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Entries in North Carolina (68)

Wednesday
Nov122014

Half Light Honey

The imperfections are always the best part. Ceramic artist, Samantha Carter of Brasstown, North Carolina agrees. Her pottery is functional, well designed and uniquely her own. As Samantha shares, "The asymmetrical compositions and organic shapes are small reminders of the hand that made the work." 

Samantha began working with clay at Florida State University. She soon found a love for functional ceramics and played with styles before she found her signature one. She is known for her black and white handcrafted design of table and hanging planters but she continues to expand her wares to include bowls, plates and jewelry. 

Samantha, "I make pottery that is useful with aesthetics and design always in mind. As a lover of drawing first and foremost, I try to incorporate the hand drawn line into most of my work via the technique of sgraffito, in which painted clay is carved into while still wet, revealing the natural clay color beneath." 

Samantha loves the contrast of working in black and white and I personally love her various versions of it, each so different from the next. Peruse her online shop, Half Light Honey to see her continue to play with texture, color, shape and design. All the while, never forgetting to embrace the imperfections...  

 

Photos: Half Light Honey       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Nov042014

Checking in with Suite One Studio...

It always feels good to watch the careers of your favorite artists as they continue to challenge themselves and grow in their craft. Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina is one of those artists. She's an incredible talent in ceramics, so when I saw her new pink and gold plates on her Instagram account, I realized it was something special. I had to share...

Lindsay refers to these as supremely glamorous dessert plates and rightly so. The plates are painted with her handmade pink glaze inspired by watercolor paintings- plus the edge of each hand-formed plate is painted with genuine gold. Can't get more glam (and pretty) than that. 

 

Lindsay, "The glazes I formulate have a natural, flowing variation and they always have. I decided in the last six months or so to really celebrate this variety as the uniqueness that it is. I've begun letting the glazes naturally do what they will without my interference. The watercolor aspect is important to my business because it speaks to a switch in my overall methodology- rather than work against the variety my handmade glazes bring, why not embrace this quality?" 


And after you drool over the pink and gold plates, you can peruse the rest of her lovely wares. This serving platter with a navy brushstroke is Lindsay's modern interpretation of antique silver serveware. Or try the dessert plates and bowls in white and gold for a simple, lovely look. 

What I love is Lindsay's obvious love affair with texture and watercolor. Each piece is one of a kind and perfect in its imperfections. It makes me want to have one of those big, all-white kitchens with open shelving to display each and every one...

Lindsay's splatter bowls and plates are gaining a big fanbase. I just spotted these in this month's Southern Living magazine...how great is that? I can say with certainty, I can't wait to see what she dreams up next. See the entirety of Lindsay's beautiful collection, here. 

 

Photos: Suite One Studio      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Oct062014

The Grifter Glove


Grifter USA, based in Washington DC, has crafted some very cool glove options for the active guy. The Rangers gloves peaked my interest as they're made with distressed bison skin and American Cone white selvedge denim from North Carolina. 

These are made to fit snug and are popular with motorcycle riders. The fabric back allows the glove to breathe while the bison leather is some of the toughest protection you'll find. 

Check out the entire Grifter shop, which includes more gloves, hats and tees, here. Manliness required...

 

Photos: griftercompany.com       Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Aug252014

The Carraway Concept

A well dressed southern man always has my attention. And if I notice a lapel flower, I'm smitten, appreciative, happier, knowing there are men such as these...

Rashon Carraway of Charlotte, North Carolina has a love for design- both in home and fashion. Rashon was a regular guest expert on The Nate Berkus Show and has both an interior design blog and an online shop where he sells these colorful, cheerful lapel flowers. 

These handcrafted lapel flowers, which range from $10-$20, are a quick way to complement an outfit. It's a fashion accessory with the added benefit of spreading a little joy- for it's gals like me that may notice you from afar, smile and think, 'Now, that's a good man...'  

