Sabatina Leccia Studio

by Alexis on April 16, 2014

I came across the work of Sabatina Leccia and was completely mesmerized. The combination of embroidery, staining, painting, and drawing results in compositions that feel spontaneous and organic. But the level of detail and work involved in all those hand-placed stitches and beads suggests anything but. I reached out to Sabatina to find out more about her process. Her words reflect the organic quality of her pieces: “I am not drawing what I’m going to do before the making in order to be completely free…” Sabatina uses her embroidery—which she views more as painting than a traditional decorative art—as an opportunity to meditate and reflect.

{ Images provided by Sabatina Leccia }

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Fashion’s beloved “It Girl,” Garance Doré recently collaborated with another favorite, Rifle Paper Co. Photographer, illustrator, and author, Garance’s whimsical aesthetic and refined sensibilities are a great addition to the world of specialty stationery. The collection features some really charming items, ranging from French-adorned cards to quirky notepads and pocket notebooks. Staying true to her first love, this collaboration also showcases Garance’s lively, evocative, and sweet fashion illustrations. As a stationery hoarder, it’s hard to pick a favorite!

{ Images via Garance Doré and Rifle Paper Co }

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Valek Rolling Pins

by Joanna on April 14, 2014

Polish designer Zuzia Zuber creates these quirky, clever laser-engraved rolling pins for her Etsy shop, Valek. As an avid baker, she was not satisfied with the decorative rolling pins available on the market. So she purchased a laser engraver and sought to make her own. Thanks to tons of testing—and presumably eating—Zuzia has designed a rolling pin that is perfect for making cookie decorating a breeze. The pins emboss the dough with adorable patterns. With an array to choose from—ahem, cats—it’s really hard to select a favorite.

{ Images via Valek }

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Vibrant Slaw

by Alexis on April 11, 2014

As the weather finally warms—it has been an brutal and never-ending winter for a lot of people—my thoughts wander to bright, juicy, crunchy foods. Though I’ve made rich and indulgent creations a number of times here, I relish in simple, vibrant foods that offer full sensory satisfaction. Including color in your diet is not only beautiful, it is also delicious and healthy! This recipe is simple, with absolutely no cooking to do. Nada.

On a recent day with farmer friends, I was fortunate to be sent home with sharply peppery arugula flowers. I thought the kick of those pretty blooms would make an excellent finish to the colorful slaw I already had planned.

There are two things in this salad-slaw that may not immediately appeal: cabbage and fish sauce. Please humor me, as I would never lead you astray.

I love cabbage, but that is despite its sturdiness. Cabbage is not exotic, but it is cheap, good for you, and can feed a crowd. Using a mandoline renders unwieldy vegetables delicate, even lace-like. The mandoline’s handiwork makes for a stunning presentation, too.

Now, the fish sauce—even the name used to turn me off. However, as my palate has evolved and my adventurousness broadened, I hunger for the roundly savory quality it imparts. Used as an accent rather than a base, fish sauce adds new layers to many dishes—if you’ve heard people dreamily talking about umami, fish sauce is one of the key players in that taste.

Afford yourself patience in the chopping department in prepping this jewel-toned slaw. Not only is the mandoline extremely sharp, but you may find a meditation in the work. If not, have a small glass of wine as you carefully slice and chop. The results will not only be sharp-savory-sweet and umami-rich, but also a visual delight for everyone to whom you serve it.

Vibrant Slaw

Dressing

  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 6 or so tbsp olive oil
  • freshly cracked black pepper

Salad

  • 1/2 head red cabbage
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2-3 carrots
  • arugula flowers, or other peppery edible flowers (see note)

Note: If you cannot get these, then a small green chili pepper will do nicely.

  1. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk vigorously. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed, and set aside.
  2. Using a mandoline or a very sharp knife, slice the cabbage very thinly and place into a mixing bowl. Toss half the dressing in with the cabbage, coating to combine.
  3. Next, thinly slice the bell pepper into a small bowl. Guide a vegetable peeler along the length of each carrot to make long ribbons. Stack the ribbons on top of each other and slice thin rows, then cut across rows into thirds, to make matchsticks. Place carrot matchsticks in a bowl of cold water.
  4. Pick the blossoms and buds from your greens, or trim flowers into bite-sized pieces if using larger blooms like nasturtiums. If you are using a chili pepper instead, set mandoline to the thinnest setting and slice into wafer-thin rings. Put flowers or chili slices into a small bowl.
  5. If you are dining with friends, you can bring the color-filled bowls to the table and allow people to create their own salad-slaw design. Otherwise, place a bit of the cabbage mixture onto dishes, then loop the bell pepper ribbons around, followed by a scatter of the carrot matchsticks. Lastly, add the beautiful flowers. Drizzle a touch more dressing and you are ready for an explosion of flavor and texture. Every bit healthy and a sensory treat, perfect to usher in spring.

{ Images and Recipe by Melina Hammer for Anthology Magazine }

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Fort Standard

by Anh-Minh on April 10, 2014

I’m always excited to come across a new-to-me store that stocks home accessories and furnishings that I haven’t previously seen. That was the case with Fort Standard, a Brooklyn-based studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. They’ve collaborated with other brands (such as Roll & Hill, Areaware, and All-Clad), as well as design and make their own products that, as they put it on their site, “exemplify an understanding of materials and the balance between form and function.”

Some of my favorite Fort Standard pieces are shown in the above photo, and you can see them in more detail below.

Standard Ware is a collection of faceted bone china, made for 1882 and produced in England.

Fort Standard’s cutting boards come in three shapes and in either American walnut or curly maple. I especially love the large donut-like hanging hole!

And on the furniture front, I’m coveting the stone and wood Elevate Table. The design is available with different geometric-shaped tops (e.g., hexagon, triangle).

{ All images from Fort Standard }

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