Jane Sews

when i was at the Design Indaba Expo recently there was one stall in the fashion section that was swarming with women – and that was Jane Sews. designer Amy’s range has developed from season to season, something i LOVE seeing in young designers. Jane Sews feels all grown up now, with classic linen pieces, amazing sandals and a cut-out boot to die for, beautiful felt hats and leather bags that made me go ooooh. i hung around for a while feeling up all the pieces, and walked away hoping i will own something from her new range soon. you can shop Jane Sews online or at numerous stockists around the country.

ps: do you like the blog’s new look? Miss Moss is growing up a bit too, i suppose.

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A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.

Tired of a world were photos are so often taken but so rarely given we created free outdoor photo studios on street corners around the country.  The images in this series are from five street studios that were set up in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Woodstock, Blikkiesdorp, Du Noon and Cape Town city center. We invited passing families, individuals and groups of friends to pose at this temporary studio, and they received a free photograph on site to take home with them for their family album.

all images c/o Alexia Webster

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Stokperd

you will remember Monya from Stokperd who made my Peggy cabinet and my Megan coffee table for me (yes, i named them after Mad Men characters). i sent her a few reference images and ideas and she knocked together these beautiful pieces in no time. those pictures are all from my old apartment  - i kinda miss that tiny place! and it was two years ago, unbelievably.

at the moment our current apartment is full of furniture, so there’s no space for something new… but as soon as the need arises i’ll be contacting Monya again. if she’s not TOO busy making new stuff. which she has been, as you can see on her website. i love these new desks that she’s been churning out. well, i do have a new studio space that needs future furnishing. WINK.

she also has a cool blog, and a category called House Envy with some local home tours. check it out!

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A Poster A Day

Alex Proba is a German designer, now based in New York, who spends 30 minutes of her day after work designing a poster – A Poster A Day. she has made 250 so far. the poster designs are a combination of manipulated found imagery and designs and patterns that Alex created herself. i love these kind of self-initiated projects that push already busy creative people to flex creative muscles that might otherwise be neglected in a working environment.

As a designer it is easy to spent a whole day tweaking just one tiny part of a graphic and it’s also easy to never be pleased with the result. I knew that the only way the project could work would be to give myself a 30 minute time limit. It was challenging for me to do this at first and equally difficult to incorporate into my daily routine. Making a poster is now the last thing I do before I head to bed. It’s like brushing my teeth. *

see all of the posters at her tumblr. quote via Sight Unseen, where you can read a great interview with Alex herself.

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Bandelier

Andria Crescioni is the designer behind Bandelier, a southern California based jewellery label that takes inspiration from traditional craft and culture, with each piece made by hand by Andria herself. she graduated from Parsons School of Design and that’s where she became hooked on working with leather as a medium and started experimenting with jewellery making. so she decided to start her own line that was “modern and minimal, but rooted in traditional craft.”

When I’m developing new Bandelier pieces I usually start at the LA central library and get lost.  I’m inspired by industrial design and modern sculpture- right now I’m obsessed with Martin Puryear and Carl Aubock. Then it’s a fluid combination of sampling and sketching until I’m satisfied with the piece. I’m inspired by my surroundings as well- I like to take a drive out to the desert or the mountains near my home when I need to clear my head and re-connect with nature.

you can buy her pieces online at Young & Able or Need Supply Co.
images c/o Bandelier photographed by Andrew Lee. quote c/o of this interview with Andrea at Young & Able.

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Bike Girls

growing up my older brothers had motorbikes, and i thought it was soooooo cool. sometimes they would pick me up from school on one of these tanks and i would feel like like such a bad ass. granted i was not the one steering the motorbike, and i never have had the guts to actually ride one. so whenever i see a woman on a motorbike i think damn, girl. that’s what i thought when i saw these pics of women motorcyclists from 1949, taken by Loomis Dean for Life Magazine. and in an age when it might have been strange to see woman in pants – let alone riding motorbikes – they are pretty bad ass in my book.

images c/o Life Magazine photographed by Loomis Dean.

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An Office

i have had some exciting news to share for a while now, but because this past month was so busy i kinda kept it on the back burner. after working from home for too long i finally found a studio space in the centre of Cape Town – and we move in next month! we being my friend Pauli and i. even though working from home has its obvious perks, it can also be kinda depressing. you have to make an effort to get out of the house, but sometimes it’s not that easy when you’re tied to your computer all day long. i have, of all things, been craving the routine of getting up, getting dressed, and just going to work. walking to the office and grabbing a coffee on the way – these are the weird little rituals i have been missing since working from home.

needless to say i have been hoping to find an affordable studio for a LONG time! i don’t have any pictures of the space to share just yet, but we’re talking wooden floors and white walls and big windows that let a lot of light in. squueeeeeeee.

now there’s the matter of furnishing the place. i know it’s going to be a work in progress for a while, and i probably can only afford a trestle table at this stage… but the dream is always nice! and if there’s one place i can dream, it’s here.


all images c/o of their respective owners. please click  on the links for sources.
you can see more inspiration on my office space pinterest board.

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above: love these glossy white table tops and yellow chairs. c/o Homestyle Magazine photo by Duncan Innes.

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left: the Collector’s Shelving System by Amuneal | right: the Butler Table Lamp by Mia Widlake

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above: the Din Desk by Gompf Kehrer. desk + shelving in one = yes.

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above: offices of 95 Yesler c/o Coco + Kelley

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above: shelf by New Tendency

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above: the Saw Horse Desk by Hedge House

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above: a colourful shelving system / room divider by Raul de la Cerda

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above: absolutely love the colourful studio of Home-Work as featured by The Design Files

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above: hanging desk organizer

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left: faceted planter by Raw Originals | right: pencil holder by Chocolate Creative

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above: the Of A Kind offices

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above: the workspace of Lotta Nieminen

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left: marble bookends by e15 | right: DIY shelf by Scandi Home

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above: foldable shelf by Meike Harde

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above: love these incredible storage + seating pieces by Muller van Severen.

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above: the home office of Madelynn Furlong

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above: home office styling by Trendeser

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above: moodboard of Sarah Sherman Samuel c/o A Beautiful Mess

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left:  pegboard image c/o Zenz Homestore | right: DIY pencil block by Weekday Carnival

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above: love a simple trestle table & the colourful workspace of Katherine of Pichulik c/o Elle Deco

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Nice Things No.19

Nice Things No.19! just click on the images to be taken to the sweet stuff.

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