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
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.
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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