Crazy Shit.

I love a good hunt. Give me a flea market, a random warehouse district, an hour on craigslist, or just send me to Cline's Antiques. Just outside of Charlotte is this crazy man's land. Acres of buildings, semi-truck trailers, and random piles of stuff. Signs, metal, salvaged doors, more chairs than you can imagine and in one corner a rocket launcher and a trailer full of amo. Seriously that was weird. A little overwhelming to say the least. And if you plan on going, I recommend knee high rubber boots (snakes), work gloves and a headlamp.

Coffee.

Yeah Yeah I know. Who goes on about coffee... Well I don't usually. I am a pretty straight forward double tall americano with 2 inches of room. Though recently I switched to decaf - but that is another story altogether. The point of this post however is not about what I would get at my favorite coffee shop, it is about home-brew. We have tried many a method to get a good cup. We love the results of the Aeropress, though the plunger and tube have lost their firm ability to deliver a quality cup every time, and it is a bit of a production. We hate the Cuisenart One Cup, it just never does the same thing twice. We like the Keurig for it's simple ease of use, and since we were only recently gifted with the machine, are still trying to find the right little cartridge - plus I wouldn't be a Seattlelite if I weren't a little concerned about what I have to do to make those damn cartridges recyclable.

But here is what I want on the counter when my kitchen is finally remodeled... And believe me - I am not holding my breath!

Perhaps by then Clive Coffee will have a version that has just a little more curve at the base and top joinery. But I think with the sexy arch of the back they are on the right track!  Plus - love the simple white porcelain cone and cup!

P.S. - Thanks to Design*Sponge for the heads up!

Art Basel Miami Beach - Part 1.

A few of my favorites - but PLEASE understand = the images of these pieces don't do anything for them at all. The complexity and color is lost completely.

These are by Imi Hwangbo - they are amazing layers of mylar. Hand cut and layered from small to large - each a lacy and smaller version of itself. Each piece is made of between 18-35 sheets of the mylar and they flutter in the breeze showing the exacting hand of the artist. Beautiful and amazing.

These are the most beautiful paintings in person by Berliner Anne Neukamp. Oil and egg tempura, each so full of texture and subtlety that you can only see the genius of in person. They are large and I think she will someone to watch.

John Maeda + Cliff Burton = Sold OUT before I even got a chance to purchase!

From Jen Bekman's 20 x 200. John is a very sweet man whom I have had the pleasure to spend time with on several occasions due to my husband's graphic design career. I love the combination of hopefulness, pedestrian approachability, wonky type, and color. I often drive through the international district wondering which of the buildings is the one where his parents made tofu as he was growing up. Now I will imagine this as the sign that sits outside of the building = a very smart little boy's way of addressing the "what do you want to be when you grow up?" question....