i really do enjoy making these collage versions of my these things round-ups, even though the image ends up so looooooong… you guys will just have to deal because – look! how pretty! this is These Things no.49.
i know a lot of people have been complaining about the new flickr (oh don’t you hate it when a service you use just does something like that without warning) – but personally i only use it to browse other people’s work, and i am really enjoying the new photostreams. large, lovely pictures that i can get lost in. especially the work of photographer Robert Kaczyński, whose beautiful film photography will make you momentarily forget everything else.
Plümo sources artisanal, hand made products from all over the world that are original in design, beautifully crafted and a little different from what you usually see. They work with artisans, co-operatives from Africa to Asia, designers that have just come out of college and any kind of creative people that just make beautiful things. their latest collection was inspired by a Sicily.
oh! it seems that i skipped last friday for a These Things round-up. i just… i just don’t know where the days are going. my mom kindly reminded me the other day that the wedding is 20 weeks away (cue this face) – but it felt like just last month that we got engaged. mmm. so, you know, such is life. let’s not think about it, and concentrate on these things no.48 instead.
i have been inspired by Thisispaper for a long time, and often reference it as one of the best out there when anyone asks me what my favourite design blogs are. it is so well curated, with a clear aesthetic thread that pulls everything together. so i was thrilled when creators Alexander and Zuzanna contacted me yesterday to share their recent Thisispaper Shop launch – which they have been teasing regular readers with for some time! says Alexander,
Can Lis is the Majorcan home of Danish architect Jørn Utzon (who designed a little something called the Sydney Opera House, amongst other things). it was built in 1972 using traditional Majorcan building methods & local materials, and was designed to embrace the day-to-day life of his family. recently renovated and restored, it now serves as a refuge for working architects & artists. so if you’re keen to take some creative time out on the Balearic Islands you might consider applying for one of their residency programmes.
when i think about how little i have travelled in Africa, a continent i’ve lived on for the better part of 30 years, i am actually pretty ashamed of myself. part of that can be to blame on the fact that i’m just a little bit of a lazy traveller. it’s easy to jump on a plane and book into hotels or backpackers in Europe. it’s just easy. (saving up for that flight to europe is not to easy, though). Africa is hard, in more ways than one. you need to have a pinch of the adventurer in you to deal with the interesting modes of transport and long drives, or dodgy bus trips, to get where you want to go. but once you’re there… man, is it worth it.
i thought it was great timing to show you the work of Ren Rox since Flickr has just been given a design update (and everyone gets 1 terabyte free storage, which is pretty cool). so now you can browse her work with lovely big pictures and endless scrolling – the way all photostreams should be viewed.
i am a huge fan of Heidi Swanson’s amazing food blog 101 Cookbooks – and i’m sure you are too – but i only recently discovered her beautiful photography (other than her food photography, of course). she is a super talented lady, with a new york times bestselling cookbook and wonderfully curated online shop Quitokeeto. check out more of her photos at flickr.