Posts Tagged ‘design’

lisa frank for grownups

Thursday, May 31st, 2012


friend:  stickers

me:  don’t worry about it

friend: what are you, 12


that is an actual g-chat conversation with a friend as i tried, and failed, recently to explain my excitement over the discovery i’m mere sentences away from revealing below. granted, the magic lies in the visual and words do not do my latest obsession an ounce of justice, but here, just look at this beauty (just forgive me the photograph).

those are stickers and this is art. meet artist payton cosell turner of flat vernacular, who creates elaborate sticker installations to meet a need you never knew you had. flat vernacular is a brooklyn-based design company that specializes in original hand-drawn, hand-printed, and bespoke wallpapers, and for all you design aficionados out there (or any child of the 80s who could boast of a robust and devotedly harvested sticker collection), i stoutly suggest checking them out.

i had actually been a big fan of payton’s “too much stuff” design long before i ever had this project on my radar or even knew the name attached to it. i became obsessed with her sticker concept in particular after seeing a house tour on a site called, featuring some unbelievable sticker panels in a brooklyn heights apartment that recently belonged to lena dunham (of hbo’s girls). from a distance, the stickers successfully look like intricately patterned wallpaper and i immediately did my homework to see how i could get my paws on some.

this sticker wallpaper falls under the “custom” umbrella of flat vernacular and is entirely unique. size, colors, intricacy of the design, and subject matter are the most important concerns and the entire process takes about 3 weeks. per their website, “keeping things on a smaller and more personal scale is very important to the craft as well as the spirit behind flat vernacular”, an ideal the markoff group relates to and believes in wholeheartedly. to begin the commission, i started off an email correspondence with the lovely payton and initiated my consultation for a singular sticker piece of my own. like the coolest pen-pal you’ve ever had, payton asked me about my interests and she incorporated some of those things in the sticker panel she created especially for me. if you look closely, you can see planets, taxicabs, tennis balls, movie tickets, musical instruments, ice-cream, pizza, and flowers. was she wrong to infer i would also enjoy animals,  daiquiris and walkie-talkies? not at all.

tiny stickers everywhere, like a cheerful, jamie-shaped constellation.


josé esteves and interiorconnector at intérieurs!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

a match made in heaven: josé esteves, interiorconnector and intérieurs are coming together for a night filled with ideas, sketches, vignettes. intérieurs’ showroom and design studio showcase modern-soulful living, inspired by founder francine gardner’s interest in world travel and cultures. no artist can possibly epitomize this worldly soulful modernity quite like josè esteves. a native of bragance, portugal, his elegant and expressive works evoke modernity and the antique. inspired by his hometown, esteves’s handcrafted pieces, constructed from objects he finds both precious and infused with meaning, are truly a balance between art and function.

so come to intérieurs’ elegant open-air terrace on wednesday, may 4th at six o’clock, sip some cocktails and get a glimpse into josé’s mind as you take in his new lighting art collection. this is not just an unveiling, but sculptures in context.



where: intérieurs showroom 228 e. 58th street, new york, ny 10022

when: wednesday, may 4th at 6:00pm


artwork is for the birds

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


today marks the 226th birthday of john james audubon, most famous for his lifelong dedication to the cataloging of north american fowl. but enough with the history lesson.  audubon’s catalogs include thousands of gorgeous watercolors of birds in their natural habitat, and lately, i’ve been enamored with the use of such prints in the home. although getting my hands on an original watercolor audubon will only happen in my dreams, it seems there are many inexpensive ornithological(the study of birds)-inspired prints and homegoods out there to meet any budget.

black and yellow warbler audubon centennial edition print

$600 at audubon editions

thomas paul melamine ornithology dessert plates

Set of 4: $32 at orange and pear

audubon birds notecards

$14.95 at the met store

john derian #7 parrot tray

$165 at orange and pear


april is austism awareness month

Friday, April 1st, 2011

april marks the start of autism awareness month, and we here at postmark want to tell you about an organization very close to our heart: kyle’s treehouse.

kyle’s treehouse is a non-profit online community where families dealing with autism can go for support, find treatment options, join discussions, and help other families as well.  founded by jennifer and jeffery westphal after their son kyle was diagnosed with autism in 1998, kyle’s treehouse is now one of the best resources around for families dealing with autism.  kyle, a budding fashion designer, designs one-of-a-kind handscreened t-shirts that can be purchased here , with all proceeds going to support kyle’s treehouse.

if you want to support this vibrant and much-needed community, donations are also greatly appreciated and can be donated via kyle’s treehouse website.

two postmark favorites are also doing some great things for autism awareness month. both linnea’s lights and hester van eeghen will be donating a portion of their profits to kyle’s treehouse this april.

linnea’s lights

linnea’s lights will be donating 10% of each sale to kyle’s treehouse throughout the month of april. each natural double-wicked soy candle is hand-poured, clean burning and packaged in recycled materials. visit orange and pear and order linnea’s lights’ new spring scents such as lavender, white coral and mimosa while helping a worthy cause at the same time!

hester van eeghen

you won’t feel guilty splurging on dutch designer hester van eeghan’s stunning leather handbags this april, as van eeghan is donating a portion of her sales to kyle’s treehouse. visit her u.s. site for her entire collection. here are two of our favorites:

the bon bon bag

inner circle bag