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Righto, been out of the loop for a wee while thanks to being rather ill so apologies to my regulars, however, I have been busy creating some lovely bits and bobs for the VintageVerity line of products that will be up for grabs at some point this year – so keep your eyes peeled! To ease myself back into the daily blog, I had a wonder around some of my old haunts and was pleasantly surprised by my finds – in particular with Cloudberry Living which, in my opinion, has had a bit of a much-needed revamp and now has some stunning new editions outlined below…
First up is this gorgeous bike basket which comes in black and green and at a very reasonable £69.90 by Design House Stockholm. I think it is top and would rather fancy cycling about Bristol with this fancy pants basket on my wheels.
Next up is the lovely matryoshka teatowel at the top of this post that I spotted on Not On The HightStreet.com – only £8 and if like me you think of such things as art, then you too can frame it (I did this with the ace Ferm Living bird in a cage tea towel in a recent post!
As a fan of the old scandi design, my magpie eye quickly spotted this lovely and unique bread board by ISAK (£22) which would look splendid in my kitchen – there are lots of other pretty designs by the same company – well worth a look.
Now these aren’t just pretty flowers, these are quirky pot rests by Verso Design and they are made of felt so you can save your worktops and keep up the style factor at the same time – £7.50 each.
I totally have a penchant for monochrome and love bold prints, so I have been drooling over the latest edition on the Pedlars website – this gorgeous and striking oilcloth – it comes in stag or rabbit – fabulous! Sizes include 150cm, 200cm, 250cm, 300cm, 350cm (l) x 150cm and prices range from £32 – £72.
So there you have it – lots more on these sites, totally worth a browse! Happy shopping…
I have been coveting some new china recently so this week I set about tracking down some of the pieces that have caught my eye.
I’m a big fan of Emma Bridgewater and her polka dot range is just super sweet – John Lewis stocks the entire collection as well as the rather swish Guzzini crockery – crisp white ceramics with a dash of coloured perspex to brighten it up.
Another cute piece I rather like is the Janice Tchalenko blue flower jug again you can pick one up at John Lewis.
Now I am a Flickr obsessive, I have found some amazing crockery collections: here are some of the inspirational images that make me go mmmmmmmmmmm:
And of course you need some cool coasters to put your pretty mugs on, ne c’est pas? Pedlars has some uber funky vintage versions – but I have my eye on the record coasters – totally retro – sit one of these cool letter mugs on top and you’ll be rocking.
So we have our china, now we require a table cloth –Lisa Stickley does a beautiful range of textiles – I particularly love this red floral oilcloth and these unusual ‘Posh Note’ napkins…
All I need now is some tea and cake…
Oh how I love a good dose of Scandi-chic – it can inject a real calm, streamlined feel to interiors, whether it’s through the simple fabric in pretty red and white check, chic alpine flower prints or bold statement textiles that scream sophisticated style.
Having lived in Holland for a couple of years, I have long loved Dutch designs but more recently I have cast my net further afield and have caught a whole new generataion of Scandi designers that I just have to tell you about. As such, I have taken it upon myself to create a mini guide of designers to watch, places to find these gems and a couple of local haunts to try if you are on the hunt for a dose of Scandi –love (and we’re not talking strapping Swedish hunks in the sauna).
The good, the old and the ones to watch…
We can’t really talk about Scandinavian design without mentioning Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen. Panton, made famous by his chair of the same name, used rich colours and soft lines to create his signature look, while Arne Jacobsen’s striking design and architecture is embodied by his famous Swan chair.
As for the young Scandi upstarts worth keeping an eye on, Sofie Refer and Jacob Staer – are two budding designers that are currently gaining a great deal of press thanks to their jaw-droppingly exquisite lighting accoutrements – in particular their glamorous chandeliers while René Hougaard who goes under the name of Dnmark – is definitley worth noting.
I have also fallen hook line and sinker for the Lily light by Janne Kytanen and Jiri Evenhuis. This is part of a new collection by Freedom of Creation called Materialise while this quirky Yes/No pillow by Nicolette Brunklaus is simple yet striking. See her unusual lampshade designs, reminicent of a Dutch Deborah Bowness
However, we must now move swiftly on to more of the good stuff:
As your first port of call in the Scandi design trail, it is worth checking out The Scandinavian Design Centre this website which has a good overview of Scandi design, however, if you are after fabrics with a difference, Finnish company, Skandium, runs its own sumptuous fabrics and daring design shop called Marimekko – a regular haunt for me – the only problem is deciding which fabric to choose from the extensive collection – I defy you not to love them all. Here a re a few of my pickings:
This Hetkiä fabric with black and grey pattern makes perfect wall candy art. Designed by Maija Louekari, it is very on trend – see my previous post on doodling and illustrations.
Try Unique Interieur for great lamps –
this delicious one, clearly inspired by Panton, looks good enough to eat!Likewise, this happy horse oilcloth, by Susanne Schjerning
is one of my latest finds, she is a serious contender for my top list of all-time great inspirational designers.
While this spring-influenced oilcloth, entitled family tree, by Trine Andersen can be snapped up through Ferm Living (which Trine founded) at around €25 a pop, I reckon it’s a bargain – I expect to have one gracing my kitchen table before too long.
And there’s more…
Nordic Style has all sorts from chairs and tables to fabrics and is great if you are looking for a starting point
Filippa and Co – despite a shop closure, they are still up and running and have a host of original pieces of furniture to tempt the pounds out of your purse
Dutch by Design is one of my faves
Absolut Form offers Danish inspired design
95% Danish, is another one worth favouriting – a fantastic cutting-edge Scandi designers’ site
Elias and Grace have the cutest toys for kids in the signature Scandi style
Scandi Living – another good resource with a host of links and info to designer sites
Ferm Living, as mentioned earlier is a veritable smorgasbord of delicious design treats to get your inspiration flowing…
So there you have it (for now). There are of course plenty of other fab places and if you happen to live in the south west then I recommend a visit to ‘Hanzel und Gretel’ on Brock Street in Bath.
Walking into the shop stuffed to bursting with cookoo clocks is the first treat, as well as the hand-crafted Austrian lace and other fripperies but if you go down stairs there is a little grotto type coffee and strudel bar where the Sound of Music plays and the lights twinkle…a secret space worth visiting.
I advise you to favourite these little beauties so if you are ever in need of a serious dose of design, you can get your fix!