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.
M A R I M E K K O F O R
P A P E R L E S S P O S T
After spreading its colorful and jolly patterns on textiles and homewares, Marimekko is now bringing its unique universe to a collection of paper goods in partnership with Paperless Post.
The collaboration will start with a serie of 40 designs for entertaining, birthday, kids, holiday and personal stationery. All items will be available worldwide for a digital use but will exclusively be sold in paper version in the US.
Here’s what Minna Kemell-Kutvonen and James Hirschfeld, respectively Marimekko’s design director and Paperless Post’s co-founder, have to say about that collaboration:
“Marimekko’s cheerful colors and bold patterns have been brightening people’s days over 60 years. We’re thrilled that this partnership gives people around the world a special way to share a bit of joy with loved ones”
- Minna Kemell-Kutvonen, Marimekko’s Design Director, Prints.
“We’re excited to bring Marimekko’s unique and historical catalog of patterns to a new product and platform. Their bold aesthetic sense has always stood for innovation in design and we are honored to play a part in the continuation of that tradition”
- James Hirschfeld, CEO and Co-founder of Paperless Post.
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A N N A J O Y C E
Today’s pattern lady is Anna Joyce, a brilliant artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her last series of hand-painted patterns was launched yesterday and is so damn good. Anna developed a very gestual graphic language that reveals the artist’s hand, giving every pieces a beautiful energy and making it unique.
The designer products every item herself in her lovely studio, and locally sources materials to guaranty the best quality in order to offer long lasting objects.
I like the personal commitment Anna puts in her work as well as her relaxing and intuitive design process.
T H E C I T I Z E N R Y
The Citizenry is a new globally inspired home decor brand founded by Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley. With a passion for travels, beautifully crafted home goods and a strong desire to leave their current jobs for a more personal and meaningful business, the two college friends decided to built a project that would embrace their dreams.
They decided to travel the world to create their own collection of products, working with different communities of artisans all around the globe. The core idea of the project is to celebrate and support the work of unknown craftsmen and develop unique quality goods in small batches and at fair prices for both artisans and clients. Thus, Carly and Rachel focus on the ressources of each places they visit wether it be on raw materials or artisanry. They ensure happy working conditions and a real support to the developpment of local businesses, helping workers to implement sustainable ressources for their community.
The first chapter of their adventure lead them to Argentina and Peru where they developed products made from soft Alpaca wool and luxurious leather. They gave birth to a small series of beautiful objects from cushions to chairs blending modern inspiration, ancestral knowledges and customs. The result is simply to die for.
I higly recommend to find more about their tribulations and their project via their complete and well documented webstite. And if you want to make yours one of their dreamy products, hurry up, there won’t be for everyone!