Wednesday, 13 August 2014

NATURE | ROMANCE | INSPIRATION

Despite being sunny in London, (well it can rain anytime, I can spot the grey dense clouds from my window), I am in the mood for some mysterious English romance stories, Jane Eyre is one of my favourites novelists. I love the Victorian aesthetic, the drama and passion, the English landscapes and nature. I have been doing lots of walks through woodlands and forests in London and near by, these places have an energy difficult to resists, and are a great source of inspiration, it is in this themes that I have based my English romantic collection, (new designs coming soon). 

You can create some of this romanticism in your interiors, by adding some vintage paintings, old linens, plenty of wild flowers, pieces of furniture with character and some accessories such as cushions, hooks, knobs, bed panels, with interesting patterns and colours, don't be afraid of mixing colours, patterns and styles, create your very personal style, it is your home after all!
Photos by Piero Pierini | me | John Cullen | Melanie Molesworth | rest I can't find the credits

NEW WOODEN HOOKS AND KNOBS COLOURS

I just added some new colours to the wooden knobs and hooks range. Mustard, lilac and green forest, more coming soon. Happy Shopping!

Monday, 11 August 2014

CHARLENE MULLEN NEW SHOP

Welcome Monday, I hope you all had a good weekend and are feeling ready to take on another week!! 
For me, it has been quite an stressful and eventful weekend, but I have now returned to normality. 

A few weeks ago I went to visit designer Charlene Mullen's NEW shop in London, located at 7 Calbert Street, Shoreditch. I met Charlene back in 2008 at 100% design, and since them have followed her career and success. The more I get to know her, the more I respect and admire her hard work and determination, of course it helps that she is lovely. Not every designer out there, has the desire to open a shop, but I think that for us, it is very important to have a showroom where people can come in to appreciate the products and talk to us face to face.

Some of us work from home (me), some others have studios/workshops, but opening a shop, is altogether a different responsibility and big risk that at some point in our business, we may decide to take on, knowing that we will have to face the shop keeping as well as carrying on with the designing and running of the business. For all these reasons are more, I send you, Charlene, my congratulations, for making your gorgeous shop happening, long life to it young lady!! 
One of the her latest products, is a collaboration with Royal Doulton, a striking B&W new tableware range of ceramics, now available at her shop, and other retailers. I have my eye set on the dinner plates!! 
What to find in her new shop, her signature cushions, lampshades, cute cats and a selected range of other interior's products from some of the best British designers and artists. 
Photos by me

Friday, 8 August 2014

INSPIRED BY DANIEL LOBB'S WORK

Hello everybody, another week has gone by and we continue to have what seems to be, one of the best Summers in London in a long time...so not complaining!!  I have been wanted to show you the instalation called "As above, so below" of landscape designer Daniel Lobb for the Siobhan Davies Studios, where I go for my pilates classes with Laura Guarnera, (I totally recommend her classes).
Daniel Lobb creates a large-scale installation and internal water cycle which extracts the humidity generated from the sweat and breath of dancers in the Studios to sustain plant colonies within a suspended copper rill. Demonstrating that there are many ways to grow plants indoors, Lobb aims to match the ingenuity of plant systems, opening up new possibilities.
I have totally fallen in love with his work, so delicate and unusual, he has inspired me to grow my indoor plants collection, and play with the idea of hanging and using them in different ways, my problem is that I am not good with plants, the poor things give up on me very quickly...but I will keep trying. His work is worth seeing, and if you fancy some dance or pilates, Siobhan Davies is the place to go, it is amazing there. 
Photos by me and Gorminator

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

HEAL'S NEW RANGE OF DESIGNER'S PIECES

Hello everybody, so far it continues to be hot and sunny in London, so all good, considering how bad our last Summer was. I am planning to get away at some point soon, I need to be by the seaside and get a break from work and London, as much as I enjoy my job and this city, I need to recharge batteries away from the big buzz...
A few weeks ago, I went to HEAL's launch of their AW2014 designer's pieces collections. It was a sunny and lovely day, so I was not in the mood for Winter colours or fabrics, etc…but for my surprise I was presented with a fresh and natural collection of furniture pieces, which included lots of light colour wood in the form of chairs, sofas and gorgeous tables, such as the JAC side table above by Gavin Coyle, together with very interesting lighting and accessories designs. I really enjoyed the different materials, and shapes, and most important the fact that these pieces didn't fit a Winter trend as we will all expect. 
I am not into trends, or seasons, my work does't reflect trends, but my own ideas and very personal taste, whether or not they fit into an specific trend is all together a different matter, of course we all look at the same things and end up getting inspired by what is around us.

