2013 Astrology Wall Calendar

Astrology Wall Calendar by san fransisco based graphic designer Chelsey DyerAbsolutely loving this super handsome 2013 Astrology Wall Calendar by San Fransisco based graphic designer Chelsey Dyer.

Buy it here on etsy.com.
I may just gift myself and buy one for my new home office.

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Hanukkah is here and Christmas is in the air and so until the end of the month I will try and post some of my favorite gift ideas.

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Blogging 101 : 5 Reasons You Should Start A Blog?

Starting a blog tips with Blogging 101 via theBohmerian.comRecently I had asked my dad to start a small personal blog where he could post recipes and share some behind the scene insights to his culinary adventures. My dad who is an amazing chef and an even greater tech-buff instantly responded that blogs were only for people who have the luxury of free time, both to read and write, and so blogging definitely was not for him.

The truth is, I was hoping my dad would consider blogging so my brothers, their families and I would have easier access to some of his favorite dishes that we grew up eating. I figured; if they were posted online then there was a better chance that the recipes would never get lost, that maybe someone else would find them exciting, and more importantly, that the generations to follow would have some virtual and chronological reference to some of their ancestries cultural history (or at least know how to make my dads amazing food).

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To some degree my dads immediate responses may seem true, keeping a blog can be time consuming, and possibly fewer people may really be interested in reading whatever it is you want to share. Although I don’t want to disagree with my dad, I really believe that  blogging does not have to be time consuming and is actually quite important.

Here are 5 Reasons I Think You Should All Start a Blog!

1. Historic Preservation
To many of you this may seem a bit far fetched, but if you think about it; blogging in all forms (wordpress, twitter etc.) is a chronological documentation of what you or we are currently thinking about, excited about, upset about, happy about, eating, drinking, traveling to, friend with, etc. I cant imagine how anyone in the future trying to understand our generation will truly be able to do so without being able to see all that.

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Inflatable Five!

Found baloon on the streets of Brooklyn, NY.

As you all know, moving can be quite exhausting, and so when this glove came floating down in front of me while taking some things over to my Hall street Brooklyn studio, I felt it was telling my to take a deep breath or an Inflatable Five!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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At Home with Mike Meiré

At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.At home with German artist and art director Mike Meire.From the Nov 4, 2012 edition of NY Times Style Magazine, inside the home of Cologne, Germany based artist and art director Mike Meiré.

Please credit responsibly! All photos by Jason Schmidt for the NY Times.

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Thanksgiving…

Celebrating Thanksgiving...

Happy thanksgiving to all my readers, friends, and family!

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(Original artwork by Norman Rockwell)

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Craving : Julia Kunin for Zsolany

A Zsolany art vase designed and made by Julia Kunin.Scholar’s Rock vase 08 – 2012 by Brooklyn based American artist and sculptor Julia Kunin.

$1,500 at Moss NYC.

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Made at a 2011 workshop in Hungary, Julia Kunin glazed this collection in the historic Zsolany Eosin glaze developed in 1893, exclusively for Zsolany the Hungarian manufacturer of porcelain, tile and stoneware. You may remember them and their popular iridescent colored glazes from here. It is one of my favorite finishes.

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Moving to Marble Hill

The old landmarks of N.Y. Spuyten Duyvel Creek near Marble Hill in NYC.In less then two weeks I am moving to Marble Hill, the very northernmost tip of what is technically, although once debated, Manhattan.

Settled by the Dutch in 1646, Marble Hill sits on deposits of dolomite marble once used to build the federal buildings of downtown Manhattan. After the construction of the Harlem River Ship Canal in 1895, and until the Spuyten Duyvel Creek (pictured above) which ran north of the neighborhood was filled in 1914, Marble Hill was an Island. Although now only connected to Manhattan by the Broadway Bridge, Marble Hill still remains part of Manhattan.

Marble Hill mentioned in this weeks Sunday Times.

Please credit responsibly! Original illustration via the New York Public Library here.

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Like my new Marble Hill apartment, ironically my current Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment is under the bridge, near the water and one block from a main two way street also named Broadway.

Although I will miss all the creative excitement of Williamsburg, I will still be spending time at my Hall Street, Brooklyn studio but am particularly excited to experience the adventure of what will hopefully become a cool new neighborhood.

I hope my new neighbors are as excited to meet me as I am them.

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If you live in or near Marble Hill (Inwood, Riverdale, etc.) and are interested in creating a creative group of sorts, please email me. Think food or art and design related.

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Pucci Kiss

2012 Fashion design windows at Emilio Pucci in NYC.2012 Fashion design windows at Emilio Pucci in NYC.2012 Fashion design windows at Emilio Pucci in NYC.This weeks window display at Emilio Pucci on Madison Avenue in NYC.
How flirtatious and fun are these window displays?

Have a great pre-holiday weekend everyone.

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Interior Renderings by Michael Harold

Hand drawn and rendered interior drawing by NYC based designer Michael Harold.Hand drawn and rendered interior drawing by NYC based designer Michael Harold.Hand drawn and rendered interior drawing by NYC based designer Michael Harold.

