May 20, 2010
We went to the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) again this year at the Javitz center in NYC, which is a huge exhibition of the latest and greatest in the design world. Here are a few standouts:
Tom Dixon- making lights on the spot; Lindsey Adelman light; Ana Linares bookshelves
Molo lights; Dorotheum auction house chair
Lindsey Adelman light with gold leaf; Corvo chair by Bernhardt
May 17, 2010
There is nothing more satisfying than a good find and a good deal. The Brimfield antique show, located in farmland between Boston and New York, mixes high society with hippie woodlanders. It’s one of the few places where you’ll find Gucci bags coming out of porto-potties and all ranks of society eating greasy corn dogs from “Roadkill Cafe”. Observing this vast spectrum of life never gets old and neither does the tri-annual treasure hunt. The only requirements for success are a discerning eye, patience and a good dose of bartering chutzpah.
Laura and I arrived at the show in our old sneakers and sunhats on day 1 at 11am, about 6 hours late by Brimfield standards. Early birds typically arrive at the break of dawn to race for coveted treasures amongst 6,000 vendors in 23 fields. In our oppinion, the most precious finds at Brimfield are those quirky items that evoke a personal connection. This was evident in an elderly man who proudly paraded a huge, battered Texaco sign high above his head. You’d have thought he just won the lotto. Likewise, with tired feet, we left feeling very satisfied with a bag of 18th c. medicine bottles and a 20 lb. iron rabbit in tow.
Vintage Skis, Antique Chinese Chairs
18th C. Medicine Bottles, Vintage Suitcases
17th C. Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk, Hand blocks
April 29, 2010
Outstanding in the Field is a culinary experience based on the concept of connecting with the land and the origins of our food, as well as celebrating local farmers, producers, and culinary artisans. A last-supper-style table is set up in farms, gardens, caves, ranches, on mountaintops…Then a five course meal is prepared by a celebrated chef from the area and made with the freshest, local ingredients the land has to offer. Dinner is family style with wine pairings, and guests tour the site and hear talks given by the local producers.
Outstanding in the Field is touring all over North America this year. Their red and white bus has crossed North America six times and gone as far as Alaska and Florence, Italy with plans of a European tour. Check out their site for the schedule.
April 16, 2010
SOMIS HAY BARN
A design solution that’s both pragmatic and poetic; the barn’s insulating hay facade is constantly changing in color and in shape.
WE COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT BETTER . . . .
“We think of ourselves as Modernists, but we are the nice Modernists. One of the things we like best about Modernism—the nice Modernism—is its flexibility. Rather than being a historical movement from the first half of the 20th century, left over and reheated, we think of Modernism as a frame of mind. To us the M word connotes an honesty and curiosity about methods and materials, a belief that mass production and beauty are not mutually exclusive, and a certain optimism not just about the future, but about the present.”
April 15, 2010
On the first floor of our office, we designed a sliding barn door that we use to close off the conference room from the entry. We found authentic old barn doors, cleaned them up,and had them constructed into one large door on a custom metal track. We then had thedrywall opening cut to fit the door perfectly. It has some weightiness to it, so it’s pretty funto roll back and forth…
April 12, 2010
We had the privilege of designing our office space that we share with several other young entrepreneurs. The project began with a gut renovation of an old Victorian, which allowed us to customize every detail. We imagined the upstairs studios to be “thinking labs”. We started by creating an open workspace which would keep ideas flowing (fortunately our musical tastes jive). The mobile pendants, cut from circuit boards, took the form of little bright ideas, and the back walls became chalk ready. It was important to us to maintain a sustainable frame of mind throughout the renovation. We gave the original wood floor a little TLC, covered the support beams with reclaimed wood, and used antique bases for the center work tables. Most importantly, we added operable sky lights and dormer windows. The fresh air and natural light helped minimize energy consumption and maximize our happy moods.
March 26, 2010
Welcome to our blog! For our very first post, we thought we’d go back to the beginning. We started Orange Street in the summer of ’09, and we absolutely loved the process of forming our business identity. We worked with a kindred graphic designer, Cecilia Cruz, who encouraged us to think about our business as a person. Who is Orange Street? What does she like to eat? What magazines does she read? We came out of the exercise with a clear understanding of what kind of lady our business is. She is feminine, but not too girly. She says she’s a vegetarian, but she sneaks some meat in every once in awhile. She is funny, worldly, a dreamer, yet practical.
This process coincided with a trip to New York for the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair). The smallest booth with the smallest pieces had the biggest impact on us. It was the work of Miranda Meilleur, a designer silversmith from the UK, and her exquisite work in silver and steel.
Soon after ICFF, it came time to work on our logo. We used Miranda’s work as our main source of inspiration. After many (many) iterations, we came up first with the “OS” design, and then rotated and mirrored it to form a larger “O” that we felt embodied the spirit of Miss Orange Street- feminine with a little bit of edge.