All posts tagged: Graphic Design

Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Sustainable cushions and home accessories from Happy + Co

Today I want to introduce you to one of my favourite home interiors brands of the moment – Happy + Co. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen their black and white striped cushion popping up in my photos. It’s a piece that has in many ways inspired the design direction of my living room – focusing on a monochrome colour palette and lots of simple, clean lines. Now I want to delve a little deeper and tell you more about Happy + Co’s back story and socially responsible ethos. ‘We believe happiness starts at home. It’s a philosophy that informs all that we do and every product we design.’ Happy + Co creates smart, sustainable furniture and home accessories that are designed to brighten up the home and be noticed. There’s hand screen-printed cotton cushion covers with bold, eye-catching patterns, handcrafted mugs stamped with the brand’s signature cross, and best-selling monochrome tableware.     The designs are inspired by the team’s travels, whether it’s Bondi palms, Bogong butterflies or Palm Beach. But more than just taking from a place and …

New minimal objects from Kristina Krogh - minimal design - art prints

New objects from Danish designer Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a hugely talented Danish designer and artist based in Copenhagen who creates minimal objects and prints for the home. Her work is characterised by graphic shapes, aesthetic lines, clean patterns and distinctly different textures. She has a fascination with the interaction between light and dark, colour and contrast, and the juxtaposition of materials. Artwork You might recognise some of Kristina’s gold foil calendars, but it is her art prints that caught my eye. Most of her limited-edition prints are printed on luxurious, heavy fine art paper using mineral-based archive inks. They have a lovely textured feel, with metallic foils catching the light. Ellipse, below, is made from a drawing Keogh made of thousands of little dots. It is inspired by the natural phenomenon ‘Sort sol’ or ‘Black sun’ that takes place on the marshlands of southwest Jutland in Denmark. Migrational starlings gather there in Spring and Autumn when they move between their winter grounds in southern Europe and other countries near the Baltic Sea. Sort sol takes place just after sunset when the birds fly …

Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Playtype pop-up at ARAM London

Covent Garden design store ARAM is hosting a pop-up shop with the folks of Playtype that I think you are just going to love. The Copenhagen-based type foundry is heading to the British capital for three weeks with its bold graphic posters, notepads and mugs, all created with the unique Playtype typefaces. Born out of a love of typography, Playtype was founded by Danish brand and design agency e-Types in 2010. It creates custom-made typefaces for brands and individuals as well as for their own line of lifestyle products sold from their cool Copenhagen store and online. Although products are sold here and there in shops dotted around the UK, this will be their first proper outpost outside of Denmark, with items gathered all in one place at ARAM’s showroom in London. ‘It is in the meeting of typography and beautiful products that the Playtype universe is created, and with our clean cuts and bold shapes it is clear to see our Scandinavian roots,’ says creative director Rasmus Drucker Ibfelt. ‘True to our name we put a playful spin on …

GIVEAWAY: emerybloom scandinavian prints

Entries for this competition have now closed, thank you to everyone who entered. The winner is Hilary! Readers of the blog can, though, get 15% off emerybloom’s prints with code CATE15. Finding and sourcing affordable art for the home can be a nightmare – you want something unique, that no one else has, but not something that’s going to cost the earth. Emerybloom is a new discovery of mine: a company set up by Welsh graphic designer Gareth Emery and his Swedish wife, My, that creates beautiful Scandinavian art prints from Malmö, Sweden. Gareth graduated from Falmouth University’s graphic design course in 2007 and for the past few years has been working mostly with online digital media – emerybloom is his way of going back to his offline roots, working purely with print. Featuring graphic motifs, geometric shapes and circular maps, each piece is printed on 100% cotton paper, using eco-friendly inks and recycled packaging. My favourite is the jagged lines of the ‘Wilderness’ print (above) and of course, I would have to say, the minimal letter ‘C’. And at about £27 a pop (for an A4 …

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 …