Remembering Genius Eva Zeisel

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(photo: Talisman Brolin)

Eva Zeisel died over the weekend at the age of 105. For those unfamiliar with her work, Hungarian artist Eva Zeisel managed to amaze + inspire with her hundreds of pieces that were all about curves. (At 103 she was still designing.)

An artist known for her unique approach as a ceramicist, she led a very interesting life up until the end. Having created Pratt Institute’s ceramics arts industrial design department in 1939 Brooklyn, as the first to disregard ceramics as crafts and where Zeisel taught into the early Fifties, she went on to make everyday objects beautiful (her trademark), especially her reinterpretation of the ‘formal dining setting’.

Adopting sensual curves often mimicking that of the human body, a lot of her work also lent itself to the shape of birds, a nod to Hungarian folk art. In Eva’s hands, a salt and pepper shaker set became two organic forms eager to entangle themselves in a lover’s embrace

and even a 2d piece was not immune to her touch

like this Tibetan Wool rug called ‘Dimpled Stimpled’.

She also worked in various other mediums besides ceramics including metal, acrylic, wood and glass, as pictured here with her ‘Mother + Daughter Trestle Table and Chair’.

Having worked for the likes of Sears and Castleton China early in her career to pieces becoming permanent fixtures in museum collections including the MOMA, to reissues of her pieces for contemporaries including Crate and Barrel, Room and Board and others, Zeisel will live on through her undeniably strong contribution to modern living as a whole.

What’s Your Preference When It Comes To A Rolex?

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I’d rather buy a vintage Rolex, and luckily for us, Ben Kilmer of Hodinkee has created this handy guide for *Park & Bond on how to buy a vintage Rolex.  Let’s face it, having the word ROLEX on the face of your new watch purchase just won’t cut it when it’s such a pricey investment, so you can only imagine how happy I was when I stumbled upon this.

Check out how to buy a vintage rolex *here.

*Park & Bond was sadly shut down


My Xmas With Lisbeth

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Was more than thrilling!

Unlike many who spent their Xmas surrounding an endangered pine tree, tricked out in lights and ornaments, I chose to spend mine watching Lisbeth Sander (played by actress Rooney Mara) on the big screen. Lisbeth, for those who don’t know, is the femme fatale of all Femme Fatales in the flick THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (TGWTDT) directed by the talented David Fincher.

TGWTDT, the first novel of Steig Larsson’s Millennium trilogy, and Fincher’s first Hollywood cinematic attempt surprisingly (since Hollywood usually seems to fuck shit up) engages, captivates, excites and delivers! (hope Fincher directs the next two in the series) This film has it all folks – drama, comedy, sex, kink, murder, wit, intrigue and romance!

True, hottie Daniel Craig’s performance doesn’t disappoint, especially with his gorgeous face beautifully faceted with age, but Rooney Mara, who plays Lisbeth Sander, steals the show, hands down! Not only does she command empathy when at her ‘worst’, lucky for us, she does everything without apology, just how all women should be!

Then came that one scene, much to my heart’s content – Lisbeth’s rings designed by designer Jules Kim of Bijules get their close-up – shiny and huge on the big screen. On the left hand, is Bijules’s ‘Skinny Bar Ring‘ from her BJ by Jules Kim collection shown here:

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while sporting Bijules’s ‘Bony Knuckle Ring‘ from her Scream and Spirit Collection (below) on her right hand.

Bijules’s ‘Bony Knuckle Ring' Scream and Spirit Collection cause and yvette

So I urge you to deck yourself out in one if not both of these rings if you truly want to channel Lisbeth Sander as these can not be replicated.   Unless of course, you find many cheaper versions lacking that something special called authenticity.

Sure you can hit up mainstream and attempt to channel her with H&M’s Dragon With The Girl Tattoo collection, designed by the film’s costume designer, but why opt for disposable fashion, when you can truly have a keepsake like these rings by Bijules.

So run, don’t walk and see this flick!

A Scarf That Wraps You With Geometric Allure

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A scarf on its own could be considered geometric already as it’s a long rectangle. However, this scarf by accessories designer Aiste Nesterovaite, full of geometric angles and curves can’t help but relish in its originality. Very few scarves can be worn as a collar, necklace or just a plain old scarf, like this one. True, at plain sight, it looks like  just another infinity scarf but this one has something different. What sets this one apart from other infinity scarves is its play with geometric shapes and texture. In geometry, we find both lines + curves, both thankfully found in this scarf. And for that extra something, there is a little fringe attached to the bottom edges along the top or bottom of scarf, depending on how you choose to wear it of course.

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It can be worn several ways. You can have the long rectangular geometric shapes hang like a necklace while the knit part cozies your neck like a high collar as seen on the model above. You let it hang there like a necklace, begging for commentary as shown above right. And if that doesn’t move you, just try wrapping it around twice for a layered effect as seen below right.

Consequently, the versatility of this geometric scarf doesn’t end there. This scard can be dressed up + or down. As seen in both images above and below, this scarf would compliment both a dressy look ust as much as it would a casual one. But isn’t it fascinating to see how wearing the scarf the same way with either outifit, changes the look completely. When wearing the scarf with the tunic dress or pants as a long circle, the dress looks more casual but when layered, it gives it a more sophisticated ‘put together’ feel.

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Available in three colorways – dark gray, silver gray and black – this scarf, this geometric scarf, is sure to become that piece which adds interest to your look. Go to Vespoe for purchase. If you want more information on designer Aiste Nesterovaite, click here.