Yoran Morvant’s Pierres Graphiques are designed to fit the geography of the stone. Each line is carefully drafted by hand, forming sequences of layered patterns. Perfect for enhancing the topography of your home. Display just one or create an ensemble of stones.

I have been doing this with all the rocks that I’ve picked up since I was a kid! In all seriousness, this online gallery, Ashes and Milk, has a great concept going on, built upon the idea that “a lot can be created from very little”. I couldn’t agree more.

Ew bugs? Not these ones. Caddisfies, also known as sedge-flies or rail flies, are small pond and stream insects closely related to moths and butterflies. The caddisflies begin as aquatic larvae that uniquely make protective casings of silk, initially sticky, and decorate their developing bodies with twigs, gravel, sand, and other small fragments. In nature one would find a caddisfly larvae and its casing like this:




Frank Greenaway c. Dorling Kindersley

Frank Greenaway c. Dorling Kindersley

French artist Hubert Duprat has been collaborating with the larvae since early 1980. Familiar with the ways of the caddis larvae since childhood, an artistic idea dawned upon him while watching men panning for gold a stream in Southwestern France. Duprat carefully catches the larvae from their natural habitat and relocates them to his studio where he removes their natural sheath and places them in a tank filled with materials from which they can recreate their casing. The materials include gold, opal, pearls, rubies, stones precious and semi-precious. The result is as follows:

Cabinet Magazine Org.

Cabinet Magazine Org.

Cabinet Magazine Org., Hubert Duprat

Cabinet Magazine Org., Hubert Duprat

Who knew insects could be art? Check out a video of Duprat’s larvae in action here . Read up on Duprat’s work on Cabinet Magazine Online here.

I am sitting here at my desk, completely drenched in my own saliva as I browse this local store find, A Rare Device. Someone please hand me a towel to wipe myself down?
Rare Device

The storefront is a place to promote designers, artists and artisans plus help them grow by taking on new projects and collaborations. Every object in the store has its own story, and has been chosen because it is either handmade, well-designed, useful, beautiful or all of the above. The aesthetic is modern and quirky while remaining warm and inviting – design that is accessible to all. Influences range from comic book art to entropy in nature, laser-etching to hand-lettering to nautical lore.

My mom has salt boxes like these and it makes cooking at home more like cooking on a cooking show where all the ingredients are readily available to you in the correct amounts and at arm’s length. I used to twist Micaaaa’s arm to assist me in measuring the ingredients and then force her to sit and watch me go through the procedure of How To Make Pancakes, because cooking on a cooking show is NO FUN WITHOUT AN AUDIENCE.

Salt Boxes

Self-explanatory business cards.

I’m always in search for the perfect journal. The size, the binding, the paper stock, the lines… this one marks the spot. And it has a neat format: each page is segmented into five days so that you’re only required to write in short excerpts. What an easy way to commit to writing regularly for five years — if you happen to continue for paragraphs, so be it! You can take a break for a few days until space clears up. I thought this would be sweet for newlyweds to do together as a sketch/scrapbook of their new lives together.

5 Year One-Line Diary

A beautiful necklace. Adding to my wishlist. In fact, I am adding all of these to my wishlist for next month when I actually have a budget.
Map Pendant Necklace

Rare Device Store Info (general inquiries)

1845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Winter Hours: Tue – Sat, noon to 7pm; Sun, noon to 6pm

I wonder if I’ll ever want to open my own boutique like this someday. Looking at the ceramic pieces I definitely want to find a ceramics studio out here in Berkeley to find creative solace in. Does anyone know of any? Does anyone dream to have their own boutique like Rare Device, or other? If you have already, how do you go about starting the business, the buying, the gallery, the maintaining?