Ruchki da Nozhki Salon
Spora planters make appearance in design firm MADE's build out of Ruchki da Nozhki Salon , a highly-anticipated arrival in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. “I wanted to build a well-designed place where everything from the polish display to the pedicure bench to the acetone bottle was aesthetically pleasing,” says owner Katya Kan. “The details were important to us.” Working with architects Ben Bischoff and Jess Thomas of design firm Design/Build/Made, Kan was able to create a beautifully-decorated environment that features “millennial pink” walls and open shelving. The nail lounge strives to be a socially-conscious business, which means taking care of the staff and clients' health and well-being, creating the most efficient workplace, developing safe procedures, paying fair wages, and using all-natural products for treatments. “We are the first salon in New York state to comply with the latest regulations on local ventilation as each station is equipped with a powerful exhaust system that absorbs nail dust, vapors, and fumes to ensure clean air,” says Kan. “We work closely with unions to train our staff and make sure they know labor laws and understand their rights. We take all of it as a social responsibility, and we hope to win our customers’ trust by doing things ethically.”
We are so excited to share our new lookbook images with you.
Photography: Nicole Franzen
The collection was photographed at the home of Catherine Gertner and Nathan Bruckner. The recent husband and wife designed and renovated this financial district apartment inside a converted 1930s office building. The simple, harmonious proportions and the maximized efficiency of the limited space was inspired by the philosophy and designs of Le Corbusier and belgian designer Axel Vervoordt.
In a sun-filled loft on the Greenpoint waterfront, Farrah Sit and her team are quietly building the business that she always aspired to work at. This required a decisive returning to making and culminated with the launch of her eponymous brand Light + Ladder.
In an understated, sun-filled loft on the Greenpoint waterfront, Farrah Sit and her team are quietly building the business that she always aspired to work at. Having spent years designing for the home in fashion Farrah had “not only lost interest, but also began questioning why I was designing in the first place.” The road to answering this question required a decisive returning to making and culminated with the launch of her eponymous brand Light + Ladder. Read more.
The nights are getting colder here in New York...
Being from upstate New York, I'm pretty fond of winter. The crisp air, fluffy snow, being bundled up, snow days...
Drooling over the multi-functionality of this: Poster on one side featuring Nicole Franzen's beautiful shots, the other side a striking composition that graphically works when open flat- but the whole thing folds into a booklet that reads from front to back.
Design by Ksenya Samarskaya
Photography by Nicole Franzen, Ksenya Samarskaya
Our Favorites: Parallax Wall Hooks
Intending to blend storage and decoration by designing sculptural wall hooks that look like little art pieces along a wall, we chose three great shapes—square, round and hexagon in brass. We hid functionality by removing “the hook” and instead designing the shapes to display at a 60-degree upward angle. The shapes’ small statures preserve their art-like attributes while the angle makes them highly effective in preventing even bulky items, like coats and bath towels, from slipping off. See the many ways we’ve put them to use.
Light + Ladder launched the Tetra Lights at the Sight Unseen OFFSITE.
In March 2014, WorkOf participated in its first Architectural Digest Home Show. We were extremely excited to share this booth with Vidi Vixi whose stunning work is divine.
Our booth was in the MADE section alongside a lot of amazing young designers and friends.
Vidi Vixi made a beautiful sofa, canopy bed, folding desk and shelving unit. We launched our Graphyne Lights and Planter installation. We displayed our Hive planters to create an air plant installation, the Linen Tripod floor lamp, and Chromo planters. In collaboration with Fox Fodder Farm, we also showcased 2 plant bondage pieces and some amazing arrangements in our Graphyne Glass vases.
The American Society of Interior Designers honored our booth with a Top Pick.
It was a great event for us, so much fun to feel this community come alive.
Light + Ladder loves the holidays, and we want to help you enjoy them even more! Let us relieve any gift-giving stress with some suggestions—we’ve got something for everyone on your list! These items are very au courant, handmade with love by local artisans, meant to last and make a practical impact in the home. Give your friends and family something they will keep forever, a fond reminder that you care.
FOR THE ENTERTAINER
Surprise your loved one with a stylish tool that will make holiday bartending even more festive! The solid brass Parallax Bottle Opener is the perfect accessory for the beer connoisseur. More than just a stocking-stuffer; it’s an invitation to the design-conscious good life. As an accompaniment, the half matte, half shiny, six-sided Hex Cup can serve up drinks or snacks in striking, geometric style.
FOR THE WOULD-BE GARDENER
Save the plant-killer in your life from the terrible fate of a house without greenery. L+L’s Chromo Self-Watering Planters breathe new life into houseplants, reducing chores while encouraging roots to grow deeper. The added drainage and reservoir maintain a balance of water and air in the soil, avoid messy overflow, and will make anyone feel like they've grown a green thumb! Mix and match earth tones for a modern look, and celebrate indoor viticulture in the middle of winter!
