Dec 7, 2012
Laura Novy’s Porcelain Paintbrushes at Scout
By Gina Bazer
Call me a styling geek, but I often find myself thinking about how I can spruce up a flat surface. Coffee table: What can go on it other than coffee table books? Dresser: What object will make my day a teeny bit brighter because I’m looking at it as I open my sock drawer? Enter Laura Novy’s slip-casted porcelain paintbrushes. A ceramicist, Novy was inspired by some vintage horsehair brushes she saw at Scout in Andersonville about a year ago (the shop’s owner, Larry Vodak, has a way of elevating practical, industrial things like this to conversation-starting accessories). She decided to create ceramic versions of what she saw and the results are now for sale, ranging in price from $85 to $395, at the same store that spawned the idea. I like that they are beautiful representations of home improvement projects—they elevate that weekend DIY project to art. Tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., Vodak is having a party for Novy at his shop. I have a feeling these fine tools of the trade will sell fast.
Posted Dec. 7, 2012, | Back to all posts
Domestica is an online extension of the inspiration, advice, and scoop that the Chicago Home + Garden minimag provides four times a year inside Chicago magazine. Here, Chicago magazine style and Home + Garden editor Gina Bazer (left) and contributing blogger Alice Oglethorpe (right), along with guest bloggers, dish on home design trends, discuss design obsessions and dilemmas, share spaces they love, and bring you the latest local design news, from sales to events.
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