Love a convention center show that feeds my every desire. Directional trends everywhere and I never even made it into the main home decor hall! Here, just a smattering of the jewelry, accessories and home designs I fell in love with at the NYNow show at the Javits Center this week. I’m sure you’ll find pieces you absolutely must have, too. Check out these designers wares and websites. Then tell your honey which piece to buy you for Valentine’s Day!
Coral & Tusk: Always a favorite of mine, designer Stephanie Housley manifests her amazing imagination and crafty creativity in the most adorable embroidered pillows and home décor items. New this show were the canoes that coordinated with her Teepee Villages, penguins on pillows and Native American-inspired embroidered totes.
Julie Nolan: This former makeup artist worked a lot with makeup great Pat McGrath. Now she has her own jewelry collection, has left the confines of Manhattan for the spaciousness of Massachusetts and uses the powers of crystals to create energy-moving mobiles. Her metal working is gorgeous, too, with chain tassel pendants falling from necklaces and substantial balls accenting cuffs.
Fail: Hailing from Austin, Texas, Christine Fail is a metal smithing success. Her horseshoe bracelets and necklaces are charming and lucky. Her ‘smithed wall hangings are gorgeous renditions of a bejeweled dream catcher or metaled tapestry.
Mujus: The name means “seed” in Quechuan, the native language of Peru, and all these striking, sustainable accessories are made from some type of Amazonian seeds.. Designer Paola Delgado worked on Wall Street before returning to her Peruvian roots to design jewelry using Tagua, seeds from a palm tree that are harvested after they have fallen to the ground. Açai seeds are another favorite design material. No two seeds are alike, so each Mujus piece is unique. Paola injects her infectious personality into the collection with vibrant colors and unusual renderings. Love that XO bracelet!
Lost Wax Studio: Tam Tran’s handcrafted metal smithing collection was just one of the artists’ works we got to see at her booth and that she supports at her Nolita boutique/showroo/workspace. Tam also conducts jewelry workshops. But not only just wrap and bead seminars. Full on metal smithing teachings, where all the materials are provided and you take home your own creation. Check out her website for class schedules. I know I’m going to hit one (or two!).
Riverstone: Jill Scholsohn melds the artifacts, amulets and spiritual beads she finds from her former travels to create the beautiful pieces of Riverstone. Her jewelry venture was created after meeting her partner and husband while taking kayaking lessons in Cornwall, CT. The rest is history! 22k gold plated bars complete the turquoise or lapis bead work for these exquisite bracelets, below.
Jo Handbags: Formed by a trilogy of friends – Delia Kosowicz, Dee Arguelles and Wendi VanHorn – with backgrounds in advertising, interior and fashion design fueled by a love for vintage leathers, Jo Handbags caught my eye. Vintage leathers. Right there, they had me.
Lauren Wolf Jewelry: Nice ice, baby. Lauren Wolf designs unique, one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by her travel, her work in Mexico and a love for all things bling. My favorite pieces were created around the chunks of stone (there are diamonds, too) as well as the horns.
T. Kahres: Brooklyn-based Teresa Kahres has a nature-oriented, delicate sensibility to her metal smithing, treating each piece of jewelry like its own work of art. Look for her lovelies at the East Village shop Still House. Gotta love the top knuckle rings (dear to my own heart!). And those sea horses?! Giddy up!
Green Tree Jewelry: Based in San Diego, this laser-cut jewelry is certainly unique and unusual. Made from renewable, recyclable materials, with workable, moveable parts, necklaces turn into modern day steam punk statement pendants while earrings turn into little stories hanging from your ears.