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Blog Archive February 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Paradise Parking

Many of you will know I am the lucky owner of a 1974 Citroen DS. Otherwise known as ‘The Goddess’.  She is my pride and joy, I shine and polish and gaze lovingly at her. It is an affair of the heart. Ours is a love affair only some will understand.  I waited many years, and she was absolutely worth the wait.

With mixed feelings, I recently came across the work of photographer Peter Lippmann. Peter lives and works in Paris, France, so it was inevitable really, that a goddess would be featured in this series of photos from his latest work, Paradise Parking. Torn between the violent tug of heart strings strained at seeing a goddess in such disrepair, the joy of texture on texture (come on, I am a textile designer, and it can’t be all doom and gloom), and the divine victory of mother nature reclaimed I have spent hours admiring Lippmanns latest work.

Stunningly beautiful, haunting, simple. Lippmans old and decaying classic cars are joyful in their abandoned bliss.

Love love love.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bird on Bird. The Hummingbird Eco Retreat.

Late last year we were approached by The Hummingbird Eco Retreat, who were undergoing a total eco refit.

The brief....to turn an old tired conference centre into a light and airy 4 star eco retreat.

Our organic fabric range was top of their list.

The refitting team, Kim Kneipp & Jen Brownscombe, and a team of painters, tradies, volunteers, family and friends undetook a total renovation in just 10 weeks, using our fabrics as the 'star' of their minimalist 'nature and the elements' themed rooms.

We think they did a magical job. :)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Painting the town red

In honour of all things red and lovely this Valentines Day,......courtesy of the ever fabulous Dezeen archives.......

A bright red psychiatric centre in Zaragoza, Spain by Jose Javier Gallardo.
The waiting room of a health centre by architects Migue Barahona and Luis Castillo in southern Spain.
The garden of 10,000 bridges by West 8 in Xi'an, China.
Brazilian architects Metro’s red glass chocolate museum.
A bright red car showroom in Bangkok, Thailand by Supermachine Studio.
The Nanhe River Landscape Bridge in the Sichuan province, China by New York studio WXY Architecture.
A pedestrian crossing by Atelier 9.81 in Tourcoing, France.
The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Jean Nouvel in London.




Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Folk of the kin.

I first came across Kinfolk Magazine late last year, and fell head over heels in love.

It's a bit like the divine Dumbo Feather magazine, but with their own style, content, and format. Their magazine, like Dumbo, leaves me feeling warm, and gooey ....part of a community based on core grass roots values, good design and food!

Their Manifesto reads, ‘Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love. Every element of Kinfolk—the features, photography, and general aesthetics—are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.'

We love.

And so do others, looking at their rapidly expanding stockist list!

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