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Spring will spring…one of these days!

March 24, 2010

Here is a great addition to your spring and summer fun!  Solar powered party lights!  New from Ikea this season… Solig.

solar2Each fixture is 12″ in diameter and  has one rechargeable AA 1.2V battery for the solar cell driven power, no electrical hookups required.  The lamp is LED with a  life time approx. 20,000 hours.  When the battery is fully charged, the product will shine for approx. 9 hours.  Recharging time is 8 hours in direct sunlight.

Go to the Ikea website and check it out!  These are perfect for Wilmington!

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Inspired by Fashion – Part 1

March 1, 2010

A few months ago there was an interesting article in Architectural Digest.  It was entitled, “Fashionably Inspired.  At F. Schumacher, A Tradition of Combining Couture and Interior Design” written by Jeffrey Simpson.  In it he wrote:

” In 1889 Frederic Schumacher came to New York with a French textile company called Passavant & Co. Once there, Schumacher decided that he liked the United States, with its new mansions crying out for decoration; that same year he bought the Passavant inventory and opened F. Schumacher & Co. at 22nd Street and Broadway on Manhattan’s Ladies’ Mile. In relatively short order it became one of the city’s leading textile suppliers.

It was Frederic Schumacher’s nephew and heir, Pierre Pozier, who most likely brought the first fashion luminary into the F. Schumacher fold.

Just before 1930, Pozier, who, throughout his career, worked half the year in Paris and who had commissioned as well as designed fabrics in the Art Moderne style, asked Poiret to create the first designer collection for the firm.

Using his signature bold colors, Poiret came up with simple Modernist images for his fabrics. He used shapes to project color in the way that his contemporaries, the Cubist painters, did. As Poiret once said, “There is only one place where you can put a splash of color. Here or there is not good enough; it has to be precisely placed.” (In the early 1970s F. Schumacher reissued Poiret’s designs, using the colors of the day—pinks and lime greens—but it is his original designs, with their juxtapositions of strong, simple colors—oranges and mauves—that survive in the archives.) …

…One indissoluble tie between fashion and interior design is that they both require taste to be appreciated. Architecture, which Johann Wolfgang von Goethe called “frozen music,” is of course the envelope for interior design and the necessary setting of the streetscapes and landscapes in which we all live. It is always thought that a totally integrated environment includes architecture and interior design, working in harmony. Thanks to F. Schumacher’s imaginative efforts over the years, we know that the third component of that integrated environment is the design sense that comes with fashion.”

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Paul Poiret was a French designer, 1876 – 1944.  He was a principal figure in the Art Deco movement, known to have “liberated women from their corseted past”.  He loved “bold fantasy and brilliant color… and the simplicity of repeated imagery”.  He later founded an art school where “…young women were encouraged to design in total creative freedom.  Poiret’s students took trips to the botanical gardens, the aquarium, and the countryside, where they made sketches of plant and animal life to use in their designs.  From these, textiles were produced for fashion, upholstery, curtains, wallpaper, carpets and all types of home furnishings.”

 

To read the complete article, here is the link:

http://www.architecturaldigest.com/resources/features/2008/05/schumacher_article?currentPage=2

For further information on Poiret:

http://www.metmuseum.org/publications/bulletins/1/pdf/3258792.pdf.bannered.pdf

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