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LaMalconttenta

LaMalconttenta is a spanish brand by designer Lydia de la Piñera, who is one of those multi-talented people who illustrates, makes jewellery, ceramics and prints. you can buy all these sweet things at her online shop.

I studied graphic design artistic photography and digital media. However, I was always enjoyed the handcrafting process, that’s the reason why I Decided to mix design and traditional handcraft to tell her stories. The philosophy of The Malconttenta is to enjoy old traditions, nature, and share it with people.

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Mjölk

Mjölk is a beautiful shop in Toronto owned by John Baker and Juli Daoust.  they live in an apartment above the shop, which is housed in a Victorian building that has been wonderfully renovated, and recently featured in Dwell.

Located in the Junction, our gallery makes its home in a white Victorian building with a modern interior by local architect firm Studio Junction. Mjölk is both a gallery who exhibits work by both arists and artisans from Scandianvia and Japan, and also a lifestyle store; we look to our everyday life to find inspiration for the products we carry. Our smaller products can be used without thought, or quietly admired. In our eyes just the simple satisfaction of functionality and durability, is all you need for a successful product, but when you can derive beauty from the uttermost simplistic tools, then you have something special.

here are some shots of both their apartment and shop. images are c/o Dwell and Mjölk

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Hirashima

we are thinking about a house. i mean, just starting the process… in our minds. i know it can take months or years for anything to come to fruition – and i always try to be pragmatic about these things and not get TOO excited (don’t go breakin’ my heart!) but everything inside me wants a little house somewhere. just a little garden and space for a dog and… other things that crawl around. i suppose that is the dream of anyone who grew up in the suburbs, and transplanted their adult life to a city – where space is limited and comes at a price. but sometimes i also think, well, we could live in an apartment forever.

and if we did, we’d just have to be clever about space. i thought about how possible it was when i saw this furniture by Japanese company Hirashima. if there are any people in the world who are very clever about space, and design, and minimalism – it’s the Japanese.

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California Dreaming

the latest issue of Kinfolk is dedicated to Home, and it is my favourite issue so far without a doubt. when it arrived i asked people on Instagram where they call home, and it’s amazing to see where all my readers are from – thank you!

one of my favourite stories was this feature on California couple Hannah Henderson, John Moore and their kids who live in a 1975 Venice Beach house, a short walk from the ocean and their shop General Store (see pics of their rad shop at Refinery29).

It’s very much a California boy and desert girl home. John is very connected to the ocean, and I’m influenced by my mom, who is a midwife in Arizona. She always had a great respect for everything natural like plants, sun and fabrics. You can see that in our house.

images & words courtesy of Kinfolk, buy the latest issue here. photos by We Are The Rhoads.

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New Friends

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.

photography c/o New Friends, studio images c/o the UO Blog, photographed by Jody Rogac.

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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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Anatomy Design: Blueberry Café

Anatomy Design is one of my absolute favourite design companies in South Africa. they are the geniuses behind some incredible products, and boast an interior design portfolio that makes me weak at the knees. they recently completed some outstanding work for The Blueberry Café in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, including refreshing the interior, the product range and the café’s brand identity. i asked founder Andrea Kleinloog about the inspiration behind the project.

Blueberry Cafe is this little hidden gem in the KZN midlands. We decided to overhaul the traditional idea of a ‘sweet country café’. So we painted the walls a crisp bone colour, painted all the steel work of the traditional shelves black (it’s normally rust red). We designed elemental shelving units that were literally made by the farm welder. They are so simple, but came out fantastically.

We wanted to create an interesting, curious space, with a retail element that offers the best available, not just what is easy to get. We had great fun toying with beautiful and fragile botanical logos/packaging elements – and even found the most remarkable set of prints from an antique store. Another great extension of the design language was being able to develop a whole range of home-ware for them – plates, crockery, tea towels.

the creative team also included Wendy Dixon (branding and graphics), Mia Widlake (product development & styling) and chef Bianca Davies, who developed the new menu. Photography by Samantha Maber.

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Fort Standard

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.

photography by Brian W. Ferry.  art direction: Monica Nelson. products: Fort Standard.

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