2014 CALENDARS TO START THE YEAR OFF RIGHT

by Marisa Marcantonio

With the pages of my 2013 desktop calendar finished, I am in the market for a nice replacement to fill the brass easel that sits empty on my desk, staring at me. Every day is a gift, so why not make each day memorable with a beautiful calendar? Here are the best desk calendars, to suit the classicist to maximalist, and everyone in between. 

May 2014 be filled with a full calendar of new horizons and rewarding experiences.

Photo courtesy of Sugar Paper

Sugar Paper, the LA-based letterpress paperie located in Brentwood's adorable bucolic Brentwood Country Mart, gained a steady following for its pastel colored confections designed with charming fonts. Seeing that they are now doing their sophisticated desk calendar in a more "serious" black and white version, I prefer its striking contrast to the candy colored hues.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong

The Classic hand-engraved individual page a month desk calendar, created by Mrs. Strong, is the original, often imitated easel version.  It's gold foil motif that changes from month to month makes an elegant desk companion.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Strong

For those that love eye-catching color, the ever-changing colorful motifs on Mrs. Strong's

Le Petit Calendar starts off the year with a purple elephant.

Photo courtesy of Connor

Owls are still very much the bird of choice. Connor's engraved desk calendar for Barneys dons a wise owl all year long. Perhaps his knowing ways will come through his large, engaged eyes.

Photo courtesy of Dempsey and Carroll

Swirly script makes Dempsey and Carroll's rectangular calendar a fancy option.

Photo courtesy of Social Monograms

I love this calendar from Social Monograms for its customization, and because each month brings a new monogram color.

Photo courtesy of Rifle Paper

I am a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co., their letterpress stationery and cards are quirky and charming with a handmade touch. Their Botanical Desk Calendar is filled with hand painted blooms. 

Photo courtesy of Monocle

Minimalists rejoice, there is a desktop calendar for you too. In a collab with Monocle, stationers Proper and Correct have designed a tabbed-page month system for easy reference with notecard style sheets. The taxi cab yellow cards come on a small oak stand. Neat and tidy.  Available through Need Supply.

Photo courtesy of Sapui

Bringing the beauty of fresh flowers to the pages of a letterpress calendar, the Brooklyn-based floral designer Saipua partnered with Brown Parcel Press for a limited edition collaboration of six Perennials prints.  Based on their seasonal flower pairings, these prints are works of art.

Photo courtesy of 1 Canoe 2

Nestled in a tree trunk slab, the cutest letterpress imagery of hand-drawn and colored daily basics decorate each month of this calendar by 1Canoe2.  Designed by two artists, the changing monthly designs are perfect for those that would rather be out-of-doors.

Photo courtesy of Katherine Watson

With a bit of old fashioned charm, Katherine Watson's letterpress block printed calendar with flowers and vines encircling the months of the year would look beautiful framed.

FALL 2012 HIGH POINT MARKET ROUND UP: 15 SMALL OTTOMANS WITH BIG APPEAL

by Marisa Marcantonio

Whether it has an x-base or is fully upholstered, small benches and ottomans are a great addition to the end of a bed or in seating arrangements. Providing an extra perch or a place for a bag or throw, they serve a smart dual function role. Small pieces were aplenty at High Point Market, and here is a round up of some favorite pairs for bunching  and to use stand-alone pieces.

A pair of white Consulate x-base benches in turquoise upholstery at Century Furniture.

Slatted x-base Rockwell benches at Century that feel very Spanish in derivation.

Century's upholstered Canter Ottoman with nail head trim and tapered leg.

A diminutive low footstool at Hickory Chair.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard from Sherrill has these cut corner upholstered benches with cushioned tops and storage inside. All I could think of is that they would make the best dog beds for a pair of dogs.

Wesley Hall had an upholstered pair of curved ottomans, version 75, with skirted base.

Bernhardt's wooden base bench with leather top is very French 40s.

 Resembling highly coveted vintage finds, Drexel Heritage had the Eve Ottomans. Tufted, upholstered stunners with an arched leg merge the best of old and new. 

Thibault Furniture's Preston Ottoman with a cushion top and bamboo ridged white leg are perfect for country and coastal settings.

Ralph Lauren Home's classic x-benches with tight seat and nailheads in a blue fabric.

A pair of 69W Parsons-style upholstered and tufted x-benches from Wesley Hall have got it going on with contrast trim.

Upholstered in a graphic geometric fabric with orange trim.

Mr. Brown debuted a quatrefoil tufted ottoman with contrast trim on bobbin legs and casters that sits next to an upholstered clean-lined one with button tufting, both in natural linen.

Studio A had a metal bench with an x-base and dog head finials called The Bow Wow Bench.

 In a zippy red, Arteriors x-base upholstered Tennyson Bench with nail head border is a plush option.