This weekend we are participating in the Jill Lindsey Holiday Market. Come by and say hi!
A few months back photographer Elaine Musiwa reached out to me and asked if she could photograph my (at the time) new home in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She came over and shot the space and we had a great time talking furniture and home design together. Today Houzz published a beautifully-written and photographed house tour of my home. Here are images from the tour, including a few that didn't make it onto Houzz. Items are linked below each photo. All images of by Elaine Musiwa for Houzz.
With all the beautiful Fall colors and crisp light, we thought it a good time to photograph some new work and release our Fall Catalog. Download it here and let us know if you have custom requests or other questions.
Today we learned that we're finalists for a Martha Stewart American Made Award for the second year in a row! Check out the page and leave a comment. Thanks to everyone for your support!
After leaving Hong Kong, the first stop on my first trip to Southeast Asia, I headed to Indonesia, a complicated and beautiful nation of over 19,000 islands. The first stop was Jakarta, the capital, and a notoriously stressful, traffic-clogged megapolis, and my goal was to try and find its design scene, if it had one, and hopefully some architectural and design beauty inside what I'd discover to be an extraordinary and terribly frustrating city.
After a week exploring Jakarta, which is on Indonesia's largest and most populated island, Java, we flew to Bali, only a few hour flight, but worlds away in its architectural appearance. The people of Indonesia practice many religions, but the Balinese practice their own form of Hinduism that is only found on Bali and in Balinese communities elsewhere in the country. Faced with extreme tourism, the Balinese hold strong to their religious and cultural beliefs and lead beautiful and fascinating lives. Our first stop was the lively town of Seminyak, filled with shops and great beaches, but also with tourists. We quickly rented moto-bikes so we could get around and out of town. This proved to be the best decision of the trip and allowed us to find places we never would have seen in a car or on foot. Our second stop was Ubud, a mountain village known as the cultural center of Bali. There too we took our moto-bikes and found that outside the touristic town the real beauty of Bali was waiting to greet us.
We are excited to announce that Blackbody CO-OP has been extended and our collection, along with beautiful works by other up-and-coming designers will be on view at the Blackbody Showroom at 25 Greene Street in Soho for six months. Please stop by, have a look, and the let us know what you think!
Brooklyn furniture design studio, Coil + Drift, seeks a studio intern to begin June, 2015.
As part of NY Design Week Coil + Drift will be a part of the inaugural Blackbody Co-op, an exhibition of contemporary furniture and objects by a selection of on-the-rise designers amongst the latest designs by French lighting studio, Blackbody. Taking place in the immense two-story Blackbody showroom at 25 Greene Street in Soho, Blackbody Co-op will take place May 15 - 19 and will partner with the Soho Design District.
Coil + Drift will show items for their latest collection at Blackbody Co-op including the Rex Sideboard, a cherry-wood sideboard with deep-grain character and a mirrored wine-and-spirit compartment; the Dusk Coffee Table, a coffee table with a geometric, solid-brass base and white-marble top; and the Soren Chair, a minimal, ash-wood and leather dining/side chair with a bold, arc-shaped back rest, available in black and brown leather.
Based in France and founded in 2007, Blackbody develops and produces innovative OLED lighting solutions, based on a new lighting philosophy, which encourages creativity and emotion. Thanks to its technological savoir-faire and the flexibility of its production capacity, Blackbody is the perfect partner for the conception and production of innovative OLED lighting, either on a tailor-made or large-scale level. Blackbody CO-OP will feature work by Asher Israelow, Aspace, Coil + Drift, Further Designs, Hart Made, Matthew Bradshaw Studio, and Surname Goods among others.
May 15 - 19
Blackbody NYC Showroom
25 Greene Street NY, NY 10013
Press Day: Friday, May 15
Opening Party: Saturday, May 16 6-9pm
Come by and see some incredible interior design, purchase furniture, and support Housing Works!
At the beginning of April I had the rare opportunity to hop on a plane and travel to Southeast Asia. Being that I love an adventure, I leapt at the chance. On the itinerary was Hong Kong, then Jakarta, Indonesia, and finally Seminyak and Ubud, on the island of Bali. This being my first trip to Southeast Asia, I knew I needed to savor every moment so I made it my goal to learn as much as I could about the design scenes of each vastly different city. This is the first of three travelogues that I will write about the one of the most extraordinary journeys of my life, one for each section of my trip beginning with Hong Kong.
Speak to anyone about visiting Hong Kong and the first thing they will tell you is there is no way to see everything in one trip. This city of seven million people is extremely vibrant, full of culture and diversity, and a breeze to navigate thanks to Cantonese/English signage, incredible public transit, and (when all else fails) cheap taxis. When I travel I like to make a rough plan at the beginning of each day and then allow it to fall apart as I get lost and discover unexpected places. I knew that four days in Hong Kong would not be enough to do everything I wanted to so I allowed myself to let go of my expectations and to enjoy neighborhoods, shops, galleries, and cafés more than I might if I stuck to a strict schedule.
