Design

NÉO GÉO

Amélie & Marie of Lyon based milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre just sent me a preview of their new SS14 collection NÉO GÉO, which they describe as, “a study on the landscape, from the Hawaiian shirt to Google Earth view. Inspired by passing landscape through the car window on the highway of the sun.” it will be available in January (which seems like a long while away, but is going to creep up on us in a second.) you can check out their website to see their beautiful previous collections.

Originals patterns designed by milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre. Photography: Sonia Barcet.








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Food Studio

Food Studio is a Norwegian collective of food professionals, designers and photographers who love, well, food. and natural, Nordic food at that. i first came upon their beautiful design work done by Oslo based studio Bielke + Yang, and then delved a bit into what makes Food Studio tick. they host interesting events, like this one that marries food + music, and set out to challenge the daily way we think about and work with food.

Food Studio is about sharing stories of people that believe in good and honest food. With good and honest food we mean food that both tastes good, has a positive impact on our health, food that´s responsibly produced, food that´s a result of plants and animals being treated well, and food that inspires us!

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Cape Town Love

i first noticed Megan & Mike Gilger of The Fresh Exchange when they tagged me in an Instagram photo of their travels in Cape Town – they had been making use of my Cape Town City Guide to discover some cool places to see. i always get the warm and fuzzies when people tell me that the guide helped them in some way, and when anyone visits my city for that matter, so I clicked over to their site and what a nice discovery.

Megan is a talented designer and together she and Mike have a design studio called Wild Measure. on their trip to Cape Town they collaborated with Over to create an app in 24 hours (!!) that with allow people to celebrate their love for Cape Town, featuring Megan’s beautiful hand-lettering, appropriately called Cape Town Love.

The app was inspired by the city we have been working in for the past 6 days, and we wanted to develop something that did not just offer another pack of graphics, but meant far more. We wanted to find a way to celebrate the Mother City, and to help encourage people to discover the beauty that we have found in this place.

read about how they created the app in 24 hours here and watch a short video by Megan and Over designer Aaron Marshall. the app itself is great to look at and a dream to use. i think it’s pretty damn awesome that a handful of talented Americans created such a lovely app that’s so appreciate of our city. download it here.

image credits go to Megan & Mike

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Tuokka by Katja Mustaniemi

Katja Mustaniemi is a creative designer from Finland who designed the Tuokka backpack as part of her final thesis at the Lahti Institute of Design and Fine Arts. it is such a beautiful piece, and i absolutely loved seeing her entire design process on her website. now the question is, where can we buy one?

Inspiration for this work came from deep down – from my childhood in Finnish forests and growing up in scandinavian functionality. I studied the technique of birch bark (basket) weaving and designed and made a backpack with attachable pockets. The pockets also function as additional compartments or separate handbags, and are sized for modern everyday objects like a smartphone and a tablet. Easy and durable closure is created by using magnets and snap fasteners. Material used is recycled leather. My goal was to reproduce a functional and aesthetic product which brings the traditional and historically important craft into the present.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

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Moving Mountains Furniture

you’ll certainly remember the amazing bags and jewellery by designer Syrette Lew under her label Moving Mountains. well, Syrette has expanded those design talents into a burgeoning line of furniture. the collection currently features multi-functional nesting tables, an a-framed mirror, a modern take on the traditional farm table and – one of my favourite things – a classic windsor bench.

Mies Van der Rohe once said that “An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve.” The first collection from Moving Mountains, attempts to embody this idea. In the absence of ornamentation, specific design elements and details are carefully calculated and considered  in order to achieve a timeless simplicity that draws an emotional connection.

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