When I visited the Urban Outfitters website I was surprised by their wonderful furniture and home accessories collection. Not everything they have match my taste but here is a selection of handmade items that I really love. I would buy that beautiful wooden headboard (image above) in a hartbeat but unfortunately they don’t ship this item to The Netherlands (most items are available for world wide shipping though).
These cute egg cup holders from Lucie Kaas will shine on our Easter breakfast table! Danish label Lucie Kaas was founded in 2012 with a vision of bringing stylish yet timeless interior objects into the international design scene. The starting point of this ambition was in the Danish market with a number of re-launches of mid-century Scandinavian designs. The designs of the hand painted egg cups are from the 1960′s and 1970′s. I got mine from Shak Shuka and from Binnenpret. But they are also available from Superlove and from the Lucie Kaas webshop.
La Farme is a creative and letterpress studio based in a small town right above Amsterdam (this must be in the area where I live!) run by Anne Olde Kalter. Anne lives her dream of having a design agency and enjoying ‘farm life’ at the same time. She and her family had moved to the countryside and she tries to create things by hand as much as she can. Her beautiful “Ma’am Step Away from the Computer” print says it all. The poster is a great reminder to stay on track! La Farme has an Etsy shop where you can buy the prints. The ‘It’s OK’ (3rd image) and the “Ma’am Step Away From Your Computer” are also available from online shop BijzonderMOOI.
Well known British designer Ilse Crawford has collaborated with IKEA and created a collection called SINNERLIG which consists of thirty pieces of furniture, textiles and accessories made from natural materials such as cork, bamboo, ceramic and brass. The SINNERLIG collection will be available from Augustus. I have my eye on some pieces!
I love the beautiful work of Katsufumi Baba. His work is the quintessential example of imperfect perfection – how can anything imperfect look so perfect? The Japanese potter has been interested in pottery ever since he was a child. After majoring in law he made up his mind that he wanted to be a potter, so he went to France in 1995 and travelled around Europe for two years to see and learn from European potters. After spending many years as an apprentice to a local potter in Japan, in 2003 he set up in his home town of Fukuoka and has been creating his own works ever since. Katsufumi is interested in creating functional beauty, items that you use over and over for ones entire life. In the future he looks to explore porcelain clay dug up from his own land, using firewood and traditional methods to finish his pots. You can see and purchase his work at OEN and Koromiko.
Ferm LIVING’s new spring/summer 2015 collection is available! And as always their catalog is a feast to the eye. You can check it out here. Danish label ferm LIVING draws on Scandinavian design traditions and retro charm – but with a distinctive graphic edge that makes every item firmly contemporary.