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Ken & Dana Designs

In the middle of Chelsea, bordering Hell’s Kitchen, rests a hidden loft space only accessible via an elevator to the fifth floor. Tucked quietly in this NYC nook rests a studio full of love stories, and unique engagement and wedding rings. The team’s eclectic creations have been worn by such luminaries as Beyonce, Rashida Jones, Debra Messing, Keri Hilson, and Rachel Ray. Ken, the jewelry designer with a long history of familial gemstone expertise, and Patty, the love of his live, married on the beach in Cape May, NJ.  Together their love inspires bridal jewelry, imbued with meaning and authenticity.

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Vintage Edwardian details meet ultra modern ecogold pieces. The space where the rings are crafted is just as important as the jewelry itself.Inspiration can come from anywhere.

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Ken is a quiet and reserved artist, who originally started his career on Wall Street. Inspired by  his genealogical roots, China’s rich cultural history, its landscapes and the energy in its pulse, he established a jewelry business piggybacking on what he learned from his fathers 1973 company. Patty is the loquacious consultant who can automatically read your “ring personality” and hates finger “muffin top”.

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An old letterpress table, wherein typesets and lead symbols were kept, now becomes functional wall art, keeping trinkets on display.

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The boutique’s design shop is 1/3 workroom, 1/3 showroom & 1/3 party space. All the gold and diamonds are no conflict and a portion of every engagement ring sold is donated to Global Witness, an organization dedicated to ending natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. The more one looks around the shop, the more one sees turn of the century details. Can you spot any?

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The mannequin wears nothing more than Ken & Dana Designs and is still the chic-est in the room.

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Baubles and baubles.

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The sculptural lines of the wire chair pair seamlessly with those of the earrings and necklaces displayed closely. It’s easy to see with a designer’s eye how something as simple as a damask fabric can inspire a gemstone choice, how a black-spined book with gilded typography can mirror a necklace’s palette.

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For such exquisite pieces, the attitude in the space is refreshingly light and carefree. The pricing is affordable. The team does not take themselves too seriously, and truly tries to understand the aesthetic of each client. As the company says, “We make engagement rings and wedding bands that are inspired by sculpture, architecture, organic shapes, and most of all, the personal stories we hear from our clients every day. We recognize that no two relationships are the same, and only by engaging you throughout the creation process are we able to craft a truly unique product that you can call your own.”

Can’t visit in person? Shop online today! The experience is just as rewarding.

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New York Fashion Week 2013 x Valentine’s Day

In honor of New York Fashion Week 2013, which so nicely coincides with Valentine’s Day, I bring you (dear reader) a series of red-toned vignettes. Each outfit from a designer’s recent show also represents a style or facet of love, using a series of adjectives ending in ‘ic.’  I admit I used a thesaurus for some of these –  knowledge is power. Which type of  love and blood-stained hue best represents you?

Gothic_Victoria, Victoria Beckham - Prestentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Victoria BeckhamFall 2013 Ready-to-Wear_Araks


Fall 2013 Ready-to-Wear_BadgleyMischka

Badgley Mischka

romantic_ Jenny Packham during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Fall 2013

Jenny PackhamThe Tadashi Shoji Fall 2013 Fashion Week in New York Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013

Tadashi Shoji

Reem Acra, Frazer Harrison, Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

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Diane von Furstenberg

Carolina Herrera Fall 2013

Carolina Herrera

J.Crew Fashion Week - NYFW 2013


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Zero + Maria Cornejo MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela

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David Hockney – An Artist’s Dwelling (11)

I was going to name the post “Tonsil Hockney” but am often told that I like puns a little too much. David Hockney was born on July 9, 1937, in Bradford, England. He is a renown painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer. As an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the sixties, he is noted as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. His subjects range from portraiture to still life and from a style of representation to abstraction.  His aesthetic is clean yet flat. The paintings and prints are minimal, simple compositions in honest bright colors similar to the brightness of Picasso (a role model of the artist). Let’s delve into some interior design within his 1984 canvases, shall we?

David Hockney, Tyler Dining Room 1984 © David Hockney 2010

Tyler Dining Room, 1984  © David Hockney 2010 via Tate Modern

David Hockney Art Meets Interior Design

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Pembroke Studio with Blue Chairs and Lamp 1984 by David Hockney born 1937

Pembroke Studio with Blue Chairs and Lamp 1984 © David Hockney 2010 via Tate Modern 
David Hockney Art Meets Interior Design
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