It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Yes, it’s that time of year again and I’ve been scouring the internet for unusual and handmade Christmas decorations, wreaths and advent calendars. I found the perfect alternative to a traditional Christmas tree, with this Arran wool wrapped tree from Habitat (see it here), and I’ve been slowly adding all my inspiration onto my Pinterest board, which you can see here. So have a gander and hopefully you’ll be inspired to do away with the tinsel and get creative with DIY projects and homemade decorations. Christmas Trees This fantastic garland is easy to make yourself, find out how to do it at A Subtle Revelry. This is for the purists out there, from Varpunen. It doesn’t have to be a Christmas Tree in the traditional sense. This looks beautiful but also acts as an advent calendar. The Merry Thought. And don’t forget to check out my Christmas Pinterest board here!
Studio Elke van den Berg is a designer based in Eindhoven who makes delicate porcelain objects for the home. The clocks, for example, are hand stamped with numbers and letters and come in neutral, matte colours with contrasted neon hands, while the first image below shows some watering cans which are so beautiful they could be used as vases or as a water jug on a dinner table (in fact I didn’t even realise they were watering cans until I saw the description!). Be sure to check out her website here and have a look at her webshop here.
Dancer Lee Bridgman stars in Margaret Howell’s latest campaign shot by Matt Hind, showcasing the brand’s relaxed and lived-in linens and knitwear for Autumn/Winter. Shop the collection here.
Studio Mieke Meijer is a product design studio run by Mieke Meijer and her partner Roy Letterlé, who has an architectural background. The designs, mostly handmade in their Eindhoven based workshop, feature elegant lines and an industrial character. They both have a passion for detailing and craftsmanship and have most recently exhibited at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Their work includes a desk and balancing lamp (see video) based on industrial structures, such as tower cranes, as well as Frameworks, a system used to divide spaces based on lattice constructions, shown below.
This fantastic photo story is for Cloud 7, a new Berlin-based brand offering stylish products and accessories for dogs. Founder and designer Petra Jungebluth worked in fashion and marketing before creating a series of canine products that she felt were missing from the market. She says they are based on principles of eco-friendliness and fair trade, and are designed to strengthen the bond between people and their beloved pets, as shown in these fab images by Hamburg-based photographer Janne Peters.
I think Greta Gerwig is awesome. Here she is photographed by Helena Christensen for the fantastic new So It Goes magazine. Gerwig most recently authored and starred in Frances Ha, a comic coming-of-age story about a late-twenty something dancer living in New York. It was directed by her real-life boyfriend Noam Baumbach and is shot entirely in black and white. She says of her work: “I write because I love to write, not because I love to write for myself. And I act because I love acting, not because I burn to act what I create. But I think they will be linked forever in some form for me” Buy the magazine and read the interview here. Images via here
As soon as I heard this band on Spotify I fell in love with their soft, emotive sound- the perfect kind of Indie with both electronic and guitar elements. I’m talking about Woman’s Hour, not the topical Radio 4 show presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey, but the four piece band. Hailing from Kendal and now residing in London, Woman’s Hour consists of siblings Fiona Jane (vocals) and William (guitar), along with Nick (bass) and Josh (keyboards). Their latest single Darkest Place is out now via Luv Luv Luv Records and they’ve also done a surprisingly good cover of Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love. You can see the haunting and beautifully monochromatic video for Darkest Place below.
Here’s my pick of three things to do in London this week… enjoy! STOP What: Hello, My Name Is Paul Smith Where: Design Museum London When: Until March 9 Step into the world of British fashion designer Paul Smith (literally step into, there’s a complete replica of the designer’s office in the exhibition) and discover how this quintessentially British label rose from its beginnings in 1970s Nottingham to its international prominence today. LOOK What: Raw Truth: Auerbach – Rembrandt Where: Ordovas, London When: Until November 30 This sounds like a really exciting exhibition, bringing together paintings and etchings by Rembrandt on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and a series of drawings by German-born painter Frank Auerbach. Image: Frank Auerbach in his studio, The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth / The Bridgeman Art Library LISTEN What: Blue is the Warmest Colour Where: Released in cinemas Friday 22 The much anticipated winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Abdellatif Kechiche’s film portrays an intense lesbian relationship between Adele (played by Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Emma (Léa Seydoux).
Finnish blogger Susanna Vento of Varpunen showed off some photos of her collaboration with Scandinavian homeware brand Iittala this week. Susanna has shot four Christmas themed photoshoots of Iittala’s new home interior range, which features lights, lanterns, plywood boxes and bags made out of felt for home storage as well as ceramics and cookware. The Vakka plywood boxes in the images are designed by Elina and Klaus Aalto and come in white and wood with contrasting bottoms, while Harri Koskinen’s 1999 Lantern, a sculptured candle holder, has been reborn as an electrical version. Keep an eye out on Susanna’s blog for the next three photoshoots for Iittala here. Lantern-valaisimet // Lantern lights // Iittala Essence Plus -kuohuviinilasit itsenäisyyspäivän kilistelyille // Essence Plus glasses // Iittala Marmorikulho // marble bowl // flea market find Marmorilaatta // marble tiles // Bauhaus Koristenauha // garland // DIY
Last week I discovered, not only a fab Canadian magazine Uppercase, but the beautiful work of Toronto-based artist Carly Waito. Her paintings are unbelievably realistic, zooming in on the intricate details of mineral specimens Carly has collected over the years. They look like photographs, such is Carly’s skill of capturing light and shadow and each rock’s small scars and crevices. With each finely detailed painting, Waito “focuses the eye on a specimen’s particular qualities, showing the beauty and magic that is present even in nature’s tiniest objects, if one looks closely enough and with a curious mind”. You can see her work on her website http://www.carlywaito.com/wp/ or on her lovely blog http://carlywaito.blogspot.co.uk/. Her work can also be found at Narwhal Projects http://www.narwhalprojects.com/ in Toronto, Canada.