Lenneke Wispelwey

Lenneke Wispelwey is a dutch ceramicist whose pastel hued porcelain pieces are “inspired by her own memories and found pieces from every day life”. her pieces make me think of modern versions of vases and collectibles i often see in vintage shops. you can shop her collection online at Buiten de Lijntjes. visit her website and facebook page for more.

Her pastel coloured products with mathematic/geometric patterns are the result of a very low-tech way of designing. Lenneke finds a basic, simple approach to techniques and materials very important to communicate her vision and her way of working. She prefers creating a family of products because as an only child she had always a desire for a bigger family.

photos by Buiten de Lijntjes.







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LES by Lesia Paramonova

i’ve briefly featured russian fashion designer Lesia Paramonova by way of Susie Bubble (who is evidently a fan, as she has been snapped in her creations multiple times) and was reminded of her splendid work again by thisispaper – which you should be reading if you aren’t already. her latest collection was released last week on her website.

The uniform became the main inspiration. These are the models of a very simple silhouettes with specific surrealistic prints. The main theme is still the wood, already not so real, but surreal, fairy-like, full of fantastic animals and unusual plants: instead of wings ducks could have leaves, and there suddenly could be mouse growing on blackberry bushes. For this collection I created the prints  by transforming my  illustrations that’s why there is an impression that the prints have been drawn on a fabric with a simple pencil.

While creating this collection, I imagined the teenage girl from the Soviet past, with bows, stockings and in a traditional school uniform. It is, in some way, nostalgia on an image of the Soviet school student, but changed and passed through a prism of modern perception.

 photographs by Elena Kholkina










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Dama and Dig

i was catching up on emails this morning after our internet-less weekend away and a wonderful letter from Anna Fusco was just so awesomely serendipitous & co-incidental, as i had literally just read this book and listened to this podcast.

both are stories of people who one day decided to hit the road and leave their ordinary lives behind – whether it was to go on a quest, or for no particular reason at all but to experience the open road… Anna & Nate are on the same path, having bought a thirty year old camper van and setting off on April 1st “with nothing but our cameras, our dog, the books we couldn’t bear to leave behind, and a new sleeping bag courtesy of my mother.” 

Since then, we’ve been traveling the U.S. without a calendar or a particular destination, living off of canned beans and tortilla chips. I’ve been religiously documenting every step of my wanderlust, the beauty and the breakdowns. Trust me that the van isn’t the only thing having an occasional meltdown. But that’s life, that’s van life, and I like it.

Everywhere we stop, people tell us they wish they could do what we do. I want people, women especially, to know that they CAN live in their VW campers and eat their cake too. I say women in particular because for some time it appeared to me that this was a seemingly male dominated “lifestyle,” attainable only by ex-professionals turned religious surfers (i.e. Foster Huntington, another big inspiration) – not by shrimpy twenty-something city girls too attached to their Swedish Hasbeens to “rough it” and too afraid of big waves to surf.

be sure to follow their adventures at Anna’s blog Dama and Dig. all photos by Anna Fusco.

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River View

we’ve been wanting to visit River View for a long time, and so really had no better excuse to go than to celebrate our anniversary weekend. not being hotel types, we much prefer to find chilled out (and budget friendly) self-catering joints where you can just relax, read, cook, eat and sleep for a few days. luckily you can find so many places that tick those boxes within a few hours from Cape Town.

River View is just outside Calitzdorp, a town in the Klein Karoo that’s a leisurely 4 hour drive from Cape Town along Route 62 (depending on how many stops you make along the way). owners Colin & Bronwyn left the city to set up home in the Matjiesvlei valley, and as every day passed we became more & more envious of their slice of paradise.

if you manage to stay there (and I urge you do) then you’ll no doubt be paid a visit by Jock – the doe-eyed jack russell terrier who strangely always pitches up around eating time… as well as Jessie, the beautiful boer greyhound, who has a bit more style and finesse than old Jock – but i think that’s part of her clever ploy to get doggie treats. we were more than happy to oblige, in exchange for having temporary pets for 3 days.

and now we’re home again, missing it already.

ps: many of you asked in my Kruger Park post what camera and filters I use. those & these were shot with a Canon 5D mark III and edited in Lightroom, making use of VSCO filters when I’m feeling fancy.

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These Things No.46

i think i should do a these things every friday, it’s a nice way to wrap up the week. have a great weekend – we’re taking a road trip to the Karoo to celebrate our anniversary! i’ll try to take photos again like we did at Kruger, it’s always nice to share a bit of south africa with you. have a good one…

photography by Shelbie Dimond:

this dress + these shoes:

an awesome new shoot from Kate + Alix:

leather strap shelves:

a beautiful range by Anna Joyce:

flowers in her hair (imagine how good those smell):

Anthom is a rad new online shop:

perfect fodder for wearing the pants:

DIY mini clothing rail:

Sleep Jones pajamas by Andy Spade:

the home of Hanna Seabrook:

new rings by Wsake:

love everything at Rennes, especially this dress:

and finally, minimalist playing cards by Joe Ducet (genius):

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Kekkilä

my philosophy when it comes to indoor plants is basically “yes please, more is better”. especially if you live in apartment with no outdoor area to speak of. we don’t have a balcony or garden, but i would love to grow herbs in our kitchen – unfortunately it’s a small space that gets no light. also facing the sad fact that we’re running out of sill space for the burgeoning greenery.

that’s why i just love these clever products designed by Linda Bergroth & Klaus Aalto for Kekkilä. that green light is just genius. the nursery shelves and the pot step are also super cool (feels like a DIY idea to steal?) also this lady is clearly having the best time in her flat surrounded by all these amazing plants. i’ll have what she’s having (ahem).

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Chiaozza

we’ve been living in our home for months but still don’t have anything on the walls. we’re those people. there’s plenty of art to put up, but at the moment they’re sorta hanging around, balancing on pieces of furniture and resting on the floor in art limbo. just waiting for their moment. i guess we’re just indecisive, actually hammering a nail into a wall feels like such a huge deal.

but if i had to procure one of these cool A-Frame shelves by Chiazzo, i’d be pulling that hammer out of the bottom kitchen drawer so fast it wouldn’t know what hit it (or what it was about to hit – haha! hammer joke.)

The A-Frames are an exploration into geometry, color and display in the form of functional wall objects. The shelves are inspired by a Danish folk design from the island of Amager, near Copenhagen, and are hand-cut with traditional woodworking saws. Assembled using simple wooden lap joints and no glue, the frames can be taken apart and flat-packed for transport. The shelves are hung on a nail and can be used for displaying arrangements of small objects on a wall.

buy them at their big cartel or etsy stores.

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Olive Thomas

if there’s one thing i’m super picky about, fashion wise, it’s shoes. as a result i only have one pair of boots, one pair of sandals, one pair of loafers… it’s just so hard for me to find shoes i really love that i can actually, ahem, afford. most of the time i just don’t want to sacrifice quality just because the price is right, so i tend to steer clear of high street options.

Maya Levi is a shoe designer from Israel whose line Olive Thomas features practical & unique shoes that are all hand made in small batches, which you can see in her SS 2013 collection. she also recently did a mini spring collection called Two by Two with matching tees (love those horses). check out her website & online shop for more.

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