Monthly Archives: September 2009

Just a dash of wallpaper – Osborn and Little

Osborn & Little Talisa Wallpaper

Osborn & Little Talisa Wallpaper

Remember the post from a couple of weeks ago, Bold Expressions? I started thinking about wallpaper and wanted to give you a source for some great graphic backdrops. One company that is famous in the residential market for decorating is Osborn & Little. They release a collection of new prints for each season and continue to add to their large catalog periodically. If taking on the challenge of applying wallpaper to your office, remember the golden rule, “less is more.” One feature wall with the wallpaper is enough to make a bold statement. For those of you in a corporate office with company policies forbidding the application, try applying the wallpaper to a large thumb-tack board. Or use it as art work and frame it above your desk.

Here are a few of my favorites from Osborn Little’s collection.

Osborn & Little Clarendon

Osborn & Little Clarendon

Osborn & Little Amarsagar

Osborn & Little Amarsagar

Osborn & Little Maharani

Osborn & Little Maharani

Palais-Chinois

Palais-Chinois

Perroquet Strip

Perroquet Strip

Richmond

Richmond

Each roll is 11 yards x 21.5 inches. This will provide you with approximately 54 sf or slightly less. Prices vary, but expect to pay $150 a roll. Check out the collection and find a retailer by visiting, www.osbornandlittle.com.

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Sheesham Shazam – Wood Paper Box

Sheesham Wood Paper Box from The Conran Shop

Sheesham Wood Paper Box from The Conran Shop

One of my favorite stores is The Conran Shop located on the Upper East Side of New York, right under the 59th Street Bridge. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, the British designer and retailer, the store is like walking through a mini mall museum of classic design and contemporary objects for the home and office. I would frequent the shop whenever overseeing a photoshoot in NY, walking out of the store with plenty of great options for staging. What’s fantastic about this place is the range of products and price, making good design accessible for everyone. Now, mind you, it’s not Target, but a few steps above with regards to quality and price-point. For example, this paper box made of sheesham wood with its hand-carved ridges is a great executive-style piece for your desk or credenza and on sale for $57 (not including shipping). Sheesham is an exotic wood from the forest of India with natural rosewood qualities. The two-drawer box is great for storing specialty paper or hiding the clutter of paper work on your desk.

detail of sheesham box

detail of sheesham box

As for the shop’s namesake, Sir Conran is quite an interesting businessman. With a small empire of stores, restaurants and a design studio, he lost controlling interest in the company back in 1990. He then created the Conran Shop and has since launched a few other projects.

Get your box while it remains on sale at www.conranusa.com.

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MSFW – Mayer Hawthorne

Music for the office - Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement

Music Safe For Work - Mayer Hawthorne's A Strange Arrangement

My recent New Music Tuesday find inspired me to write this post and a new series of entries for the near future. Some of my friends think I have good taste in music, but I must admit to the indulgence of some horrific pop and dance grooves. Despite the occasional Christina remix and various one-hit wonders, I do alright finding some great talent. When I need to crank out a deadline, I need my music to be another background layer to compliment my work space. It’s great for ambiance and can easily be cranked up for drowning out the annoying boss. MSFW – Music Safe/Suitable For Work is a recommendation of some artists that you might overlook or not have the pleasure of hearing on mainstream radio.

I just downloaded the debut album from Ann Arbor-native Mayer Hawthorne that comes equipped with a true modern reinterpretation of old school Detroit soul. The 29-year old artist plays all of the album’s instruments as well as sing, sounding much like his childhood influences including Smokey, Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes. We’ve seen a resurgence in this retro-style of music, but you can’t deny this man his gift to create something so pure and enjoyable. It reminds me of the late 70s when my older cousins would use me as a decoy to take my aunt’s Monte Carlo and go cruise Whittier Blvd. What were my parents thinking?

I think you’ll really appreciate his music and love playing the download at the office.

For more info about Mayer Hawthorne, check out his record label, Stones Throw.

Below you’ll find two embedded videos of one of his tracks. Pick up his new release on iTunes.

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Crocodile Dundee – Croc Pencils

Crocodile Pencils from Dransfield & Ross NY

Crocodile Pencils from Dransfield & Ross NY

I love gifts especially when they are not from myself. Thank you Ms. C for the fabulous crocodile pencils from the decadent minds of John Dransfield and Geoffrey Ross, who together forged the home furnishing company Dransfield & Ross. The NY-based duo create many collections of office and home accessories sold at major high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus, Gumps San Francisco, Saks, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman, and in this case, Henri Bendel. I adore the electric blue color of the pencils with their black accents, especially the graphite lead tips. What’s amazing about this set is the luxurious feel of croc-wrap and their elegant presentation.

For a touch of opulence, splurge on some small extravagences for your desk. You will truly appreciate the little things in life. And as Ms. C has shown us, they make for a great, unexpected present.

Croc Pencils offered in many colors

Croc Pencils offered in many colors

For more information about the makers, visit www.dransfieldandross.com.

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You Better Think About It – Think Office Chair

Steelcase Think Chair

Steelcase Think Chair

Yes, legitimate desk chairs are expensive, but there’s a good reason for it. You’re paying for well-crafted designs that provide ergonomical solutions for today’s requirements. Furthermore, these chairs look great and are backed by years of technological experience and support some of the biggest decision makers in the country. Why not be like the big boys with your own work.

Steelcase’s Think chair is the task chair I selected for the entire office at my last job. I oversaw the design and construction of the workplace as well as the selection of furniture. What I like about this chair is the simple, streamlined profile – so sleek without looking like an alien. A series of horizontal “flexors” intuitively respond to your body’s position and adjusts itself to provide a very comfortable yet firm support. Available in varying colors,fabrics and configurations, the chair looks great with a 3D knit back, fabric seat with arms.

Steelcase Think in white 3D knit, $799

Steelcase Think in white 3D knit, $799

For customized solutions, the Think Chair with arms starts at $689 through the Steelcase Online Store .

Through a new partnership with Crate and Barrel, you can buy the chair in black for $659 (without arms for $579) at crateandbarrel.com .

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