Jun

17

a tale of father and daughter

Herriott Grace

I bring you a great tale of father and daughter, craftsmanship and creativity, food and fulfillment. It’s the tale of Herriott Grace.

For me it started with the food. When I first saw these images of rhubarb, beautifully styled and shot, I had to see more – being in a strawberry-rhubarb state of mind at the moment. These led me to the blog at Herriott Grace, Forty-Sixth at Grace. Once there I thought I was in heaven, discovering that the images that I had found were actually the adolescent stages of a Panna Cotta and Rhubarb Tart. I’m happy to say, it gets better and more beautiful and more delicious the more you look around…

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Herriott Grace Panna Cotta Rhubarb Tart

Panna Cotta and Rhubarb Tart

 

Herriott Grace Honeycomb

Herriott Grace Honeycomb Semifreddo

Honeycomb Semifreddo

 

Herriot Grace Spring Broth

Herriott Grace Spring Broth Ingredients

Spring Broth

But what I came to discover was even more extraordinary. This was not just a food blog, though one hell of a food blog. To use their words, Herriott Grace is a venture of father and daughter. It began when Nikole Herriott first moved away from her home in Victoria, British Columbia, to Toronto, Ontario. To bridge the distance, she and her father would send packages back and forth. He began to include some of his own hand carved spoons in them. He had been collecting wood since the early seventies and used his best pieces for these gifts. Nikole loved them, for their balance and shape, and because they were made with unmistakeable care.

She realized one day, that other people might enjoy his work. She asked him if he would be willing to share it. After some time thinking, he said yes, but only with people who would understand and appreciate the care and effort spent on each piece. And here we are.

Herriott Grace handmade wooden spoons

Herriott Grace handmade wooden bowls

His pieces are beautiful, interesting, one of a kind – testaments to the craft of the hand that revealed them. The grain, the knots, the irregularities, are what makes them, for they tell the tale from whence they came. Herriott Grace is a venture of father and daughter. It is a shop which sells these one of a kind creations and sundry items for the kitchen and table, all created with the same  appreciation of form and material, quality and detail. The blog is as much a thing of beauty as the pieces themselves, for it is perfectly curated, beautifully styled and shot, and written with such an honesty that you will want to know more. This is a tale of father and daughter, meet them here:

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Mar

21

yes please – the wood castings of hilla shamia

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

I find myself completely enamored with the wood casting series by Isreali designer Hilla Shamia. Shamia begins with a whole tree trunk and pours molten aluminum directly onto the wood, burning the surface and darkening the wood. The trunk is then split lengthwise and put into a mold, where the legs are cast, creating benches, tables, and stools. Each piece is one of a kind – the grain of the wood, the pattern of burn, and the way in which the aluminum infiltrates the trunk.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

Spectacular! For more information, visit her website. Her pieces are available via Entratalibera in Italy and Asufa Design in Isreal.

 

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Feb

27

makin’ it – this room, that tile

An amazingly offbeat honeycomb tile floor used instead of a rug!A great alternative to a rug.

Image courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

 

 

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Dec

31

creative crushing – becoming and passing

I find myself completely enthralled by German artist, Cornelia Konrads‘ natural sculptures. It’s no surprise that I love the elements of wood and stone, but what I find really compelling is the whimsy which seems to impel each sculpture. In each piece Konrads plays with the ideas of motion and calm, with dissolution and density. Her installations exist in inbetween states, in flux. They play with ambiguity. Are the elements rising or falling? Are they being constructed or deconstructed?

Her installations exist as emblems of the cycle of becoming and passing, something to think upon, this new year.

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Jun

30

herringbone floors

Image #1 courtesy of Marcus Design Inc.
Image #2 courtesy of A Mad Tea Party with Alis.
Image #3 courtesy of Door Sixteen.
Image #4 courtesy of Notes on Design.
Image #5 courtesy of Remodelista.
Image #6  courtesy of Citified.
Image #7 courtesy of Greige Design.
Image #8 courtesy of Elle Decor.

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Mar

21

makin’ it – this room, that door

From the looks of things there’s a lot more awesome going on there than just the door… but the door, oh, the door…

(It would make a wonderful addition to a room I know.)

Image courtesy of The Style Files.

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Mar

18

yes please – attia

I find myself completely smitten with Australian tabletop line, attia. Not only do I love their sense of design, but the philosophy behind it. The attia range inspires a warm minimalism that celebrates the human rather than the machine. Attia values products that are energized by the makers touch, things with soul – and loves the patina that time and use leave behind.

Their line consists of ceramics in black and white and natural wood pieces. Their focus is on natural finishes – matte rather than gloss – muted tones and shades mix with the natural tonal shifts that wood provides. The rounded, irregular shapes have a primal, organic sensibility that I love.

…and oh yes… there’s the egg cup.

To see more visit them at attia.

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