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i'm charlotte cleverley. over the past 20 years i have been learning the ropes as a modern furniture designer. through the highs and lows of my experience, i have become rather acquainted with the non-stop researching, the studying, the compulsiveness, down to being completely swallowed up by this fantastic culture of modern design. the reviews are in! modern never sleeps.
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watch for asteroids

um, yea, so polyhedrons.  i love them.  i love their complexities, their facets, and that they are so in.  i talked about some of my favorite facets here, here, and here, so clearly i have an obsession deep appreciation.

when i came across this asteroid floor lamp by innermost i was compelled to post.



available in a clear indoor version or a frosted outdoor version.  don't you love how they just sit on the ground?

gather around your coffee table

since today is monday and it's the first of october, for some reason it feels like the perfect day to talk . . . not about resolutions, or how giddy i get at the onset of cold weather, not about celebrity gossip because frankly, living in switzerland i feel so disconnected from the realities of katie & suri, the kardashians, the pitts, and so many, many more that i can hardly bear it.  rather, it's time to gather around your coffee tables because it's time to talk . . . coffee tables.

for me, they are a must.  when they aren't there, it's like the elephant that's not in the room.  the void in front of your sofa holds a bounty of potential and opportunity.  it's a prop for your little legs to rest upon, your cup to sweat upon, your shins to hit, and a blank canvas to compulsively arrange and rearrange things on.  aside from its utilitarian resume, coffee tables provide visual balance and are a great way to add interest to your space via the table itself (more on that below) and or the items you place on top of it.

currently, this is my coffee table:

they are ideal for a quick wardrobe change, so i like to switch it up.  right now i have a large design book about norway that i got in milan, a little wooden puzzle from tokyo, an orchid that i keep talking to in hopes that it will survive another season, a brass kaleidoscope that i got for my 9th birthday, and then some random coral/ urchin things that really mean nothing to me.  i like to have things that have some personal meaning, are quirky and that people can engage with.

when you have a simple piece of furniture, it calls out for accessories.  however, duffy london's Up Coffee Table is hardly a simple piece of furniture.  this thing is the outfit and accessories all wrapped into one.



typical of duffy's style, the table plays on gravity-defiance.  the piece is handmade and is a limited edition of 20.  i think it's so funny how in the description on the website it says, " . . . designed without compromise to manufacturing processes, and extremely time consuming to create, hence they are a teensy-weensy bit expensive".  ah, that they are, at 5800 british pounds/ 9,359 US dollars each.


animal in disguise

david suhami has revamped the ultimate swiss icon--the ubiquitous swiss army knife!






aren't you just loving this thing?!  david's revamp comprises a rhino, giraffe and an antelope, and i spotted it on his portfolio at http://dsuhami.wix.com/davidsuhami.  he writes that his "fields of interest are technology and humor".

so i know what you're thinking . . . animal + wood + metal + modern = charlotte will love.  if you are indeed thinking this, then you must read clev rev often and i am deeply flattered!

you're killin' me, smalls!

(i have nothing to say . . . )
because these signs speak for themselves!  i'm loving these funny signs made by oh dier living; just another great etsy find.  i'm thinking that if i personalized a sign it might say something like "check yourself before you wreck yourself", "i stop for quasars", or "because i gots to" (that one could be especially useful to just point at).  i'd even love a quote from jack handy or the movie anchorman.  maybe, "great story.  compelling and rich", or "60% of the time it works every time".  i think my man, brady's should be "i love clipboards".  or another one . . . ok, this is getting out of hand.


oh dier also makes these cool faceted boxes.  


i of course love the shape, the cool colors, and the swivel lid.  who doesn't love a swivel?  maybe that should be another one of my signs?  ok, i'll stop.

stylish traveler

i really don't need another excuse to want to travel, but i officially have one!



isn't this hardcase karat luggage by delsey rad?  it's totally within keeping of the angled, faceted, gem-trend that i've been seeing everywhere.  if it were matte black, i would be even more in love (matte is the new high gloss, people!).

modern grandfather


a modern grandfather sounds like a pretty cool guy.  maybe he wears some black converse chuck taylors, 
some ray ban aviators, 
loves sushi, 
and uses words like 'phat' and 'boss'.  he might even drive an LR4, 
and enjoys chillin' in his eames lounger while surfing the web on his ipad.
perhaps he lives in these digs (he opted for bunker-style because he didn't want anything too showy and insisted that it have a pool for the ol' grand kiddos), 
and he has this in his entry hall:


so what do you think about this concrete grandpa designed by forsberg form?  i'm feelin' it. 


