April 25, 2011

1940's Fashion illustrations

Hope you enjoyed your easter breaks!
We thought we'd let you know that we've put some new vintage finds on Our Shop. This includes, these wonderful french fashion drawings from the 1940's. We found them last week, and instantly loved them. They're so beautiful that we’re finding it hard to part with them. The sketches were drawn in 1948, illustrating and giving you an insight into the season’s collection. The style back then, seems to echoe alot of tailoring and nipped in the waist details. Each drawing is numbered, and has a small sketch of the back of each outfit to accompany it. There are quite a few on Our Shop, do check them out.





April 23, 2011

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone! We hope you are enjoying the long break. I just thought I'd share the Easter egg my hubbie bought me from Rococo Chocolates as it had the most amazing packaging complete with box, ribbons and tissue paper. I speak in the past tense as I have been bad and opened my Easter egg early. The smaller box contains real eggs which have been emptied and refilled with chocolate!



Kate Loves Willy

When we think of Royal memorabilia our minds go back to the chintzy Charles and Diana plates and mugs from our childhoods. This teatowel has to be the best of 2011's offerings. So funny and available to buy on etsy.  I hope Grandma Lizzie dries her finest china with one of these!

April 16, 2011

Limited Edition Japanese Postcards

Hello! We just launched some beautiful postcards by illustrator Julie Labulle with iconic Japanese symbols. They are exclusive to Our Shop and each one is numbered. We are donating all profits to go the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Fund. Each set comes with 5 postcards that feature a unique japanese icon that represents courage, strength, good luck, good health and prosperity.
Click here to find out more.




April 12, 2011

BLOG CHAT 06_SHELL THOMAS



Shell is a furniture and product designer living and working in London. Her work marries a whimsical spirit with sustainable materials and digital processes, signified by an ever-present element of playful quirk. Shell's work includes a range of bespoke cardboard furniture, retail window installations and her first product, Reggie the Eco Rocker- a flat-pack cardboard rocking horse for cool and creative kids. Check out more work at, shellthomas.com

1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
I've always really loved... well, things. I know pretty-much everyone likes stuff, but I became aware of how lovely objects can make me feel warm and fuzzy pretty early on. My Mum says that when I was 2 or 3 and people would ask me what Santa might bring for Christmas, I'd tell them I was hoping for a new pillow, although I pronounced it 'pellow' back in the day. I got proper into home-wares. It's no secret I've coveted my Grandad and Grandma's vintage glasses and harlequin sets of anodised aluminium tumblers FOREVER and, although my early interior design and fashion concepts fell well short of successful, I was never short of a bonkers vision. It wasn't until I was already a grown-up that it ever really occurred to me that what I love might somehow be what I do.

2. IF YOU WEREN'T AN PRODUCT DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Oh, I like the idea of all sorts. I love cooking and I've always fancied being a shopkeeper, too! I'd love to have a design store, offering a bespoke design service alongside vintage and new furniture, objects and books, with a lovely cafe inside. I would bake the cakes and my husband Huw would make the best ever coffee. I'd also love to learn about set dressing for film and TV, sourcing and arranging props to create the right look.

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
Get out and get happy. I am uber-proiductive when I'm feeling upbeat, so if I'm not feeling it, I'll pack it in for a bit and come back when my spidey senses are tingling. Specifically, this might be a natter with Huw or whoever's working in the studio, or some blog-spotting or you-tubing. People falling and getting hurt makes me laugh. A lot. To an untrained-eye it may seem like I'm a great big procrastinator, but it's all just part of the magic!

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
Some new products - new specs and some desk accessories. I'm working with some new materials so it's relatively experimental at this stage.

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Early Bird, although this winter's been particularly tough one and I have struggled to get out of bed some mornings, but I start out each day on maximum-productivity-power and it steadily diminishes throughout the day.

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
I've recently become a biscuit freak, but that has got to stop! Fox's biss quits. I do love that gangster panda!

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
Green. All sorts, but what really gets my jazz-hands working is a well-curated palette of colours rocking it together. Perfection

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
Pool Ponies.

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
Huw, (assuming he can't save himself) and practical things, I guess. Nothing really crosses me as truly irreplaceable. That's a bit sad, isn't it?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
Oh my goodness, SO. MANY. These are probably my favourites...
The Design Files for getting in-touch with Melbourne design and peeking at lovely Australian interiors.
Dlisted for ridiculously hilarious, yet equally unimportant gossip.

April 03, 2011

Wild Raspberries

While sorting through stuff, we came across this gem of a book. Andy Warhol's work is one of the most recognisable, however it's his early work that we were intrigued with and loved most. Warhol started out as a graphic artist, working on commercial projects for a variety of advertising clients in the 50's. This book, Wild Raspberries by Warhol and Suzie Frankfurt, is a lovely and whimsical cookbook with a difference. Illustrated by Warhol in 1959, packed with quirky illustrated, funny recipes from Fighting Fish, Baked Hawaii and...... Roasted gyuana??





View My Stats