The IT factor

Nike says    JUST DO IT

Folks have sung    Let’s DO IT

As a self-taught designer, it’s always been a longer and difficult process to name  (and market) my products when I get ready to go market.  The designs usually come very easily and quickly.  They are usually the result of an “AHA” moment.  Then there are the mockups, testing of the idea, the prototyping,  tweaking,  testing, the pre-production,  re-tweaking.   But then, when I am NEARLY ready to put it out, then what?

What do I call it? How do I package it so it’s attractive, appealling?  How will the retailers display it, and store it?  Will the consumers like the product as much as I do?  The packaging,  will they be as excited as I am about it?

The latest new products from Accent have that IT factor.  Their name suggests exactly what you do.   And much like what I think the Nike spirit is about, what comes along with the name is a sense of individuality, empowerment in YOUR choice, your choice on where to hang your lighting.

One of my other products – LOLLIPOPS – my version of the colored cord pendant lighting, which I thought answered a need to have an easy, (plug and play) solution to a simple lighting idea.
I added a plug at the end, so it was ready to use.  And on the models I give thumbs-up for, I have added a switch (allowing the user to easily turn it off and on without yanking it from the electric socket every time).

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So here I am – “Just doing it”  –  I am hereby launching my two new products:

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There are five models: Basic (shown above), Mickee, Trio, Torch and Chand
Shown above with Lollipop with a switch.

WALLIT

WALL:IT received runner-up award status in the prestigious A’Design Awards, Italy.

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Then, here is  TABLE:IT

tableITslot2Shown above with decorative bulb.  But can also be used with a lamp shade.

tableITbarrelblurALL3Table:IT  like WALL:IT has a support function.   It complements any cordset with shade holder,  (like our Lollipops, above).   The Lollipop is connected to the TABLE:IT, with a decorative naked bulb,  or as show above, you can add a simple lamp shade (like our Barrels).

The third  product  lined up and  coming in the IT collection – is  – Floor:it
Coming up …….

In the meantime,  have a good summer,

Claire

 

 

 

Amazing jazz singer Dee Alexander in Clairely jewellery

(Re-posted from 020611)

I am proud to have seen this video posted today. I had to share this not only because she is incredibly talented,  because she is wearing Clairely jewellery on her arms,  and on her fingers.

And to boot, fabulous music.

I had the good fortune to meet her two years ago, and enjoy her music.
Enjoy.

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Influences and all

Re-posted from 31 Mar 2011

On the way into work today, I thought of how my life (and others, possibly) has been influenced by the media – films and TV.

My jewellery collection CLAIRELY has possessed me more and more as time goes on, and as I create new pieces, the organic way in which I create makes it a trifle difficult to be structured when comes time to categorize my pieces into collections and lists.

I realize this says something about me.That I am not so organized.  Oh well.

But my pieces say also something about the things I care about, about things that have influenced me.

My latest piece – CTM -which I have lumped in with my newest collection – STEPPIN’ OUT – is about getting your flirt groove on. It’s in the collection with high heels, handbags, music signs (go out and hear some music now). It’s a celebration of kicking hibernation to the curb and getting out.

Coffee, tea, or me?  I so remember when this book and movie came out.

Since I already had a coffee pot,

I went a step further wanting to do a teapot, and then the natural progression was this new piece  -CTM -all I needed to do was add the “me”.

So now, there is not only the triple neck piece, but coffee, tea, me  are also available individually.

The coffee pot is in the PORT ROYAL collection. My rationalization – that  pirates must also drink coffee – wouldn’t you think?

The collection was named after Port Royal a harbour in Jamaica, a (in)famous pirate haven back in the day.

In this same collection, I have this piece which came from my childhood watching TV at nights with my father. I thought the bird gave it a pirate-esque feeling. Hence it became part of the collection.

(Looks much better “live”)

I prefer to tie several pieces together not only for more drama, but also for telling a story. For example, I wear the guy with the bird with two of the other pieces  from the Port Royal line – very maritime, especially with stripes!

But them sometimes I change it up, and together with my big keyhole, this takes the story in another direction  (Hitchcock-esque).

  

So, influence and be influenced.

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Proud to be working with lucite too ….

Re-posted from Tue, May 17, 2011

Just saw an article about it being the 75th year of Lucite!!

It is so rewarding to be working with acrylic (another name for lucite).  It shines, it allows light to pass through, and can be used in so many ways.

Above:   my Chandelier table (perfect companion to my Claire de Lune Chandelier also in acrylic). ABC Home purchased these from me last year. ( and yes, I am beaming).

My signature product – my baby – Claire de Lune Chandelier which inspired the etchings on the table.  A great complement to the side table.

….. and of course – below –  samples of CLAIRELY upcycled jewellery, which is made from the material left over from cutting the chandeliers….

(cowrie shell cuff bracelet)

HAPPY 75TH, LUCITE!

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