I discovered this amazing website yesterday, a real treasure trove, full of delights especially so if you have to buy a present for a baby. Bianca and Family also restore furniture. Look at the beautiful school desks that were featured on Apartment Therapy.
The magnets above reminded me of a few things which I’ve seen that are as kitsch and I love. I went to Saigon earlier this year and spotted the selection of toys below.
Last week I went to see Walking In My Mind and was delighted to look into Yoshitomo Nara‘s student shack and his display of toys and dolls.
What I really want to get is these earrings from Les Nereides‘s diffusion line, N2 which are also available as a brooch and cute hair grips.
But if wearing kitsch is not for you, there is always decoration. This wallpaper from Nono fits the bill.
Or buy this beautiful tree designed by Millicent & Frank. Although I think it’s the little deers that complete the look.
Mhari McMullan makes beautiful things. She does this best with doilies. I particularly like the idea of making a lot of different doily art and displaying them on the wall like you would with china. Look at the doily art individually- each one is so different.
She also creates some really delicate pieces using doilies, including a postcard for Lula.
Check her website for more beautiful works.
I can’t get enough of disco. This morning I walked into work listening to Danny Wang’s Bodytonic Live and thought that it was time to see who were the latest to mix or feature in Bodytonic‘s Live or Mix.
Horse Meat Disco‘s mix is full of sweet tunes and even features Share The Night which was one of the best tracks on Metro Area’s Fabric 43. Get it here and get ready for le weekend.
What started as a lazy Sunday afternoon project to help Guy with a pitch, turned on a switch in me and from the little felt heart pins above, I decided to try out something else. I already had the stuffing, all I needed was a sit down with a needle and some thread.
I was going to make a monkey but as I was making it, it became a little monster holding a felt heart. A friendly monster. A love monster.
You wouldn’t really be able to build a castle on these clouds but cardboard boxes do provide shelter for many homeless people.
This exhibition in the Norwegian Centre of Design and Architecture (DogA) is designed by architects from Fantastic Norway studio and features a giant pixelated cardboard cloud.
The exhibition is environmental and budget-friendly. Running until August 23, the boxes will be taken down and recycled.
One to go to if you find yourself in sunny Oslo. via Dezeen
I’ve been meaning to blog about these crayon rings for awhile now. I found some time today to do so. They are designed by Timothy Liles a Boston based designer whose day job is with Converse.
These rings are cast in washable crayon and are sold as a set of 8 and available to buy onThe Future Perfect. Great for the sudden creativity attack and for making like a kid again and drawing on some walls.
Origami is mathematical magic. With a few precise and determined folds, paper can be turned into boxes, animals, flowers and anything else you can think of. One of the appeals of origami is of course the pretty paper that look like they could be swatches for beautiful kimono fabric. But for today I would like to throw some shapes your way.
I’ve dabbled and mostly failed in origami. The only thing I managed to learn was how to fold a crane. It still didn’t stop me from thinking about where we can go with origami. Fashion designers have used origami pleats and folds to create interesting lines and give detail to their creations.
I’ve picked out ones I like best, including a Roland Mouret top that is on sale on net-a-porter and a John Galliano gown with origami cranes. On the other end of the spectrum, Gareth Pugh’s AW08/09 collection goes beyond origami cranes to create his designs that have been nicknamed scarigami.
And if you rather have some origami jewellery, Parisians Claire Naa and Arnaud Saulignac have designed some amazing pieces. My favourite is perhaps the gold rhinoceros pendant below.