Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Nikki Couppee Jewelry

BEHOLD! My latest obsession in jewelry: Nikki Couppee. A jewelry metals MFA graduate from Kent State University, who builds her vibrant pieces out of a variety of materials such as plexiglass, polymer clay, fine silver, brass and found objects. So cool!

Also check her out on Etsy
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Friday, October 5, 2012


Continuing with my previous post on DECOR ACCION 2012, here are my two favorite design shops from the Barrio de las Letras in Madrid:

A treasure trove of textiles, mostly from the Middle East.
c/ San Pedro 18, Madrid
A cool mix of vintage furniture and Americana
c/ San Pedro 8, Madrid
 Air Comet... Funny!


Las Saturday I headed over the Barrio de las Letras in Madrid, were Nuevo Estilo DECOR ACCION took place for the second time around. It originally ran from from the 27-29 of September, but it got extended until Sunday since it was such a success. No wonder! The streets were filled with people all day long. It reminded me a lot of the Fuori Salone events on Zona Tortona during Milan's Design Week. But instead of visiting high-end design firms showrooms, here you got to wander around the street markets, mostly filled with antique pieces (vintage/retro from the 50's, 60's, etc).

Just like Fashion's Night Out was created to help out the fashion industry in a time of crisis, DECOR ACCION is surely a celebration of the design industry and twentieth-century antique shops here in Madrid (and Madrid DOES love a good modernist piece of furniture!). It consisted on mercadillos (street markets) along c/ Cervantes, c/ Quevedo and c/ San Pedro, and also installations -created by interior design firms, along the streets, inside shops and window displays.

The Barrio de las Letras, which vaguely runs from the Plaza de Santa Ana to the Paseo del Prado, is a delightful neighborhood filled with the cutest shops- both fashion and decor, but all with a vintage sensibility. I am completely in love with it and can't wait to head back there soon! However, most of the antique shops that exhibited in DECOR ACCION belong to El Rastro (an area of Madrid dedicated to antiques which I have been canvasing for months now!).

The sweetest shop!
Flower shop & apparel
León, 11
Don Famenco
Installation by Objetos Perdidos
Flamenco shoes
León, 17
Loved these little collages by Objetos Perdidos
(Sisters Maria José and Cristina Gómez Visedo)
Casa Gonzalez
Cute delicatessen
León, 12
Mercadillo Calle Cervantes
Calle Villanueva, 39
Mira el Ria Alta, 7
Ribera de Curtidores, 29
This phone reminds me of Betty Draper. Right?
(Ok so I didn't get ALL the names of the shops exhibiting...)

Mercadillo Calle Quevedo
Va de Retro
Alejandro Villegas, 42
San Pedro, 18
Ribera de Curtidores, 29
I want that Yellow Submarine!!
Koala Deportes
Installation by Start Designs
Basque Sidreria and Asador. Quevedo, 3
Light installation by designer Carmen Pousa
Mueble y objeto nuevo y recuperado (From Pamplona)
Kitschy cups from the 70's (?)
Cervantes, 26
Lope de Vega, 23
Are these airplane seats?
Mercadillo Calle San Pedro
Royal Enfield Motorcycles
Brit-style cocktail bar: nice
Modernist dishes!
Plaza General Vara del Rey, 11
Pop-up store
 Paper bags ceiling and walls. Pretty cool.

 My 2 favorite shops from DECOR ACCION next...