Betsey Johnson to Design an Eloise-Inspired Suite at the Plaza

October 30, 2009

eloise_book_coverWhen I was little, Eloise was one of my favorite books. I remember reading it with my mom and my grandma, and I loved how completely mischievous she was (in case you had a deprived childhood, or are a boy, Eloise is about a six-year-old girl who lives in the “room on the tippy-top floor” of the Plaza Hotel in New York with her Nanny, her pug dog Weenie, and her turtle Skipperdee. She wreaks havoc on the hotel and staff, and is basically awesome). The book was originally printed in 1955, and has the most amazing pink and black illustrations by Hilary Knight. These are not your typical illustrations…Eloise is kiiiind of unattractive, and the drawings have a slightly dark twist to them:


betsey johnson houseSo ANYWAYS, hilarious and over-the-top fashion designer Betsey Johnson has been commissioned to, no joke, design a two-bedroom suite in the Plaza inspired by Eloise. If you’re at all familiar with Betsey Johnson, the  character’s hyper-girly signature pink-and-black palette should be no problem (take a look at Johnson’s own home, pictured on the left [click on the picture to enlarge it]). The suite is supposed to balance Johnson’s notoriously wild style with the Plaza’s brand of luxury, and should be a treat for adults and young guests alike. People who stay in the suite will recieve a copy of Eloise as well as postcards and a Super Duper Sundae to top off the night.  Rates start at $895 per night, or $3,595 per night for the “Live Like Eloise Slumber Party Package.”

Personally, I hope the suite ends up looking like this:


The Urban Gridded Notebook

January 5, 2009

COVERA notebook/journal for all urban design lovers. John Briscella has put together a “blank-page” notebook filled with pages consisting entirely of lightly printed street grids from different cities around the world. The prints are light enough to write/draw over, but complex enough to question what city you’re looking at (and yes, in the back of the books he does list which maps are what).  Available through Lulu (a personal fave after seeing their quality in a Christmas present I made up).

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because apparently I like children’s books

January 5, 2009

modernarchitecturepopupoverThe Modern Architecture Pop-Up Book showcases three-dimensional replications of some of the most innovative modern and contemporary architecture from around the world. This is a legitimately really cool book to play with, but what a good idea – reintroduce the three-dimensional qualities necessary to understand architecture into an innately 2D media. Love it! This is totally something I would get for my destined-to-be-giant-nerds children.