Patricia Urquiola's amazing chairs

I've been a long time admirer of Patricia Urquiola's work, but I never knew her name until now. (That's the problem with being a visual junkie sometimes.) My first introduction were these wonderful woven chairs. Obsessed, but WAY out of my budget I hung pictures on my studio wall. Years passed, I never knew who had designed the chairs I obsess about. I am enchanted with them as much today as I was that first moment.
The other day, I had the same instant reaction when I saw this post over on seesaw. From there I searched the web more and made the connection. The whimsy and sophistication of her woven furniture is so inspiring. So sexy. So elegant. So playful. So comforting.

pencil shoes

. . . by Lauren Milroy

meet Berty

Meet Berty. "He loves mustard on all his food and dislikes cream of mushroom soup." (I think he and I will get along famously - don't you?) Berty is one of the newest members of Donna Wilson's odd-bod bunch of knitted creatures and I think he'll be coming over to my house very soon!

geometric vintage print

Loving this geometric vintage print available from Ramona West.

Close to Home @ Creative Growth

Join Creative Growth for the 1st anniversary of the newly renovated space and the MUCH anticipated, annual HOME show. Celebrating the humble abode: house, apartment, camper, office, Yurt... They have artwork to fit every style! Look for one-of-a-kind ceramics for the garden and dinner table, hooked rugs, hand painted furniture and "backyard" installations with plants donated by the Berkeley Horticultural Nursery and Dry Garden Nursery.

Don't miss the handcrafted paper dresses from a workshop with visiting artist Ann Dunbar and the all day BBQ with hot dogs, beer and treats from Bakesale Betty!

Creative Growth
355 24
th Street, Oakland CA
Opening: Thursday, May 7
11am - 2pm Member's preview
5pm - 8pm Opening
w/ music by the Creole Belles!

Also open Saturday, May 9
th 11am - 4pm
Regular Gallery hours M-F 11am - 5:30pm
Show runs May 7
th through June 19th, 2009

Creative Growth is an art studio and gallery that serves artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. An environment for artistic instruction, gallery promotion and personal expression. Works by Creative Growth artists can be found in collections and museums around the world.

Mail Me Art 2 : call for submissions

Mail Me Art 2 is looking for submissions! Check it out - the website explains it all. So exciting to see a fun project like this continue on!
{via bluebottles - thanks for the heads up!}