Saturday, October 25, 2008

Greenpoint design conference part 1

I'm very excited to announce that we will host our very first "greenpoint design conference" saturday, oct. 25th and nov.1st from 6-8pm featuring six amazing local designers. In a casual setting designers will share their thoughts, process and work.

This saturday Oct. 25th:
Sarah Magid Cakes: The woman behind the amazing "Golden Twinkees"
Andreea Avram Rusu: Sublime lighting design
Llubav Choy Duerr: Combining her background in textile, surface and interior design, her love of fashion, and a personal aesthetic of art as visual feast, Llubav seeks to brighten your day with her stitched-felt stationary, hand-crafted fashion accessories, and ornate home adornments. After spending the first ten years of her life in the small fishing village that is Chimbote, Peru, Llubav left her native land on a journey that would take her – after a two year sojourn in Mexico – to Herndon, Virginia, and then New York City. Heavily influenced by the vibrant cultures of Latin America, and professionally trained at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Llubav uses Hungarian wool felt, American wool, filigree, and vintage embellishments to produce creations that are as unique and colorful as her upbringing. Llubav lives in Brooklyn and can be contacted at

On Nov.1st:
Screech Owl Design: Refined stationary, homewares and art
Joey Roth: The unique and handsome teapot
Oblik Atelier/ Mia Hebib: Limited edition exquisite jewelry design

Toast the evening in support of local design!

A contribution of $15 suggested. The wine's on us!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

higher ground

Dear friends, I'm very excited to be able to show the work of two amazing artists this month. South Carolina artist Danna Ray and New York resident Jane Virga will show a collection of paintings and sculptures inspired by their love for the natural and the rural wilderness.

Join us this friday evening, Oct. 17th, from 6-8pm for the opening reception. Wine from our wonderful local Dandelion Wines will be served.

(photos, Jane getting her deer ready in the store, Danna's "in the light")

sneak peak

Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments regarding our sneak peak in design sponge this week. And a super big thank you to Kai, my family and Grace and Anne! xo

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

flowers for martha

A little personal note here as I embark on my first project for Martha Stewart Weddings (thanks to the brilliant Vanessa Holden). You'll be finding me at the store a lot these days, sipping Tay tea in the light of my starlightz, designing with flowers in mind...

sweet songs

Our very wonderful au pair Marius volunteered to model for jan & äya a few weeks ago. With the help of the incredible hair styling talent of my friend Yasu, Marius' sweet serenades transported us back to the folk days of the 60's. (thank you Tuva, our neighbor's loving chow dog, for being part of our shoot)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

open calls, sweet weekends and our community & the world all this saturday

1. OPEN CALLS: Interested artists and designers should contact us by email or phone to make an appointment. Open calls will be held every first tuesdays (6-8pm) and saturday (6-8pm) of the month. Currently we are looking for work that would coincide with our "alpine" fall theme, but are open to see all works for future shows. Please email us and wonderful new intern, Sarah, will contact you to schedule an appointment.

2. SWEET WEEKENDS: Sarah's Goldies return this weekend!

3. OUR COMMUNITY & THE WORLD: great discussions on life, politics and society. Join fellow New York citizens for a casual breakfast, hosted by my husband, Kai Krienke.