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buon natale!

christmas has technically come and gone, but it's never too late for one last buon natale!  i hope your christmas and holidays were filled with everything beautiful and modern!

fav. etsy ornaments!

good ol' etsy . . .  chock full of creative self-starters, boutique shops, unique products, reasonable prices, and love.  yes, love.  do you feel it every time you go onto the site or is it just me?  if you're ever accused of not giving a thoughtful gift, i really think that etsy could be your answer.  the products are all handmade so that alone should pull on the recipient's heart strings, followed by the fact that you can't just run into a store and grab something last minute.  this is a great combo.  (*insert personal note: although my husb. gives some super thoughtful gifts, a small unexpected gesture never hurts--maybe even during the off-season.  ooo, maybe that was some advice for me, too!  yikers!)

christmas is coming up faster than i can say 'cookies with extra frosting, please', so below are some of my fav etsy ornaments.  and in case you are wondering, of course i have christmas music on while i'm writing this post!

the mustache trend continues in ornament form:
mustache ornaments by PaintRobot.

i absolutely love the idea of origami ornaments all over the tree/ house/ taxidermy head, i only wish that they were made of metal or some other durable material that would last me forever.
origami ornaments by BoldFolds.  so i don't love the beads or the stands that they come on, but the concept, shape, and size totally work.  and i kind of dig them even more because of their witty name.

next up is this clever ornament made from retired snow chains by ReCycledConcepts.  it's not often that you see industrial christmas decor, so i'm of course in. i would be down with lots of these around, leaving some plain, maybe even doing some customizing by coating a few in some high gloss paint.

on a more traditional note, i love these beautiful wooden ornaments cut from sustainable wisconsin woods by TimberGreenWoods:

because i love my dog so much, i feel a sudden, pressing need to have a pet ornament for her.  i am actually feeling quite negligent for not having thought about this sooner!  
personalized pet ornament by WhiteLilieDesigns.

and if that one isn't enough since the holidays often consist of ridiculous excess, maybe i need to get one of these guys by PeteTalbotArt:
it's designed to be a little monster, but i think it's strikingly similar to my pup, moshi mcgee:
do you see it or is it just me?  maybe i need to start a business making custom pet ornaments?  i'll add that to my list of the 6,200 business that i would like to start in 2012.  

happy almost christmas!

francesca lancisi SALE, only a few days left!

remember the exclusive 10% off discount for any francesca lancisi purchase, exclusively for cleverley reviewed readers?!  well it ends in just a few, short days!!!  as in DECEMBER 15TH!  (is it me or does time completely fly around the holidays!)

here's a link to the original post, but to summarize you just use the discount code 'clevrev10' to purchase anything from her lovely shop.  if you have any questions, feel free to email me or francesca directly.  her unique and original artwork make great christmas presents and are inexpensive to ship!  love it!

herman miller's semi-annual 15% off sale!

herman miller is having their semi-annual sale!  you've gotta act fast because the sale ends december 12th, but until then you can get 15% off of your dream pieces.  (*i think that this sale is only going on in the US, but i could be wrong).  you can purchase through any authorized HM dealer, but i know that hive modern stocks quite a few of their pieces and even offers free shipping within the US.

eames lounger, i will have you one day . . . walnut frame and either white or black leather . . . i vacillate between the two.  either way, you are stunning.

um project

ummm, i'm kind of speechless.  i came across um project and i really, really love their stuff.  i still feel kind of quiet even though i have been sizing them up reading about their brand for some time now.  i know that you're saying that i'm the 'girl who cries wolf' and that i say that i love stuff all the time.  this is true.  i only feature that which i like and love.  however, what makes um's stuff a little different is that it closely resembles the style of my design aesthetic.  it's quirky, modern, has some elements of the unexpected, mixes materials, some pieces have some modularity, and the products are well made.  i know that it sounds like i'm tooting my own horn here (horns tooting, wolves crying, what next?!), but that's how i like to think about design and what i think it should embody.  i'm not always successful at it, but i work hard and strive for it.

back home from being home, and florian krautli

sorry for my absence!  i have been visiting fam and friends in the US for the past month and it felt pret-ty gooood to be back in me-motherland.  i was reluctant to leave switzerland, but once i got off the plane i quickly realized that i have missed speaking english and the ease of large, free parking spots.  i've also really missed the food (the US is so much more than hamburgers, btw) and i quickly got to work my first day with homemade waffles courtesy of my mama, then headed out to the mall for a little shopping, then had a burger from in-n-out (i promise that the US really is more than hamburgers and i'm not even a burger girl!, but these burgers are very s p e c i a l and i had to have one immediately), then off to crumbs cupcakes, stopped by see's candies for a sugary palat cleanser, and then sushi for dinner.  best day ever!

i'm back in switz now and call me a bipolar traveler, but it feels really good to be home . . . from being home.  i love this beautiful place and feel like the luckiest person in the world to be able to live here, be it only for a few years.

so what better way to jump back into some design bloggin' in switzerland then with a feature on a swiss designer!  florian krautli is a super innovative product designer with some great ideas under his belt.  below are just a few of his pieces, but he has lots more--including a rug made of conductive thread that enables you to tune into a radio station just by standing on it!

isn't that wooden chair awesome?!

caleb siemon

he was quoted saying that "most glass blowers aren't born artists.  they're born pyromaniacs."  

caleb siemon clearly has a sense of humor, but he also has a great sense of design.  i'm not always the hugest fan of blown glass, but i'm definitely a huge fan of his blown glass.  below are some of his pendant lights.  love 'em, especially bulbous blacky.

