Hong Kong • July 1st Protest

3rd July 2014

This timelapse of protesters in Hong Kong on Tuesday is really something else.

It’s strangely beautiful and very inspiring.

(Thanks Mum)

It’s been a while…

9th May 2014

holy moly Its been a while...

So it seems like I’m apologising once more for being a terrible blogger. Oh dear.

There are a bunch of excuses I could use – some relevant (I’ve been crazy busy with work), some not so much (I’ve been away / I’m actually quite a lazy person / I haven’t been feeling inspired to blog) and they’re all true.

Arriving home from Hong Kong earlier this week I found myself super busy with work again, but I also realised that I need to give my personal design stuff a bit more time, love and energy…because you should live what you love, right? My mantraband reminds me of it every day.

So, I know BTN needs a serious update both in design and content, and that’s next on my list. Perhaps it can be the first thing I cross off my List33? Which I’ll explain about later…

Stay tuned my neon friends (and thanks for sticking around ♥)

erin x

BigKid

11th February 2014

big kid wall plaques cape town BigKid

Last week I discovered Durban designer BigKid. These awesome wall plaques are handmade from Jesmonite and sprayed in eco-friendly paint.

How cooooool are they?

Check out BigKid on Etsy to see the rest of the collection and if you live in Cape Town, Loop Street’s cool new store Stable also stocks them.

Rankin

6th February 2014

rankin Rankin

Here’s a bit of Rankin love on a Thursday afternoon.

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

venice pulpo venitian cookbook Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

In the new year we spent a night in Venice and oh my god, wow. It was breathtaking and I fell in love. With only 24 hours we walked and ate, and walked and drank espresso, and walked and ate gelato and walked and walked and walked. And took a million photos.

So Polpo is essentially a Venetian bàcaro but in London, with locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfields. We visit the Smithfields one every time we’re in town and the sexy decor, combined with food to die for makes it one of our favourite places.

Anyway – I thought it would be a good idea to get Si the Polpo recipe book for Christmas, which turned out to be a great idea actually. He cooked from it on Saturday night and everything was delicious. The book itself is not only beautiful: printed on gorgeous paper with a lovely chain bound spine … it includes all of the recipes we love too. Hooray!

It also has a whole section on awesome cafes in Venice which we unfortunately didn’t realise while we were there. Oh well. We can reminisce over Arancini and Pork and Fennel Meatballs at home instead ;)

Check it out here.

Robin Hammond

4th February 2014

robin hammond condemmed zimbabwe Robin Hammond

Today I wanted to tell you about our friend Robin Hammond. A photo journalist whose work focuses on humanitarian and human rights issues, Robin has recently had two books published…

Zimbabwe: Your wounds will be named silence

This book is filled with photographs and stories of Zimbabwe’s displaced families, war torn countryside and collapsed farms and industries. The hauntingly beautiful images filled me equally with horror and awe, and emphasised just how much the savagery of Mugabe’s reign has all but destroyed what was once one of Africa’s most influential countries.

This work has also featured in National Geographic, won him the prestigious Carmignac Foundation Award and was selected by Time Magazine as one of the best photobooks of 2013.

Buy it here.

Condemmed – Mental Health in African Countries in Crisis

Photographed over seven years across nine African countries, this book shows a disturbing view of the mentally ill in Africa while giving voices to some of the most powerless people in the world. By buying a copy of Condemned and suggesting a person or company for it to be sent to, you can also help raise awareness of this alarmingly neglected issue.

Buy it here.

Both of these books are now on our bookshelf and I would like to gently encourage you guys to share them with as many people as possible. It takes someone special like Robin to capture these images but we can all help play a part in raising awareness, by passing on his photographs and their stories.

Wishbone Wall Hook

3rd February 2014

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How sexy is this Wishbone Wall Hook by Brooklyn store Lief?

It’s also available in gold if you want a little extra luck.

Coffee for London

3rd February 2014

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I thought this London Underground Coffee Stops map was pretty awesome.

I love that we’ve been to a lot of these coffee shops already (Dose and Monmouth are definitely favourites) and that there are so many more to visit next time we’re in town!

Here’s a post about some of our favourite London coffee shops from a couple of years back.

(Thanks Cellandia)

PS. Want to see it better? Click the image for a bigger version.

Move

3rd February 2014

Hello friends!

I’m back!

Happy New Year (can I still say that?) happy 2014, happy February (omg) and sorry for the wait on BTN updates this year – it’s been a bit of a mad start.

Here is an inspiring and amazing video to get back into the swing of things with, found by my sweet little sister.

(Thanks Han)

Kites

16th December 2013

kangan arora kites cushions Kites

These Kites cushions by Kangan Arora are awesome, athough somewhat overpriced at £60 each!