 

Photos: The Carraway Concept site; Donald Wilson/ first pics    Content: Sweet Peach

 

Friday
Aug222014

Mails Woodwork

I'm a sucker for a good bench. The textures and coloring of this one had me at first glance, so I was happy to learn that the craftsman behind this lovely piece of work hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Ryan Mails of Mails Woodwork has had a passion for architecture and woodworking his entire life. He utilizes traditional furniture making methods with tools one may have found on workbenches of the 18th century. Then of course, he adds a modern twist. The Gullwing Bench is a Danish influenced design with a woven cord seat that conforms to the gullwing shap of the frame. 

I have a strong love for this gorgeous slant desk, made from quartersawn walnut. Ryan, "I had the form of the desk in mind for years before I found a way to build it with continuity of vertical grain across the sides. The shape dictated that storage would be accessed by moving the writing surface rather than withdrawing a drawer." 

Ryan primarily works with ash, walnut, red oak- hardwoods from the surrounding forests in the piedmont region of North Carolina. 

This Floating Desk is built from quartersawn red oak, with a hardware-less drawer. There is an expert's hand at work here and these are certainly pieces to be handed down, admired, coveted. Learn more about Ryan's impressive collection, here.

 

Photos: Mails Woodwork site     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Jul152014

The Emeco Chair

In 1944, Witton C. Dinges, collaborated with Alcoa experts to design the first Emeco Navy Chair, for use on submarines as 'war ship ready' furniture. This eye-pleasing, durable and lightweight chair caught the attention of many famous architects and designers over the years, including Frank Gehry and Norman Foster. Over 70 years later, this iconic chair is still being made with the same 77 step design process.

My favorite reincarnation of the original, however, is the collaboration between Emeco and Atlanta based company, Coca-Cola, which sought to alleviate the burden of excess consumer waste. 

As the Emeco Navy chairs are made with 80% recycled aluminum, this particular version is made with recycled Coca Cola bottles. This chair debuted in Milan in 2010 and received rave reviews. It's cheaper than its original counterpart (find here for $260) and is named The Emeco 111 as each chair is made from 111 recycled Coca Cola bottles. 

An impressive 20,000 recycled bottles are sent to New United Resource Recovery Corporation in Spartanburg, South Carolina each weekday to be sorted, ground, wet and dry washed, then sorted by color. After much processing and rendering, 13 pounds of plastic pellets are melted down and injected into each chair mold. Next, the chairs are hollowed out via gas injection, then tempered and cooled. 

The chairs then head to Bemis Manufacturing in Lenoir, North Carolina and BASF in Chattanooga, Tennessee for all the final tweaking and coloring. As stated on dwell.com, "This final laying on of hands, labor intensive though it may be, is the hallmark of Emeco's Navy Chair legacy." 

Each 111 Navy Chair is just like the aluminum original, even including the faux weld points on the backside. I love that this beauty is made in the South with a sincere care for integrity and quality. Find your very own Emeco 111 Navy Chair, which I dare say will never go out of style, here. 

And for those seeking options, the 111 also comes in five colors, including Green Grass and Persimmon Orange. Dreamy...

 

Photos: Emeco; dwell.com; mocoloco.com; e-side.co.uk; moleculeblog.blogspot.com       Content: Sweet Peach

 

Tuesday
Jul012014

More lovely things...via Wit and Whistle

Wit & Whistle is one of my favorite shops to check in on from time to time. Each item is beautifully made and then, with equal parts thoughtfulness and care, beautifully photographed and presented.  

Amanda Wright, from Cary, North Carolina, continues to expand her wares to include stationery and home goods. All of her paper products are printed locally on recycled paper and her line of creative, quirky stamps have a simple design that is both modern and playful. 

All of Amanda's popular wood-mounted rubber stamps are laser engraved from her original designs and are each packaged inside a drawstring muslin bag.  

I am a bit of a notebook fanatic as I tend to have a lot of ideas that should be written down- otherwise, they're quickly lost into oblivion. A pretty notebook, as seen here, is the perfect accessory (much like a pen in my hand) to help me focus and organize all those things floating around in my head and start to make sense of it...

Amanda also sells her original artwork. This is a mixed media painting, using gouache and ink, of her heart-leaf philodendron plant. She's such a talented one...and so fun to check in on. See the entirety of the Wit & Whistle shop, here. 

