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Spotlight – Barkeeper
Getting into the holiday season gives some people that warm and fuzzy feeling and on a literal level, so does felt. Our 100% wool felt products are all produced in the USA with our partners at Buffalo Felt.
One of the staff favorites for gifting and personal use is the Avva Breadbasket. As a design object it has great character and form and works so simply that it makes you think, why didn’t I think of that? The designer that has those bragging rights is the California based architect, Josh Jakus.
In the spirit of the holidays and as an exercise in sharing, a few of us agreed to photograph our Avva Breadbaskets in use. It’s great to see how this piece blends in to the different tablescapes, proving the adaptability and beauty of the design.
See our images after the jump.
Also, happy first day of Sweets Season!
I made that up, “Sweets Season” isn’t really a thing, but as far as I am concerned the period of time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is “Sweets Season.” Mainly because it is nearly impossible it escape the tasty treats that infiltrate every grocery, department store, and pharmacy across the country. Whether it be crisp Christmas cookies, shiny Hanukkah geld, scrumptious pies, delectable truffles or the dreaded fruit cake, sweets are everywhere. Everyone has their favorite holiday sweet, for example, my brother favors white chocolate Lindt truffles. Austin based photographer Emily Blincoe has color coded and photographed dozens of classic candies that will make you crave all those rich, delicious treats that will be coming your way starting today.
More photos of tasty treats after the jump!
While our Neat & Clean cloths were conceived based on functionality and our Icon linens are driven by graphics, the Chambray Collection is rooted in fashion. Developing this collection was similar to building a wardrobe, choosing the right pieces that stand alone and make a statement combined.
At a meeting in Paris with our textile partners TTT, an Italian based mill, a small yet interesting fabric swatch was brought to our attention. This denim-like woven swatch was the inspiration for the Chambray Collection. As this was a new experimental piece the factory was working on, we tried sampling many variations. When faced with picking a favorite, we decided we needed them all and our coasters became a mixed set. It was similar to shopping for jeans, you need variations to suit your mood.
The coasters led us to design the Chambray Napkin and Runner because we loved the textural compliment. We also introduced Midnight Blue in our Pure Linen Collection and designed our Chervon & Anise Trays and Boards to offer layering elements. Whether it’s personal style or Home fashion, you need the right pieces to achieve the look.
British department store, John Lewis, is well known for its annual Christmas advertisement, I love this years, it is just such a heart-warming little story about spreading holiday cheer. The entire video is done in stop motion animation by Adam&Eve/DDB, the animation is truly incredible watch the behind the scenes video after the jump if you really want to be blown away. Everything about the ad and the behind the scenes feature will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, its never too early to start putting yourself in the holiday spirit!
More after the jump.
How or what to serve for apps shouldn’t be something to stress out about this holiday season! Our Bread&Butter Board might just make things a little easier. The Bread&Butter Board comes in 2 sizes and 2 woods (maple and walnut). On one side the board is perfectly flat with a hole that holds a soapstone bowl. The opposite side slopes on one end to form a well while also having a place for the bowl.
A hearty loaf a bread pairs great with a local salty butter. We couldn’t resist this cranberry nut bread from SoNo Baking Co. To keep butter nicely chilled freeze the soapstone bowl for an hour or so before serving. For another party (say football Sunday) flip the board over. Place crackers in the well add manchego, a cured meat, quince paste and some cornichons – voila! Some other things we like to snack on are castelvetrano olives and Italian cherry peppers. The olives are bright green in color with a mild buttery taste.
Wood is one of my favorite materials to work and live with. The inherent warmth and character makes it an obvious choice for adorning your home. Whether decorating with the Avva Trio Candlesticks, cooking with the Avva Salt and Pepper Mills or entertaining with our Scoop Stab & Spread, wood always does the job.
Our partner, Drevotvar in the Czech Republic makes our ideas into reality at their wood shop. This artisian-led consortium of woodworkers specializes in solid wood tools and utensils. They are the makers of our Avva Salt and Pepper Mills and more recently the magnetic Avva Salt and Pepper shakers.
The Apple Jack Flash – serves 4
- 8 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 4 oz spiked apple bourbon
- Juice of a lemon
- lemon peel for garnish
- 4 oz good apple cider
- 2 droppers Chamomile bitters
Cue the music! Nothing says Let’s Party like walking into a cocktail event hearing The Stones and being handed a cocktail. This is one for the books. The Apple Jack Flash will warm guests up and get spirit’s going. Not to mention it will make a non-bourbon drinker like bourbon. Combine liquid ingredients in a pitcher to have on hand before guests arrive. When ready pour over ice and garnish with a lemon peel.
Heart, Eye and Spleen is a new series by artist, Camila Carlow, Camila uses a variety of flowers, wines and foliage to sculpt the organs of the human body. The aim of the project is a showcase the beauty and fragility of the human body’s inner-workings. The colors and textures used in each organ result in a really beautiful and non-traditional representation of the organs. Camila has created floral versions of all types of organs form the lungs to the eye balls, each using plant matter in a unique way to create organ-like textures.
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It’s the little surprises that make design pleasing. Once an object is placed in an environment, how it interacts with surroundings can make it take on a whole other dimension. Many of our products have that element of surprise and delight. For those with small kitchens our Avva tumblers will be right at home! The two shapes stack and store neatly when not in use!