i’ve been looking around our place recently wondering how we can jazz it up a bit. we don’t have space for any more pieces of large furniture, so it’s up to accessories or painting some walls… and since i’m afraid of painting it’s basically just up to accessories. i would like our apartment to look a bit more “adult”. to seem as if we are the kind of people who sleep in Ralph Lauren sheets (even though i would probably never ever by RL sheets, and also you don’t get them here of course). i don’t really know what i’m talking about, but for some reason i think the answer lies in black and gold. so here are some nice things, for my imaginary home (and yours?) all the links are at the bottom of the post. 1: tom dixon tea set | 2: charred commode | 3: josh herman ceramics; 4: basket | 5: brass planter | 6: lantern pedestal lamp | 7: gold menagerie trio | 8: calendar | 9: brass coasters | 10: trash bin | 11: brass bottle opener | 12: sheepskin rug | 13: shanna murray plates | 14: geo chimes | 15: nightshade candle | 16: davy lamp | 17: balsam fir incense
Book/Shop is an Oakland based online & brick-and-mortar shop that specialises in products and paraphernalia related to reading – of actual real life books, not the online kind. of course they have actual books for sale, but also deal in other interesting things like book related art & vintage posters (love this Read Instead print) and even small furnishings to keep your books organised.
We’re committed to the reading experience. The surprise of one page turning to the other. The little luxury of sitting in a great reading chair, inhaling the scent of a beautifully made book. The luscious heft of three or four good reads in a sturdy bookbag as you head out into the world. The hundred discoveries waiting at a used bookstore; the refuge of a library.
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.
there’s not much that i like more than tiny plates of food. if i could have tapas for the rest of my life i’d be totally okay with that. you see, i’m a terrible orderer at restaurants. i almost always have food envy when the plates finally arrive at the table. you will often hear me say, “damn, i should have ordered that.” or, “just give me a little taste of yours.” (which is usually directed at Anton, poor guy). so you see, tapas just makes everyone’s lives better as far as i’m concerned.
how does any of that relate to Caroline Gomez? i’m getting there… just let me think about tapas for another second. okay. what’s better than plates of food are tiny beautiful wooden boards of food. another thing i love is eating off a lovely piece of beautiful wood – big or small, and Caroline makes both. i’m particularly taken by this charming fruit platter… no more rolling around for you, silly fruit!
i really have to resist the urge to dip paint almost all of my furniture (and utensils) at the moment. every time i see something beautifully dipped online my eye slowly travels to the legs of my desk and i think… mmm.
this DIY dipped coral entry table by emily at the sweet beast is just perfect:
always keen on the crispness of white, the entire range of furniture from la clinica is right up my alley:
you could even go the whole hog and use different colours, like this playful & colourful range from UM project:
if you’re not ready to commit to dipping large pieces of furniture, why not test the waters with your wooden kitchen utensils. here’s a great DIY by Kate – i love the way she hung them above her sink:
a DIY dipped tutorial from house of earnest:
another DIY, dipped chopsticks by poppytalk:
or, you know, just buy some dipped utensils. from wind and willow home:
and from anthropologie:
Dutch industrial designer Lucas Maassen has been working in conceptual design since 2003 and recently as an ideal father figure he decided to introduce his three Sons to the value of work. For this reason, he has employed Thijme (9 years-old), Julian (7 years-old) and Maris (also 7 years-old) to hand paint the pine wood handmade furniture built in the factory on the occasion of his new project called “Furniture Factory”. All of them are paid 1 euro per piece as agreed in the official professional contract that they have signed with their father, but due to Dutch child labour laws, it is only possible for Thijme, Julian and Maris to work for 3 hours a week. So, the production speed has became a crucial factor in the process and as you can see yourself, the lack of time contributes to the general aesthetics of each LM&S furniture piece where the results are ”incompletely beautiful”! - via Yatzer
these days there’s plenty of fantasising about my new (imaginary and still undiscovered) place going on, which means i’m browsing a lot of websites related to furniture, lighting and all sorts of other fancy designers things that are all completely out of my price range. that’s why it’s called fantasising, guys.
one of them is Gubi – a Danish company that was established in 1976 who has the production rights for various products by design icons from the thirties to the present day. you can browse this collection in their beautiful publication Design Icons Through Time (they also have a magazine and some nifty posters available for download)
The Grossman Collection design by Greta Grossman
The most iconic products Greta Grossman designed in the 40’s and 50’s were the Grasshopper floor lamp and the Cobra floor and table lamps. In 1950, the Cobra lamp won the Good Design Award and was subsequently exhibited at the Good Design Show at the Museum of Modern Art.
The Pedrera Collection designed by Barba Corsini & Joaquim Ruiz Millet
in 1955, Barba Corsini, a leading functionalist architect, realised his contemporary vision through his renovation of the loft space and the furnishings he custom designed for “La Pedrera”. Antoni Gaudi, who originally designed “La Pedrera”, is generally considered the great master of Spanish Modernism but his unique body of work cannot be defined by any single style or simple classification.
The Semi Collection designed by Bonderup & Thorup
The Semi lamp was designed in 1968 as a product of the creative partnership between two architecture students, Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup. Reacting against the ‘cosy era’ that was dominating Denmark at the time, Bonderup and Thorup wanted to create a lamp that incorporated sharp, clean lines and a geometric shape. Their design was submitted for a competition at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture and won first prize.
The Adnet Collection designed by Jacques Adnet
In 1950, Adnet formed a partnership with the French fashion house, Hermes, where he developed a collection of leather-covered furniture and interior accessories, including a distinctive leather mirror with brass hinges. Besides the remarkable leather and brass details, the Adnet mirror is also unique as the strap that holds the mirror is in direct proportion to the dimension of the mirror.
my parents have bought antiques over anything new in the furniture department as far back as i can remember. when i was younger i thought it quite fuddy duddy and would roll my eyes like any good teenager when they spoke about yellowwood dining room tables and cape dutch food cupboards. fortunately i grew up and came to cherish and appreciate these things, and it has certainly influenced what kind of pieces i would choose today.
which is why i’m quite taken with the portfolio of max rollitt, a dealer & restorer of antiques as well as a trained furniture designer & maker whose company also specializes in bespoke furniture and interior design. be sure to check out the inspiration section, which has a pretty rad click through collage feature.
whenever i see an antique chair i can’t help but think of parson’s pleasure by roald dahl. i’ve read it so many times, and strangely always root for the antique dealer – even though i know i shouldn’t. oh, the ending makes me cringe.