Monday, September 15, 2014

Hand Blown Beauty

With his East meets West sensibility, John Pomp is creating heirlooms of tomorrow.  The clean lines and organic feel to his beautiful hand blown fixtures convey a warm, sensual feel that strikes just the right balance.

After being a painter for many years, a teacher and mentor of John's urged him to try his hand at glassblowing.  John fell in love.  He studied with Venetian glassblowers and began working in New York making vases.  The light fixtures were a natural progression.  John then set up shop here in our city of brotherly love:  Philadelphia.

Master craftsman, painter, and world traveler, John finds fascination and inspiration in flaws.  That's also where the beauty lies.  There is an organized randomness you see in nature.  A wabi-sabi aesthetic or the humble beauty of imperfection that John aspires to convey with each design.  There is a natural fluidity to glass, a gracefulness as the light plays off of it, a zen like quality that John strives for.  "Beauty is not in the function, it's in the ancient technique done in a modern way."  That's what John spoke passionately about.

Shelves of inspiration

With his handmade equipment and tools (literally), an almost intimate relationship with each piece is created.

Everything is handmade, including the steel canopies

and the crates ~

 John has a very definite point of view and it is obviously serving him well!  He was about to roll out a furniture and accessory collection when I interviewed him for this story.  It is doing VERY well.

Love this Rondelle credenza

the materials and workmanship are impeccable

In seven short years, John is garnering fans and accolades worldwide.  His collection is in 12 showrooms from New York to Paris to Dubai.  He is presently #770 on Inc Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest growing privately owned companies of 2014.

Dimension Fine Homes
Seattle Home Enhancement

Comstock Design 

I was so wowed, it wasn't long before I knew I must make one mine.  I fell in love with the hand blown globes, the lightness of being, the combination of the rolled steel and glass.  I placed an order before I left and I couldn't be happier!  Of course, now I need new chairs.

And to think, it all started with his infinity fixture

 he's on a roll….

phs: John Pomp Studio, CLI, unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Design Morsel:Cupcake Domes

The perfect vessel for the perfect size confection.  Canadian industrial designer Mariam B. Maguire teamed up with Italian glassblowers to design a limited edition sculptural canister for cupcakes.  It really elevates this delightful sweet!

What a beautiful presentation it would make.  Available at Bergdorf Goodman

Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Great Junk Food Debate

Fashion is fickle and the models hungry.  Are we rebelling against all those kale smoothies and quinoa  salads?
Fall 2014 certainly is entertaining us with its tongue in cheek humor.   We've seen food and fruit  in fashion before but these are super exaggerated, super saturated color confections that have a super hero, comic con- esque quality with a Willy Wonka surrealism.  That is one way to dive into chocolate though.  Jeremy Scott's collection for Moschino is like an ode to our fast food nation, no? 

It seems everything from gummy bears to Cheetos to candy dots is inspiration.

Kellogg is having a moment,Tony the Tiger in particular …."It's GRRREAT"

Anya Hindmarch

Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grande Palais into his own supermarket sweep.  Chanel Supermarché, 
if you will.  


Shopping baskets and mock milk boxes as bags, hmmm… you decide??

 A nutritionist once told me to have an apple after a junk food binge to signal to your body it's time to detox.  FYI… It doesn't work.

Aurélie Bidermann

Orange you glad I didn't say banana??

Ostwald Helgason

phs: Moschino via
Chanel via Yannis Vlamos