i woke up at 4 am on sunday morning, my head spinning with wedding thoughts. like an idiot iâ€™ve been pouring over way too many websites and magazines lately and my mind is overflowing with decorative details like lace, beading, tulle, fondant and piping- everything. after all that overly-ornate thinking i could use a little simplicity so my mantra for the morning is: think â€™simpleâ€™. so designer james learâ€™s email could not have come at a better time. a senior in risdâ€™s furniture design department, james is a fantastic student designer who has already produced some pretty incredible pieces, including a piece for the swarosvski crystal booth at last yearâ€™s icff. but my current favorite is this wonderful simple, but stylish, wood â€œcheckâ€ chair. iâ€™d love to line up dozens of these around a long country farm table and invite all our friends over for dinner. james has worked with brooklynâ€™s bettencourt green building supply is committed to environmentally sustainable design. you can view jamesâ€™ full collection right here. *if youâ€™re a student designer like james looking for some help with your bills, school fees, supplies or just inspiring travel tune in on friday for the 2008 d*s scholarship. weâ€™ll be donating twice as much money as last year and maybe even more. i canâ€™t wait to see everyoneâ€™s work!