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L E T ’ G E T T R O P S Y
While wandering on blogs this week-end I found out about Dear Rae, a tiny jewellery design studio led by Karin Rae and immediately fell in love with the simple yet elegant style of the young South African designer.
When it comes to jewels, I have a taste for very simple, fine and elegant pieces. I’m always on the hunt for both modern and “rustic” jewels with a bohemian chic feel that can be easily wore with any kind of outfit and suit every occasion.
Dear Rae has this very particular clean and subtle style that delights me. Their last SS15 collection is a kind of tropical wonderland, an ode to summer that has the most pleasant exotic vibes. For this new range, Karin found her inspiration in the raw, lush and leisurely nature of her surroundings. Her naive designs have simplistic forms and natural lines that are totally charming and refreshing.
Click here to discover their beautiful lookbook shot by We Love Pictures!
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S A A N A J A O L L I
Finnish duo Saana ja Olli released its last collection of products entitled Myrskyn jälkeen (After the storm). The pattern they created for the new line is a clever mix of chaos and rigor, celebrating nature and the end of summer.
Those of you who read the blog on a regular basis might have heard about this talented textile designer couple based in Turku, Finland. With a taste for rectitude, timelessness and human touch as well as a focus on sustainability, durability and transparency, Saana ja Olli produces 100% hemp textiles manufactured in Southern Finland. Their patterns are hand drawn by them and mainly inspired by nature and scandinavian folk art.
This last autum collection is a sort of turningpoint in Saana ja Olli’s work, as their drawing process kind of shiffted. For this new line, the designers worked on a more detailed and realistic hand drawn pattern with a checkered-style design. They managed to brillantly combine chaos and order with a perfect balance in the composition by putting together random natural elements and a clear grid system.Their lookbook is also very nice, with a soft and fresh atmosphere that evokes late summer evenings, right before dusk starts, when landscapes slip into a melancholic and delicious bath of blue hues.
L A S T W E E K
I’ve been quite busy with work last week and completely off the blog for my great despair. This grey and chilly autumnal sunday invited me to stay at home, slowing down, indulging myself with warm tea and feeling excited to finally find time to share with you what happened lately.
First, you have to know that Oak (I wrote about the magazine a few posts ago) released its second volume, loaded with great articles and gorgeous photographs dedicated to Scandinavian culture and lifestyle. Among other things, you’ll "meet writer Siri Hustvedt who describes the Norwegian genesis of her linguistic rhythms, as well as singer and rebel Mø, who left her provincial upbringing behind to make the world her stage. You will get close to Chef René Redzepi, who more than anyone else has put Danish cuisine on the world food map, and encounter Japanese designer Akira Minagawa, who discovered his artistically unique idiom in Finland."
Cant wait to grab my own copy and dive deeper into this new issue.
Another exciting news is the opening of Muji’s first European flagshipstore in Paris, Les Halles. Choosing the French capital and it’s beating heart to establish it’s brand new concept of shop, the Japanese retailer showed up last wednesday with a bunch of exclusive products and partnerships. Two new lines of objects were created : Found Muji and Muji Kids.
The first one is an exclusive line of everyday objects related to French cuisine curated by famous concept store Merci. This selection celebrates with simplicity and modernity the French food traditions and gather typical utensils designed by several established factories or craftsmen.
Muji Kids is a childrenswear version of adult’s classics that focuses on comfort, functionnality and high quality at affordable prices.
Along with those new concepts, you’ll find a limited edition of 4 fragrances of Eaux de Colognes produced by the Benedictine nuns of the Chantelle Abbey following ancestral techniques developped by their community.
Last but not least, the shop invited 3 French artists - Jean Michel Alberola, Paul Cox and Phillipe Weisbecker - to create artworks celebrating this opening. Their work will be exhibited in front of the shop, Place Carrée.
K A I C O B Y
K O I Z U M I S T U D I O
Enamel is my new obsession when it comes to dinnerware, so when I found out about this beautiful collection designed by award-winning and Tokyo based designer Makoto Koizumi, my heart just went crazy.
This simple yet elegant set of cookware is just the perfect combo of sophistication and rusticity. Made from enamel coated steel and maple wood, each piece is durable and totally thermo-efficient. Their pure design and the glossy sheen of their white coat coupled to an ultimate functionality has something of the traditional japanese tea ceremony’s quiet and poetic atmosphere.
O S M A H A R V I L A H T I
F O R M A R I M E K K O
Famous Finnish photographer Osma Harvilahti just shot Marimekko’s last campaign and released a beautiful set of photographs full of serenity.
With an impressive list of prestigious clients, features (Apartamento Magazine, Levi’s Strauss, Monocle, Nokia…) and exhibitions, Osma Harvilahti is one of the most influent photographers of Finland and a must when it comes to contemporary photography. Osma has a taste for precision and abstraction - focusing more on colors, shapes and patterns than on trivial subjects such as portraits or landscapes - which makes his work so relevant for a brand like Marimekko. His series for the Finnish company is representative of his minimalist aesthetic, giving to the whole set of photographs a sense of calm and serenity. His interest for visual narration is also clearly readable here, allowing the eye to jump from a cliche to another following a key color or detail. The result is simply beautiful.
