Posted By Abby - New York | Mar 26, 2009 | No Comments | Category: Designers

A friend I met while attending Pratt Institute just launched her website and I thought I’d give her a plug!

L. Danielle Fennoy started her firm {revamp} interior design a couple years ago and is quickly blazing her own trail in the design world! Below are some of my favorite outcomes.

A Midtown Manhattan apartment infused with orange (When can I move in?):

A tranquil West Village 2-bedroom:

A warm Chelsea home:

Check out Danielle’s website for Before & After shots, as well as tid-bits on each project and more info about her process & philosophy.

Keep up the great work Danielle and congrats on the website!

ducduc, goose!

Posted By Abby - New York | Mar 17, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Kids

I first stumbled upon a children’s furniture maker called ducduc when I attended ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in NYC a few years ago. I was browsing for ideas and inspiration for a project I was working on; designing 3 children’s bedrooms and a playroom. ducduc was the first line of children’s furniture I saw with a modern aesthetic, clean lines, and bright colors. They gave me a promotional T-shirt with their adorable logo on it, a simple duck in orange on the front and it read “quack baby” on the back.

I proudly jogged around Brooklyn in that T-shirt! (And I’d like to think I drummed up some business for them!) They were previously carried only by other retailers (Design Public, 2Modern, etc.) but they now have their own showroom at 525 Broadway in NYC. I ended up purchasing this play table for my client’s son.

They even have some furniture that I would gladly purchase for myself. Why should the kids get all the nice stuff?

I’m also a big fan of their complete room designs. (And everyone knows I’m OBSESSED with this wallpaper!)

Not only is the furniture manufactured right here in the USA, the people at ducduc are friends of the environment and strong supporters of several charitable organizations. I realize this look isn’t for everyone but I suspect there are dozens of brownstones in Park Slope decked out in ducduc!

Less is More

Posted By Abby - New York | Mar 16, 2009 | 10 Comments | Category: Walls

I love wallpaper. I love a little coordination. Not sure if I love this:

Seems a bit over-done and reminds me a little of this:

Focus On An Artist

Posted By Abby - New York | Mar 04, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Art

A few months ago I saw a story on the local news about an artist who does his work in the subway. Ok, so a lot of artists work down there but what was special about this artist was his medium. He uses the MTA Subway maps as his canvas and sharpies and paint pens as his medium. I Googled a few combinations and found several articles and images of his work. I know I’m biased because I’m a New Yorker but his works and story are impressive. Take a look:

I found a short bio on GalleryFront.com. Enrico Miguel Thomas is this talented artist’s name and he earned a BFA at my alma mater, Pratt Institute. It sounds like he had a tough childhood and hopes to one day contribute some of his earnings from art to other children who have suffered abuse.

I love you Enrico! And your art! And your cause! I’m so upset I haven’t run into you on the platform. Especially while waiting for the L at 14th Street. (Lord knows I’ve spent a lot of time there!)

I think what I really dig about his work is it’s energy. His use of the subway map is so perfect for his subject matter and style. Constant people and movement. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the chaos of life in the city. I know I have. “People are just going through their lives and they’re not really paying attention to the beauty around them. It’s my job as an artist to bring that to the table. To show people ‘hey look you are surrounded by beauty even if you are consumed by a 9-to-5 workday.'” Well said. And even if I haven’t run into you on the platform, thanks for making me stop and reflect.

You know what else I love? He’s made friends with lots of MTA workers who gladly give him the free MTA maps. (Uh-oh, I probably just gave the MTA another way to increase revenue!)

Which station does this guy work in?! He looks like the friendliest MTA worker I’ve ever seen! (Oh, I’m kidding! You’re all lovely.) You gotta love NY! It’s really unbelievable the amount of talent that is just wandering around, doing their thing, living their life.

The work above is of a homeless couple Enrico came across. There is brief description of his experience drawing them and an excellent article about Enrico and his life at the Sun Sentinel. Keep up the good work Enrico! I’m keeping you on my radar! And if anyone I know happens to need a present for me (Anyone? Anyone?), this is what I want!

Photos courtesy of GalleryFront.com, newsday.com, and the Sun Sentinel.