Deadwood Creative

10th December 2013

dead wood creative skateboard bangles Deadwood Creative

These colourful Skate Bangles by Aussie company Deadwood Creative are pretty rock and roll.

Every bangle is cut, sanded and finished by hand from a piece of wreaked skateboard, and the colours of each bangle depend on the brand and design of the board, making each piece unique.

Gorgeous.

Luca

10th December 2013

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Hello friends!

Meet our new nephew Luca Eli Joy.

This foxy little dude is baby brother to Maddox, #1 world champion of sleeping and quite possibly the coolest baby ever to be born.

Isn’t he amazing?

erin x

Let’s Appreciate The Planet

9th December 2013

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I love this poster series by Ukrainian graphic designer jDstyle.

See the whole series here.

(via We and the Colour)

RIP Madiba

6th December 2013

nelson madela RIP Madiba

“In War: Resolution,
In Defeat: Defiance,
In Victory: Magnaminity
In Peace: Good Will.” 

- Winston Churchill

Wooden Blocks

22nd November 2013

uncle goose wooden blocks chinese kids Wooden Blocks

I love these traditional Wooden Blocks on the MoMA Store.

What I love more though, is that they come in English, Chinese, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Italian.

What an amazing way for little kids to learn the basics of different languages.

I Wish We Had Ikea

22nd November 2013

karlstad couches ikea I Wish We Had Ikea

Today I’m missing Ikea and all it’s weirdly named furniture.

This Karlstad couch + armchair would look great in the warehouse…

Balloon Rock ‘n Roll

21st November 2013

I know it’s been a bit quiet on BTN this week, but hopefully this beautiful timelapse will make up for it.

How amazing are hot air balloons?

(via SwissMiss)

Mister Moss

15th November 2013

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Oh my!

I’ve been seeing hanging plants more and more often over the last few months and I think they’re great.

In Cape Town we have Opus but if you live in Melbourne you can order one of these Fibonacci Stands, complete with hanging Lemon Tree from Mister Moss.

How cool is he?

(via TheDesignFiles)

Ernest Zacharevic

14th November 2013

ernest zacharevic street art1 Ernest Zacharevic

Lithuanian born, Malaysian based street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s street art is often compared to Banksy, and like Banksy his work often highlights social issues within the cities he paints.

His work can be found everywhere from Singapore to Venice and in many pieces he uses real life objects (chairs, bikes, motorbikes and shopping trollies) to create a scene. I particularly love the scaffold image above. That is some serious dedication to your art.

Inspiring stuff.

Check out more of his work here.

(Thanks Gerrit)

Salt

13th November 2013

murray fredericks salt Salt

4 years ago when we lived in Sydney we went to watch Murray Fredericks’ doco (as they say in Oz) Salt.

I was reminded of his work this week, and thought there could be nothing better than waking up to a selection of his absolutely exquisite images shot at Lake Eyre in South Australia.

Take a look at more here.

Happy Thursday friends! x

Hoi P’loy

8th November 2013

hoiploy coloured cord lighting cape town Hoi Ploy

Eek I’m too excited!

So here’s the deal. We finally bought some coloured cord and this weekend I’ll be making some pendent lights. Yay!

After fretting because the coloured cord company I found in the States didn’t ship overseas and the one in London had rubbish colours, I eventually discovered an even better company right here in the Mother City.

Hoi P’loy is a small, but awesome studio specialising in vintage light bulbs and fabric covered electrical cable. They have a massive range of amazing colours, lots of fittings and accessories and their lightbulbs are just beautiful.

Oh, and their packaging is letterpressed. Seriously. Letterpressed packaging.

I am so in love with this brand — along with our Emerald, Beetroot and B/W Zigzag cord. Yippee!

Stay tuned for more light updates…

Untitled 4 (Surfers)

8th November 2013

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I love this print, Untitled 4 (Surfers) by American artist Catherine Opie.

Mask

8th November 2013

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Mask on Editions of 100.

Wave Mug

6th November 2013

waves mug my rosie lee Wave Mug

Cape Town Summer is on the way which means weekends at the beach and coffee in the morning on the balcony.

This Wave Mug would be perfect, don’t you think?

** Even though it’s made in Staffordshire, just down the road from Si’s nan’s house in the UK!

Houdt

4th November 2013

houdt phone covers cape town Houdt

I’m a big advocate of local talent which makes me happy to show off my sexy new phone cover by Cape Town company, Houdt.

It’s made of bamboo with a black rubber trim and I love it. And for R220 (£13.50) + free shipping in SA it definitely beats the last plastic cover I bought from Society6, which I was massively disappointed with.

Check out the rest of their products here.