Month: August 2013


Take a moment: five things that caught my eye this week

Here’s a pick of some of the posts I enjoyed the most on my favourite blogs and design websites this week. Have a good weekend! 1. This fantastic workshop of custom sign painter TJ Guzzardi on The Design Files. He creates handpainted vintage-style signs for restaurants, cafes, tattoo shops and barber shops. 2. This beautiful flower shop in East London via Miss Moss on Monocle. 3. These cosy jumpers from Nido via Jessica Comingore. 4. Beautiful white interiors inspiration via Sf Girl by the Bay. 5. This fantastic blog called The Socialite Family which features gorgeous French homes, full of antique finds and Eames chairs. Is there anything you saw? What’s your favourite blog?


The 30 Art Project by Elise Wehle

How beautifully delicate are these collages and paper-cutting compositions by California-based artist Elise Wehle! They remind me of childhood snowflake paper patterns but a hundred times better. This particular project was created after Wehle graduated from the BFA in Utah. Her and a couple of artist friends found it really hard to keep making art every day without a strict school schedule, so they decided that the 30 Art Project would be the perfect remedy. They challenged themselves to make a different piece of art every two days until they reached 30 works, et voila! Wehle says of her work: “I make the art I do to pull me away from the increasingly digital world that surrounds me. Every day I spend so much time in front of a glowing screen that sometimes I forget I possess five bodily senses and not just one or two. “Making art makes me conscious of my hands again, and all of my work requires time-intensive, redundant movements that remind me that not everything is as instantaneous as a …

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Toast Autumn/Winter 2013 lookbook

Toast has unveiled its Autumn/Winter 2013 lookbook featuring twelve men and women, all of whom work with food or drink. It’s a new approach for the fashion and homeware brand, one which is inkeeping with the current trend for lifestyle and home magazines. There’s The London Honey Company’s Steven Benbow, textile artist Katherine May, salmon smoker Ole Hansen, vegetable holder Jane Scotter, chef Jeremy Lee, Sipsmith’s Jared Brown, Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers, French grocer Alex Guarneri, food grower Alys Fowler, Polpo’s Tom Oldroyd, Little Paris Kitchen’s Rachel Khoo and The Little Bread Pedlar’s Martin Hardiman. Toast says of their catalogue, entitled ‘Nourishment’: “It’s a truism to say there has been a revolution in food- but these twelve have all taken fresh approaches: all have a sense of rootedness and authenticity.” See the full lookbook here. The London Honey Company’s Steven Benbow    Textile artist Katherine May Salmon smoker Ole Hansen Sipsmith’s Jared Brown Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers French grocer Alex Guarneri Food grower Alys Fowler Polpo’s Tom Oldroyd Rachel Khoo   The Little Bread Pedlar’s Martin Hardiman


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- including the images of Gio Ponti’s architecture magazine Domus, garden designer Dan Pearson and some vintage bargains! STOP What: Giorgio Casali Photographer, Domus 1951-1983, Architecture, Design and Art in Italy Where: Estorick Collection, Canonbury Square When: Until September 8 For over thirty years, Giorgio Casali photographed the work of the greatest post-war Italian architects and designers for Gio Ponti’s famous magazine, the style bible Domus. Curated by Angelo Maggi and Italo Zannier, this exhibition presents a selection of Casali’s images belonging to the Archivio Progetti, housed at IUAV University in Venice. It includes a series of previously unseen vintage prints unconnected to the worlds of architecture and design, comprising professional prints as well as travel photographs and intimate, private studies of friends and family. Also on show are architectural achievements of once-celebrated but now lesser-known masters, as well as more familiar figures like Ponti, Pier Luigi Nervi and Le Corbusier. LOOK What: Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson Where: Garden Museum, London When: Until October 20 This exhibition explores the …


Arne Jacobsen’s Tongue chair relaunched

Furniture manufacturer Howe has relaunched the Tongue chair, originally designed by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in 1955. Designing furniture and designing architecture often went hand-in-hand for Jacobsen, for example his design of St Catherine’s College in Oxford included the Oxford Chair, which I wrote about previously. The Tongue chair was designed for Munkegaard School in Gentofte, just north of Copenhagen in Denmark, which led to the St Catherine’s commission. Virtually everything in the school was designed by Jacobsen from fittings, desks and chairs to lighting and curtains, as well as the gardens. Lars Bruntse of Howe said: “When the opportunity came our way, we simply could not let it pass. And we’ll admit it; we fell in love with this original and elegant design right away. And now we have the opportunity to give the Tongue the wider attention it deserves”. The Tongue has been relaunched in beech, oak and walnut veneers as well as stained veneer in black, white and teak. It is also available in both fabric and leather, in colours ranging from light pink to cognac.        