These beautiful interior renderings are by my friend and fellow NYSID alumni Michael Harold. A NYC based designer, Michael works with interior designers, architects, graphic artists, or anyone looking for presentation quality, hand drawn and rendered interior perspectives.

Personally I think one of these would make a great gift for someone you know moving into a new home, or as illustrations for wedding invites and personal thank you notes etc.

For prices and services please visit michaelharoldnewyork.com or email him at: michael(at)michaelharoldnewyork.com.

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Work & Play : Ad Reinhardt

American abstract expressionist artist Ad Reinhardt painting in his NYC studio.American abstract expressionist artist and painter Ad Reinhardt photographed in his NYC studio by John Loengard, circa 1966.

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Although the post Hurricane Sandy gloom could partially be responsible for my recently rediscovered interest in Reinhardt’s black paintings, it in fact is his mostly flat painting technique that has me so excited to rediscover his work and ideas.

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Celebrating 80 with Nao Tamura

Celebrating 80 years of the Alvar Aalto Artek Stool 60 with a natrual prints redesign by New York bsed furniture designer Nao TamuraDesigned to celebrate 80 years of Alvar Aalto’s, Artek “Stool 60“; New York based designer Nao Tamura creates this fun and refreshing adaptation of the classic stool with a cross section print of a perfectly cut tree, whose rings chronological pattern also celebrate eighty years of the chairs design history.

Like my recently posted Sharon Sides chair, and the Bryan Nash art prints, natural tree profile patters are obviously becoming quite trendy, and in my opinion, they are often more fun and exciting then the otherwise growingly scarce, real thing.

Please credit responsibly! Photo via naotamura.com.

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How To Start A Blog

Blogging tips and tricks with theBohmrian.comAre you thinking of starting a blog?

Often I get asked; what is a blog? Who reads blogs? What is the point of blogging? Is blogging free? Why is having a blog important? And most often, how does one start their very own blog?

For starters, blogging is fun.
In brief; a blog is a virtual diary, often personal, yet commonly also used for business.
Starting a blog can be free or fairly inexpensive.
There are many reasons for having a blog, and a bunch of ways to make it rewarding and profitable.

To help you navigate through all the technicalities and fundamentals of blogging, I will be posting a weekly “Blogging 101” article which will be brief but descriptive, and broad but educational. I will touch on topics such as, blog concept, blog names, blog design, site and email hosting, audience, business, content, etc.

If you feel the need to jump the gun and get started, I recommended you get yourself setup with a Bluehost account (more on that later this week) and use their one free domain for the blog name you may have already chosen. If you are rather patient (might as well be), I would recommend waiting for my first “Blogging 101” post before deciding on how to host or choose the type of blog platform you may end up using.

Get your pens and pads out and please post all your questions in the corresponding comments section for each of the upcoming “Blogging 101” posts.

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After Sandy…

Fallen tree in Pawling NY after the 2012 Hurricane Sandy.Sadly Hurricane Sandy has left many without homes, without business, without electricity, without food, without work, and for many, possibly without feelings of hope.

My love and prayers to all those who lost anything in this unexpected storm. I hope you are able to find some positivity in all this and continue to imagine that some greater opportunities are yet to come.

with love,
Naftali

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Showing is an image I took of a 150+ year old tree that had fallen because of the storm. In my mind trees symbolize growth, shelter, nourishment, warmth, and history (its age). After many years of offering its shade and beauty, even this otherwise fallen tree can now offer lumber and  kindling for someone to build and warm a new home.

I hope you can find that somewhat inspiring.

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Halloween Ghosted

Cool Halloween inspired diy ghost windows.Cool Halloween inspired diy ghost windows.Remember these?

After being stuck upstate for the past few days, the effects of Sandy (Hurricane Sandy if you are reading this in a few years) have hardly been cleared and yet I thankfully managed to make my way back into the city today. While parking I found these fun, Halloween inspired ghosted windows at Bembe’s, near my apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Happy trick and treating…

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Colors of Fall

Nature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comNature photography by the Bohmerian for theBohmerian.comThe last few weeks I have been spending allot of time traveling, often by car, and often driving through mountains gloriously colored by blankets of fall colored leaves and trees. Besides the meditative trance these beautiful colors put me in, I find the often gloomy fall weather to be quite exciting, knowing that the hints of dying color are soon to be covered in layers and layers of fresh snowy goodness.

I took these photos at the Westmoreland sanctuary in the fall of 2009.

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Student Power : Acid Etched

Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched metal chairs designed by Sharon Sides.Acid etched, metal “stump chairs”, designed by Israeli industrial design student Sharon Sides for her 2012 thesis at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem.

Please credit responsibly! All photos via designboom.com.

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I think these wood grained chairs are super chic, elegant, unique, inventive, and esthetically forward thinking. The cleverly adapted natural patterns remind me of these Bryan Nash woodblock prints in a rather cozy way.

