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Sean Woolsey

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.

Wabi-Sabi, a Japanese philosophy, is a large influence on my work and life. It recognizes a beauty of things imperfect which bear the imprint of time. Wabi Sabi is about the minor and the hidden, the tentative and the ephemeral. It finds true beauty in the organic. My art is inspired by my travels and photos that I take while traveling around the world and documenting my adventures. Every art piece comes with a print of the photo that I took that inspired me to make it, whether it be the colors, patterns, textures, or memory.

Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey
Sean Woolsey

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These Walls

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.

but i do enjoy sharing the occasional snippet on instagram, when i have tidied and the light is hitting some magical corner of the flat just at the right moment. i decided to put all our art and prints up on the bare walls last week – so, here are some of our nice corners.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

this is the wall above our dining room table – the biggest and most intimidating one of all. i rearranged those pics about 20 times before deciding on an arrangement. then i left them for 24 hours before finally thinking, okay that’ll do. even now i’m not 100% sure about it. but the beauty is i can always rearrange them. some of the artists pictured from left to right: Andrzej Urbanski, bird print by João Lelo, unknown graphic artist, painting of Paris by my dad, goodbye winter print by Jordan Metcalf, heart cut-outs by Karen Cronje, lion around by Katrin Coetzer.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

our entrance hallway. notice my hair brush peeking out of the right corner. that kind of crap is always lying around the flat, i can’t even manage to hide it when i’m trying to take a nice picture. the big gold frame was found at a charity shop, and i printed out the vintage poster on the cheap. embroidered Girl with a Pearl Earring also found at a charity shop.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

this is the sentimental wall in our lounge. thumb prints from our wedding, two photographs from our recent road trip, wooden bench inherited from Anton’s gran, statue of Diana / Artemis given to me by Anton’s mom (who got it from her mother-in-law), photo from our wedding, etc.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

Anton’s reading / TV watching chair, which we got from Space for Life.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

the huge print was a gift from my friend Jessica who inherited from the previous owners of her old restaurant. the shelves are from Vamp.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

our decidedly unglamorous bedroom wall, complete with mismatched side tables and bedside lamps! notice all the books on Anton’s side and zero on mine. pillows from Nest in stellenbosch.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

my “dressing table”. print from Fieldguided. painting by my talented sister-in-law given to me for my bridal shower (she knows i love Frida). mirror from Vamp.

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India House

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.

you can see more pics of the house and its lovely interior here. all photos by me.

Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House
Miss Moss // India House

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Lina Rennell

how is it that i only learned about Lina Rennell today? all i know is that i haven’t wanted a beanbag since i was in varsity, but now i sure do.

Driven by optical passions and an addiction to excellence in textiles, Lina Rennell is a high-casual women’s wear and textile label based in Northern California. Launched in 2009 by Angelina Rennell, a true wild child and daughter of Los Gatos, California. The Rennell line is an art brand with a heavy focus on original print work, old world USA production, craft and tailoring.

she is stocked at a number of places, but you can buy her stuff online at Beklina.

Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell
Lina Rennell

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Archive New York

Archive New York was started by textile designer Amira Marion, who creates digital collections from vintage and antique fabric remnants. they hunt down rare & unique textiles and transform them into these colourful silk prints. how cool is that?

For the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection, Dream States, we turned to classic Guatemalan woven textiles for our inspiration. In our second collection: ARCHIVE NY HANDMADE, we worked with the non-profit Maya Traditions and its local weavers in Panajachel, Guatemala, to recreate some of our favorite traditional textiles.

check out their collections and browse their online shop.

Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY

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Gypsya Rugs

i have a beautiful Turkish rug in the studio that always gets a lot of comments on Instagram. i never have the heart to tell people that’s it’s one of a kind and that, unfortunately, you have to go to Turkey to get one – so i’m always on the lookout for where to get nice carpets, locally and online. Gypsya has just added some wonderful rugs to their collection – especially love the thick woollen ones. i have been wanting to get a berber type rug for ages… might have to take the plunge. you can buy at their online shop or etsy shop.

Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs
Gypsya Rugs

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Paradise is Here

Skinny laMinx (aka Heather Moore) was probably the first south african whose work i saw on international design blogs back in the day. which makes me immensely proud, especially because she is such a lovely and hardworking person. if you follow her on Instagram you will see how she notices design in every day life, and this kind of constant exploration is what makes a creative person’s work great. her new collection Paradise is Here launched last night, and it was this exact exploration of the world around her that influenced the designs.

Following a recent trip to Tokyo, Heather Moore’s eyes were opened to the importance of plants in the city environment. Inspired by her surroundings, and a heightened awareness of the relationship between concrete spaces and urban foliage, she set to work on a new Skinny laMinx fabric collection. Paradise is Here expresses the energy and exuberance of city plants, and how they afford us respite, escape, encouragement, and an opportunity for expression. Their zig-zag softening of hard lines, the gentle shade they make, the exuberant wildness they evoke as they grow from sidewalk fissures, all help us to remember that we’re not machines in this relentless urban world.

you can shop online at her south african store or international store, or visit her shop.

Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here
Skinny laMinx: Paradise is Here

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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
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj
Studio Arhoj

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