Ivy Tseng Design Studio I September 4, 2015 Day in the Life | Research Bed +Faux Fur Throw | Touch + See I’m obsessed with my bed and faux fur throw. I think people love their bed’s for the same reason – it’s a spot for relaxing and resting after a long day, and usually an area that is kept free of homework. On top of my bed I keep my faux fur throw, which I got from Restoration Hardware. I love this throw as it’s so warm, soft and aesthetically pleasing. I was unable to find the designer or maker of the throw. My Apartment Window | See My apartment window is my favorite part of the apartment. Because my bed is located right next to it, I find myself constantly looking out the window. Mirror | See A mirror I have wanted for a while now is finally in my hands. I like the sleek look of it and the angle at which it leans back. Fairy Lights | See Before fairly lights, more formally known as Christmas lights, people would use candles to decorate their Christmas trees. Until the invention of inexpensive electric lights, candles were a dangerous and relatively expensive source of light. Although Thomas Edison is credited as the inventor of the light bulb, Edward Johnson is credited to creating the first string of lights for Christmas trees. Source of Information: The Library of Congress (Website) Anthropologie Celestial Coaster/Dock 6 Pottery Geode Coasters | Touch + See These beautiful coasters are created from clay, glass, and glaze, and handmade in Minneapolis. Dock 6 Pottery sells their geode coasters to Anthropologie. Dock 6 Pottery was formed by 4 potters, one of whom is named Kerry Brooks. I love looking at the intricateness of the coaster and feeling the smoothness of it’s glazed surface. Source of Information: Dock 6 Pottery Target Socks | Touch + See My favorite pair of socks are a pair of men’s socks from Target. They involve three of my favorite colors – bluish green, mustard yellow, and a mixture of dark and light grey. I also like the appearance and knit texture of the socks. Knitted accessories and garments are something that I’m interested in creating. Hudson River Park | See The Hudson River Park is one of my favorite places to be in Manhattan. Not only does it offer a view that doesn’t involve thousands of tall buildings, but a place of serenity, especially at sunset. The Hudson River Park is a 4 miles long, making it “the longest waterfront park in the United States” (Friends of Hudson River Park & Hudson River Park Trust). Before it became a park, the space was held “decaying piers and parking lots” (Friends of Hudson River Park & Hudson River Park Trust). Cloud Watch | See Watching the sky and spotting cloud creatures (animal shaped clouds) and airplanes is something I often do with my best friend. Friends | See If someone asked me what my all time favorite TV show was, it would definitely be Friends. Friends is a TV show created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, and the show aired from 1994 to 2004. I constantly re-watch the series because the situations that occur in Friends are so real and relatable, and highlight the ups and downs of life and living in New York. Ballet | Touch + See I grew up dancing ballet and had the opportunity to visit the New York City Ballet costume room. The NYCB uses “many design tricks that are naked to the audience’s eye, like using a mesh net called PO2 that helps hold intricate cut-out designs together but ‘disappears on stage’” (Elle). I’m absolutely in love with ballet costumes, including the different fabric texture and the way the costume moves and feels when worn. Most ballet costumes are made from lycra, chiffon and netting. Tutu’s are usually constructed from layers upon layers of netting and are separate from the bodice, but are attached to it using hooks and buttons. Source of Information: Elle Paris | See Earlier this summer I went to Europe for two weeks, in which five of those days were spent in Paris. It was my first trip there and the longer I spent there, the fonder I grew of Paris. When I was there, I took a photo from the top of the Arc de Triomphe and this photo has been stuck in my memory. The Beach |Touch + See I live on west coast when I’m not at school, so naturally, I love going to the beach. Walking on soft sand and feeling the waves go back and forth on my skin are some of the best feelings in the world, at least for me. Seeing a beach makes me instantly feel relaxed. Sunsets | See Everyday I make sure to watch the sunset because it makes me feel at ease. During the summer I always go to the beach or to the park near my house with my best friend to watch the sunset and take photos, or I go on sunset runs or watch the sunset from my room. There’s something about how slowly the sun moves towards the ground, and the colors in the sky smoothly change from blue to purple to pink to orange. In researching the effects of sunsets on humans, I found one website that stated that sunsets yielded “emotional wellbeing, increased prosociality, and satisfaction with life” (Psychology Today). Source of Information: Psychology Today Marble | Touch + See White marble is a look that I have liked lately. I researched the details and make behind white marble: “Marble is metamorphosed limestone, composed of fairly pure calcite (a crystalline form of calcium carbonate, CaCO3). Marble is a metamorphic rock resulting from regional or at times contact metamorphism of sedimentary carbonate rocks, either limestone or dolostone. This metamorphic process causes a complete recrystallization of the original rock into an interlocking mosaic of calcite and/or dolomite crystals. Pure white marble is the result of metamorphism of very pure limestones. The characteristic swirls and veins of many colored marble varieties are usually due to various mineral impurities such as clay, silt, sand, iron oxides, or chert which were originally present as grains or layers in the limestone. As the favorite medium for Greek and Roman sculptors and architects, marble has become a cultural symbol of tradition and refined taste. In folklore, marble is associated with the astrological sign of Gemini. Pure white marble is an emblem of purity. It is also an emblem of immortality, and an ensurer of success in education” (Graniteland). Source of Information: Graniteland (Website) Hair | Touch As it’s the summer, all I can feel all day is the weight of my hair on my neck and chest and all the heat it’s carrying. Camera Strap | See + Touch This vintage camera strap was gifted to me by my best friend. The strap is a 1970’s Woven Hippie camera strap, bought from an Etsy user specializing in vintage cameras and accessories (Etsy). I like the rust of the metal, and wear and tear of the leather ,as well as the print and color combination of the strap. I also like the texture of the materials it’s constructed of. Sources of Information | 1) Andrews, Linda Wasmer. “How Admiring the Sunset Changes You for the Better”. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-thebody/201407/how-admiring-the-sunset-changes-you-the-better (September 5, 2015). 2) Dock 6 Pottery. “About”. Dock 6 Pottery. http://dock6pottery.com/about/ (September 4, 2015). 3) Friends of Hudson River Park & Hudson River Park Trust. “About Us”. Hudson River Park. https://www.hudsonriverpark.org/about-us (September 4, 2015). 4) The Library of Congress. “Who invented electric Christmas lights?”. Everyday Mysteries. http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/mysteries/christmaslights.html (September 4, 2015). 5) “What is Marble?”. Graniteland. http://www.graniteland.com/infos/home/marble (September 4, 2015). 6) “Exclusive: Inside the New York City Ballet’s Costume Shop.” Elle. http://www.elle.com/fashion/g10061/the-secrets-behind-the-new-york-cityballets-designer-costumes/?slide=3 (September 5, 2015).