25th September 2014
Here’s a little shout out and congratulations to the lovely Maha on the launch of her and her sister’s new book!
Maha and her sister Sally Obermeder, founder of awesome Aussie blog swiish have just released their e-book, Super Green Smoothies. It’s full of colourful photos and yummy sounding recipes, and after buying a copy this afternoon I’m so excited to try them all out.
These 2 gorgeous ladies have somehow managed to make kale, spinach and brussel sprout smoothies sound sexy. I’m impressed!
18th September 2014
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.
5th September 2014
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.
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 ;)
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.
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.
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.
24th June 2013
I’ve been waiting to post about the most amazing Lost My Name book so I could surprise our little Munchkin with his when he arrived today!
These books are incredible. They are absolutely gorgeous. They’re sweet and funny and beautifully illustrated and I’ve already bought 2. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them ♥.
The story is based around a child (choose a little girl or boy) who must embark upon an adventure to discover the letters that make up their name. Whether it’s an A for Aadvark or a R for robot, each story is unique and tells of a magical journey.
11th June 2013
The honest approach she takes when documenting her family’s life, with photographs, stories and thoughts is inspiring and a privilege to observe.
Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected is the story of her second daughter who was born with Down Syndrome. I didn’t cry like I thought I would and although it was sad, it was also funny and sweet. Mostly though it was inspiring, and eye-opening and I’m glad I read it.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver
Check it out if you can.
7th June 2013
The Love Book design by Kate Moross made me feel all colourful and happy this morning.
26th April 2013
Everybody loves a good book.
Happiness Is Books by The Little Illustrator.
22nd April 2013
One of the world’s most celebrated photographers, Yann Arthus-Bertrand shows us just how diverse and beautiful our planet is.
Don’t ever forget it people! Happy Earth Day.
15th April 2013
Michael Wolf’s photos for his book, Architecture of Density make me homesick for Hong Kong.
The images taken between 2003 and 2007, are an unsual take on Hong Kong’s crazy skyscraper living.
For more of his work take a look at his site here.
8th April 2013
I bought Dark Star Safari for Si for his birthday. He read it and loved it, and I just finished it and loved every single word.
I think Paul Theroux is my new hero. His overland trip from Cairo to Cape Town was inspiring, funny and eye-opening.
Next up Sunrise with Seamonsters.
2nd April 2013
My love for British designer Tom Dixon came from working at Myla when I finished college.
The Bone – a Tom Dixon designed, resin vibrator – was one of our best selling products. People came into the shop just to look at it, and although it was a beautiful thing (and paved the way for a new wave of designer sex toys) it was also crazy expensive at £199. Customers bought it anyway.
Dixonary is the first comprehensive book of his work over the last 30 years, published by Violette Editions. With personal notes on each of the 150 pieces reproduced, he explains the inspiration behind his work and the design process.
This would be an amazing addition to any designers book collection.
18th March 2013
Polish photographer Ilona Karwinska has been documenting Poland’s Cold War neon signage in an attempt to preserve some of the country’s history.
More of her beautiful photographs, and the fascinating stories behind the neon can be found here.
13th March 2013
I stumbled upon this lovely painting Hush, or Alice Keeps It Inside while doing some research for an Alice in Wonderland themed invite.
I think it’s the triangular dress that did it for me.
16th January 2013
When I spotted this print yesterday in the background of a photo on an interior website I knew I had to have it, or more accurately, buy it for my husband for our first wedding anniversary.
Little did I know the smallest available limited edition print would set me back $8000. Ouch.
After a bit of googling (“naked girl running with surfboard” got me some amazing hits!) I discovered the image was taken by New York photographer Michael Dweck and wow, is his work incredible.
Sonya Poles, Montauk 2002 is an image from his first major photographic work that was published in 2004 as The End: Montauk, N.Y. portraying the old fishing community of Montauk and its surfing subculture, at the very end of Long Island.
Beautifully suggestive, I just love, love, love the nostalgia of this image and it’s old school Summer vibe. Plus it would look amazing hanging above our bed.
Oh to be an art collector!
5th December 2012
Neon, neon and more neon! Hooray!
New York Neon is a new book by photographer Thomas Rinaldi, documenting the big city’s (mostly pre-1970s) neon signage.
For gorgeous neon typography and lots of fluoro take a look at the images section on Rinaldi’s site … and I have to admit NYN has totally inspired me to spend some time over Christmas getting some cool neon shots in Hong Kong.
4th December 2012
These 2 images in the Natural Wonders series by American photographer James Biscardi are beautiful.
I can imagine them blown up massive and printed on perspex.
A book of the series is also available to buy on Blurb.
23rd November 2012
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about our friend Robin’s exhibition opening in Paris.
For the people who won’t be able to see it in person, he filmed an awesome video walk through so you can get an idea of the show.
19th November 2012
I love getting Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop email every couple of weeks, and I love the products she writes about. I usually read them all with a pinch of salt however, because 9/10 times the things on them are so completely out of my price range it’s not even funny!
Last week it was a See version, with a mixture of holiday reading and gifts for all ages. These cute Customised Puffin Classics were on the list and would be great for any kid that loved to read, but with a $165 (£100) price tag, completely unaffordable for the average person.
It just got me thinking about how easy it would be to make this yourself. You could choose a sweet selection of books, buy some coloured paper and just print a little label yourself. Easy as pie (and sweeter and more thoughtful).
19th November 2012
I was taking my usual Friday afternoon DesignSponge break last week (I love being nosey and checking out other people’s houses in Sneak Peaks!) and look what I found!
This awesome stitched screen door is by Abbey Hendrickson, a blogger and freelance crafter living in upstate New York. Her new book, You Are Awesome: 21 Crafts to Make You Happy has just been released and this cool door screen is one of her DIY projects.
She was sweet enough to give the DesignSponge folk directions for making it, so if you have a fly screen door and fancy getting creative, check out the instructions here.
Wouldn’t this be the coolest thing to come home to everyday?
16th November 2012
These awesome new Moleskine Diary colours have presented me with a small dilemma. Green, Purple or Yellow, eek!
I’m usually an A4 standard black kind of girl, but I’m thinking it might be fun to shake it up a bit next year!
16th November 2012
I bought this sweet little book for my sweet best friend the other day and I kind of wish I’d got one for myself too.
Such a nice reminder, just in case you ever forgot.
8th November 2012
I’m so excited to write about my friend Robin’s exhibition finally opening in Paris this evening!
Robin won the über prestigious Carmignac Award last year and after a pretty tough 12 months, his exhibition Zimbabwe, Your Wounds Will Be Named Silence is finally opening.
I so wish we could be there.
If anyone is lucky enough to be in Paris at the moment or anytime over the next month, please stop by to check it out.
Chapelle de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts
14, rue Bonaparte
Good luck dude! x