 

Photos: Wit & Whistle      Content: Sweet Peach


Monday
Apr212014

The Masculine, Urban Bed. 

Bethanne Knudson and Stephan Michelson are the founders of The Oriole Mill in Hendersonville, North Carolina. It is here they partake and oversee in the production of jacquard fabrics to create luxurious textiles for the home. To their credit, 100% of the designing and weaving, the cutting and the sewing, happens at The Mill.

To create luxurious, super soft throws, coverlets, pillows and shams, they rely on fabrics that are warm and cozy, yet breathable. All of their textiles are made from natural fibers of cotton, wool, alpaca, linen and/or bamboo. And to ensure high quality and low impact, no chemicals are used in the weaving or finishing at the Mill. 

They currently offer four different collections. This one, the Brooklyn Collection shows off their manly side. As Bethanne shared, "It's a masculine, urban bed that was inspired by a fabric we make that is reminiscent of men's wear." 

Inside the Mill, you'll find Sew Co., founded by Libby O'Bryan. As stated on their site, "Sew Co.'s crew is composed of veteran factory workers who learned how to sew on the job during the South's manufacturing heydays of the 60's and 70's and have been sewing ever since."

The vets work alongside women who have studied fine dressmaking and costume design, so it's safe to say this is an impressive group of artisans. Together they utilize eight Jacquard and two high speed Dobby looms to create their fabrics. 

It was very important for Bethanne to create a manufacturing company much different from those of the past. Every step of the process happens under one roof, ensuring quality control- plus, it's very much a team effort here. Learn more about The Oriole Mill and see the entirety of their scrumptious, luxurious collections, here. 

 

Photos: Andrew Day/NY Times; The Oriole Mill     Content: Sweet Peach


Tuesday
Apr152014

Clair Hartmann

I've been out of town a few weeks now on a job and I must admit, I miss my pups. These beautiful paintings of dogs by Clair Hartmann caught my eye today and I can't help but want to share...

Clair grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and is now based in Wilmington, North Carolina. She started painting regularly in 2008 after learning about a project started by painter, Duane Keiser. His idea was to produce one painting every day which would improve his artistic skills (not to mention his bank account). Inspired by all the dogs she saw at the local Farmer's Market where she worked each weekend- many of which were rescues with some incredible stories- she decided to paint their portraits. She loved the fact that each dog (and painting) had a story to tell. 

Besides painting all that inspires her each day, Clair is available for custom portraiture as well. This Great Dane is kind of amazing, don't you think? 

See Claire's current collection of paintings, which includes abstracts, landscapes and much more, here. 

 

Photos: Clair Hartmann site     Content: Sweet Peach


Thursday
Apr102014

Cassilhaus

Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus have combined their talents, passions (and their name) to create their dream home, Cassilhaus. Situated in the woods between Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this modern home is also an artist retreat and residency. 

Ellen and Frank have a singular mission, "to provide a creative, comfortable, tranquil and visually stimulating environment for artists to get inspired and recharged to make new work." As artists spend their time recharging their creative minds at Cassilhaus, it is encouraged that they offer at least one service to the community during their stay- such as a class, workshop, performance, open studio or a reading. 

Cassilhaus was built to be a home/residency/studio. Ellen and Frank spent three years designing the home, paying close attention on how best to display art by creating diverse architectural spaces, variable ceiling heights, flexible lighting and an overall relaxed, inspirational space. This needed to be a home that worked well for themselves as well as the artists who come from around the world to visit. 

Cassilhaus is made up of two living pods. One pod is a multi level 3000 square foot main house and the other is a 1000 square foot, self contained guest house meant for month-long artist residencies. A long bridge structure joins the pods, which has a photo gallery and master suite. 



The outdoor spaces, which include multiple decks, a screened in porch and two terraces, are just as impressive. The whole home is set amongst the treetops and offers its residents semi-privacy to complete privacy. Learn more about Cassilhaus (and check out more pics), here. 

 

Photos: JWest Productions; Cassillhaus     Content: Sweet Peach