Hirashima

we are thinking about a house. i mean, just starting the process… in our minds. i know it can take months or years for anything to come to fruition – and i always try to be pragmatic about these things and not get TOO excited (don’t go breakin’ my heart!) but everything inside me wants a little house somewhere. just a little garden and space for a dog and… other things that crawl around. i suppose that is the dream of anyone who grew up in the suburbs, and transplanted their adult life to a city – where space is limited and comes at a price. but sometimes i also think, well, we could live in an apartment forever.

and if we did, we’d just have to be clever about space. i thought about how possible it was when i saw this furniture by Japanese company Hirashima. if there are any people in the world who are very clever about space, and design, and minimalism – it’s the Japanese.

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Association

i distinctly remember really loving & pinning away the beautiful Portland home of John and Jen Vitale that was featured on Freunde von Freunden last year. so imagine my delight (more things ought to be delightful) when Jen emailed me about their new venture Association - a lifestyle shop that offers items made by their friends and fellow creatives.

Association is us. We collaborate with friends, fellow creatives and artists to offer you a carefully curated selection of unique, quality goods, both new and found, that are a reflection of a shared appreciation for living an intentional lifestyle.

you can browse their new launched online shop, which includes new and vintage goods like ceramics, apothecary, textiles, jewellery, vinyl and a small selection of clothing – notably these rad smocks (which you can see in the lookbook) by State The Label. they also sell their own brand of handmade cutting boards, leather wallets and driftwood + clay mobiles that are handmade by Jen & her husband John.

photography by Carissa Gallo.

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Bandelier: Collection II

even though i posted about Bandelier not even a few weeks ago, i thought the newly launched lookbook for Collection II aka Fall 2014 (the disparity in seasons confuse me, too) would be a nice way to wrap up the week. have a great weekend, everybody.

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Yo Vintage! Spring!

i noticed yesterday that a lot of people were tweeting Spring! Spring! and this coincided with a lot of new lookbooks in my inbox celebrating the change in seasons (coincidentally i wore BOOTS this week for the first time in months so i am equally happy).

Yo Vintage has just released their fun new Spring lookbook as well, featuring the usual vintage goodness (you HAVE to browse their vintage section – they has such great pieces) and also featuring new bags by designers Falconwright and Primecut.

photography by Endless Wild.

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Archist

since it’s a bit of a design slash art history day around here – i dig these clever Archist posters by Italian architect & designer Federico Babina, where he imagines what buildings by 27 famous artists would look like (Architect + Artist – get it!)

the important question is – which of these building would you actually want to live in? i think walking into Keith Haring’s dog house every day would put a big smile on my face. otherwise i’d have to go for Duchamp’s building, for sheer wack factor.

all images c/o  Federico Babina. see them all here. buy any of these as a print on Society6.

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Elis Kauppi

i thought i would delve into some design history today, for a change, mostly because i want to learn & teach myself about these things. so much of the awesome creativity i share on the blog is likely influenced by someone or something, and it’s always good to go back and see who was groundbreaking in their field, becoming design heroes in a sense.

Elis Kauppi

if there’s one design field i do not know much about, it’s jewellery. so today our design hero is Elis Kauppi, a Finnish designer born in 1921 (d. 2004) who was at the forefront of the modernist jewellery movement in Finland.

In 1945, at age 24, Kauppi founded his renowned jewelry workshop, Kupittaan Kulta, in Turku, Finland. Part of a younger generation of makers which would forever change the face of jewelry design, Kauppi was driven to innovate by both the difficult circumstances of war and a desire to push past accepted standards of jewelry design at the time. He was one of the first to use local stones such as granite and spectrolite, which were elevated in status and incorporated into unique designs in fresh and innovative way. Attention to simplicity and form was the order of the day. A true modernist, Kauppi’s designs emphasize abstraction, rejecting the popular forties naturalistic flower and leaf designs. With strong focus on craftsmanship and integrity of design, his bold creations remain strikingly relevant today. *

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it’s possible that you might look at these pieces and think, “well, i see stuff like this now a days!” (i do give people more credit than that, but you never know) that’s of course because Kauppi and his Modernist contemporaries – not just in Finland, but all over the world - set the stage for modern jewellery design.

These forward thinking artisans rejected the traditional European designs of the time which included the rigid geometry of art deco and the popular ornate decorative trends. These early modernist jewelry designers created vibrant, exciting and fresh pieces where form, workmanship and esthetic ideals were more important then intrinsic materials. Using brass, copper, wood, silver, found materials, stones, etc., they created bold and expressive sculptural forms never before seen in jewelry design. *

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you can find and buy his pieces on Etsy, eBay, 1stDibs, Bukowskis and a few other modernist speciality shops & vintage collectors online including HopeaSamantha Howard Vintage, Gråsilver, Welsh Elliott Modernism and Decopedia.

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 all the images in this post are courtesy of the websites mentioned and linked to above.

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Sabrina Arnault

there are a few professions / talents in this world that i am always supremely envious of. one is furniture maker slash woodworker (this would be my dream job if anyone ever asks me) and the other is illustrator. it never ceases to amaze me when i come across a talented illustrator whose voice and style are uniquely their own. how do they do it! i say. or sigh, rather. my latest discovery is Sabrina Arnault, a french illustrator based in Montreal.

Sabrina Arnault is a French illustrator who lives in Barcelona Montreal. She works in her little, cosy studio but when sunny days come, she likes to draw on her terrace surrounded by plants and cactuses. All she needs to work are pencils, black ink pens, paper, a ruler, her iMac, a cup of tea and good music. *

images c/o Sabrina Arnault. you can buy her work at Society6. quote c/o Sir.

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California Dreaming

the latest issue of Kinfolk is dedicated to Home, and it is my favourite issue so far without a doubt. when it arrived i asked people on Instagram where they call home, and it’s amazing to see where all my readers are from – thank you!

one of my favourite stories was this feature on California couple Hannah Henderson, John Moore and their kids who live in a 1975 Venice Beach house, a short walk from the ocean and their shop General Store (see pics of their rad shop at Refinery29).

It’s very much a California boy and desert girl home. John is very connected to the ocean, and I’m influenced by my mom, who is a midwife in Arizona. She always had a great respect for everything natural like plants, sun and fabrics. You can see that in our house.

images & words courtesy of Kinfolk, buy the latest issue here. photos by We Are The Rhoads.

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