blog • Oct 31,2013, 04:00 AM
Check out our limited edition skull from all angles. To learn more about this collaboration with design Luis Morais, check out our conversation below.
blog • Oct 15,2013, 04:00 AM
I'm pleased to introduce a collaboration with my dear friend, Brazilian designer Luis Morais. I've been intrigued by Luis's work for quite a while, and I wanted to understand why skulls are such a big inspiration for him. Luis introduced me to this world and helped me appreciate it better. As Luis told me himself, "People are fascinated with the skull because it's become a symbol of the rebel—and it's no longer only associated with death; if anything, it's associated with life."
Once we came to a place of shared inspiration, we decided to collaborate, making use of our expertise in sculpting porcelain to create something that is eerie but also distinguished. The technical aspects of working in three dimensions with porcelain are, in fact, quite considerable. It's a finicky material that can easily become deformed or shrink through the production process. It's a fussy thing to work with.
Luis and I went back and forth. He knew how to direct me on the proportions and the nuances of the shape of the skull, and I was inspired by his passion for this most elemental of shapes: "They're a reminder of our temporal nature, and that we should experience our lives to the maximum," he told me. "My job is to look at it and make it beautiful." I took this as a challenge to deliver something that communicates these ideas in a visually sensitive way. We hope you'LL agree that it's a very special piece.
blog • Aug 21,2013, 04:00 AM
Although Emily Post could almost certainly have never imagined the invention of e-mail, or the many other digital mediums that keep society connected these days, she was perceptive beyond her years. In her famous book of Etiquette, published in 1922, she wrote: “The art of general letter-writing in the present day is shrinking until the letter threatens to become a telegram, a telephone message, a post-card.” Just imagine her disdain for Twitter.
While we do enjoy the convenience of digital communications, a well-written, hand-written letter always carries more meaning to the recipient. Which is why, from our hand-crafted letter openers and magnifying glasses, to our beautiful vessels and boxes for pen storage, we’re doing our best to keep the art of correspondence alive and well.
So what makes an artful letter? A quick online search (there we go with technology again) will turn up any number of tips and tricks for writing with style and grace, but in our mind, the thing that matters most is simplicity. Like great design, less is almost always more. Say everything you mean to say, just say as you would in person.
As Ms. Post wisely advised, “Those who use long periods of flowered prolixity and pretentious phrases—who write in complicated form with meaningless flourishes, do not make an impression of elegance and erudition upon their readers, but flaunt instead unmistakable evidence of vainglory and ignorance.”
In short, be yourself. Your style comes from your sincerity. Again, we defer to Ms. Post: “The letter you write, whether you realize it or not, is always a mirror which reflects your appearance, taste and character.” We couldn’t have written it better.
blog • Jun 25,2013, 04:00 AM
Summer has arrived and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one. If, like me, you don’t get out to the shore nearly as often as you’d like – you’ll have to settle for creating some refreshments at home this summer. And what could be more refreshing than a sparkling seasonal cocktail?
I collaborated with Hendrick’s Gin to create a cocktail service fit for summer – The Collector’s Punch. The result combines the best of the season, a generous splash of Hendrick’s Gin, and a dash of timeless design with our Bambou Collection barware.
We recently served up some perfectly chilled Collector’s Punch at a party celebrating the launch of our upcoming fall collection, “Cabinet de Curiosités.” Besides the cocktails, guests got a sneak peak at some of the many unique pieces from the collection. Although not available until August, you can spot many of the items in the pictures below. Cheers!
The Collector’s Punch
4 cups Hendrick’s Gin
2 cups fresh lemon juice
2 cups simple syrup
1 cup Lillet Rouge
5 cups Cherry Green Tea
3 cups sparkling water
Berries to garnish.
Orange Bitters to taste
blog • Apr 16,2013, 04:00 AM
Most people agree that the best dinner parties are those that bring together the most unique blend of attendees… an array of personalities that might seem very different considered individually. Some are bold and colorful, some elegant and refined, but when brought together for a special occasion, they create an amazing and unexpected vitality.
I think the same can be said about the dinner settings!
Earlier this month we put together a fun little video to showcase the many ways in which L’OBJET collections can be combined to create wonderfully unique presentations. Like a great party, it has a distinctive energy, a lot of color, and a few spills along the way. Please have a look. You might just find some inspiration to spice up your next get-together.