That is why I found HEAL's furniture preview very refreshing and in tune with nature and  craftsman-ship. They support somehow the work of designers, and that, I value very much, whether or not it is profitable for us, independent designers to to work alongside big stores, that I keep for myself...
Photos via HEAL'S

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

ART PRINTS – LIMITED EDITION – BOTANICAL SERIES

I have recently finished printing the NEW botanical series art prints at a local printing studio, Sonsoles Print Studio, in Peckham, 5 minutes away from my home/studio. I used to print at home, but since I spent quite a bit of money on a new bathroom with white tiles I decided that it wasn't a very good idea to continue the printing at my home based studio, (I cried every time is saw the splashes of black ink on the new tiles), plus my set up is not ideal, specially for big format prints. 

I have always enjoyed printmaking, specially the screen printing process, I love getting messy, mixing the inks and seeing the final results, not so much all the preparation, cleaning, washing off the screens, ink all over my hands, nails, arms and clothes...

The latests series is about botanicals, cactus, and related family of plants, I get inspirations from the gardens back home in Gran Canaria, Kew Gardens and the Barbican center in London, photos I see on internet, magazines, exhibitions, etc...I try to plan my work, but I seem to improvise lots to. I am not a very organised person when it comes to my ideas and creative process, I am in fact a bit all over the place, that is why my work can look so different at times, but somehow I bring cohesiveness into it, by using the same colours, applying the same techniques, using the same materials and finally styling the photos to bring them all together. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

MY FRIEND'S HOUSES – KATE CLARKE LONDON

Hello Monday and everybody!! It is still very warm and sunny in London, so not complaining, although a trip to the beach wouldn't hurt with these temperatures...Since I am not having holidays this Summer, I am trying to take work easy and spend some days not doing much, but as much as I like the idea, I don't seem to manage to slow down, but to the contrary, keep working and working...When you run your own business, there are always things to do, plan for, etc...but there is time for meeting with friends, naps, going to the park, long walks, ballet, etc...too.

We recently had an afternoon tea at My dear friend Kate's cute flat, that she shares with boyfriend illustrator Nikalas. Apart from stuffing my face with different cakes, biscuits, and wash it all with plenty of tea, I took some photos of their colourful and cosy flat.

They both love children's books, graphics, colours, design, patterns, cute ceramics, etc...They got a great eye for mixing colours, with patterns and vintage pieces with more modern ones.
You can normally tell by someone's work how their home may be decorated, and that is the case with Kate's home-ware line, (pictured below). her work is full of colour, and gorgeous shapes, very Scandinavian and fresh, just like her home!

Photos by me

Sunday, 13 July 2014

ADDING COLOUR TO YOUR INTERIORS

I am constantly changing the decor in my house, but I don't throw away things, as I am against the disposable consumerism idea of anything, specially when it comes to decorating a home). I instead, rearrange the furniture, move it to a different room, give it a different use, or give it to a friend who may need it. What I like is adding new pieces that complement my exciting ones, and I do it with colour. My house is pretty neutral, but has drops of colour, in the form of cushions, prints, kitchenware, knobs, hooks etc...It helps that I am a home-ware designer, so every time I launch a new product I add it to my home, plus I can't help it but I absolutely LOVE interiors, decorating, houses, products, design, you name it....
Here are some ideas to incorporate some colour into your house, beautiful pieces to create a relaxed and easy space. I am into fluro colours and natural wood right now, and of course black and white!
Family house in Amsterdam via remodelista

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

woonboek – a book about real interiors

I have been browsing this beautiful book, have you seen it? that Kate brought back from her recent trip to Antwerpen. It is written in Belgian, so not much reading going on, but I can focus on the real interiors that fill the pages. My favorite house is from Zoe, I love the easy going and vintage feel of her space, with the neutral colours as background for the so many gorgeous pieces, from cushions, chairs, mirrors, etc...Going trough the pages felt like a welcoming to the different houses/spaces that the owners have created for themselves, very lived in, with pets, plants, etc..!!!Check the nice blog here.
The book has a section dedicated to shops and DIY projects, 
such as the MIAUW soft letters (shown below).

Monday, 7 July 2014

B&W botanical prints, and greens, to create a relaxed and fresh look

I like the natural and fresh look that decorating with simple and yet beautiful objects can be achieved. My house is painted in white, with the exception of a wall in black (living room), and another in blue (bedroom). I am not into minimalism, that is for sure, but I have tendency towards neutral colours, wood and B&W. 

I have just finished a limited edition of hand printed art prints, soon available in my shop. I have been drawings for years and have a vast collection of botanical motifs, mainly cactus, and related plants. The process of hand printing is tiring and time consuming, but so rewarding and enjoyable at the same time.  

I find botanical motifs very versatile when it comes to decorating, they combined very well with other styles, such as geometrics, and more abstracts shapes. I leave you with this mood board of handmade, practical homewares from different designers/shops. Good productive Monday!
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