Until the Kingdom Comes

18th September 2014

until the kingdom comes Until the Kingdom Comes

These images by Simen Johan from his Until the Kingdom Comes series have left me breathless.

It seems this work has been around for a while and the Scandanavian born, New Yorker actually exhibited this series last year, but like everything internet related it’s come around again and I’m so pleased it has!

His attention to detail and his image manipulation is divine and I can’t wait to receive his book that I just ordered.

Until the Kingdom Comes was published this year with a limited run of 750. If you’re feeling flush, shell out for the special edition, 75 copies, signed and boxed.

(via Fubiz)

Ollie Lucas

16th September 2014

ollie lucas artist Ollie Lucas

Don’t you think this painting by Australian artist Ollie Lucas is very Between the Neon and the Sea?

Check out more of his work here.

Suzelle DIY

15th September 2014

suzelle DIY cape town Suzelle DIY

I heart Suzelle!

I found one of Suzelle’s DIY videos this afternoon and I haven’t been able to stop watching her.

Her DIY tips are funny, inspiring and (somewhat surprisingly) useful. I’ve been laughing all afternoon!

One of my favourites – How to peel a lot of apples.

Love it.

Happy Friday

12th September 2014

gif dance party Happy Friday

Build your own GIF Dance Floor #speechless

What a way to end the week! Thank you Alex (aka Fuzzy Wobble) for building such a weird and awesome site.

Check out my dance floor here.

(Thanks Justin)

Picassos in the Park

12th September 2014

picassos in the park london kids art classes Picassos in the Park

Back in July my amazing BFF Laura and one of her lovely friends Chloe, organised and ran a 4 week art course every Saturday morning in London’s Kennington Park.

Picassos in the Park is aimed at 5 – 10 year olds and inspires the budding little artists to get creative through painting, drawing and collage. Each week focuses on a new artist and so far they’ve explored Van Gogh, Matisse, Monet and of course, Picasso.

The first course was so successful they’re running a second course beginning tomorrow. If you’d like more information check out their Facebook page or send them an email … and to see some of the cute artworks from July’s course have a look at Laura’s blog – Cellandia at home.

The thought of learning about art for the first time and experiencing the excitement of creating a masterpiece makes me wish I was 5 years old again!

Good luck with your new course girls! x

Dion Horstmans

11th September 2014

dion horstman Dion Horstmans

I meant to write about Australian sculptor and artist Dion Horstmans a long time ago but at usual, got distracted somewhere along the way…

The good news is however, that yesterday one of my all time favourite websites The Design Files featured Dion’s home and reminded me to show you guys how awesome his work is. I absolutely love his geometric sculptures and the fact that are a lot of them are neon is an added bonus!

If you have a minute take a look at Dion’s work (Bub, I’m thinking 3rd year anniversary art…?!) and be sure to check out the amazing stuff happening over at The Design Files. The designers, brands, products and homes they feature are the ultimate in design inspiration.

Bib&Sola

9th September 2014

bib and sola ash set carafe glasses Bib&Sola

I’ve had a bit of a thing for carafé sets recently, after picking up an amazing little vintage set while we were in France.

This Ash set in white by London store Bib&Sola is also pretty special.

Nana x Pichulik

8th September 2014

pichulik south africa Nana x Pichulik

On the 18th of August my Nana turned 90 years old. I can’t even imagine being 50, let alone 90.

For her birthday we sent her this Pichulik Brass Braid necklace. I thought if any 90 year old could pull off a necklace made of brass and yachting rope it would be Nana. She’s the second oldest person I know but still one of the most stylish.

I’m so happy we finally had an excuse to buy one of these local Cape Town necklaces, but more importantly that she loved it. Cool huh?

Subterranean London

5th September 2014

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I thought these images from a new book called Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital were too amazing not to share, so I’ve finally come out of my blogging hibernation. Hello friends!

London is an amazing enough city above ground and although I knew of old tube stations and lines no longer in use, this book shows a beautiful insight into the city’s underground world. The work on the new Cross Rail system is also fascinating to see, as well as the old advertising that is still found in some of the stations.

Written by Bradley Garrett with a forward by Will Self, you can purchase a copy here.

(via BuzzFeed)

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

wishbone hook leif Wishbone Wall Hook

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

workwhereyoulike coffeeshops london underground small Coffee for London

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

luca Luca

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

yevgeniya glova lets appreciate the planet Let’s Appreciate The Planet

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…