Konstantin Grcic at Apartment N° 50 at Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation

Konstantin Grcic has furnished Appartement N° 50, an almost completely preserved apartment in its original 1952 condition, at Le Corbusier’s famous Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. Every summer the privately owned apartment is made accessible to the public and transformed into a temporary stage for the works of contemporary designers. In previous years it has hosted installations by Jasper Morrison in 2008 and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in 2010. This year, Grcic has furnished the apartment with his own furniture, including 360° chairs for Magis and Medici chairs for Mattiazzi, as well as blown up scans from an original punk fanzine. Grcic explained: “The punk motifs are tempting a slightly devious link between two completely unrelated worlds: Le Corbusier’s architecture and punk rock. Without forcing the idea of common grounds, I find that both have a rawness and uncompromising spirit which I have always found compellingly beautiful. Bringing both cultures together in this project felt most inspiring and, in the end, surprisingly fitting.” The installation will be open to the public until August 15. For more information please visit Images © Philippe Savoir …

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Photos of 1970s Parisian architecture by Samuel Gazé

I love Brutalist housing estates, one of my favourite’s being Aldo Rossi’s Gallaratese housing in Milan. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover these photos of 1970s architecture in Beaugrenelle area in Paris, just near the Seine and not far from the Eiffel Tower. It makes a change from the traditional, picturesque images you normally see of the city, presenting instead a world which is full of colour, geometrical shapes and my favourite material- concrete. Parisian photographer Samuel Gazé explained that the purpose of this series is to show the contrast between human shape and inhuman architecture. Next time I’m in Paris I will have to take a wonder off the beaten track to discover these tower blocks. Source: Behance


Variations on a tube by Tomás Alonso

London-based Spanish designer Tomás Alonso exhibited a collection of lights, tables, benches and chairs at the NextLevel Galerie in Paris in 2009. It was his first solo show. I came across these images of the exhibition on Pinterest after looking for some interiors inspiration and really liked the colourful tubing that held the pieces together. Alonso sites his inspiration in the pioneers of the Modern Movement, from Weimar to Milan. He moved to London and gained a Master’s at the Royal College of Art after an entire decade of study and professional practice in the USA, Australia and Italy. Alonso sums up his design method as “an intelligent morphological synthesis of a technicist type, which focuses on functionality as an absolute value and turns it into an idea for products which are quick and easily understandable”. He uses both wood and metal, inverting the usual way in which these two materials are perceived: wood is reduced to very slender sticks, while iron is curved and coloured. Images Nick Ballon


Interiors inspiration

I’m in the process of redecorating my flat so I’ve been scouring the internet and Pinterest for some inspiration. I’ve been stripping the wallpaper in my living room all week and have a picked out ‘French Grey Pale’ from Little Greene’s catalogue (similar to Farrow & Ball and in association with English Heritage) for the walls. The living room will feature a grey Ikea sofa and hopefully a vintage Ercol table from eBay. I found these gorgeous Swedish cushions made in Cornwall on there too. I’ve been very inspired by Scandinavian style: white walls, classic modernist furniture and colourful patterned ceramics to finish the look off. Here’s what I’ve been looking at recently: I’ll start with this ethereal Ferm Living lookbook from Spring/Summer 2013. I love the diamond patterns.           This is the sofa we’re getting from Ikea (its called Karlstad in Isunda Grey). The image is Deborah’s (apieceofcake82 on instagram) bright and airy family home in Scotland from Emma’s Designblogg. Set by Stephanie Hornig found here. Beautiful ceramics by Studio PS found here. …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Here’s my pick of three things to do this week- from a Hackney wide jumble sale to the fashion photography of Erwin Blumenfeld at Somerset House and a funny Greta Gerwig film. STOP What: Hackney Sale Trail Where: Hackney, London When: August 4 This Sunday, Hackney residents are setting up stalls in their front gardens to sell their forgotten treasures. Everything from vintage clothing and furniture to homemade marshmallows will be available to purchase. Bargain hunters can navigate their own trail through the streets of Hackney with the aid of a downloadable map providing each stall location from a big jumble inside Clapton Square to boats along the River Lea. LOOK What: Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960 Where: Somerset House, London When: Until September 1 This exhibition looks at one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, Erwin Blumenfeld and his latter works from his career in New York. Having produced an extensive body of work throughout his thirty-five year career, it was in the USA, after the war in the context of economic growth and …