Sunday, April 24, 2011

Out and About: Vacation

 Photo by Fig, Big Island, Hawaii 2009

Fig's taking a break this week for a family vacation to Maui, Hawaii.  Though I've been to the Island several times, I did brush up on my Maui research through the Design Sponge Maui Guide, Trip Advisor, and friends and family.  We're looking forward to a week of relaxation and sun, something Portland's seriously been lacking lately.  I am beyond excited to get the chance to rent an SUP for the week and really see the Pacific from a new perspective.  Aloha!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Local: Blue Pointe Fixture

Rejuvenation's Blue Pointe Fixture:  just another reason we're lucky to live in Portland.  I'm prepping to go fixture shopping this morning and in my research the Blue Pointe stuck out as the most creative reproduction of a classic fixture on the market.  Although pendant fixtures over a center kitchen island are simple and expected, why not take a small leap over to a canopy-like structure and really own that air space?

If you haven't stopped by Rejuvenation's Grand Ave. location lately, you're in for a treat.  They've curated a beautiful mix of home accessories and furnishings perfectly suited to match their fixture and hardware collection.  You can pickup a cup of coffee or tea at Daily Cafe's adjacent location and browse to your heart's content.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

BESPOKE: For You, For Me

One of the little luxuries we love here at Fig is the opportunity to get our hands on some great castoffs from past projects or contractor archives.  We recently acquired a great piece of polished Carrera marble (our favorite for vanity tops) and knew it was perfectly suited as a base point for a dining table.  We developed a design that melds simplicity, function, and grace while letting the materiality inform the shapes and scale with which we designed.  We call this piece PLATE.  You can see more photos over at our Facebook Album.

Design: Fig Studio
Materials: Power coated plate steel and Carrera Marble
Craftsman: Tim Fouch

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Clock Radio Conundrum

They're highly functional, yet highly unsightly:  the ubiquitous clock radio.  My husband and I have  been looking for a beautiful yet functional solution to our multiple alarm needs for as long as we've lived together.  I've been waking up to the "ocean sounds" function on my digital eyesore for over ten years, but over the weekend I had to accept the fact that my ocean sounds now more closely replicate a failing robot.  Our doh! moment hit us when we realized our iphones would make for the perfect replacements.  I know what you're thinking, but it just didn't occur to us until now.  Plus should I really have my work phone next to my sleeping quarters?  I decided it was the best and most compact solution, but it is important to me to have our gadgets thoughtfully displayed to avoid the classic cord tangle next to my pillow.  I've landed on the perfect find for our space: the book dock from Inbook.  It's simple, classic, and beautiful.  Now to decide if I'm more of a To Kill a Mockingbird or Homer's Odyssey.