Gray Magazine asked me where the inspiration for my Salad Days design came from, and I told them about my 90 year old Italian grandfather who has an outrageous recipe for every weed, flower, and root in your backyard. He also has great stories about making stew “at the bummy”, (translation, hanging out at the homeless encampment in the forest near the tracks), stealing hams from railroad cars, dubious dandelion wine theory, the list goes on and on . . .You can read all about it in this issue!
Dwell did an excellent story this month (October), about American craftspeople and companies and their struggles to “maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough – and in large enough quantities – to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant gratification”. It highlighted the last man standing in American cast-iron, Kohler, and a few other exemplary American craft-centric companies, such as Heath Ceramics. In addition to the story, they curated a collection of handcrafted goods made in the USA, called “American Modern: Brilliant Design Across the USA”.
I was thrilled to be included in this collection, which mostly included furniture crafted by some of our most exciting up and comers. Props to Iacoli & McAllister from Seattle, (and neighbors of mine at ICFF for our debut presentations) who were also included in the collection, with their line of simple, elegant furniture pieces. Dwell chose After Chinterwink in “au colorant” Sunset to be the only wallpaper presented in the collection, and they also created a pop-up shop through AHA Life.com in order to make the pieces from the collection readily available for purchase.
Many thanks to Dwell for choosing Juju, and also to all of the new customers and friends of Juju that have come about since the publishing of the story. Pick up the issue or at least thumb through it at the check out stand!
I couldn’t help but post these pics of the very sweet Genevieve Gorder, star of HGTV’s Ask Genevieve, posing in a room that she designed “around the wallpaper”, using Juju’s After Chinterwink in Sunset. It’s a new nursery in Rosie Pope’s home. Genevieve said of the design, “It feels really antique and completely new at the same time.” Aw, shucks.
Photos courtesy of Amanda Schwab
I am flattered to have been featured in the Luxe Magazine’s Pacific Northwest edition this season. It is a beautiful magazine if you can find it! I am glad that they printed my props to Una, woonwinkel, Stand Up Comedy, Beam & Anchor, Magnolia Editions, and Maryam Nassir Zadeh – my favorite sources for shopping and/or inspiration!
The 24th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair will map the newest frontier of what’s best and what’s next in design at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, May 19-22, 2012.
So, these guys really say it best. For those of you attending, please don’t forget to come by and snatch up a Juju Poster at booth 811, hot off the press. New York friends, please contact me if you are interested in attending. ICFF is open to the public on Tuesday, but talk to me if you would like to attend on another day.
See you there!
If you love patterns and contemporary prints, you should check out this great blog, Pattern Observer. Author Michele Fifis supplies great content for designers and print-lovers alike – textiles, artists, inspiration boards, industry resources, job postings, etc. It is a great blog, and I am flattered that she chose to include me in her latest post. Thanks Michelle!
I was lucky enough to have a lovely visitor from Apartment Therapy’s Kitchn a few months ago. I took her on a tour of my wacky and wonderful, teeny-tiny kitchen. You can take a peek and see what goes on when the apron and knives come out in North Portland! It involves a lot of pickle talk, Portlandia lovers.
What a year! It has been just about a year since we put up the Juju website, and so many great things have come of it! I have met some incredible creative people, worked on some great projects, and have enjoyed a very warm welcome in Portland and beyond. Many, many, thanks to all of my friends, colleagues, customers, and family for making this such a memorable year. As a bonus, I just saw that I was one of Apartment Therapy’s “Best of 2011 Creative People”. Happy New Year! 2012? Let’s do this!