so i have been keeping one eyeball on Hem – a new online shop that’s sort of positioning itself like the Everlane or Warby Parker of furniture. high-end design that’s simple, affordable, beautiful and designed to last. they are currently taking pre-orders on their debut collection.
More & Co. is a little shop that deals in everyday objects – “the ones that surround us, the ones we reach for again and again”. every few months they release a new collection based on a theme or a certain set of ideas. Two Feet On The Ground is their latest.
sadly the only time i ever buy a magazine these days is when i am about to get on a flight and i know i’m going to be without wi-fi for the next few hours (also, i recently dropped & broke my trusty kindle so now that option has flown out of the proverbial window seat). i’ll get 2 or 3 lady mags from the usual selection at the airport book store, and then flip through them – slowly – so as to pass the time. but inevitably i find myself sitting there with nothing to do because, well, they’re just not my thing. there has been a quiet resurgence of intelligent print magazines in the last few years, most started by sets of like-minded people who are unsatisfied with what’s currently out there, and many are self-funded in today’s print-is-dead-all-hail-the-internet climate. this is exactly what Roxanne Fequiere (editor-in-chief) and Allison o’Shea (creative director) set out to do with Golly. and, together with an amazing team, they’ve succeeded.
i discovered california based furniture designer & artist Sean Woolsey through FvF who did a great profile of his home yesterday. what really intrigued me was his website that showcases his pieces in such a fun way. it’s so normal to see designer furniture in a cold and static setting, but seeing a kid in spiderman costume pouring cereal milk onto the surface of a beautiful table is so rad. i also really love his artwork, which he creates on cold rolled sheet metal & mixed materials including paints, patinas and water based acids.
it’s funny that i have never done any kind of house tour, but the truth is our place is not pinterest worthy. not that it has to be. i could show you pics of the dishes in the sink and the weird basket i keep under the bathroom cabinet that’s filled with toiletries that are probably 5 years old (but i can’t seem to bring myself to throw away? what’s with that). but, you know, it’s not that cool. we don’t live in a magazine house and we probably never will.
i was lucky enough to spend an evening at India House (so named for the bright blue old wooden door brought from Gujarat, India), a self-catering cottage in the Bastiaanskloof at the bottom of the Bainskloof Pass, less than 2 hours from Cape Town. the setting is so amazing that the beautiful decor and luxury finishes of the house itself are kind of just a bonus. not that anyone would complain about that swimming pool or lounging around on huge comfortable couches all day long. just beware of the baboons.