January 25, 2012

BLOG CHAT_14 DACIO LAMOUNIER



We'd like to introduce you to a good friend of ours, Dacio Lamounier. Dacio is a Creative Consultant and founder of Casa Lamounier. He studied Interior Design and in Brazil and ventured to London when he was 24 to explore the diversity and intensity of this city. Since moving to London he has worked in Harrod’s and for the international team at The Body Shop, creating inspiring and innovative Visual Merchandising displays. From there, Dacio went on to become Head of Creative Design for Notcutts, a national chain of garden centres.

In 2011 he founded Casa Lamounier to help realise his dream of running his own consultancy and helping brands to develop their creative ideas. Check out Casa Lamounier's newly launched website here.


1. WHY ARE YOU WHAT YOU ARE?
As a Creative Consultant my passion for design started in Brazil where I had my own Interior Design business, moving to London lead me into Visual Merchandising and Marketing, working for companies such as Harrod’s and The Body Shop. Setting up Casa Lamounier was definitely the next natural move in my career, helping brands to develop and flourish by finding their niche using trend intelligence and bespoke services.

There are great trend websites out there; there has never been such great information on hand. Our main differential is that we collate the most influential and relevant trends to our customers and translate them into practical actions to help them get ahead of their competitors.

2. IF YOU WEREN'T A CREATIVE CONSULTANT WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I love what I do! Helping brands to find solutions, improving their appearance, seeing their progress is very gratifying but if I wasn’t doing that I would definitely be working in the fashion industry as a photographer or designer.

3. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME A DESIGNER'S BLOCK?
I leave the office and go for a good walk in places I haven’t been before.
Sometimes we take it for granted, but living in London is a great privilege. You can find inspiration almost everywhere.

4. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
I’m working on a new trend safari expedition in Brazil – watch this space!

5. EARLY BIRD OR NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl definitely! Mornings are for cockerels!

6. WHAT DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF TO FOR ELEVENSES?
Macaroons and a macchiato

7. MY FAVE COLOUR IS...?
Red

8. MY FAVE SMELL IS....?
Because I’ve worked with fragrance development, I love perfume and find the entire process fascinating. My favourite scent is Carnal Flower by Dominique Ropion – it’s Intoxicating.

9. IF YOUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT 3 THINGS WOULD YOU SAVE?
My cat Sargent, my Mac (with all my photos and music that mean so much to me) and my vintage camera collection

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVE BLOG?
I have a few:
for fashion I follow bryanboy.com and bainser.com
for business tips: Seth’s blog - sethgodin.typepad.com
and of course Our Workshop blog for amazing design tips and new talents.

January 22, 2012

Our Shop featured...

Ashley from Live Like The Boy blog, contacted us back in December to do a blog chat on us about Our Shop. Check it out here... Thanks Ashley!

Our Sale continues...

We've placed more lovely products into our crazy spring clean sale! Grab yourself a treat from For You and For Home sections now. Grab them while you can!

January 16, 2012

Crazy Spring clean sale starts here!

We’re having a Spring clean sale! To kick start our crazy sale, we have up to 50% off the For Work and For Kids sections. Stock up on some quirky, colourful stationery or treat your little ones to some cute toys and making kits! Also don’t forget to keep your eyes on our Facebook page and twitter where we’ll be letting you know of more sale offers in the coming weeks!

January 12, 2012

Happen Projects

We stumbled upon this great project, based in East London. Various artists and designers collaborated with small local businesses around Dalston to create bespoke installations between the shopkeepers and the artists.To help boost the high street. Happen Projects organised this project, called the Exchange Series. The great thing was Hackney Council helped to fund the project. The installations actually end today, however you can take a peek here and find out more about the project. Artists that took part were, Hato Press, Damien Poulain, Alexandre Bettler, Aurelie Dellasanta, Olivia Hegarty, Pipa Greenbank, Sarah Cockings, Laurence Owen and Agi & Sam. Hato Press are a graphic design and print collective, they used their riso colour test prints that they had produced from printing flyers, posters, zines in 2011, to make up the wallpaper of their window installation. Which was really effective, and great as all materials were recycled. See BBC feature here.
Images from Happen Projects.


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