[Image ©Lauren DiCioccio]
Describing her paintings as something akin to "a system of Braille for the color inclined," DiCioccio takes a printed article from Vogue, Vanity Fair, or other publication and reinterprets the letters and characters with dots of color. (Basically she assigns a color to each letter in the alphabet.)
Shown above is an example titled, Vogue JUL08.pg132 (what exactly are we breathing). Affordable prints of DiCioccio's work are available through 20 x 200. Since the artist is passionate about the tactile qualities of the printed page, these might be especially nice hanging in a home office.
To take it a step further, Mothology's petite Foreign Correspondent's Desk in blackened steel would be perfect in a tight space like a landing or a large closet that has been converted to an office.
Those brilliantly colored leather-bound versions of Merriam-Webster's dictionary are still the best luxe accessory I've seen in a long time (available at And George) but any small hit of color would look great atop this desk. For example, that perennial favorite with the bold yellow spine -- National Geographic...
or a yellow tumbler used as a vase. (National Geographic collection spotted at Providence; $14 tumbler available at Pieces.)
Or The Little Red Book of London's National Gallery, created in partnership with Moleskine. For fall, a small Turkish rug would also be cozy. The Herki shown above turned up at The Loaded Trunk.
As I was finishing this post, my 20th anniversary issue of Elle Decor arrived. (Fans of Michael Smith and Anthropologie will love it.) Since everyone across the globe receives the magazine at different times, I won't jump the gun and share any of the featured houses, but I do want to mention one of the prettiest ads that happens to include a designer's work table.
It's from Lulu DK and there's a natural softness to it that makes an interesting counterpoint to the graphic fabrics. Rather than use a sleek modernist teacup, it appears that the stylist opted for Herend's Chinese Bouquet, or something really similar. Candlesticks look antique, too, and the flowers are placed loosely in a glass.