Sugahara has an inspiring company statement. Here's an excerpt:
There is a moment when glass, as a liquid under extreme heat, attains its supreme beauty. That moment is captured, and a form is given to it. Drawing out the infinite potential of glass to the fullest Creating a unique shine and flowing forms To do this, Craftsmen stand face-to-face with glass each day and listen to its voices.
Waterlife is a silk-screen book, printed by hand on handmade paper with natural dyes in Chennai, India. It is published by Tara Books. There are 3,000 hand-numbered copies available. Author and illustrator Rambharos Jha uses a traditional style of folk painting known as Mithila. Remarkable. You can also find it on Amazon.
(*via Brain Pickings)
Grain is now offering these beautiful handwoven pillows and bath towels, made in collaboration with artists in Guatemala. The colors are produced through a natural dye process using leaves, flowers, seeds, barks, and roots of indigenous plants of the Guatemalan Highlands. Prices range from $18-145.
My pal Jessa Blades put me on to the lovely online pop-up shop, QUITOKEETO. It's a lovely place to visit and has an interesting business model. They pop-up with a few select items for sale every "now and then, when the stars align, and the products are just right." Their shop will feature any assortment of personal or home goods, all carefully chosen by owners Heidi Swanson (of cooking fame) and Wayne Bremser. Sign up for their newsletter to be informed when new releases are announced. Great place to look for one special gift.
I love the latest work from Bario Neal, the Philly-based jewelry design studio. All of their pieces are made from reclaimed precious metals and ethically sourced stones.
They have an online shop full of beautiful wedding bands, engagement rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants. They are also available for custom work.
Above, enamel bracelet in yellow gold, $315.
(*via Unruly Things)
I'm delighted to return for an afternoon at the Thornwillow shop, which lives inside The St. Regis Hotel, for a Valentine's Day Salon. Saturday, February 9th, I will be providing personalized calligraphy inscriptions on love notes and cards for all Thornwillow clientele from 3 to 6 pm.
It's such a beautiful space and they produce some of the most elegant stationery you can find. Come visit! Have a Red Snapper while you're there -- the birthplace of the bloody mary, mmmm.
View the lovely invitation here.
Thornwillow at The St Regis Hotel 2 East 55th Street, Manhattan
Dana Tanamachi is a lovely person and an extremely talented lettering artist. Her new prints ($60) are beautiful. Even more remarkable, through the end of 2012, 100% of the proceeds of this poster will go to Restore NYC, an organization providing long-term aftercare for women who are survivors of sex trafficking in New York City.
No time to write! We are swimming in boxes at the studio, shipping out tons of holiday goodies daily. Pretty awesome. These are the so-cute-you-could-eat-'em red boxes that we ship gift orders in. Sealed up with our very own Don't-open-til-Christmas tape. Yum!