ILLUSTRATIONS OF NIDHI CHANANI: Have a happy New Year!

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  Nidhi Chanani, born in Calcutta and raised in suburban California, currently lives and works in San Francisco as a freelance artist. She considers herself equal parts Indian and American and draws heavily from both cultures in creating her fanciful works of art. Her illustrations are created on the computer using Flash and Photoshop, and she somehow manages to create aread ON

THE MAKING OF THE LOU READ CHAIR

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  The Lou Read chair was designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet and fabricated by Domeau&Peres for Le Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. It is a true beauty and a testament to excellence in design and craftsmanship. Video by Sébastien Jousse on Vimeo.

MORE ON THE CHURCH TIP: a church becomes a home

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  Originally built in 1870, the historical St. Jakobus Church in Utrecht, the Netherlands was converted into a spectacular home by ZECC Architects. The furniture and interior styling was done by Thomas Haukes of (springers) wonen. Photos courtesy of ZECC Architects and Woonkerkxl.

CAPELA DE SANTA FILOMENA

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  Capela de Santa Filomena, designed by Pedro Maurício Borges, brings a new edge to religion. Located in Portugal’s Figueira de Foz, it stands in stark contrast to its suburban surroundings. Simple and beautiful. Feliz Natal from Portugal! Photos © Fernando Guerra, FG+SG Architectural Photography. via

CHAIR SKIS: take your chair from static to rocking

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  For $145 you can transform your ordinary chair into a rocking one by adding Chair Skis. These curved wooden skis fit most standard non-upholstered chairs. Just place your chair into the skis and rock away. Chair legs are held in place with flexible rubber stoppers. Available at Top Hat, 245 Broome Street (Ludlow Street), 212.677.4240. via  

WILD & FELTY

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  These Felt Menagerie Animal Heads are crafted from hand-blocked and stitched-wool felt. Animal Heads measures approximately 2′ x 10″ x 16″ depending on which sculpture. Available through Pop Deluxe.

HAVE WE MET SOMEWHERE BEFORE?

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  If this floor and table lamp look eerily familiar… don’t fret, you are not losing your mind. The Amy collection was inspired by the talented British singer and songwriter, Amy Winehouse. Once you know, it’s difficult not to see the resemblance! What better way to bring in the festival of lights? Available through Delightfull. Do you ever spotread ON