MaricorMaricar

11th June 2013

Exquisite embroidery by MaricorMaricar.

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Rainbow Mugs

10th June 2013

Design supremo Massimo Vignelli created these Rainbow Mugs in 1975 … and their colours are making me happy on a Monday in 2013.

Isn’t that cool.

Craft Design Technology

31st May 2013

How pretty are these CDT Scissors by Craft Design Technology?

Here Is Today

30th April 2013

Here Is Today by British designer Luke Twyman is a very cool little site.

Have a play here…

Tom Dixon

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.

Heart Of Gold

26th March 2013

Can’t wait to go and check out Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong‘s latest collaboration at Salon 91.

Heart of Gold opens tomorrow and is on until April 20th.

Be sure to stop by if you’re on Kloof Street.

Roman Moriceau

21st March 2013

I love the simplicity of this print by Roman Moriceau.

Missoni vs Ikea

13th March 2013

This Missoni Cartagena Pillow caught my eye this morning because we have the Ikea EIVOR Cushion on our bed.

And with $170/£112 vs $11/£7 you just gotta wonder how much softer / better / more worth it the Cartagena pillow is?

I know it’s fun to have nice things, but damn, there’s nice and then there’s NICE!

Design Indaba 2013

4th March 2013

I ended up popping into Design Indaba for a quick run around yesterday morning, and these were some of my favourite finds…

Farah Hernandez
I’m a sucker for succulents and the little guys potted in Sara Hernandez’s gorgeous ceramic hangings were absolutely divine.

Nina Du Plessis
These wooden geometric wall hooks were amazing … and very reasonable at R80 a hook.

Milame Design
Emma Atkinson’s ink drawings were cool and reminded me of one of my favourite prints by Supermundane.

Mona Pants
I completely fell in love with Simone le Roux’s creatures. She has some awesome illustrated characters on her Behance site, but the handmade dudes were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

The Tale of Balaclava Bear / Sootcookie
I’m always drawn to Tanya Laing’s work and last year I picked up a Sootcookie ceramic paper plane which I love. The Tale of Balaclava Bear is a collaboration between her and Alex Goldberg and although I’m not so into the bears themselves, I think the story behind them is awesome.

Jinn
The simple elegance of Jeanine Benjamin’s bracelets and rings were lovely. Too bad she didn’t have that triangle bracelet at the expo because I would’ve bought it for sure.

Mervyn Gers Ceramics
Although this brand felt a little commercial (and have designed ranges for some big name restaurants and vineyards around Cape Town) I couldn’t help but fall in love with these African/Chinese plates. The dragon, rhino and machine gun combinations were beautiful and bizarre.

20eight
Concrete jewellery, lighting and bowls with some lovely angles.

Simple Intrique
I spotted this folded African map on some Design Indaba signage before going into the expo and it was even more beautiful in real life.

Diatomite Clock

23rd January 2013

This Diatomite Clock, exclusive to MoMA and designed by Yuichi Nara is gorgeous. Sleek and simple time-telling is fine by me.

Valerie Mallory Gallery

23rd January 2013

The first Valerie Mallory Group Show is lined up for Tokyo. Neat.

The ever-talented Danny Sangra (who illustrated the awesome show poster) along with a collection of designers, artists, performance artists and photographers will be showing at the Common Gallery from the 16th Feb – 24th Feb 2013.

If you’re in Tokyo next month, add it to your list of must-dos.

Smitten

22nd January 2013

Man, I love Tattly.

How sweet is this new addition, Smitten?

How Google Was Made

21st January 2013

This video by Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova is amazing.

It’s a short and super sweet look at an awesome design process.

(Thanks Kerry)

The Shins / The Rifle’s Spiral

15th January 2013

The Shin’s latest offering has been animated by the talented Jamie Caliri.

Very cool indeed.

(via NOWNESS. Thanks bub)

Marimekko

14th January 2013

These Marimekko Räsymatto mugs are making me happy on a Monday.

Branch

18th December 2012

I would absolutely LOVE Branch as our Christmas tree (although another 2 foot on the top wouldn’t go undecorated!)

The handcrafted tree is made from sustainably sourced Ash, by London designer Demelza Hill.

(via swiss-miss)

Ink Calendar

18th December 2012

Ink Calendar is a prototype design by Oscar Diaz.

The self-updating calendar’s ink spreads a little further each day, revealing the date, until the month is completed.

Each month has a different colour based on weather perceptions and seasons ranging from greens in Spring to reds and oranges in Summer.

What a clever idea.

(Thanks Hannah)

Terrarium Domsai Dim

10th December 2012

Eek!

Please can I have a Domsai Dim Terrarium for Christmas?

The terrariums designed by Matteo Cibic are described as “Tamagotchi’s for your desk” and are tailor-made for each cactus with a 4-6 weeks delivery time.

Bird and Fish

27th November 2012

I absolutely adore this Bird and Fish bath set by iconic British designer Patrick Rylands.

(via CoDesign)

Year Calendar 2013

26th November 2012

This oversized 2013 Paper Calendar by Erik Olovsson is fun.

Drip

16th November 2012

Love this Drip Screenprint on Etsy by London based store Pen&Gravy.

Flawed Symmetry of Prediction

12th November 2012

This combination of still and timelapse photography by America Multi-media artist Jeff Frost is absolutely sublime.

Very much worth a watch.

(via ThisIsCollosal)

Electric Love

9th November 2012

I am in awe of these beautiful dream catches by Electric Love.

I think they’re amazing.

Christmas Wishlist #5

A Creative Carthasis

9th November 2012

A Creative Carthasis is a poster exhibition put together by Irish Agency Sharp Suits aka Mark & Paddy in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Ad creatives, designers, animators, directors and illustrators have designed their favourite worst feedback from clients, transforming quotes into A3 prints of genius.

Make It Pop is by far my favourite.

Unfortunately the exhibition is finished, but you might get lucky if you still want a print by emailing verysharpsuits@gmail.com.

(Thanks bub)

 

Dual Hemispheres Map

12th October 2012

Here’s a bit of Friday morning map love from the awesome design studio These Are Things.

I love that they’ve gone a bit renegade and put Australia on the left, which is technically correct but hardly ever done!