Friday, October 12, 2012

Designing for the masses...

Missoni for Target Ad
MISSONI for Target 
A year or so ago when Missoni paired with Target to provide a line of affordable Italian-inspired products, the result was spectacular.  Not only did it sell out within a couple of weeks but it also crashed the Target website. 

Despite being a fairly savy shopper, my Missoni boxes were purchased from... eBay.   They had completely vanished from the stores within 8 hours.  Grumble!

Missoni boxes for Target
Anyway, over the past few months several notable designers have started creating home goods for mass distribution.  Poof-be-gone to those, "For the Trade ONLY" signs.  These .... are widely available at very reasonable price points. 
NATE BERKUS for Target
Nate Nate for Target
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Oprah loved Nate and we do, too.  A great sense of style without being overly "decorated" probably best describes the Berkus philosophy.  In a couple of weeks, Target will be featuring his newest line of home goods.  Here are my favorites.

I absolutely LOVE this yellow tortoise shell.
Both the shell and the lamp are available from Target on October 20, 2012

In all of their "free time," Courtney and Robert Novogratz not only host a show on HGTV, manage to raise a house full of kids, and run a NYC design firm, but they have also managed to create a line of products for Crate and Barrel 2  (CB2).  The aesthetic is definitely Novogratz quirky with a little nod to family. 


Annapolis Blue sinks from Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler has taken his funky color palate to the kitchen and bathroom.  With his new line for Kohler, sinks come in myriad of colors including Piccadilly Yellow, Palermo Blue, Annapolis Navy, and Greenwich Green. 

Greenwich Green sinks by Jonathan Adler for Kohler
THOM FILICIA for One Kings Lane and Kravet
Gifts for the Home by Thom Filicia featured on One Kings Lane
Though his initial claim to fame was "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," Thom Filica has been busy creating everything from fabric to gifts for the home.  Depite being a delightfully colorful character on TV, his designs are actually fairly traditional. 
Euclid Ink, Contemporary Fabric by Thom Filica
And, the list goes on.   Candice Olson has a wonderful line of furniture through Norwalk.  Genevieve Gorder created bedding ensembles for QVC.   And, Vern Yip has developed a home decor line exclusively for HSN. 
So, on this beautiful fall weekend, get out there and shop.  Its not... "just for the trade" anymore.  

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