Category Archives: DESIGN

COTTON & FLAX HOME DECOR AND ACCESSORIES

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Cotton & Flax offers modern home decor and accessories, designed and handmade in California, USA. Erin Dollar is the owner, maker, and designer behind Cotton & Flax. Each step of the process is completed by Erin, beginning with the pattern design and the selection of heirloom quality fabrics. She draws each pattern by hand using brush and ink, and the drawing is later transferred to a silkscreen to create multiples on textiles. When it comes time to do the printing, Erin scours local sources to find beautiful linen and linen blend fabrics to hand print with her designs. She then carefully hand prints each piece of fabric with her original designs, which she later sews into pillows, teatowels, napkins, or coasters. The striking hand drawn patterns set Cotton & Flax textiles apart as a blending of fine art and fine craft. In using traditional methods to print each textile piece, Erin hopes to share her love of printmaking, and to promote greater public interest in owning unique, handmade home goods.

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MARGOT KAT’S BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS INSPIRED BY NATURE

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Margot Kat is inspired by nature which you can see in her stunning designs. All her creations originate from a deep-rooted feeling of nature’s positive influence on our lives. Nature’s textures, shapes and colors are the basis for Margot’s homeware collection. The earth, plants and animals are her inspiration. Roots for example is a collection of ceramic tableware and vases inspired by the movements and texture of roots. During the design process special attention is given to sourcing environmental, animal and human friendly materials and a sustainable production process. You can see and order her work on the Rootfolk website.

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CLOTHES RAIL: ORGANIZER OR EYE-CATCHER?

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A clothes rail used to be an inexpensive way to store you clothes but now it is not only a storage tool but it has become a an eye-catcher as well. You can find a simple rail at IKEA (the rack in the fourth images is from IKEA) or you can buy a beautiful designed rail. The latter ones are often used as styling objects storing only your most beautiful pieces of clothing. If you are handy, you can also create your own rack. There are various diy tutorials to be found online (for example here and here). Don’t worry if you are not much into diy projects, there a plenty of racks on the market. For example the minimalistic designed rails from Anna Leena.

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CERAMICS BY NATHALIE LAHDENMAKI

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Loving these soft colored mug designed by Finnish designer Nathalie Lahdenmäki for Lokal. Lokal is a concept store located in the heart of Helsinki, Finland. They also have a online shop with worldwide shipping options.

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Source: via Varpunen.

K DESK: A NEW DESIGN BY RAFA KIDS

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Kids furniture label RaFa-kids has just released a new design: the playful K desk. This stable and functional desk has been designed without compromising its beauty. The K desk, which is made from Finnish birch wood, can be set in two different positions: an open and close one. When closed the furniture is clean and elegant. Once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. A perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. The vertical part can serve as an exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. Great attention to detailing has been put in the design: here are no screws or connectors outside. RaFa-kids originated from the shared dream of two married architects, based in The Netherlands. Two people, who in whatever they do, put all their soul and energy into it. Agata takes care of the esthetic side of the designs. Arek is the technical brain of the duo. You can see more of their beautiful designs on their website.

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LEATHER STRAPS: STYLISH, SIMPLE & FUNCTIONAL

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These leather straps designed by Mathilda Clahr are simple, stylish and functional. You can hang them in the hallway to store scarves and when opened you can use them to hang your bags. But the straps can also be handy in the kitchen (to store kitchen textiles), bathroom and in the office. Just be creative! The straps are available here.

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Credits: images styled by Josefin Hååg | photographer Elin Strömberg | via STIL Inspiration.

SHINO TAKEDO CERAMICS

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Japanese artist Shino Takedo creates the most beautiful ceramic pieces. This is what she says about her work and herself: “I grew up on Kyushu island in southern Japan. Kyushu has a rich history of ceramics and arts. My mother admired and collected both. When I was a child we would travel all around Japan to look at different art shows and visit ceramic artists studios. My work is an appropriation of those more traditional Japanese art forms mixed with all the freshness of NYC today. All my work are hand-build, one of a kind. Searching for perfect imperfection, tracing memories, making story that connect the old to the new.” A list of stockists can be found on her website.

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