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Muller van Severen lamps - Galerie Valerie Traan

valerie_objects / Gallery Valerie Traan, Antwerp

If you’ve been following me on social media at all you might have seen that I went on a Bloggers Tour of Antwerp with Function & Form and eight lovely blogger pals. Set up by fellow bloggers – interior stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley and graphic designer Annie Kruse – Function & Form is a community of like-minded individuals who all share a love for interiors and handcrafted design. This was the first outing abroad to explore all things design, meeting designers and delving deeper into their process, touring furniture factories and getting a peek behind the scenes, and visiting design-led concept stores and galleries. One of the highlights of the tour was Gallery Valerie Traan, an art gallery founded by Veerle Wenes. The modern, white interior, designed by Belgian practice LENS°ASS architecten, is split onto different levels and connected by a wide, black staircase. The light space looks onto two courtyards and connects fluidly to Wenes own home, housed in an adjacent old convent. In fact, you don’t know where art gallery stops and home begins, both …


Affordable art from

It can be hard to find beautiful artwork for your walls without completely breaking the bank. There’s either cheap and cheerful posters or limited edition prints signed by artists, but not much in the middle. is an online shop that collaborates with new and up-coming artists to create an ever expanding collection of carefully curated items. There’s something for everyone, whether you like super-detailed scenic photographs or intricate hand drawn maps, many from as little as £35.00 unframed. I’ve long been promoting the display of art without frames (see my styling for Frost + Dutch here), and have the theory that if in doubt use washi tape! Sometimes you don’t know where to put the nail, sometimes you don’t know which frame to commit to, or sometimes it’s nice just to test out a print, see if you like it and can find the perfect place for it in your home. I have lots of postcards washi-taped to the wall in my home, I love to be able to switch them around every now and then and create …


Q&A with… Kristina Dam

Kristina Dam is a Danish designer, based in Copenhagen, who works on the intersection of art, interior and graphic design. With a background in architecture, she creates furniture with a strong focus on materials and textures, as well as pieces of art and graphic posters. A mirror becomes a sculpture, for example, or a regular magazine holder is transformed with a piece of marble and touches of brass. Her botanical posters created in collaboration with photographer Tuala Hjarnø are one of my favourite pieces of hers; slightly eery and ethereal but quietly beautiful at the same time. Here, I find out a bit more about her world: What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I went to architecture school and graduated as a graphic designer from the Royal Danish Design School. I now live in Copenhagen with my husband and our little girl. Previously, I worked for design practices as a graphic designer but I started my own company, Kristina Dam Studio, two and a half years ago. [more after the jump…] Where does your …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

It’s such a lovely crisp Winter’s day this morning, so I thought my picks for things to do in London this weekend should have a slightly festive feel. These three events have a couple of things in common: craft, objects for the home, shopping, and some tasty treats if you know where to find them. Etsy is popping up in London for the first time, while Monocle is having its annual Christmas Market. Finish the day with a visit to Canal gallery, part of a weekend of festivities on the Haggerston Riviera. STOP What: Etsy House Where: Covent Garden, London, WC2H When: Until Sunday 7 December 12 – 6pm (10 – 8pm Saturday) Everyones favourite shop for handmade or vintage goods is popping up in London for the first time. Located in the heart of London’s Covent Garden, the shop will feature products for sale from Etsy sellers across multiple categories: art, home decor, bath & body, clothing, jewellery, furniture, stationery, and more. There will also be workshops hosted by Etsy designer-makers (Wool & The Gang‘s Snood session is bound to be a …


Screen printing with Farrow & Ball and Print Club London

Farrow & Ball has teamed up with Print Club London to create a series of limited edition silk screen prints for their Christmas windows. Three of the east London-based Print Club artists have created scenes inspired by the festive season using Farrow & Ball paints, from the perky birds by Chris Andrews above to a hand-drawn scene of St Paul’s by Clare Halifax and swimming carps in a misty pool of water by Lucille Clerc (scroll down to see more). Last week I was invited to a screen printing workshop along with other bloggers at Print Club London, just off Stoke Newington Road in Dalston, to meet the artists and have a go ourselves. I had previously done some screen printing with Thornback & Peel at SMUG’s workshop in Angel (see post here) so I was pretty confident with what to do. The hard bit had already been done for us: coming up with the design, prepping and washing the screens. We just got to do ‘the muscle work’, swiping the squeegee at a 45 degree angle with a steady …


