Show Your Love for Him|Her

February 10th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

SPREAD THE LOVE

For Her:

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Manon 14k gold and diamond wrap serpent ring, $1,365

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270

Sophie Hughes sterling silver Egyptian drop earrings, $270
In store only

CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130

CB I Hate Perfume In the Library, $130
In store only

For Him:

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500

Vintage sterling silver and lapis ring with engraved ships and dolphin details, $1,500
In store only

Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185

Forge de Laguiole ebony pocket knife, $185
In store only

Harry's aluminum shave set, $45

Harry’s aluminum shave set, $45
In store only

 

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Hasami Porcelain

February 3rd, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Hasami bowls and trays as dinner service

Hasami bowls and trays as dinner service.

Sometimes utility can be dull, cold, uninteresting, synonymous with boring. But being functional and classic shouldn’t mean any of those things, something Hasami Porcelain understands.

Oak wood lids or trays or serving plates

Oak wood lids or trays or serving plates.

Hasami’s colors are neutral but warm and all of their pieces are simple in design but executed to perfection. Each ceramic piece and oak lid or tray is crafted by hand in Japan, but from a fixed model, creating stacks that look good enough to show off.

Open shelves never looked so good

Hasami cups, mugs, bowls and lids out and proud. Open shelves never looked so good.

Bringing up the function level another notch, all of the porcelain is safe to put in the dishwasher or microwave. So, beautiful as they are, these pieces were made to be used.

Hasami medium bowl, $50

Hasami medium bowl, $50

Hasami mug, $40

Hasami mug, $40

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Heavenly Bodies

January 19th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

If you just happened upon a mass of skeletons hidden away in an underground tunnel, what would you decide they were there for? If you said Christian martyrs, you’re right in line with the thinking of Roman Catholics in 1578.

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon's cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon’s cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

In Heavenly Bodies, a book of photographs and amended research by Paul Koudounaris, these martyrs or “catacomb saints” are photographed in some of oldest religious establishments in Europe. Many are seeing light through his lens after decades of being hidden away by embarrassed churches when modernity swept in and cast serious doubt on the authenticity of these lavishly adorned skeletons.

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

Imagine the draw a supposed martyr who looked this glorious would have had for those in a church service at a time when most people were illiterate and any sort of schooling was reserved for the wealthiest citizens or members of the priesthood. Worshipped and adorned with crowns and armor made from pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold; all of the most precious materials the Catholic church had to offer, the beautified remains were sent to churches and put on public display throughout German-speaking Europe, praised as miracle workers and protectors of believers.

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

Though these saints have been proven fictitious creations of the Catholic church, ordered to replace relics that were lost in the Protestant Reformation, obviously the artisanal excellence displayed should not be de-valued. Nuns and monks painstakingly prepared and bejeweled these skeletons and the time between transport and final display was often several years.  Gold lattice, pearls and sapphires were made to replace eyes and gold armor dripping with precious stones and pearls covers each from head to toe. They may not have died for their religious beliefs, but a visual representation of death this alluring is easy to worship.

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

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