Wooden Blocks

22nd November 2013

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.

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I Wish We Had Ikea

22nd November 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mask

8th November 2013

Mask on Editions of 100.

Wave Mug

6th November 2013

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

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.

Happy Monday

4th November 2013

I though this was a pretty cool image to kick the week off with – a 1,000,000 x magnification of the explosive nature of sugar transportation in a fat cell.

It’s like a pretty little firework made of powder.

Check out the best of the rest Nikon Small World contest here.

Wooden Wall Hook

1st November 2013

Another DIY to add to my list. These would be simple to make with the right pieces.

Wooden Wall Hooks by MyDeco.

Cloudy

1st November 2013

These cute ceramic cloudy plates over on The Handmade Lover come in 4 beautiful colours.

I’d love one of each to hold my jewellery bits and bobs!

Katsuy Oaoki

1st November 2013

Predictive Dream by Katsuy Oaoki made in porcelain. Lovely.

(Thanks bub x)

Kimiaki Yaegashi

1st November 2013

This Magic Lamp t-shirt by Japanese illustrator Kimiaki Yaegashi is amazing.

#thatisall