FOR THE DECORATOR
Help them make a statement with a set of the classic porcelain Spora Planters, or inspire them to grow an herb garden on the kitchen wall. Choose from leather or cotton rope straps and various tiered options.
NEW member of the Spora collection: We are now introducing a leather and glazed porcelain 8" ceiling planter!
The Hive Planter also makes the perfect gift. Make a desktop home for their favorite succulent, or buy a bunch, fill them with air plants, and let them create their own wall-mounted installation! *Happy Holidays from L+L: Free Airplant with the Hive Planter for US domestic orders*
FOR THE ACCESSORY LOVER
A set of four Parallax Wall Hooks will allow the fashionista in your life to organize their collection of necklaces, scarves, hats, bags, and belts in style. Also perfect for hanging the Spora planters, these hooks will transform into a splendid presentation! Available in solid maple, walnut and brass, round or square. Buy them one at a time, or save with a set of four.
FOR THE COLLECTOR
Macha’s Candlesticks will make their new home shine when they grace the holiday table. Made exclusively for L+L by our jewelry designer friend, Berenice Kelly, they hold the candle in a rectangular base of delicately worked solid brass. Each one is hand-wrought with an organic texture and weighted for balance and safety. These are bound to become family heirlooms!
FOR THE TASTEMAKER
If you really want to go all out for someone special, Plant Bondage is a spectacular piece for the curated room. Made in collaboration with floral designer Taylor Patterson of Fox Fodder Farm, this graceful conversation piece is truly a work of art, the Japanese bonsai tradition of Kokedama reinterpreted. Choose between a brass or wood frame that suspends a plant in the air as if by magic, its roots bound and watered with a soak in the built-in dish below it.
FOR THE INDUSTRIOUS
Encourage old-fashioned correspondence with a stunning modern Desk Set. This playful, carefully crafted collection of desk accessories will keep any desk space immaculate. Celebrating natural materials that age well, the collection combines solid wood, brass, porcelain, and vegetable-tanned leather. Each individual piece is also available separately: the Leather Blotter features a hidden compartment for pencils and business cards, thePencil Cup stows away clutter with a fun sliding mechanism that also magnetically locks in place, and the Desk Catch-All keeps post-its and little bits in their place.
Day in and day out I watch Taylor create wild floral arrangements. Capturing "What hopes and dreams are made of!" she darts flowers in and out of her bouquet like a master painter. Inspired by her approach I set off to create a little arrangement of potted plants in the Spora planter with color, height and texture in mind.
Pick up mini plants in 2" pots from your local farmers market or garden store. These potted plants have been widely available for terrariums. Mix plants that require similar care into pot to create a live bouquet of greenery.
Gently loosen the root ball between your fingers.
Mix 2-3 plants in one taller plants in the back of course. For these mini plants, the Spora planter allows plenty of room for the roots to grow.
Mix different arrangements on the wall to create an even more diverse array.
With a deep love for food, and an obvious appreciation for the outdoors, Light + Ladder does not know what could be more fun than a picnic! Farrah Sit and Niky Roehreke were bubbling over with excitement this summer as they teamed up to combine the art of activism with the art of dining alfresco.
The event was Picnic By Design on August 21st, the challenge was to design an original spin on the picnic basket, to be auctioned off for proceeds to benefit the fight against AIDS. Sponsored by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), a successful nonprofit that uses the considerable force of passionate artists and designers to fund organizations for prevention, education, and care for those living with HIV/AIDS. The event raised over $30k
Farrah and Niky had been fantasizing about teepees and hanging installations for a while. Finally, the DIFFA project offered an outlet and a deadline, as well as the opportunity to make something for a very good cause. Wanting to create a relaxing green sanctuary, the designers set off to create a picnic experience where everything would hang from the teepee. Diners could freely recline on the blanket and enjoy the fresh food hanging above. The final product included a portable, hanging basket, with nestled porcelain plates, cups, forks , knives, and napkins. Niky collaged watercolored paper hands onto ceramic planters that overflowed with ivy. Made by Light + Ladder, and decorated with Niky’s signature leaf-like hands, the basket was in keeping with Light + Ladder’s themes, inspired by the greenery of a picnic setting and the practical challenge of keeping things easy.
Guests bought Farrah and Niky’s basket, along with others designed by many prominent New York designers, and enjoyed them with a view at the event’s dinner on the rooftop of the Scholastic Building in Soho.
Fox Fodder Farm created a lush forest in the Spora Planters.