July 27, 2012

Pie Fact

After a busy week, we deserved a treat.  All better now.

Happy weekend :)

July 20, 2012

Bartering is Not Dead

Just some of the stuff we came home with from the Unique LA show. We bartered one of our planted pots with our neighbor vendor, COATT, in exchange for two of her sweet morse code silk necklaces.  Above is COEUR, french for heart and the bottom one is FINE. 

Happy weekend :)

July 19, 2012

Scenes from Unique LA Summer Show

The Academy
Peddler's Creamery
My Little Pony and PUTIKMADE

Ice cream from the Coolhaus Truck

Booth in action

Hey, that's our hanging upo in the LA Weekly!

Craziness at the photo booth


More photos of the show at Unique LA's flickr site here

July 17, 2012

Unique LA Afterglow

Our Unique LA Summer Show is over but our heads are still spinning days after.  Doing the show is an intense experience. Add up the dizzying acts of setting up and taking down, being surrounded by thousands of people over two days, the loud non stop thump of dj music, to meeting very many people. 

We made some cool new friends over at our neighboring booths, COATT, Tiny Whales,The Academy, and We Are All Smith just to name a few. Such awesome vendors who chatted with us, gave us encouragement and thoughtful tips on how, we, the newbies at the show, could make our booth a success.

We played around with the layout of our booth after we started noticing the traffic patterns. 10' x 10' seems like a big enough space but once you get all your furniture in, it becomes a design challenge.  Fortunately, we had a corner space (score!) so we were able to spread out more than those squeezed in between two booths.

Our customers.  They're the best!  We love chatting with you and love to hear your ideas on what you'll be using the pots for. An illustrator based in Eagle Rock bought 3 hanging pots to decorate the front of his home and had some ideas to snip his neighbor's overgrown succulents.  We love it.

And at the very last minute, Sonja Rasula, creator of the Unique Shows, came to our booth and bought a mini vessel from us!  How freakin' cool is that?! By the way, this was the best event to people watch! Being a part of the largest independent design show in the country is awesome.

July 13, 2012

3, 2, 1....Taking off at Barker Hangar!

We prepped onsite at the Barker Hangar for the Unique LA Summer Show today. What a cool place! It's literally right by the runway so you see planes taking off every so often - yeah, it's loud too!

We've had some improvements on our booth since our first show. New signage and the addition of some display cubes. The only issue we ran into were ideas on the background to use (instead of settling for the drab pipe and drape that is already there) but none of them really blew our minds. Then late today Cynthia came up with an awesome idea. And its eco-friendly and totally recyclable and reusable. We've never seen this done before so we're excited! Always interesting how great ideas come at the 11th hour. So we'll be working like busy bees right before the show to get it up. We'll post pics next week. Hope to see you at the show!

Happy weekend:)

July 11, 2012

Unique LA Show Prep

Getting ready for our big Unique LA weekend at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. They estimate between 10,000 to 12,000 attendees showing up. Whew - that's a sizable crowd looking for handmade goods!

Hopefully, there will be some people looking for some handmade pottery love. We'll be in booth #201. 

July 9, 2012

Dwelling on Design

As we prep for the Unique LA show happening this weekend we are looking at images, materials and drawings for our booth design. A few weeks have passed since the Dwell on Design show in LA and we wanted to share some of the pieces we found to be most inspirational. We were scouting out forms, textures, building materials and furniture that had a variety of applications. 

This wire and cord sculpture titled Screenplay designed by Oyler Wu Collaborative is stunning and we were immediately attracted to its shapes and patterns. 

The children in our group loved this furniture designed by Bespoke Creative and so did we. Colorful and elegant simple forms.
We want this lounge chair in our garden and deck. The Cord Collection by Ilan Dei Studio is perfectly minimalist, comfortable and made locally here in Los Angeles. Look out for the opening of their new store in Venice.

We had a lot of ideas of what we could do with this biodegradable material by ECOR. We loved it!

The students from Southern California Institute of Architecture (sci-arc) had a display of project plans and studies. We loved this one because it was interactive. We didn't get the name of the designer, but if you know it please post it.