hunt & gather: holiday gift guide for kids

one of our favorite holiday gift guides to put together every year is the one for kids, they are so much fun to shop for! we love finding ideas that help spark their imagination, sense of wonder, creativity and awakens the magic they feel during this joyous season. i hope you’ll agree that these ideas for kids are what make the holidays so much fun to celebrate with little ones around.

holiday gift guide for kids via kishani perera blog

  1. maileg rolling scooter & sidecar set via barneys new york
  2. petit pehr felted wool mobile via smitten for the wee generation
  3. babylit book set via juniper books
  4. viddy pinhole camera kit via the pop-up pinhole co.
  5. hector serrano’s finger puppets via a+r
  6. toothbrush buddies via uncommon goods
  7. a teepe to call your own via land of nod
  8. woven play star feather headband via lost & found

 

aesthetically speaking: seeing swirls

interior design is of course our first love, but we still draw plenty of our inspiration from fashion trends and read our monthly copy of vogue! while this month’s issue had plenty of inspiration, our attention was focused on alexander wang’s debut with balenciaga. of course, already a big deal to begin with, but what really caught our eye was that his debut collection was inspired by marbled patterns. the use of  marbleized patterns has been interpreted as a tribute to the monolithic legacy of the house, and the recognized sculptural quality of balenciaga’s clothing. wang himself described the use of marble as a static contrast, such as statues, to the forward swung movement of balenciaga’s clothing. it was first shown in a backless dress which poured open from either side revealing a marblesque lining. then in full printed blazers, dresses, fur jackets, and even lace pants. it was all incredible.

 

alexander wang for balenciaga

alexander wang for balenciaga

alexander wang for balenciaga fall 2013 via style style.com

this debut brought us right back to our love of marble inspired design in the home, of course! while this trend was popularized earlier this year in design, and frankly we’ve always been fans, we found ourselves reliving the excitement of its popularity all over again! we began pulling up some of our favorite marbled pieces and swooning again over marbleized wallcoverings. i mean, we had not fully let go of this trend anyways, but now we had a valid excuse to be a little more excited about it again! we have rounded up some of our favorite marble inspired pieces for the home in case, like us, you’ve suddenly got the urge to add some swirl to a room!

1. rudyard kipling book and bj bjornson book

2. marble print silk pillow cover

3. sage green marble wallcovering

4. emerald green divided serving tray

5. yellow and grey washi tape

6. dark blue marbleized lucite tray

bibliophile: tropical fishes of the east indies, theodore w. pietsch

it’s been a while since we shared a fave book with you! i recently received this book as a gift and i am so very glad i did because i truly love it! taschen’s tropical fishes of the east indies book sold me with its cover. now before you start with the whole “don’t judge a book” deal…i have to admit that i just couldn’t help it with this one! this book is filled with colorful illustrations of marine fauna found in the indian ocean near the island of ambon which were drawn by samuel fallours in the early 1700s. as with all vintage fauna and flora illustrations, i find myself moved by the beautiful depictions of wildlife drawn before our time. as a designer, i constantly find inspiration in all different mediums and this book really is no exception. i love stocking our office full of interesting and inspiring books which we reference often for various projects.  pick up a copy for yourself and prepare to be mesmerized by the beauty that is in the oceans that surround us.

fishes3 via taschen

bibliophile: literary tech

it’s no secret that we love reading (as mentioned in some of our previous blog posts). so it’s no surprise that we are totally on board with the tech book cover trend. we can’t get enough of these great iphone and ipad covers that look like antique books, some even work for kindles too! and since we happen to be suckers for anything old looking, we just can’t resist getting our hands on one (or a few) of these! we’ve gathered our favorite unique ipad and iphone covers below for all you fellow bookworms out there. enjoy!

 

iphone & ipod covers via bookbook

ipad covers via outofprintclothing.com

ipad & kindle covers via klevercase

 

hunt & gather: olympia le-tan

in the world of kishani perera inc, books are all the rage. in fact, we would take a good book over a box office hit movie any day. olympia le- tan has taken our love of books and jolted it up a notch with her darling hand embroidered book clutches. we can’t imagine a more perfect gift for book lovers quite like ourselves. each of her titles comes in limited runs of 16 pieces, so we suggest you grab your favorite title quickly before they are all snatched up!

via olympialetan.com & net-a-porter.com

for a lovely video made by spike jonze featuring olympia le-tan’s creations, play the video below!

 

bibliophile: art deco complete, alastair duncan

we can’t deny it.  sometimes, a little more often than one would think, we find ourselves wishing we were living in the art deco era of the 1920s and 30s. this era just evokes such a grand feeling, with style often characterized by opulent colors and fabrics, extravagant ornamentation and most notably, bold geometric shapes. the book art deco complete by alastair duncan manages to encompass all the grandiosity of art deco as it profiles everything from interior design to fashion jewelry of the time. we continually find ourselves referring back to this comprehensive book for inspiration for our current projects.

the book available via barnes & noble

edward steichen, art deco fashion photo, 1925

louis süe & andré mare, paire de chaises, 1920 via sotheby’s

sybil pye, apocrypha, art deco book cover, 1924

paul manship, flamingo, 1932 via smithsonian art museum

emile-jacques ruhlmann, pair of lamps, 1925 via met museum

georges barbier, judgement of paris, 1915

eileen gray, pirogue sofa, 1933

armand albert rateau, gilt bronze jardiniere, 1925 via artnet

simonet frères, gilded bronze and frosted glass chandelier, 1925 via worthpoint

dining room design inspired by art deco via kishani perera