#LDF14: Screen printing Workshop at SMUG, Islington

New this year, the Islington Design District – part of this week’s London Design Festival – brings together a collection of some of my favourite design shops and cafes from Angel through to Camden Passage and Upper Street. It has been organised by SMUG (you might remember I wrote about them recently when I attended an origami workshop, see here) with a programme of fantastic workshops as well as a new collection from Donna Wilson. Their hub, Cafe SMUG is also offering free WiFi for design hunters seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of the festival. At the weekend I attended a screen printing workshop with Lambs Conduit Street resident Thornback & Peel. They create quintessentially British homeware inspired by an eclectic mixture of Victoriana,  Mr McGregor’s garden and 17th century microscope imagery of the natural world, among other things. They have an exclusive guinea pig and pineapple print with SMUG, so the session offered visitors the chance to create their very own hankies. I had never done screen printing before but it was remarkably easy, as long as …


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

Forgive me, I haven’t written a Stop Look Listen in a while, but I’m back with a bang, alongside a new gallery of illustration in King’s Cross and a gory opening at Barts Pathology Museum. Have a great weekend! STOP What: Alexander Calder Where: Gagosian Gallery, London When: Until August 29 This exhibition of Alexander Calder’s gouache paintings on paper has been extended. Parallel to his sculptures, Calder created a series of paintings in gouache during a year-long stay in Aix-en-Provence in 1953. Painting quickly, he transcribed the vocabulary of his sculpture into a medium far more immediate than the large-scale works in sheet metal produced simultaneously. Here they are displayed in all their colourful glory. (Head’s up- there will also be an exhibition on Alexander Calder at the Tate next year) LOOK What: Quentin Blake: Inside Stories Where: House of Illustration, London When: Until November 2 A new gallery dedicated to illustration has just opened next to Central Saint Martins behind King’s Cross station. They are opening with an exhibition on Quentin Blake, one of England’s best-loved illustrators, known for his work …


I wish I lived here: the home of an artist in Copenhagen

This delightful Copenhagen home belongs to artist and designer Anne Sofie and her actor boyfriend. Anne Sofie creates paintings and illustrations as well as ceramics and jewellery. You can check out her shop here. At home, she is in charge of the decor, preferring a simple palette of white with pops of primary colours. Anne Sofie suggests lamps at different heights to create life and soul in a room and dimmers on lamps to make spaces feel cosier. I think the mixture of textures in this house is perfect; the rough concrete dining table, the painted floorboards and the untreated plywood shelves. Images: Femina


Stop Look Listen: Three things to do this week

I wish you all a happy weekend! Here’s three things you could be doing in London: an exhibition on The Moomins creator Tove Jansson, an exhibition reflecting on the transience of rented accommodation in cities across the world today, and a rooftop film screening in Peckham. STOP What: Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago Where: ICA, London When: Until August 24 To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson – the creator of The Moomins – this display in the Fox Reading Room presents original unseen photographs and material relating to her life and work, illustrated books and early first editions. Image courtesy The Finnish Institute in London.   LOOK What: A House is Not a Hotel Where: Pi Artworks, London When: Until September 10 We move from city to city, rented accommodation to rented accommodation at an ever-increasing pace. For those that can take advantage of it, this freedom of movement opens up exciting and liberating opportunities while for others it ebbs at the sense of security that stability and continuity can bring. Nevertheless, for both …

Hitomi Hosono,‘Colouring and Carving - Tropical Island Project’ 2014. Porcelain, dimensions variable. Photo by (2)

Hitomi Hosono at Jerwood Makers Open 2014

Hitomi Hosono has created these truly beautiful porcelain ceramics as part of this year’s Jerwood Makers Open. Now in its fourth year, the Jerwood Makers Open recognises rising stars in the world of applied arts. It offers crucial support in the early stages of their careers, providing five or six designers with £7,500 each. This year it went to ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw, artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James and FleaFollyArchitects. Hitomi Hosono, whose work is shown here, is fascinated by the intricacy of botanical forms; the veins of a leaf, the shape of its edges and the layering of a flower’s petals. She studies plants and leaves in microscopic detail before transforming the forms into delicate porcelain sculptures. For the Jerwood commission Hosono has produced bright tropical colours, where previously her work maintained a natural porcelain colour. She experimented with pigments and oxides to create a family of natural forms that take inspiration from the foliage of the South Pacific Islands, in particular banana leaves, mangrove, hibiscus …