Archive for April, 2009

Takashi Iwasaki’s Embroideries (and one painting)

Check out Takashi Iwasaki’s wonderfully colourful, Miró-esque abstract paintings – as well as his impressive embroideries.  This man has serious skills!

A selection of his embroideries below (and one painting, for good measure.)




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Petit Bayle

discovered this fantastic holiday rental from The Modern House.  The house, designed by London’s Meld Architecture, is nestled into a hillside in and has great green credentials (including solar panels for hot water, rainwater harvesting for toilets and irrigation, a green roof, and locally sourced materials and labour.)

Also, I have to say that I’m loving all that chipboard.  Anyone fancy a holiday in the French countryside?


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Faceted Trend

There’s definitely a ‘faceted’ trend going around.  Even Habitat’s in on it!  Below are  ‘Carat’ desk lamps from Arihiro Miyake, ‘Rock’ hanging lamps by Diesel ‘Successful Living’ (yes, the clothing label), ‘Crease’ dishes from Voon Wong & Benson Saw, planters from Habitat… and Lady Gaga, of course.

I know I’ve seen more products like these – but alas can’t remember where.  If you see any others send them my way!


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Anyone fancy a picnic?

Check out these fantastic, vintage picnic hampers from The Peanut Vendor. I am totally into the brown one with bakelite cups and saucers!


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Illustrator Nicolas Saunders

Some really nice work from illustrator and screen printer, Nicolas Saunders.  Nicolas has done some really great work with clothing company Howie’s – including their catalogue and in-store graphics.

He’s also worked on the set of the most  recent Harry Potter film, creating products and labels… I’d love to see some of this stuff!

Check out some of Nicolas’ work below…


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Rick Livingston’s Quogue Retreat

I just stumbled on this barn-like, Hamptons house belonging to NYC designer, Rick Livingston.  (I think this could safely be called rustic luxury?)  The structure of this building is amazing – look at that roof and porch!  Personally I’d add a bit more colour to the interior, but the shell of the place is just great, no?

Oh – and I love that collection of wooden ladders.

Images by Martyn Thompson.


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mouse and bean

Glasgow-based textile designers mouse and bean make some exquisite hand-printed fabrics and cushions.  Cushions aren’t an item that usually excite me – but these do!

Check out their other designs here.


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