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house of rym

An Unlikely Marriage

We can’t get enough of new design brand House of Rym, an improbable artistic combination of Tunisian craftsmanship and Swedish aesthetics. In October 2011, Tunisian entrepreneurs Rym Tounsi and Zied Youssef contacted Swedish designers Anna Backlund and Elisabeth Dunker to see if they would be interested in a design collaboration. Tounsi and Youssef have a deep love of their native country’s artisan history and wanted to share it with others in a fresh light. They had long admired the designers’ work, and cold-called them to see if Backlund and Dunker would be interested in such a collaboration. As it turns out, Backlund and Dunker were, and before long, they hopped a plane to Tunisia. The group quickly formed a partnership, and produced a home goods line using wool, porcelain, cotton, and olive wood. Although their company is less than a year old, the pieces strike a perfect note between organic and modern, past and present. In the process of setting up a House of Rym webshop, all pieces can be purchased through Fine Little Day or Northlight. Click through the slideshow to see more:
January 28, 2013
ODLCO butterdish

Capitol Butter Dish from ODLCO

With the Democratic and Republican conventions now over, what we've all known for months now is finally official. It's Mitt vs. Barack, impressive hair vs. impressive ears, Harvard lawyer vs. Harvard lawyer in an escalating, autumn-consuming death match for the White House/free world/future of all mankind. Feeling patriotic? Feeling cynical? Feeling like a piece of buttery toast? Should that last one appeal, Republicans and Democrats alike should consider keeping that delicious, fatty spread in Morgan Carter's hilarious new Capitol Butter Dish for ODLCO. Made from porcelain in Chicago (ODLCO and POTUS's home), this clever riff on the architectural tchotchkes they sell in DC by the boatload should swiftly become a bread-and-butter addition to any design-minded table. And at just $50 apiece, you can afford to pass them out to all the fellas in your Super PAC.
September 8, 2012
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3 Collections of Modern Barware

The main course of a meal might receive the oohs and aahs, but as any host or hostess will attest, it’s the beverages that fuel a party and get the conversation going. This selection of barware will surely make your next gathering the talk of the town.
August 19, 2012
Marimekko iconic patterns

Marimekko's Iconic Patterns

It's hard not to adore (and lust after) Marimekko's fabrics. In the early 1950s, as Finland continued its slow ­recovery from World War II, textile designer Armi Ratia seized the opportunity to bring hope and optimism to the country—in the form of brightly colored and boldly patterned fabrics and clothing. From the remnants of her husband Viljo’s oilcloth company, the couple launched Marimekko in 1951. Less than a decade later, Jackie Kennedy graced a December 1960 cover of Sports Illustrated in a pink Marimekko dress, and the company took off, gaining renown for its bright, modern, fashion-forward textiles and clothing. Here we take a look at some of Marimekko's most iconic and favorite patterns. Be sure to watch our Process slideshow that shows how these textiles are made.
July 26, 2011
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Q&A: Gijs Bakker

As cofounder of the iconic Dutch collective Droog, industrial designer Gijs Bakker further defined the design identity of his homeland, the Netherlands, as simple and playful, conceptual but clearly realized. He has also brought contemporary jewelry design to the fore, focusing on the principles behind the pieces as opposed to their "handmade virtuosity," Bakker recently acted as artistic director for Yii, a Taiwanese collaborative uniting traditional craft and modern design. Recently he sat down with us to answer a few questions.
May 25, 2010
Bodum Canteen Porcelain Purple Crop

Bodum Double-Wall Canteen Mugs

One of my favorite wedding gifts I received was a set of Danish housewares firm Bodum’s glass-walled Canteen tumblers. I drink from them every day, set them out when guests come over, feel a private thrill when the crew of Battlestar Gallactica drink from them on the show, and was truly upset when one of them broke. If I had any qualm at all it’s that they’re on the fragile side, but I am delighted now to report that Bodum has heard my quiet cries and in their 2009 Collection come out with a hardy porcelain mug in the same shape.
July 27, 2009
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New Color for Take-out

Bare fridges filled with nothing but hot sauce, a couple bottles of beer, and some old take-out will be getting a makeover with these porcelain versions of the classic to-go containers.
October 25, 2008
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