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Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

Anatomy Design is one of my absolute favourite design companies in South Africa. they are the geniuses behind some incredible products, and boast an interior design portfolio that makes me weak at the knees. they recently completed some outstanding work for The Blueberry Café in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, including refreshing the interior, the product range and the café’s brand identity. i asked founder Andrea Kleinloog about the inspiration behind the project.

Blueberry Cafe is this little hidden gem in the KZN midlands. We decided to overhaul the traditional idea of a ‘sweet country café’. So we painted the walls a crisp bone colour, painted all the steel work of the traditional shelves black (it’s normally rust red). We designed elemental shelving units that were literally made by the farm welder. They are so simple, but came out fantastically.

We wanted to create an interesting, curious space, with a retail element that offers the best available, not just what is easy to get. We had great fun toying with beautiful and fragile botanical logos/packaging elements – and even found the most remarkable set of prints from an antique store. Another great extension of the design language was being able to develop a whole range of home-ware for them – plates, crockery, tea towels.

the creative team also included Wendy Dixon (branding and graphics), Mia Widlake (product development & styling) and chef Bianca Davies, who developed the new menu. Photography by Samantha Maber.

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Fort Standard

if you have read this blog for any length of time you will be familiar with Fort Standard, who are known for their awesome bottle openers, and with photographer Brian W. Ferry – both who i have featured a number of times. so Brian shot the new line of home products by the talented duo (they are friends in real, actual life), a wonderful collaboration if i ever did see one. you can see Fort Standard’s new products here – i particularly LOVE those marble platters.

Fort Standard is a contemporary Industrial Design studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Their collaborative work is an ever-evolving dialog between their unique perspectives and their shared approach to progressive design thinking. Working primarily in long lasting natural materials, their approach to design is often geared towards using traditional production methods in innovative ways. Having developed a distinct form language rooted in simplicity and functionality, their attention to detail, connections and materiality generate value through design in what Buntain and Collings describe as a “warm-contemporary” aesthetic.

photography by Brian W. Ferry.  art direction: Monica Nelson. products: Fort Standard.

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The Garden Edit

oooh boy did i go down the proverbial rabbit hole when i discovered The Garden Edit. i don’t think i have ooh’d and aah’d so much in a while. first of all, what a BEAUTIFUL site. second of all, what a DREAMY shop. founded by English gardener John Tebbs, The Garden Edit sports a collection of products for, and inspired by, the garden – bringing together a modern collection of products that embody functionality, timelessness and beauty. those copper bird feeders by Vasse Vaught are something else! and they even stock those lovely illustration by Alicia Galer, who i blogged about last year.

John launched The Garden Edit in the winter of 2013. With many of his working days held hostage to the weather, he decided to make the most of the downtime and embark on sourcing and selling the things he loves. The collection reflects John’s personal aesthetic – minimal, well-designed products from craftspeople, artists, publishing houses and family run businesses.

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Saana ja Olli

Saana Sipilä and Olli Sallinen are a couple from Finland who met at a music festival, started dating, studied textile design together and then launched a range of sustainably produced textiles under the name Saana ja Olli. for their new collection Olli cites the influences of small town living as a great inspiration, as well as the 90s TV show Northern Exposure which left a lasting impression on him. you can buy all their wares at their online shop.

The Villi Pohjola collection (lit. The Wild Northland) is inspired by days spent in a summer house in the Finnish archipelago. The closeness of the sea and small dreamy seaside towns influenced the hand drawn print.

Photos by Unto Rautio

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Madelynn Furlong’s Apartment

i just could not resist sharing the incredible apartment of Madelynn Furlong that was featured by The Everygirl (which, as it turns out, has a plethora of amazing home tours on this new-to-me blog – duly bookmarked). Madelynn is a stylish & talented 24-year-old who is an assistant designer at Target, a stylist with Hackwith Design House and blogger at Wide Eyed Legless. her home, shared by husband Caylon and pooch Benzel, is the ultimate example of creating a beautiful space on a budget. wow, wow, wow.

read the entire story at The Everygirl. photography by Wing Ta.

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Clay Opera

sweet fired things by Clay Opera.

I am passionate for clay, glazes and paints. Each mug, salter or plater coming out of my workshop has its own story, different inspiration. Each of my items has its indvidual character that I want to share with their future owners. At the start of XXth century, writer Nadezhda Mandelstam announced the beginnign of an era of ugly things. I would love to bring back the beauty in everyday things, soap dishes, sugar-bowls, butter churns…

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Prints

i’ve been doing some gift guides (i hope they have been helpful?) but my favourite gift to give has always been a print or framed artwork of some kind. when i was a poor student this was always my solution for cash-strapped gift-giving. find a beautiful print (beg, borrow, steal, copy) pop it into an inexpensive frame and you usually have a very happy gift-receiver on the other end. but you don’t have to go to the same desperate extremes as i did – just buy a nice print. here are some i like.

Mr & Mrs print by Black and Type Shop:

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HEY Posters by Kyuhyung Cho:

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 Fox Trot by Alicia Makes:

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Gelataology Prints by Studio Fludd:

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Black Bouquet prints by Tad Carpenter:

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Metallic Prints by Yield Design Co:

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Let It Go print by Ricardo Garcia:

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Prints by Hysj:

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Prints by Anna Dorfman:

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Phases of the Moon print by The Adventures of:

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Network print by bastisRIKE:

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A Black Cat by Hello Jenuine:

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Prints by Anne Ulku:

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A Teapot’s Dream by Oana Befort:

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Prints by Christopher Dina:

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My Food is all Natural by Retro Whale:

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Behind the Bed

we currently have this huuuge expanse of white wall behind our bed that’s so bare and sad. i’m just glad i can’t see it when i’m actually lying in bed. but we all know it’s there. what do do? hang a huge painting, perhaps? or lotsa little paintings? or drill some holes and put up a shelf? or a tapestry? or some cool wall sconces? or ALL OF THE ABOVE? we only have one bedroom, so we’re going to have to choose carefully…

source: hus & hem

source: phorm design life

source: objets mécaniques

source: atlanta homes & lifestyle

source: simon james design

source: des chaises en couleur

source: stadshem

source: sally england

source: my scandinavian home

source: david + sarah

source: joanna lavén

source: bolig

source: schoolhouse electric

source: elina dahl

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