Tag Archives: Art

I Spy – Emma Loves Retro……….

I just couldn’t resist these lovely felt and vintage fabric love letters when I saw them.  From Emma Loves Retro and just in time for Valentines Day…

Emma hand-picks all of her fabrics for her letters and cushions and they are made into small, limited edition batches.  A little bit of nostalgia and history just for you.

This is my personal favourite of all the cushions on her website, but you should click on over and have a look for yourself.

And I particularly like her fabric canvases.  Mid-century fans can swoon now!

Emma Loves Retro

I Spy – Chocolate Creative……….

I had the great pleasure last night, to meet Margarita Lorenzo, the designer behind Chocolate Creative, at an event organised by the lovely people at mydeco.

Margarita started out as a graphic designer after training in fine art, but her love of textiles drove her to learn and discover new ways to apply her graphics knowledge to fabrics.

Her collections are hand-made, from the drawing of the pattern to the silk screen printing to the sewing.  Some of her cushions are a delightful combination of silk screen printing and cross stitch, with beautiful ribbon ties.  A gorgeous mix of nostalgia and sophistication.

It was lovely to hear her talking passionately about the crafts she learned  as child in Spain and her desire to use these skills in a more contemporary way.  

Of course we all had a few glasses of wine and a good gossip too.  And mydeco shared with us a new blogging feature that will soon be available on their website. 

But more about that next week…

mydeco are generously offering a 10% discount off Chocolate Creative until 11 February 2011 – to find the offer visit the mydeco website here and  use the code mydecoCC10 at the checkout.

I Spy – People Will Always Need Plates……….

People Will Always Need Plates was launched in 2004 by Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar.

Their aim was to use high quality, low volume batch production to create thoughtful and stylish products in keeping with their credo that good design should be used and enjoyed, treasured and shared.

The Trellick Tower range of textiles, inspired by the façade of Goldfinger’s iconic high-rise,  was launched in collaboration with Margo Selby and shares both party’s bold colour sense. 

Their architectural designs are now instantly recognisable and the British landmarks used on their plates and mugs have become, in my mind, symbolic of quality and true British design at it’s best.

Trellick Tower giclee print

I Spy – Grace and Webb

Natasha Webb is a UK designer and the creative force behind Grace and Webb.

She originally trained and had a successful career in textile design, both in the UK and in New York, but now applies her passion for pattern to a wider range of materials.

Her company specialises in combining unique design with cutting edge technology to create intricate and delicate patterns from materials with high tensile and structural qualities.

Like these balcony panels in Westminster, London…

Made of laser cut stainless steel, they are as beautiful inside as out.

Because the service is bespoke it enables clients to translate their own design ideas into reality – I love to see the inspiration behind designs, don’t you?

Concept board for balcony panels.

Grace and Webb

Valentines Day Gifts……….

How will you celebrate February 14th?

Pink Hearts from Emma Bridgewater

Personalised Love Art from NOTHS

Arena Flowers

Alessi Kissing Couple from Amazon

I know it’s a little early, but not for mail order.  And anyway, I couldn’t resist.

Website Wishlist – Melody Maison……….

This weeks Sunday afternoon surf brings you my five favourite things from Melody Maison.

For all of you who have yearnings towards all things vintage…

I’m seriously considering the print and the cushion as finishing touches to my bedroom. They have just the right amount of 30’s glamour. 

I Spy – Studio Eriksdotter……….

I just had to share this today.

There’s not enough sun at this time of the year and wouldn’t it be lovely to have one of these wonderful acrylics to remind us that spring is round the corner and yes, the sun will shine again.

Erica Eriksdotter is a Scandinavian living and working just outside of Washington DC and I particularly love her close-ups of flowers.

She achieves this bold, bright effect by starting with a thin diluted layer of paint and then adds many layers until she is satisfied.

She then adds the detail by highlighting some areas more than others.

I just had to add a pink one!

She also does commissions such as this beautiful bridal bouquet.

Studio Eriksdotter

Aren’t they beautiful?