See more pics here.
Behind the scenes video here.

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Westmoreland

Nature scenic photo by the Bohmerian.By now you may already know that I am picnic enthusiast, and although you may not know that I spend allot of time traveling, I do, and therefore have some favorite places where I like to pull over to have my lunch, hopefully with a few extra moments for some quick watercolor sketching.

Often those are my favorite moments of the day, the ones that I always look forward to.

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Image above: Fall at my favorite spot at the Westmoreland sanctuary in Westchester, NY.

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Staged : Tron Inspired Futurism

Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Charles Guo photographs model Wang Xiao wearing Tron inspired futuristic fashion.Model Wang Xiao photographed wearing futuristic fashion inspired by the film “Tron” by Beijing based fashion photographer Charles Guo for Harper’s Bazaar China 2012.

(images via fashiongonerogue.com)

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Although I have never watched the film and typically dislike sci-fi type movies and literature, I do favor futurism as a esthetic in both design and architecture, and must admit that I find these photos to be very future-chic and in many ways, quite inspiring…

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On Display : Morten Løbner Espersen

Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.Modern ceramic art by danish artist Morten Lobner Espersen.

Please credit responsibly! All photos by hedgegallery.com.

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Beginning this month at the NYC Jason Jacques Gallery, see some of these and other amazing modern sculptural stoneware works by Danish ceramicist and artist Morten Løbner Espersen.

Show runs from Oct 31-Nov 30 2012.
More info here.

 

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Inspiration : Covered in Typography

Art by Ilke Gers from Werkplaats Typografie at the 2012 MoMA PS1 art book fair in Long Island city Brooklyn.

At the 2012 DUMBO Brooklyn art festival.

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Typography in general has become quite an important component of the visual arts. No longer is it only used as a descriptive narrative, but is now more often the subject of the painting, or art itself.

Images above:
1. At the 2012, Dumbo Art Festival; snapshot from the projection art light show under the Manhattan bridge. Curated by Leo Kuelbs and John Ensor Parker.
2. Part of the Werkplaats Typografie exhibit at the MoMA PS1 2012 art book fair; a typography installation by designer Ilke Gers.

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Sketches : Watercolor Nudes

Watercolor nude art paintings by Moses Naftali Stern.bodies / shape / form / color
Just some of what I have been inspired by and working on lately…

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Trending : Neano Milano (Neon in Milan)

Neon Meteo chairs designed by Italian furniture designer William Sawaya at the Sawaya & Moroni showroom in Milan, ItalyNeon orange sports car in Milan Italy.A neon retail window design at the Mouis Vuitton in Milan Italy.Casadei Neon Women's Shoes in Milan, Italy.Neon women's shoes at Cesare Paciott in Milano, Italy.Neon retial store displays in Milan Italy.Italin women's leather bags in neon colors.A neon retail display in Milan, Italy.Italian designed, women's leather neon bags.One thing that stood out most to me while in Milan this summer was the popularity of neon, and how elegant, rather then punky they make the iridescent colors feel. Women’s fashion, men’s fashion, furniture, graphics, you name it, Milan simply was full of so much fun and cleverly designed neon.

First image is of William Sawaya’s neon Meteo chairs, at his Milan based furniture and design showroom, Sawaya & Moroni.

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Rare & Beautiful : Fulvio Bianconi Glass Vase

A mid-century modern 1950's Venetian glass vase designed by Italian artist and designer Fulvio Bianconi for Venini.On auction at Phillips de Pury later this month; ‘A macchie’, a 1950’s Murano glass vase designed by Italian artist and designer Fulvio Bianconi for Venini.

Auction details here.
Photo via phillipsdepury.com.

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Can you honestly think of another vase that better reminds you of New York Fashion Week? I cant!

#NYFW

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9/11 – A Tribute in Light

The NYC memorial lights for September 2011.My Brooklyn view of the 9/11 Tribute in Light memorial lighting up this beautiful NYC evening.

Please credit responsibly! Photo by Naftali Stern for theBohmerian.com.
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DIY : Ping Pong Pling

A ping pong ball fashion neckalce diy by theBohmerian.comA ping pong ball fashion neckalce diy by theBohmerian.comA ping pong ball fashion neckalce diy by theBohmerian.comA ping pong ball fashion neckalce diy by theBohmerian.comA ping pong ball fashion neckalce diy by theBohmerian.comIn the spirit of New York  Fashion Week, here is a little fashionable DIY necklace that anyone can easily make. I had no idea that table tennis could be this much fun!

Get plingin!

For tools & materials see above.
Table Tennis balls on amazon.com or I got mine for $3.99 here.

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Instructions:

1. Carefully drill or punch holes on opposite ends of the ping pong balls.
2. Tape the cotton jewelry cord to the end of the floral-wire and trim excess tape.
3. Using any pattern you like, string your necklace using the floral-wire to easily pull the cord through.
4. Tie a double knot at the ends of your design to keep it from moving around.
5. Tie a loop at the ends of the cord and you are done.

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