Getting Stoned

People have been using stones and minerals as both tools and adornment since…well, since the stone age.  Whether you’re skipping a stone across a body of water or plunking down a fat stack to put one on your finger these gifts from the earth are present in such a wide variety.  Have you ever seen two rocks that look the same?  Something to think about when you’re strolling down a sidewalk.  Enjoy the medley of stone and mineral infused items in this week’s post, ‘cause hey, I Like To Rock!

Get Your Fingers Ready!: Costa Rican born jewelry designer Catalina Brenes creates dizzying jewelry fabricated from an assortment of materials ranging from precious metals and stones to resin encasing flecks of gold and even flowers.  I met Catalina at a jewelry show and fell in love with just about every piece on her table.  Alas, I only walked away with one. The ring in question is a staggeringly tall pyrite cube with polished and blackened silver that sits regally on my middle finger.  I get stopped mid sentence frequently as people ask to ogle it more closely.  Although her website is noted below, her e-commerce site is under construction. Sigh.  I greedily await it’s completion.

Left Ring: Morfosi Series, 2011 made of silver, quartz and rhodochrosite.

Right Ring: 2010 made of silver, quartz, onyx and turquoise. Green with Envy.

Via: Contemporarty.com and bijoucontemporain.unblog.fr
Source: Catalina Brenes.com

What we’ve been listening to in studio lately.  “Strange Powers” by Magnetic Fields from the record titled Holiday.

Stone Free:  The Forest Green Volcanic Glaze Round Chalice 3-537 by ceramicist Josh Herman.  His work evokes both Mid-Century Modern design and the free feeling of “organicity”.  A passion for clay thrown outta San Diego, California.

source: joshherman.com

Mesmerizing Marble:  Fashion Houses Dries Van Noten and Bottega Veneta were all over the marbleized looking textiles this Fall/Winter 2011/2012. An incredibly theatrical and yet sophisticated look that took no prisoners in the hands of these two designers.

First up: Dries Van Noten’s black and white ensemble mixes prints and textures.  A marbleized print tweed jacket made even more opulent with a fur collar.

Via: vogue.it

Seeing Red:  Bottega Veneta’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection features impeccable tailoring (of course), slim lines and a whole host of bold reds, browns and yellows including jaspers, corniola, rust, garnet and resina.  Those color choices were not lost on the famous BV woven leather handbags either.

Via: forum.purseblog.com

Yabba Dabba Doo Chair: Cool furniture Fred Flinstone would be proud to lounge in by Vieyrah Designs.  Called the “Urban-Chaotic Respite Lounge Chair”, it is hand crafted in sunny San Diego, California. This high-concept contemporary piece is made using a metal structure covered in metal sheet and coated with a bright white Dupont car paint. In this chair you might never leave your cave.

via: yankodesign.com

Food lover and blogger Melissa Camero’s drool worthy blog is on my Top 10 list of favorite foodie sites. If you saw my bookmarks folders and RSS feed you would understand what a recommendation that is.  Bitchin’ Camero is a “go-to” repository for recipes.  Although she doesn’t post regularly (I can relate) her posts are well worth the wait.

The Balls of Your Feet: Dior Couture Heel Autumn 2011.  Special Feature? That saucy little faux red malachite ball wedged between wood cut-outs. A feat of engineering. Via: wendylady2.livejournal.com

The Balls of Your Feet: Dior Couture Heel Autumn 2011.  Special Feature? That saucy little faux red malachite ball wedged between wood cut-outs. A feat of engineering.

Via: wendylady2.livejournal.com

Heels To Be Stoked About: The Onyx Heel, Autumn/Winter 2011, from British avant-garde footwear designer, Joanne Stoker.  Touted as “One To Watch” by Vogue.com,  Stoker’s AW 2011 collection was influenced by classic Art Deco.  This 1920’s and 30’s style is best known for ornate interiors, decorating furniture and even flooring with marble and precious stones. Stoker’s collection includes heels embellished and inlaid with malachite and amber.
Source: Joannestoker.com

Heels To Be Stoked About: The Onyx Heel, Autumn/Winter 2011, from British avant-garde footwear designer, Joanne Stoker.  Touted as “One To Watch” by Vogue.com,  Stoker’s AW 2011 collection was influenced by classic Art Deco.  This 1920’s and 30’s style is best known for ornate interiors, decorating furniture and even flooring with marble and precious stones. Stoker’s collection includes heels embellished and inlaid with malachite and amber.


Source: Joannestoker.com

Shine A Light On Me:  The Robert Amethyst Table Lamp from Matthew Studios.  Where natural materials and a love of light come together. Unique pieces created by skilled artists outta NYC, Matthew Studios is a treasure trove of handmade items using rough quarts crystal, semi-precious gems, exotic skins and lucite.  Yeah, baby.
Via: homeportfolio.com

Shine A Light On Me:  The Robert Amethyst Table Lamp from Matthew Studios.  Where natural materials and a love of light come together. Unique pieces created by skilled artists outta NYC, Matthew Studios is a treasure trove of handmade items using rough quarts crystal, semi-precious gems, exotic skins and lucite.  Yeah, baby.


Via: homeportfolio.com

Style for Miles: The radiant No. 803 Miles lamp from notable interior designer Jan Showers is composed of mineral set on an acrylic base topped with a silk shade. As every mineral is unique so is every lamp. Dimensions vary too.
Source: janshowers.com

Style for Miles: The radiant No. 803 Miles lamp from notable interior designer Jan Showers is composed of mineral set on an acrylic base topped with a silk shade. As every mineral is unique so is every lamp. Dimensions vary too.


Source: janshowers.com

It appears that the fine folks at NASA have nothing better to do with U.S. tax dollars than test the side effects of various drugs on the web designing techniques of spiders.  Badspiderbites.com provides an interactive video so you can see for yourself what a spider’s web would look like on Mescaline, Hash, LSD, and even caffeine. 

I see Charlotte’s Web in a whole new light now.