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
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Studio Arhoj
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Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
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Art Socks

you’ve probably spotted Kate Brien’s feet here and there – since she’s been featured on Vogue and, well, who else matters right? Kate is a stylist, and her fashionable feet appear regularly on her tumblr View from the Topp. Vogue recently asked her to style a killer sock collection in honour of the NY Frieze Art Fair last month. the socks in question are by The Sock Drawer – they have an entire range of Art Socks for your feet. i particularly love Frida and Gauguin.

photographs by David Kitz, styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer.

Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.
Art Socks! styling by Kate Brien for Vogue. socks by The Sock Drawer. photographs by David Kitz.

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Lee Coren

you may remember my post last year about designer Lee Coren who makes such beautiful textiles. Lee has just released her latest collection, which was inspired by a trip to Italy.

The collection was inspired almost completely by an 8 hours stop at Rome, Italy, on my way back from a trip to the USA, and is constructed on the melding of urban surroundings and dreamy escapism. The collection features handmade screen printed fabrics as well as original prints from scenery captured on camera that transformed into versatile essentials, built to last but never boring.

the pieces are all Vegan friendly. shop here or on Etsy. lookbook photographs by Aya Wind.

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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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Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats

when i was a kid i did ballet (which was short lived) and modern dancing. i was not good at either, but it was one of the few extra-mural exercise focused activities that i didn’t totally hate, and even though i have never been the most athletic person i at least had some rhythm (more so when i have had a few drinks – granted) so i just kept doing it cause it was fun. at some point it became no fun, mostly because the other girls were simply better than me, and my modern dancing teacher remarked that i was “the most inflexible person she’s ever taught”. which, as a kid, STUNG. i can barely touch my knees, let alone my toes, so yeah i am completely fucking inflexible – you don’t need to tell me that, lady!

anyway all those memories came streaming back when i saw these pictures taken by Hans Wild for LIFE Magazine at a school for acrobats, Gymnase Saulnier, in Paris, 1947. i haven’t been able to find any more information on it, but i am assuming the instructor is one Monsieur Saulnier. i bet he would have done something about my inflexibility instead of chiding me for it (okay, maybe a little bit of chiding). if anyone can shed any light on these photos, please do!

edit: Thank you to Sophie for finding out more information! she commented,

Le Père Saulnier was called the “girls breaker” because he was really strict with his students. You can see that the front door in the last picture is still in Paris, it’s in the 16 rue Véron. I found this information on this website (in french). They say that the main actress learn gym with him ! (and that this film is terrible, except for the gym part…)

Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats
Gymnase Saulnier, School for Acrobats

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Kordal

Mandy Kordal is a designer from Brooklyn who started her eponymous knitwear label Kordal after working for ready-wear biggies like JCrew (amongst others). her spring 2014 collection is a combination of great basics and interesting pieces like a knitted jumpsuit (!) and delicate drop stitch vests and tanks. shop it online here.

Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear
Kordal Knitwear

 

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Wintervacht

Wintervacht is a Dutch company by young designers Yoni van Oorsouw and Manon van Hoeckel that is known for their repurposed woollen blankets that they make into beautiful coats (could do with one of those now, it was really COLD for the first time in Cape Town yesterday). for their spring collection they have taken to repurposing vintage cotton curtains into pieces that have made way for the Dutch sunshine. visit their online shop.

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Milk & Paper

do you ever daydream about living an alternate life? the one i often have is that i reside on some beautiful island in Greece (100% influenced by this book) and i bake my own bread and drink wine at 11am and carry fruit in a straw basket and i’m perpetually tanned and i just wear natural cottons and linens. no? just me then. well - that’s how i felt my life could be like when i saw these beautiful bags and baskets by Milk & Paper.

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