M O R E & C O
I love every single items this little Portland based shop curates.
With a focus on everyday objects - ” the one that surround us, the one we reach for again and again” - MORE&CO’s selection is in constant motion, changing every few months, taking shape around a certain theme or set of ideas. Two Feet On The Ground is their latest.
" Every year as the air chills and the sun thins, we settle in. It’s time to cook, organize, clean house, see friends, drink red wine. Plant your feet on the ground and find balance for the coming season with this collection."
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R E B E C C A A T W O O D
As the talented Rebecca Atwood is launching her new stunning collection of homegoods called Howland, I thought it was more than time to introduce the Brooklyn based designer and welcome her into the circle of the Pattern Pathos stars.
Rebecca is certainly one of my favorite and most inspirational figure in the world of pattern design and objects making. Beginning her career at Anthropologie, the designer quickly made her name through the creation of home products collections and consulting on trends and design for clients all over the United States and United Kingdom.
Her unique and recognizable style are imbued by her creative process and her love for traditional techniques and hand painting. Rebecca finds her inspiration into her everyday life in Brooklyn as well as her family heirloom, collecting textures found in nature, vintage patterns discovered at the flea market, inspired color combinations from travels or compositions from her numerous sketchbooks. These first stages of making, often lost in today’s commercial products, are an integral part of the designer’s process who spend a lot of time experimenting on collages, paintings, drawings and natural color testings.
Her last series of products is a clever combination of naturally dyed shibori linens, subtle metallics, hand-painted marks and an array of rich neutrals layer together. The result is a luxurious but relaxed collection of items blend with a warm autumnal atmosphere…
"The new fall collection begins on a crisp autumn morning. It’s a morning where milk turns a warm cup of coffee into that perfect latte color. It’s a morning where light dances across the bedroom walls, creating ever changing patterns. As morning gives way to afternoon, smoky grey shadows cast long grids along the sidewalk, and weathered steel reflects the soft luster of the late-morning sun. A day in the studio is spent creating potato prints, marbling paper and working through ideas in a sketchbook. By the end of the day, the light has shifted, casting everything in deep blue-green hues."
S A T S U K I S H I B U Y A
Satsuki Shibuya is a painter, artist and spiritual thinker living and working in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. I’ve been following her work for years now, from her first screenprinted or hand-sewn products and blogposts to her debuts in fine arts. I’m a huge fan of this sweet lady whose philosophy is full of grace and delicacy.
Her last paintings are a beautiful and true reflect of her essence. They’re based on intuition, energy and spirit, exploring the realms of the unknown to bridge the gaps between the traditionally tangible and the unseen. Her soft abstract landscapes are visualizations of universal metaphisics, an invitation to introspection in the search of peace and harmony. Simply beautiful.
O Y O Y F W 1 4
The Dannish brand just released its Autumn/Winter catalogue with some exciting novelties! Along with the new upcoming products, Oyoy is launching a line dedicated to kids that is absolutely delicious…
Mixing ethnic influences found in the Hopi folklore and cool nordic vibes, the new collection of Oyoy is just as pleasant and refreshing as always.
Once again the brand remains faithful to its motto - “Less is more” -, focusing on form and function and bringing some special attention to color and materials combinations. The result is a simple, efficient and colorful series of high-quality products that is totally delightful. The MINI OYOY collection launched this season will include (among other things) cotton knit animals, wooden toys, cushions, plaids and cute animals placemats with the loveliest designs.
Go have a look to their beautiful catalogue here!
K O T O C A N D L E
The Design Bloggers United recently launched a delicately scented candle in collaboration with Scandinavisk.
If you’re a fan of scandinavian lifestyle and a design blogs faithful reader, then you probably heard about the Design Bloggers United, a collective of independent nothern European bloggers led by Bungalow5 from Denmark and Emma’s Designblog from Sweden.
The group of nine prominent bloggers aims at providing quality articles focusing on good design and its potential to inspire and improve quality of life. They travel the world looking for the best design has to offer, meeting influent design companies and always searching for innovative products.
They recently teamed up with Scandinavisk, a brand creating scented candles inspired by Scandinavian lifestyle to give birth to Koto, a large candle celebrating the cozyness of long and dark winter’s evenings spent at home with loved ones.
"I am crazy about scented candles myself, the high quality kind that is, and I can already say that this one with a soft scent of amber, jasmine and vanilla will be a future favorite. We wanted to make a homey, welcoming scent, something that could represent our interests in homes and interiors, and chose a name to match. KOTO means home in Finnish” says Emma, eagerly speaking about the candle.
KOTO has four 100% cotton wicks and a burn time of 75 hours. The wax, entirely natural and mineral, is poured in a hand-blown glass votive.
Photos and styling are from Susanna Vento who recently joined the ranks of the Design Bloggers United.