I have to deal with a lot of things at the moment (practically and emotionally) and I am also a bit under the weather. Whenever things are hectic I prefer calm colors even more than I normally do, hence this post in neutral tones. I do like different shades of whites, creams and grays combined together for a calm and elegant atmosphere. But if this is a bit to boring for you, you can also use these neutrals as a backdrop for brighter colored accessories and furniture pieces which will then become focal points.
(image source: 1. unknown, 2. Lauren Manoogian, 3. unknown, 4. Orion Falls / Akihiro Nikaido / Baba Souk / Onszelf Wallpaper 5. Robyn Thompson, , 6. Ese, 7. Not Only White by Isabella Machinè, 8. Pure Love)
Today I’m loving … these cosy mugs and woven towels.
Today some lovely things from By AprilandMay. This new stylish shop is a collaboration between two stylists, Jantine Vaartjes and Vivian Hoebe. Jantine is also the author of the April and May blog.
Finnish label Iittala has created a beautiful new set of tableware called Sarjaton, which be available from September 2012. Translated, Sarjaton means ‘without series’, a reference to the authenticity of the design language and the mix-and-match quality of this well-considered ensemble. I love the simple and elegant design and the beautiful soft colors that really match very well together.
Iittala has brought together six young Finnish designers from fashion, product, graphic and digital design to create this collection with not only an inherent respect for craftsmanship and dining rituals, but also a respect for the values that enrich contemporary living.
Kirstie van Noort is a graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands. This Dutch designer makes the most beautiful ceramic pieces! Above and below are some items from her collection. The subtle colors are stunning and fit really well in this season’s pastel trend.
Luckily Kirstie’s ceramics are for sale. For more information about her work and ceramics you can contact here at firstname.lastname@example.org
(images by Kirstie van Noort)
Today I’m loving … this beautiful porcelain plates from Etsy shop Zuppa Atelier. The plates will look stunning on a table of course but I can also see them hanging on a wall (grouped together).
Julia, who creates these lovely pieces in her atelier in Brazil: “Each piece is unique, hand drawn and painted, using a combination of techniques of free hand, pen and ink and brushes. It’s a very slow process that requires a lot of patience, dedication and love for what I do.”
Lubna Chowdhary is ceramicist living and working in London. This graduate of the Royal College of Art makes bespoke tiles and utilitarian items by hand. All her work is craft based but with a practical element to it.
Lubna’s work exudes a rare beauty which combines traditional craft techniques with contemporary colour combinations, abstract motifs and graphic line. The strikingly beautiful glazes are blended in her studio, and painted in multiple layers onto tiles of various dimensions and textures. Each tile is then taken through numerous firings, before it is ready to take its place in a meticulously considered composition .
Lubna’s gorgeous designs are available from her online shop. An exclusive selection of tiles designed for Agnes Emery is available in the Emery and Cie shops in Paris, Antwerp and Brussels. A bespoke range of commissioned products is available from Maragret Howell shops worldwide .
Mjölk is a beautiful shop that represents designers from Scandinavia and Japan. From classic and current furniture to Japanese hand crafts, Mjölk reflects the pure aesthetic of the North. There lifestyle store is located in Toronto, Canada but good news: they have an online store as well.
Mjölk’s owners: “We look to our everyday life to find inspiration for the products we carry. Our smaller products can be used without thought, or quietly admired. In our eyes just the simple satisfaction of functionality and durability, is all you need for a successful product, but when you can derive beauty from the uttermost simplistic tools, then you have something special.”
You can visit Mjölk’s online store here.
This display of ceramic objects makes a nice addition to today’s post about Japanese ceramics and houseware!
Today I’m loving …. these wonderful Japanese houseware products from Analogue Life.
Analogue Life is an online shop that focuses primarily on contemporary Japanese houseware. Whether mass produced, or handmade by artisans or craftsman, the emphasis is on simplicity , functionality and plain old good design.
Above some of my favorite products from their shop. The stunning vases are from pottery artist Yasuko Ozeki.