Laura Carlin is an award winning ceramicist and illustrator, whose eye-catching designs and quirky sculptures have developed a cult following in the UK and abroad. From whimsical illustrations to textured patterning, Laura has shown herself to be as versatile with clay as she is on paper. Her hand-decorated ceramic vessels, figurines and lamp bases are all entirely unique. Laura’s work is available from The New Craftsmen, a wonderful online shop dedicated to exceptional British craft. I especially love her glazed earthenware animal tiles. The mural featured below is composed of 84 ceramic tiles and showcases Laura’s distinctive and uniquely engaging style.
The New Craftsmen curates, commissions and sells unique contemporary objects that are rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Spanning furniture, lighting, textiles, gifts, ceramics and decorative accessories, our range is made by a growing network of over 100 makers across the British Isles.
The vases Glasilium and Consilium with a copper stem and cork neck showcasing a single flower, straw of grass, branch or leaf in their most transparent form of beauty. The stem is placed in the vase as if it were growing in nature, bringing and capturing this concept indoors. These vases are available in a variety of colors and are beautiful either solo or as an arrangement. This is an award winning design by Swedish brand Scandinaviaform created by Eva Levin. Available from Fine Little Day.
Danish studio Norm Architects has designed a new collection of sound-absorbing cabinets for Swedish brand Zilenzio. The cabinets are designed to improve sound and help create a balanced environment in the spaces that matter the most – home offices or co-working spaces, multi-functional, open-plan spaces or hard-working living rooms. Called Tone Cabinets, they’re so smart and discreet that you would hardly know that their primary function was to dampen sound. They come in three different sizes, so can be incorporated into even the smallest of spaces. The beautiful muted colors, such as rusty brown, ochre and blue, were carefully selected by Note Design Studio.
We are happy to introduce Clover, a new sponsor of The Style Files! Clover is an online shop offering handmade products sourced from all over the world. Hand-selected by founder Samantha Petrie, each piece in Clover’s global chic collection for the home provides a glimpse into its native culture and the artisan who created it. Whether it’s a contemporary Turkish rug or a ceramic bowl from Uzbekistan, each product possess a timeless, fresh aesthetic that is both rooted in tradition and reflective of modern style. Common threads throughout Clover’s wildly diverse assortment are high-quality, natural materials, eco-friendly dyes, and hand-craftsmanship.
Their artisans range from indigenous people continuing centuries-old crafting traditions to urban dwellers approaching their designs with a modern eye. An on-going relationships is developed with the artisans, supporting them (and their communities) by ensuring that each item sold has been ethically sourced and that its creator is fairly compensated.
I am big advocated for responsible shopping (buying less by buying better – handmade, eco-friendly & fair trade) and thankful for shops like Clover!
This stunning home in Eelderwolde, The Netherlands, has been designed by Dutch architect studio SKA. The house is newly built but its long shape, the triangle roof and the raw wooden facade creates the atmosphere of a barn.
This colorful Marimekko pattern is perfect for summer! Ojakellukka is a new pattern of colorful flowers designed by Aino-Maija Metsola. Aino-Maija is a Helsinki-based freelance illustrator and designer who graduated with an MA in graphic design from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. With her immense interest in colour, Aino-Maija creates bold yet subtle prints using different techniques ranging from watercolour to ink, markers and gouache.