Room making by Miss Birdy Otis-age twelve.

As the 19th century was drawing to a close the young Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis of Bellport, Long Island was engrossed in a project that spans ideas of design, craft and cultural constructs. Birdy Otis, as she was called developed a complete turn of the century household via cut and paste collage techniques. Artful…

The Design Advocate

My favorite assignment from the e-oculus this year has been the delightful book Szenasy, Design Advocate. Bits and bobs from Susan Szensay’s career at Metroplis magazine are crafted into a delightful volume that as I stated in the review is a bit liking having a really great New York friend, the type that knows all…

Review: A Frame for Life by Isle Crawford

While preparing a wish list, I desired a book that would make me strive for better things in my design work and really give me a kick in the pants for the new year. I found this book, in Isle Crawford’s new publication, A Frame for Life; the Designs of Studioilse. Often Chairs and Buildings…

a book by its cover

It’s a end of year tradition to ply our readers with all the wishes and wants in the book realm during the month of December. We are readers and image revelers so the gift of a book has been a tradition in the Coggan Crawford family as well as the Chairs and Buildings family at…

Let’s just start with my “to read” list-

Let’s just start with my to read list, 18th century history and upholstery books have occupied my brain this year and these are the remaining texts that I would like to get at before the end of the year. First up, I have started and enjoyed the writing style of historian Lucy Inglis. I first came…