Living

Gypsya Rugs

i have a beautiful Turkish rug in the studio that always gets a lot of comments on Instagram. i never have the heart to tell people that’s it’s one of a kind and that, unfortunately, you have to go to Turkey to get one – so i’m always on the lookout for where to get nice carpets, locally and online. Gypsya has just added some wonderful rugs to their collection – especially love the thick woollen ones. i have been wanting to get a berber type rug for ages… might have to take the plunge. you can buy at their online shop or etsy shop.

Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs

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Nancybird SS15

i can always count on the Australians to be on the same wavelength as us. weather wise, at least. i often get emails from overseas people who then round off with, “hope you’re enjoying the summer!” well it’s winter here, actually. hope you’re enjoying your summer, though! the Aussies and the rest of us southern hemispheareans are dreaming of summer. even a winter baby like me, i am quite cheerful these days when the sun comes out.

so the SS15 collection from Australian label Nancybird is quite nice to look at right about now. especially those sandals. look out for it later this year.

Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15
Nancybird SS15

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The Fagans

hello! please excuse the radio silence since last week, but we just got back from an epic road trip (which you might have noticed on Instagram, more on that tomorrow) so there is a LOAD of catching up to do around here! and what better way than sharing a beautiful home of two inspirational people – a place i am quite familiar with and have been dying to visit myself.

Gwen and Gawie Fagan are a somewhat legendary local couple who have a home called Die Es (The Hearth) in Camps Bay that they designed and built themselves in 1965. Gawie is an incredibly accomplished architect with a career spanning over 6 decades. Gwen was a medical doctor who changed professions and joined Gawie’s architectural firm in 1969 as a historical researcher & landscape planner. in 1995 she received her PhD in landscape architecture. they have 3 honorary doctorates between the two of them. they’re both almost 90 and haven’t stopped working.

in short: legends.

so it was really nice to see their home featured on FvF recently, interviewed and photographed by local photography couple Antonia Heil and Desmond Louw. Die Es is regularly open for architectural tours, which you can find out about here.

The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw
The Fagans, Cape Town. Photographed for Freunden von Freunden by Antonia Heil & Desmond Louw

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Paradise is Here

Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) was probably the first south african whose work i saw on international design blogs back in the day. which makes me immensely proud, especially because she is such a lovely and hardworking person. if you follow her on Instagram you will see how she notices design in every day life, and this kind of constant exploration is what makes a creative person’s work great. her new collection Paradise is Here launched last night, and it was this exact exploration of the world around her that influenced the designs.

Following a recent trip to Tokyo, Heather Moore’s eyes were opened to the importance of plants in the city environment. Inspired by her surroundings, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between concrete spaces and urban foliage, she set to work on a new Skinny laMinx fabric collection. Paradise is Here expresses the energy and exuberance of city plants, and how they afford us respite, escape, encouragement, and an opportunity for expression. Their zig-zag softening of hard lines, the gentle shade they make, the exuberant wildness they evoke as they grow from sidewalk fissures, all help us to remember that we’re not machines in this relentless urban world.

you can shop online at her south african store or international store, or visit her shop.

Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here

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Casa No Tempo

Casa No Tempo is an old family farm situated on 400 hectares just outside Lisbon, Portugal, that was renovated by João and Andreia Rodrigues (along with design firm Aires Mateus) and turned into sparse yet luxe bed and breakfast accommodation. it reminds me of some of the old farms you see in South Africa, the ideal place to getaway to in my opinion. also, that pool!

Casa No Tempo has been in the family for many years. It was our granddad’s will that we look after it until the next generation. Being aware of his vision we tried to aim higher, connecting the past with the coming future,  leaving out the marks of time, in search for a peaceful and timeless place.

Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo
Casa No Tempo

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Moving Mountains

the very talented Syrette Lew of Moving Mountains just released some new pieces that debuted at this year’s NY Design Week. that Confetti Credenza is on a-n-o-t-h-e-r level. i actually gasped when i saw it. you can see all her work on her website – including descriptions of each piece.

The name Moving Mountains is both an allusion and tribute to the Hawaiian archipelago and its imperceptible movement northwestward. In fact, all mountains are moving on this planet but the Hawaiian Islands are possibly the most explicit example of this geological phenomena. Though born and raised in Hawaii, Syrette Lew managed to find her way to yet another island 5000 miles away. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

check out my first two posts about Moving Mountains. ceramic sculptures by Keiko Narahashi.

Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains

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David Vu

David Vu is a designer and craftsman based in New York whose furniture i really love.

After studying photography and sculpture, making props for photographs and sculptures inflected with ideas from photography, I found that my fascination was with the objects themselves. Since then I have been making a wide range of objects, replacing the poorly made and designed things in my life with items that I’ve made myself.

David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu
David Vu

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Studio Arhoj

remember those insanely cute ceramic Ghosts i posted about? well i revisited Studio Arhoj to see what they’ve been up to, and luckily for us there is a new SS 2014 collection to peruse. founded by Anders Arhoj in Tokyo in 2006, the studio is now based in Copenhagen. they make all sorts of interesting pieces each with a story behind them.

In addition to exploring the relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture we are interested in keeping alive traditions and knowledge about old crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction. We are in love with the honesty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can produce, creating objects that are both affordable and unique.

they do not sell online, so for stockists visit their website.

Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj

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Sheepskin

sheepskin is like the rug version of the birkenstock. it’s everywhere , and i love it. it’s one of those boho Megan-Draper’s-house-in-LA kind of thing that’s been around f-o-r-e-v-er (like macrame, or hand-woven tapestries) but now it’s ever so casually draped on a leather butterfly chair like it’s no big deal. oh that old thing? everyone is super cool about it.

i’ll never forget visiting friends of my parents when i was a kid, they had a mid-century modern house on a hill with a huge sheepskin rug that practically filled the lounge. i used to lie on that rug and dream about living in that house forever (they eventually sold it! waaah) perhaps one day we’ll have our own beautiful house, in which case i might get floor to floor sheepskin carpeting (not really, yes really). for now, here is some inspiration and places to buy sheepskin if you’re so inclined.

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

above sources: 1. Mark Neely and Paul Kefalides’ living room in Dwell // 2. Jessica Comingore’s home on Design Sponge // 3. Madelynn Furlong’s home on The Every Girl // 4. Jasmine & Justin’s home at Refinery29 // 5. Anna Liesemeyer’s home, In Honor of Design // 6. Wakako’s home, Modern Findings // 7. Home of Leah Bartholomew, The Design Files

and here’s where you can buy them! just click on the images to be taken to the shop. if you’re not into the real thing there are plenty of faux fur options around.

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Swedish Dala Horse

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Dwell Studio

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Idyll Home

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Black Sheep White Light

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Rockett St George

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Toast

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at The Forest and Co

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Design Within Reach

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Bellacor

Sheepskin // Miss Moss

at Horchow

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