In 2000, Kar Wai Wong’s film “In The Mood For Love” debuted, and I was spellbound. Maggie Cheung, in a series of stunning cheongsam dresses, eclipsed every other screen siren as the epitome of class and glamour. Flowerage’s hand-tailored cheongsam and qipao dresses ($39 - $299) made me swoon again.
I liked Studio Liscious’ homemade woodies (“wooden goodies” = “woodies”) so much, I had to post two. The former, a darkly-stained, undulating pair of sculptural vases/candleholders ($89) were so authentically mid-century modern, I did a double-take looking for the word “vintage” - but nope, they’re new and handmade! And the latter, a coat rack ($138) of lightly-colored plywood cut into modern shapes, I can totally imagine it hanging in the foyer of a shelter magazine’s featured loft and brownstone. Liscious indeed!
I knew I had to feature GlassPlay’s Stained Glass Koi ($75) the moment I saw it; the medium and motif are so ancient and classical, but the image is so modern, so simple. Perfect to welcome back the spring sun.
It must be a vestige left over from early childhood, but I love ballet slippers. I was never terribly good at ballet, but I remember feeling my most feminine while prancing about in a pink leotard, that gauzy wrap skirt and pair of those petal pink Capezios. Long gone are the days I’m prepared to sport a skintight leotard or anything less supportive than Spanx, but the shoes are still safe territory. Ele Handmade produces beautiful ballet slippers for women - in Italy - in indoor and outdoor versions, and a slew of colors and textures. I don’t know about you, but I’d have loved silver stingray when I was 7.($50-96)
Tinca Design’s original paintings and prints come in a variety of geometric patterns - from the simple pen and ink facet shapes, to a retro style and color palette reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica. I think “Moony” (shown) would make a great Brooklyn baby gift. ($10 - $500)