Love Seat” :)

Although these chairs seem a bit “cool” they look as if they could actually connect in some sort of way…share a pillow anyone???

Could use a bunch of your favorites here.  Call some peeps and have a cosmo par-tay!

This chair is just screaming for a comfy pillow!  Best if used as part of a set.  Look stackable for last minute guests.

Happy Valentines Day to one and all…however you may decide to celebrate!





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In The Pink

Posted By Julia-Chicago | Feb 04, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Designers

The Future Perfect  in Williamsburg 5 years ago.

Many people credit David Alhadeff with helping to launch the Brooklyn design scene when he opened.  “Brooklyn is everything that everyone expects New York to be but New York is no longer,” he said at the kitchen table of his New York loft.  Owner David,  despite busying himself with interiors projects recently, has finally given a proper website for his wares.  Looking for the latest table object from Jason Miller or Jaime Haylon?  A bubble-gum-pink necklace from Kiel Meade or wireless light switch by Tobi Wong?  Get thee straight to thy keyboard and surf this site.

This large screen of wallpaper is at the top of David’s “Best list” in the apartment.  He had scraps of wallpaper from Timorous Beasties and Cole & Son that he maneuvered into a random pattern. A collage was born!  David labels all that is in his shop as “good new design, kitschy knicknacks and home decor. ”

At the entrance of the home is a massive industrial sliding door with a turquoise patina (my favorite color BTW.)  David scraped it down a bit to create this perfection.

I spy a “Ghost Chair” by Philippe Starck in David’s  dining room!

David states that, ” It never occurred to me that I was painting my room pink.  I know that seems a little crazy.  Historically, pink was for boys, it was a version of red.  Red was a strong color only to be worn by men.  Then “Reader’s Digest” came out and said pink for girls and blue for boys.  That was the turning point.  It’s actually just a very, very strong color.”   It’s called Baker-Miller Pink and is a hue sometimes found in prisons.  The shade is alleged to lower anxiety, increase melatonin production and also to decrease appetite.  David states that “if you can chill out, fall asleep faster and lose weight in a room, it’s perfect.”  I must agree.  Wonder about the prison connection?

In his living room there are two couches: a dark green Chesterfield and a flat “Bottoni” sofa by my hero, Marcel Wanders for Moooi covered in cushions including a graffiti needlepoint pillow by Future Perfect alum Heather Dunbar.  Incredible rug is by Timorous Beasties, yet again.

David has perfected the idea that,  ”luxury is really about the eclectic combination of things.”  I just love that.

All images courtesy of Vogue Living Australia.

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