August 28, 2011

Our Shop Summer Sale

The end of Summer is almost here and while that makes us a little bit sad we're looking forward to autumn leaves, hot chocolate and wooly socks. Check out our End of Summer Sale for something else to smile about, why not bag yourself a bargain.




August 23, 2011

Nido

Hello! we received a copy of Nido magazine this morning, featuring our red apple storage jars. Thanks Nido! Nido is a german family/lifestyle magazine that features lots of interesting design features and stories. We love the design of the magazine.

August 18, 2011

ROB

We'd like to share with you a funny and clever product that caught our eye. Jemil Saka's eyeglass stand is just so quirky! Inspired by an old teacher of Jemil's, 'Rob'. For the spec wearers out there, now you have a cool accessory to display your specs on when you're not wearing them, so there is no excuse for losing them again! Check out more of Jemil's work here.

August 14, 2011

The Broom Brigade

We found these amazing photos on The Guardian website. Makes us so proud to live in London! When all the worlds eyes are upon us for something so negative, it's so great to see people pulling together to help clean up our neighborhoods.






August 13, 2011

Post-It!

Japanese architects, Tato Architects, Yo Shimada has created a stunning installation series of Post-it Note Structures. Created in collaboration with students from Kyoto University of Art and Design. The installation consisted of 30,000 post-it notes in its full neon glory. Each note was positioned onto one another carefully
to form a structural wall, which ran throughout the gallery space.
Via pics via Designboom.com




August 12, 2011

London Love

It's been an odd week in London. What with the riots going on in London, Birmingham and Manchester. Making us all feel vulnerable going about our normal daily lives. We hope that shopkeepers and people affected by this will get support to help rebuild their livelihoods and homes. Here is a pic outside our studio arch, against the backdrop of the developing Shard building. This is a reminder of what we love about London, the old and new.

August 05, 2011

BLOG CHAT 10_YIYING WANG



Hi, it's Friday, nearly the weekend! We'd like to introduce to you the talented designer and author, YiYing Wang. YiYing is the brainchild of Noodoll. YiYing created the World of Noodoll as part of her Master’s course - an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martin’s, London. She has global experience in character design; licensing; clothing, bag and accessory production; and writing. YiYing has been a guest lecturer on design topics at a number of universities; has written for a wide range of publications; has written six successful books- including two bestsellers in Taiwan - and Noodoll’s debut children’s book: Ricehead’s Revenge published by Blue Apple, New York. Take a peek at her gorgeous world of Noodoll here. We loved her stuff so much, that we've got some of her gorgeous Monster Bookmarks and quirky monster and cloud toys in Our Shop, check them out here!

1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
For some unknown reason,  I turn everyone into cartoon characters in my head when I meet them so I decided I should make a career out of it. It makes me laugh! After a while I just felt I needed to do different projects to keep me entertained and to avoid boredom so I started to write books... that's how all it started.

2. IF YOU WEREN'T A DESIGNER WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I would be.... a chef or chocolatier. I would work in anything food related.

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
I feel so blessed and happy to be able to express myself through my works, therefore the things that bother me are not related to creativity or ideas. All of my anxieties are caused by running a business. I just can't yet manage my time and finance properly!

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I have been working on a new range of stationery called 'Noodoll's friends', collaborating with designer friends like Donna Wilson and Luckyboysunday. It's been an exciting process as I get to use their designs and turn them into stationery products.

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Definitely earlier than early bird! I love mornings!

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
A stretch, a breath of fresh air, some biscuits, chocolate, more FOOD!

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
Neon yellow in summer, navy blue in winter.

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
The smell of burnt wood and country side.

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
My laptop, my passport, and my toys.

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
I am not a regular blog reader and don't stick to any particular ones, but, I do love lots of blogs like Marimekko, ohcomely, fifilapin, it's nice that and lots more!

August 01, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS.....

WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Hannah Davies. Please email us your address to info@ourworkshop.co.uk and we'll send you the whole kit and kaboodle. Enjoy and well done.
Thanks to everyone for taking part!

Vintage at the Southbank

We visited Wayne Hemmingways Vintage festival at the Southbank yesterday and enjoyed a beautiful sunny day pottering around the various vintage stalls. There was a lot on offer from fashion, clothing, design and live music. As always we were drawn to the homewares and the helter skelter of course! Here's a little taster of what we saw. We actually have some of the vintage Gaytime ceramics (bottom left pic) on Our Shop if you like the brightly coloured folky look.


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