Spring 2019: Things We Love
Here are the local gems worth obsessing over.
➊ Versatile Vintage
Add some international intrigue to your home with Vintage Japanese Tansu Chests from Weisshouse in Shadyside. Tansu is a traditional style of Japanese storage chests, according to Weisshouse’s Cyd Mello. This particular stackable set includes six drawers made of walnut, accented by standout original iron hardware and handles. A statement piece that you’ll want to keep forever, the drawers can be used as a dresser (of course), but also as a console for the entryway, a television stand or even a bar. While the piece is vintage, Mello notes its clean lines work well with contemporary furnishings.
Weisshouse, 324 South Highland Ave., Shadyside; 412/441-8888, weisshouse.com
➋ Meal Planning Made Cute
Are you keeping up with your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier? No? Me either, but these whimsical new weekly meal planner pads from Pittsburgh-based Lily & Val may inspire me to give it another try. Featuring a detachable grocery list, 60 tear-off sheets (certainly enough for a year’s worth of meal planning) and a magnetic strip that allows the planner to be hung on the refrigerator, the illustrated notepad makes organizing your breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas easier — and a whole lot cuter.
➌ Up to Code
I’m still trying to wrap my brain around 3D printing. While I know it represents great advances in technology, it also can be a thing of beauty — as evidenced by the Strata collection, a new line of 3D printed planters and vases from Pittsburgh-based Coded Clay. Founded by Brian Peters, an architect by trade, Coded Clay’s designs are first sketched by hand and then digitally modeled on the computer. Each piece is then fabricated on a custom, hand-built 3D printer. Peters says once a piece is printed, it is then refined by hand, air dried and kiln fired. Then it’s hand-glazed and fired again. Each piece has a contemporary shape and texture. You can pick them up on Coded Clay’s website as well at Make+Matter in Lawrenceville and at Shop PG+H, Downtown. Isn’t technology beautiful?
Prices range from $49 for all the succulent planters to $250 for large 18-inch tall vases
➍ High Art
Forget generic art and give your living space a punch of color with an original piece by French-Canadian artist Clio Honig, whose pieces, including this one — titled “Oh, Hello!” — are now hanging at Hot Haute Hot in the Strip District. The creatives at Hot Haute Hot, which is one of those places where you find something intriguing everywhere you look, say they fell in love with Honig’s work at a past furnishings show while the artist painted live on a canvas. A mashup of street art and pop culture, the piece gives an instant cool factor to any room.
Hot Haute Hot, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District; 412/338-2323, hothautehot.net
➎ Refresh Your Walls
Designs don’t come any chicer than the ones created by Savannah Hayes — and now you can enjoy them on your walls. In January, the Pittsburgh-based textile designer launched her first wallpaper line. Like her textile designs — which are on everything from throw pillows and blankets to tea towels and zipper pouches — the charming wallpaper prints, which feature six patterns in different colorways, have a modern vibe that is sure to freshen up any wall space.
Pricing starts at $350 per double roll