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 ocean might eat me

June 9, 2009

I just moved to a great house right across the street from Ocean Beach. All is awesome, except that it looks as though now, in addition to living in perpetual fear of earthquakes, I should be prepared for a giant TSUNAMI to hit my house. This sign, about 100 feet from my front door:

tsunami I’m from New Jersey. The worst natural disasters we had to worry about were sometimes it snows kinda hard and there are lots of mosquitoes in the summer. This tsunami situation is very reminiscent of the Wisconsin Tornado Traumatization of my college years.

Apparently San Francisco has become certified as a ‘Tsunami Ready’ city. Phew! According to the city

“Phase I involves the installation of signs to indicate the inundation zone and evacuation routes.”

Despite the fact that death by tsunami is now a fear that will keep me up at night…as I listen through my open window to the apparently deadly waves crashing a few hundred yards away…these are pretty neat signs, graphically. The dude from the men’s bathroom sign is racing up a cliff, running away from one giant wave and three baby waves. I like.

But don’t worry, if a big tsunami comes, San Francisco won’t just tell you to run and wish you good luck. Additional (equally cool) signs dot the streets indicating safe tsunami evacuation routes:

tsunamisign2All in all, if my house is going to be swept away by a giant evil wave, at least I can be comforted by these hip signs on my way “to high ground or inland”.

Credenza Hunt 2009

June 4, 2009


I want a credenza. I want a Danish modern credenza with short tapered legs and no drawers so we can store lots of records in it. I want to put the record player on top of it and have it sit next to the fireplace. This has launched into a full-fledged hunt since the only ones readily available on Craigslist/EBay/vintage stores are hundreds upon hundreds of dollars.

After one particular Craigslist stakeout, I noticed that people use the term “credenza” pretty loosely. Sometimes it’ll look more like a buffet, or even a dresser. Basically, if it’s big and rectangular, people will call it a credenza. Wiki says a credenza is a “sideboard used in domestic or restaurant situations”. Thanks, that’s helpful. Nonetheless, these are more what I’m looking for:

via Design*Sponge, Bohemian Vintage, and Design*Sponge, respectively.

credenza4And then last night it was proposed, and decided, to build one ourselves, based off this one:

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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Eames awesomeness on Gossip Girl?

January 5, 2009

eames-chairInStyle has a feature on the Gossip Girl set, and even though I don’t really watch tv that much anymore [ed. because I don’t have cable…don’t worry Mel, I still download episodes on my computer], I’ve never noticed “Lily’s Office”. Apparently it has my absoluteofalltime favorite, the Eames Lounge Chair covered (shock! horror!) in a Missoni print. I kinda feel like you don’t mess with perfection on this one. Thoughts?

earthquake survival just got a lot more awesome…beyond, you know, surviving

October 22, 2008

The one bad thing about moving here (besides the unreasonable lack of quality bagels) is the immenent threat of large scale distruction and chaos via an earthquake. Word on the street is there’s gonna be a biggie sometime in the next 10 years, so we better prep. Today was “ShakeUPsf” Day (funny guys, seriously) where there was an earthquake drill at noon. But the city also launched what is one of the most awesome websites I’ve ever seen with a what-to-do-in-an-earthquake quiz.

This site is hilarious. You can learn things, like texting will be vital after a quake, and also you might spill your drink while dining…and that’s ok.

And the San Francisco design firm that did it, I Shot Him Because I Loved Him, Damn Him, is great. After you take the quiz, which, I’m serious, take it, you’ll love it, go to their website and check out their really cool aesthetic and the story behind the name.

Marimekko at CB2

September 5, 2008

What is it about Finland that allows its companies to constantly produces the most amazing and beautiful designs? I must go there and find out what’s in the water. Case in point: Marimekko. The Finnish textile and clothing design company was established in 1951, and are still producing some of the most seriously beautiful fabrics and textiles today.

I was in the new (insanely awesome) San Francisco CB2 store last weekend with the Rachels, and I noticed they are now selling Marimekko fabric wall hangings! And they’re on sale! A cool alternative to wallpaper or posters, or even as room dividers, the 59″Wx90″H fabric panels have two aluminum rails for easy hanging. There are only a few patterns at CB2, unfortunately none of which I find particularly spectacular, but online fabric super haven Reprodepot has a huge selection of Marimekko panels (including my all-time favorite, HO-HOI!, pictured above. I will own you someday!), as well as other vintage reproductions, if you wanted to make your own.

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