Vuela has been one of my consistent sponsors for 3 years now (that’s like 27 years in internet time) so i’m excited to share their very first lookbook showcasing a wide array of homeware, apparel, jewellery & accessories by independent designers the world over. i’m really into that rope market basket and workaday handmade ceramics. Photography: Jennifer Young. shot in La Jolla in San Diego, California
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.
Meg Callahan is a designer who makes exquisite patchwork quilts the likes of which i want on my bed. or on my wall. or draped over me when i am on the couch. or used as a cape, for when i walk down the street. whatever! i want one. she recently drove from her hometown of Edmond, OK to San Diego, CA and took along some quilts to photograph along the way.
Patchwork Quilting is a time-honored craft tradition, my pieces are a culmination of traditional processes and experimentation. The horizon, ever-changing sky, grassy vegetation, and the variation of dirt color are a constant source of inspiration. This lookbook is a reflection of that inspiration.
Photographed by Andrew Mau
i briefly featured the work of NYC based New Friends, aka Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski, last year – but i thought they deserved their own post because their work is just soooooo good. they were also featured in the UO blog last month and i just loved seeing a little tour of their studio.
New Friends design and produce weavings, textiles and housewares. They weave unique objects that combine the rich history of textiles and contemporary visual culture. The fibers used in their vivid, oddball collections range from locally sourced, plant dyed wools to man-made metallic threads.
if you have read this blog for any length of time you will be familiar with Fort Standard, who are known for their awesome bottle openers, and with photographer Brian W. Ferry – both who i have featured a number of times. so Brian shot the new line of home products by the talented duo (they are friends in real, actual life), a wonderful collaboration if i ever did see one. you can see Fort Standard’s new products here – i particularly LOVE those marble platters.
Fort Standard is a contemporary Industrial Design studio founded by Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings. Their collaborative work is an ever-evolving dialog between their unique perspectives and their shared approach to progressive design thinking. Working primarily in long lasting natural materials, their approach to design is often geared towards using traditional production methods in innovative ways. Having developed a distinct form language rooted in simplicity and functionality, their attention to detail, connections and materiality generate value through design in what Buntain and Collings describe as a “warm-contemporary” aesthetic.
Brooklyn & LA based Madesmith is an online shop that features artisans who make limited edition textiles, jewellery, accessories, homeware and other goods with a focus on supporting local makers & craftmanship. they also feature stories on all the producers, sharing their workspaces, what inspires them, keeps them motivated, and their thoughts on the city where they live and work.
We believe in ‘buy less, buy well’. By knowing where our things come from and who makes them, not only do we cherish the things we have, we also become more aware of the environmental impact of our purchases. Through connecting with the makers, we support our local communities and preserve the craftsmanship that becomes part of our everyday culture.
i have been inspired by Thisispaper for a long time, and often reference it as one of the best out there when anyone asks me what my favourite design blogs are. it is so well curated, with a clear aesthetic thread that pulls everything together. so i was thrilled when creators Alexander and Zuzanna contacted me yesterday to share their recent Thisispaper Shop launch – which they have been teasing regular readers with for some time! says Alexander,
About half a year ago we had an idea of making a few accessories and selling them under thisipaper label. We spent the last few months sewing our own pieces (mostly bags and rucksacks) and searching for suppliers of items we couldn’t make ourselves. we designed a few items for the kitchen – jars, mugs, manual juice squeezers and many more. The collection grew and Thisispaper Shop was born.
lookbook photos by Julia Kubisty, product photos by Thisispaper Shop.
find out where to buy below
normann copenhagen sells nice stuff
if i had serious money to burn & i actually knew how to work an auction, i’d bid on some pretty things at bukowski’s
i might have to get this cup to drink my tea out of at the office, as we are faced with severe cup politics – don’t use my cup and i won’t use yours kind of thing.
brook farm general store is a shop in brooklyn, ny that stocks nice and simple old and new wares