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Monday Cups - ceramics by Studio Lilesadi

Q&A with… Studio LileSadi

Today I want to introduce you to the work of Rotterdam-based creative duo Studio LileSadi. The studio was set up in 2012 by German textile designer Dinah Smutny and her sister Sarah with the aim of creating high-quality but affordable objects for people who appreciate good, well-crafted design. I first discovered their work in the beautifully soft, styled images of Dutch blogger and stylist Holly at Avenue Lifestyle, several of which you see here in this post. Then when I set up my blog shop with Showroom and saw that the Studio’s products were available online here in the UK, I knew I had to feature them. You might have seen their designs in my sidebar or if you’ve browsed my shop. From patterned textiles and marbled wallpapers to simple ceramics and minimal mirrors, their work sets out to brighten up people’s daily lives by bringing a hint of minimalism and poetry into homes. Their pieces are characterised by graphic details and soft neutral colours. Here I chat to the duo about what inspires them and discuss their new collection of minimalist ceramic cups for …

Out&Out Original - Brunel dining table set

Q&A with… Daniel Fairburn, founder and designer Out & Out Original

Out & Out Original is a UK-based online furniture store, founded by Daniel Fairburn, that believes that good design shouldn’t have to cost the earth. It creates beautiful, functional, ethically sourced and produced pieces using quality materials – some with a nod to industrial design, others referencing mid-century craft. Its latest collection, seen here, features sleek walnut and black leather alongside rich oak; cool Scandi greys and icy blue wool sofas and black-washed steel benches.  Founded by Leeds-born Daniel Fairburn, Out & Out Original was born out of his love of fine furniture and his passion for travel. Daniel was based in Saigon, Vietnam for eight years as a furniture designer for a Danish company and worked for big high street names (including IKEA and Habitat) before setting up on his own. Read on to find out a bit more about his journey and design process… What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I left university in 2005 with a first class honours full of hope and …

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Q&A with… Jenni Sparks

London-based illustrator Jenni Sparks creates fascinatingly intricate and playful maps of cities across the world, from London and Paris to New York and San Francisco. Not only are they beautiful pieces of art, painstakingly built up following months of research, they also provide a handy reference point as they’re based around the tube or metro maps. Each stop has its own identity, and in turn, its own unique style and font. I took a moment to chat to her during her current travels to India and Sri Lanka about doodling, brutalist architecture, reality TV and studio life in London Fields. What is your background, how did you end up doing what you are doing now? I spent most of my childhood doodling on things, even at school most of my schoolbooks were covered in silly drawings! I went to a pretty academic school but when it came down to choosing a degree and ultimately a career I knew that a 9-5 job wasn’t what I wanted. Because I found art so much fun I thought it was a …


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 …


Q&A with… the pair behind The Pressery, London

The Pressery, based in East London, was set up by Natali Stajcic and Chi-San Wan who share a love of whole foods and their health and healing benefits. A mutual interest in eating better, but not wanting to sacrifice on quality, led them to discover the taste of homemade almond milk. As someone who is marginally lactose intolerant, any healthy, but equally delicious milk alternative has the thumbs up from me. Theirs is created from organic Spanish almonds, rich in protein, fibre and calcium. Not only does it taste delicious, either on its own or with coffee or morning cereals (for a super healthy dessert mix it with chia seeds and vanilla or cinnamon until it thickens- top tip!), but the packaging is refined and beautifully minimalist. Here, I asked the two how The Pressery started and what makes almond milk so special. How did you meet and how was The Pressery born? We met through friends about 8 years ago and have always been mad about food and drink, that’s all we’d talk about …


