A view into our world at Suzanne Lovell, Inc. and the ideas that inspire us daily.
We've always loved the simple elegance of Swedish design. That beauty is further extended to a collection of marbleized trays we recently came upon: Studio Formata was lucky enough to recently tag designer Clara Bergman's handmade elegant tray collection. These tray are inspired by the traditional craft of paper marbling. Each tray is made by hand using layers of Swedish birch ply. Whether used for breakfast in bed, living room decoration, or as a way to cleverly serve craft cocktails, you can't go wrong!
Leaving Los Angeles for quiet, quant Ojai was a transition that left landscape designer, Chris Brock, feeling lost. A "complete and utter novice" ceramicist, Brock signed up for a ceramics class, intending to produce Art Deco–inspired pieces. What actually transpired were was a collection of newly made ancient-looking pieces. Brock explains, “This rough, irregular quality made an intriguing contrast to that elegant 1930s aesthetic.” We think so too! This former garden designer came up with two-handled silhouettes on Etruscan forms, and added a layering of subtle colors over gray to produce a warm, aged look. We can't wait to see what Brock's next collection will consist of!
We sincerely LOVE BDDW, and wanted to share one of the founder's newest ventures. Joshua Vogel's move to Hudson Valley from NYC enabled him to focus on his first love... woodworking. Wood is one of the most important substances on our earth; yet often times, people discount its versatility. Vogel wants none of that!
As a way to rediscover the basics, Vogel founded Blackcreek Mercantile and Trading Co., and the products he produces are as detail-oriented and stunning as you'd expect. You can count on each piece being "worked on" for 6 months, from start to finish. Wood pieces are chosen carefully, shaped, seasoned and then shaped again. You see, there's an entire story that goes into each and every produced item.
Vogel says, "On a good day I try to lose myself in the rhythm of the whole process; the spinning wood, the sound and tone of the cut I am making, and the resonance of a balanced form."
We love the work of Eric Landon, the Milwaukee native who started his own pottery studio, Tortus, in Copenhagen. Winning various awards over the past few years, including the prestigious Danish Design Award for Craftsman of the Year in 2015, Landon's work is ethereal! The gently muted pastel vessels come in a variety of organic shapes; they're stunning and beg to be touched.
Following the strong Danish tradition of ceramics, Landon ensures that the craft is well preserved. His studio's small-scale production of treasures enables for "individual involvement" in each and every step of this complicated process.
Our favorite is the Unika Collection of case vessels. Unika is a Danish term used to define craft objects. Ever-evolving, new combinations of colors, shapes and surfaces are imagined and fulfilled in each unique vessel. We are sure they'll touch you as much as they "touched" us!