jihyun ryou's food preservation

i've gotta tell ya, the smaller refrigerators in europe definitely challenge my americanness.  you know, the stock-up-because-i-don't-want-to-go-to-the-grocery-store-more-than-once-a-week-and-maybe-i'll-even-get-a-better-deal-that-way mentality.  jihyun ryou has some pretty innovative solutions to save space in your refrigerator and more importantly, her ideas save on energy.

the project is called 'save food from the fridge' and jihyun states that "through the research into the current situation of food preservation, i've learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator.  we don't observe the food any more and we don't understand how to treat it."

it's a bold statement, but i realize that i really don't know much about food preservation.  i definitely know about some basic nutritional stuff and what foods i like (and miss--for example in-n-out burger, sigh), but clearly i've got a lot left to learn.

apples emit a lot of ethylene gas and therefore speed up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept near them.  when stored with potatoes, however, apples prevent them from sprouting.

egss have millions of holes in their shells and absorb the odors and substances around them very easily.  this makes them taste off when stored in the fridge with other items.  this nifty shelf does the trick by providing a perfect place for eggs outside of the fridge.  also, the freshness of an egg can be tested in the glass of water perfectly integrated into the shelf.  the fresher the egg, the deeper it will sink.

zucchini and cucumber are actually fruits and by watering them every day, they will stay fresh outside of le fridge.

keeping roots in a vertical position keeps them fresher longer.  the sand serves to keep them upright as well as maintain proper humidity.

rice absorbs humidity very easily, so the space container with rice inside helps spices to stay dry and lump-free.

wowsers, i have learned so much!  thanks, jihyun!  

ruckstuhl rugs

i've been on the hunt for some cool, unique rugs lately and happened upon a little store in brig, switzerland right by the train station.  (somehow i ran in there so fast that i didn't even get the name!  sorry about that!  i fell victim to my own eagerness!  ***UPDATE!  got the name!  the store is called WohnDesign.)  it was at that beautiful, modern, nameless store (***nameless no longer) that i came across some ruckstuhl rugs.  and then, my heart began to melt.

i really love them all and could easily find a home for everyone, but the oddly-shaped frayed goldy completely wins my heart.  so do you have a favorite ruckstuhl rug or any rug for that matter that you're totally in love with?  is that a strange question?  how can i love a rug so much?!

happy day

i planned to keep this blog pretty professional and to not talk much about personal stuff, but the fact is that today i just can't resist.  today is my wedding anniversary, and i want to shout from the blogging rooftops that i married the most wonderful guy!  i am so in love, and life just gets better and better with each passing day and year.

happy anniversary, husband!  xoxo

10% discount for clev rev readers!

isn't it the best when someone is super nice on top of being talented?  i know, i think so too.  i met someone like that recently and her name is francesca lancisi.  you may recall that i did a feature on francesca back in the beginning of august and can i say that i just love her?  (clearly her work is beautiful and speaks for itself.  she has a simple, modern, organic style that ranges from slightly whimsical to a bit more serious.)

when i wrote that post i didn't know anything about her other than what i had seen in her etsy shop.  she happened upon my post about her and then sent me one of the kindest emails that my inbox has ever received.  since then we have corresponded back and forth a bit, and i want to help her and she wants to help clev rev readers, so she is offering a special 10% discount off of any purchase from her shop!  pretty cool, right?!  when ordering, just send her the discount code 'clevrev10' anytime from now until december 15th.  original artwork?  talk about a perfect christmas present!

she also recently launched a brand new website and is even hosting a contest there.  just post a comment for her by october 24th and you could win an item from her shop!  (for additional details, check out her website which is linked above).

congrats, francesca!  wishing you the best!

**** U P D A T E ! ****
i received an original francesca lancisi in the mail the other day and wanted to show it off!

the packaging was lovely, creative, and felt very personal.  the quality of the art and her printed materials is nice and professional, so i of course wanted you to be able to get a better look at it!
(btw, i was not endorsed to write this post nor any other post.  all of the products i review on this blog are simply because i dig them.)

neon is the new halogen

i have been crushing on neon lighting lately and wanted to share this super coolio bookshelf light by kairos studio for foscarini.
the bookshelf does triple duty--illuminating while being sculptural and functional.  and it is actually composed of pieces, so the configuration and size is changeable.  love that.  i'm a modular girl and i need a modular world (i feel a pop song coming on).  it's healthy to change things up in general as well as in our living spaces, not to mention that our tastes and needs change.  i think that your furniture should be as adaptable as possible, a philosophy that i consistently implement into my own designs.  this keeps things more cost effective and has less environmental impact.

james perse--not just clothing

so you know james perse?  he is a fashion designer known for his high quality, neutral and comfy basics.  his designs are simple and classic.  i have a few of his pieces in my closet and i would love to own many, many more--including this long skirt.  (please my husband, are you reading this?)

so mr. james has decided to venture out into furniture and product design, and he created a seriously perfect pool table.
isn't it perfection?  finally, no more green felt!  (husband, we have to buy this!)  the table is a limited edition piece that is constructed of environmentally farmed solid teak with a black wool surface.  you can also add functionality to it by ordering a top that will convert the table into a dining or conference table.  you can also order the limited edition ping pong table shown below:

i will say that of his furniture, the pool table and even the ping pong table far exceed his other furniture pieces for me, but below are a few other products of his that caught my eye.  

the bowl, not the dog (in case you were confused).

a matte black tricycle for the sophisticated 3 year old.

please tell me that there is a young family of 4 out there riding around your neighborhood in these matching bikes?  it's a little adams family, but that's what i love about it.