BigKid

11th February 2014

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.

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Rankin

6th February 2014

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

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

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

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

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

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)