The Wandering Tattler

Image by Jessy Boon Cowler A friend of mine, journalist and digital editor Anna Winston, has started a fab new blog called The Wandering Tattler. The Wandering Tattler is a travel blog, which asks women who live and work in cities all around the world to share their favourite places to eat, drink, shop, play, dance and explore. A London native and regular traveller, Anna came up with the idea for the blog as a place to share her passion for her home town. Anna kindly asked me to pick five places I like to visit in London, which include the charming Persephone bookshop in Lamb’s Conduit Street, a French patisserie in Bloomsbury and a basement cocktail bar in Shoreditch. Hop on over and check the full post out on The Wandering Tattler here. My own images of Persephone

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Q&A with… Cora Büttenbender

I immediately fell in love with Paris-based Cora Büttenbender‘s photographs when I spotted them on Pinterest. Her compositions are perfectly balanced, depicting still lifes, lazy mornings in bed, or simply beautiful interiors. She even makes a group if children’s dinosaur toys look pretty, not to mention a bleak rainy window on a train! I had a chat with her to find out a bit more about her work… Whats your background? How did you end up doing what you are doing now? I became a photographer because of a good friend of mine. My plans to go to France as an au-pair failed, so I asked her advice. Become a photographer! she answered. And she was right. Where does your inspiration come from? I work, live and travel between Paris, Milan and Germany. I like airports, being a nomad, discovering, communication, design, exhibitions, minimalism, fashion, small things, food, family, friends, the desert, the sea, the horizon, simplicity and every colour. What is your favourite thing to photograph? It was soon clear to me that I would …

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Q&A with… Holly Chastain

Tennessee-based Holly Chastain’s collages are little gems. When I first found them on Pinterest it was like discovering a beloved novel as a first edition in a vintage bookshop (think Shakespeare and Company, my favourite Parisian store). Well-worn book covers have been separated from their pages and decorated with mysterious black and white figures and brightly coloured shapes. I was keen to find out more about where these book covers came from and what inspired the figures depicted on them. Whats your background? How did you end up doing what you are doing now? After studying art in school I started my career in graphic design and marketing. It was a lot of fun but wasn’t satisfying me creatively. When my job was moved across the country I took the plunge and decided to see what I could build up and accomplish if I moved back to analog. Collage was something new that I had never attempted before so it seemed a perfect technique for a fresh start. What inspires your work, in particular the Book …

Portrait Image Freyja Sewell credit Carol Sachs

Q&A with… Freyja Sewell

I met Freyja for the first time last week when I stumbled upon her stall at the House of Detention at Clerkenwell Design Week, where she was exhibiting her latest piece of work, a wool felt cocoon designed as a personal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. In fact, it was her two leopard-print boots I met first, as they stuck out of her felt cocoon and I peered into the darkness to ask if the occupier within was her. As a Designer in Residence at the Design Museum last year, and having spotted her work at Selfridges recently for their No Noise Campaign, I was intrigued to find out more about ‘Hush’ and the design process behind it. What was the inspiration behind Hush? It’s kinda hard to pinpoint exactly where it started, because it came I think from that childhood sense of hiding, I used to like hiding in my mum’s drawers and cupboards and things. So when I began to be interested in sketching and drawing, I …


Q&A with… Dan Rowden of Magpile

This is the second guest post by Olivier Legris. Olivier is a French planner working at an English advertising agency. Over to him… Who said digital will kill the magazine business? Started as an Excel spreadsheet and on its way to become the Wikipedia for magazines, the website Magpile is the ultimate digital supporter for an industry that even the most optimistic publishers couldn’t have dreamt of. studiothreetwofive interviewed Magpile’s creator Dan Rowden to find out a little bit more about the project. Hello Dan, first of all can you tell us a little bit more about yourself? My name is Dan, I’m a 26 year-old web developer. I’m originally from Cambridge and I graduated from Helsiniki 3 years ago where I studied media engineering, which includes a lot of web stuff, radio, animation and digital printing. I’m now living in Saudi Arabia, where I’m a User Experience Designer for a new Science and Technology university. So how did you catch the “fever of magazines”? When I was a teenager, I was a subscriber of Mountain Biking UK, I was really into …