The city that unfolded before my eyes when I stepped out the door of my hotel each day was vast and yet incredibly locally-minded. A major metropolis that is both easy for a Westerner to understand and worlds away.
I stayed in the Central area on Hong Kong Island and set out my first morning to explore the Sheung Wan neighborhood, which I had been told housed many of the design showrooms in the city. I loved this quiet and hilly neighborhood, which reminded me of San Fransisco mixed with a little bit of London.
As is mandated by law, all of Hong Kong's buildings must use bamboo scaffolding while under construction, including sky-scrapers, which is both magical and terrifyingly beautiful.
I found many shops selling furniture, new and antique, much of it imported from Europe, but one that I absolutely loved was Amelie & Tulips, which sells new pieces in the mid-century modern aesthetic mainly from The Netherlands. Sheung Wan has many small alleyways and these are where I found my favorite spots. I noticed Common Ground, a quiet coffee shop and café, after spotting a beautiful antique chair outside the shop as I peaked up a hilly carless alleyway. The coffee was perfect and the owners welcoming and full of good conversation. In a city with a vibrant coffee scene these guys stand out.
That night we went out in search of some of that delicious food Hong Kong is known for. We headed to Yardbird. I had walked by it during the day and later read that it was one the hot new spots in town that many said wasn't to be missed. As many new restaurants in any large city around the world, they don't take reservations, so we gave them our name and phone number and headed to find a bar in which to enjoy our two-hour wait. Thankfully we found Mitte Bar, a grungy-chic Italian bar close by. The drinks were perfect and in no time were back at Yardbird enjoying one of the best dinners I've had in months. The Chinese/American-influenced Japanese fare is wacky and extraordinary and the sake list is vast and delightful. Don't miss Yardbird.
The next day I headed to the water to get some perspective and grabbed an old-and-efficient Star Ferry to Kowloon across the harbor. These ferries have been running forever and are a great way to discover Hong Kong's vast harbor. I didn't have time to explore much of Kowloon, but the view of Hong Kong Island from the water front was beautiful and well-worth the $2.50 HKD cost and 10 minute ride.
Back on Hong Kong Island I headed for Kennedy town, high up in the hills where the University of Hong Kong is located.
Heeding a tip from a friend I met the day before I headed to Ethos, a new concept café, shop, and gallery space in Kennedy Town that is intelligently curated and filled with creative items for the home and workplace. I chatted with one of the owners about what it was like to open a multi-genre lifestyle shop in Hong Kong and he told me it was still very rare and risky but he felt it was the future of live retail, something I've heard from many people in cities from NYC to Paris and now to Hong Kong.
After wandering the hills and getting myself thoroughly lost I happened upon Café Deadend. Situated next to it's equally-delicious sister bakery, this spot serves fresh fare and the salad I ordered on the chef's recommendation, was brightly flavored and delicious. I wanted to spend ours in the beautifully-designed space sipping my cappuccino.
Our last day in Hong Kong we hopped on a boat and headed 30 minutes from Central to Lamma Island based on a recommendation from my friend Sonia Scarr of Scarr Co. Sonia had told me that Lamma Island is part of Hong Kong, but is feels like it is worlds away. This completely car-less island turned out to be a must-see for the views and natural landscape alone and exceeded our expectations in so many ways. After jumping off the ferry we took a four-hour hike through jungles, tiny villages, over white-sand beaches, and finally back to the 'town' where the ferry dropped us for a lunch of the morning's catches by the local fisherman. It was a stunning place I will never forget and it is something everyone should see to experience the extreme varieties and juxtapositions that make up Hong Kong.
On our final morning we headed to the center of town to catch our plane. Now, that may sound odd, but one of the most innovative moves Hong Kong has made is the Airport Express station in Central Hong Kong. Located at the IFC, a massive downtown shopping center, the Airport Express is a train that takes you directly to the airport. Not only is it fast, (20 minutes door to door) but upon arrival to the station you check your bags and you don't see them until you've flown and landed at your destination. That means you can check your bags, do some shopping or grab lunch, and then take your train - luggage-free - to the airport and directly to your gate. Why every city doesn't have this system is beyond me. It was so easy and left me with memories of a Hong Kong as a city that is welcoming, complex, accessible, and full of life. I can't wait to go back and discover even more.
Have you been to Hong Kong? Do you have must-sees that I missed. Please leave a comment and add to the discovery. Thanks!
Ever wonder what marble looks like before it becomes a Dusk Coffee Table or your kitchen countertop?
And that's a wrap! After a month long residency in the lower level of Jill Lindsey, a lifestyle boutique in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, our Pop-Up Shop is closed and we are taking a moment to breath and reflect on this incredible experience.
This past Sunday, NYC's local 24-hour news station, NEWS 12, stopped by Coil + Drift's Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Jill Lindsey.
(The giveaway is over, thanks to all who entered!)
Wedding / event planner and social media superstar Lauren Wells came to our studio over the weekend to pick up her Dusk Coffee Table and see our studio.
Today, Brooklyn-based furniture and object design company Coil + Drift announced it will open a Holiday pop-up shop in the new lower level of JILL LINDSEY, a lifestyle boutique and café in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.