'sushi' image courtesty of me hungry.

lifefactory bottles

i was first introduced to lifefactory by my lifelong bestie, chelsea.  (literally, lifelong.  we were born 9 days apart.  our mom's were besties before we were born, and they had lamaze classes together.  i am seriously the luckiest girl in the world.)  so chelsea gave me a lifefactory water bottle a few years ago, and it is still going strong!




and when i saw that they make baby bottles, too?!  i have to get some for my little cub!

lifefactory was started in 2007.  the bottles are a nice, thick, quality glass, and all come with a silicone sleeve to protect from breakage.  and don't you just love all of the colors?  i like the idea of mixing and matching the tops and sleeves . . . like a cute little silicon outfit. ;)


stick 'em up philippe starck!

dear philippe starck,

you have mad skills.  your resume wows me.  a la these lovelies:




but today i want to talk--not about some of your famous chairs, but about this super tough lamp of yours.


the gun lamp.  yes, i see it's a gun.  yes, i agree that 18k gold was the right choice.  i am obsessed with the cross icon right now so naturally i love the underside of the lampshade.  i only had sisters growing up, and we did things like ballet, piano, pulling hair, scratching, screaming, biting, yelling through the bathroom door, wearing each other's clothes without permission, tea parties, reading and listening to my mom recite poetry, building massive barbie compounds out of shoeboxes, and digging holes outside to make large swimming pools for les barbies.  gun themes don't come naturally to me, but i totally dig your lamp anyway (in a digging barbie swimming pool kind of way).

love,
charlotte

nudies

oh how i love a good furniture store!  a new Interio Furniture opened up by my house, and i am indeed a happy girl.  while there, i was like a large, pale moth swarming these awesome lights by Nud Collection.  i was digging the display of random heights, sizes, and colors, and totally love how flexible they are (i'm not the most spontaneous, so maybe that's why i'm so drawn to furniture and products that are???  hmmm . . . a little introspective revelation!).  i'm envisioning a row of these puppies streamlined down a tall hallway, spattered all around a space like party lanterns, or even one lone ranger above a desk.  these are super flexible and i must say that i need to get one . . . or 12.





cub's crib

what's that i hear?  you're tired of me dragging out the crib + nursery reveal?  well then, consider it revealed!
the lowdown is as follows:  we designed and built the crib, made the curtains and matching throw pillow, the mobile, stripped and painted the dresser/ changing table including painting the handles (but we are going to swap them out for ones made from zebrawood crib scrap once we get a chance), built the matching tray for the changing table, painted the space (actually, a couple of my friends jumped in on that one), and installed the light fixture.  (i also want to give a shout-out to brady's mom, because she was a MASSIVE help in getting everything done.)  

light fixture and dresser lamp:  kartell
crib bedding and changing pad cover:  dwell studio for target
wardrobe in the right corner:  ikea
rocker:  eames
furry stool:  fly furniture

we still need to add a rug, bookshelf, make the handles for the dresser, and add more artwork, but what in life isn't a work in progress?  so very profound. 




the mobile and changing table both used zebrawood scraps from the crib-build.  for the dangling icons (is there a technical name for them?), i wanted the mobile to have a swiss theme, so behold this felt marvel.  ok, so definitely not a marvel, but it was a fun project.  i refuse to use the word 'craft', although husb mentioned many-a-time about the kitchen table looking awfully 'crafty'.  rather than 'craft table' i prefer 'design center'.
it has been a few months and cub still seems quite amused by his overhead view.


the base of the crib offers some great storage (it never fails that the second i kneel down, pup comes over).  a $4 sticker makes the crib seem more authentically swiss.
i purchased these animals in suits on etsy 5 years ago and still get a kick out of them.
2012 has been a busy year.  i need a nap!