Thursday, 30 October 2014

MINT – ELEMENTS OF CRAFT EXHIBITION – LDF

I guess one of the reasons why I am still living in London, despite having to pay so much money for housing, transport, bills, etc…is the fact that I can visit shops such as Mint, and attend interesting exhibitions and events, pretty much all year around. Last September, as part of the London Design Festival, Mint's team curated a show called "Elements of Craft", possibly one of the best I have seen so far in the shop, and focusing on the influence of craft in design. Where else could you see such a variety of work, coming from different designers, disciplines and countries, (oh yeah apart of the trade shows and many showrooms gathered around the city), but the space is so beautiful in itself, that makes the whole experience very special.
Lina Kanafani has got a very well trained eye when it comes to spotting new emerging designers, and putting together pieces that otherwise would look uneasy, such a mix of materials, shapes and colours, my breath was taken away by it all. I really enjoyed the work, the clever and innovative use of materials thrown in together, to produce unique pieces, oh yeah sure they cost a fortune, but that is what you pay for a handmade piece of work!!!
As my mother always says, how can you have such an expensive taste coming from such a modest background, and I always say to her, mama, appreciation for beauty and talent doesn't come from money it comes from the heart!!
Photos by Inge Clemente and me

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

LIBERTY LONDON – GREAT STYLING, HOMEWARE AND FURNITURE COLLECTIONS

When possible I like going into town to check my favourites shops, being, Liberty, one of them,  I learn a lot from how they style and presents their products. The furniture and homeware floor is heaven…I like how they mix the pieces and the colour themes they choose. Last time I was there I got a very nice surprise as I found my cushions in very good company. I love the rooms they have created, with a variety of old and new, different tones of blues and textures, linen, velvets, woods and graphics. The english Romantic collection feels like home in Liberty, and It makes me very happy to see my products in the store, it means a lot to me!!
 

PRESS CUTTINGS
Below the latest press featuring the English Romantic collection
The Telegraph, Living Etc, and Chloe magazines. 
Photos by me

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

OUT AND ABOUT IN LONDON

Our Summer and warm long days are gone and it seems that the new season has arrived. I am very grateful for this year's long gentle Summer, that has brought us so many gorgeous sunny days. I have been taken trips to different part of the city, walking miles and exploring my local area more and more. London is a busy city, full of life and people, and as such, it can be quite overwhelming at times, so I tend to scape to the many amazing parks that we have in the big smoke.
My local park, Peckham Rye, with its own wild life and trees, and one of my local pubs, just around the corner from me, long walks after work, and entertaining conversations with friends...
Nunhead cemetery, the local pride, I love getting lost in there, although I find it a bit spooky, 
have you been? 
Dulwich park, simply stunning, and surrounding by amazing architecture, if I only had the money...
This is the most beautiful house (above), in Bushey Hill Road, Camberwell,  
where I lived for many years.
Regent's park, possibly the most beautiful park in London, so graceful, peaceful, and multicultural...
Limehouse and the riverside, I dont tend to go to this part of the city that often, but since I met (someone very nice who happen to work around there), I am getting to know it better. There are some nice and interesting hidden places yet to be discover...
Photos by me

Thursday, 4 September 2014

INSPIRED BY SIMPLICITY AND STYLE

I spend a great part of my spare time looking at interiors magazines and books, leave alone Pinterest, blogs, etc... I love designing products, but equally enjoy putting together ideas and decorating spaces. My designs have always happened from a need, my first ever product was a cushion, why? because I needed a few for my sofa and bed, plus I love working with fabrics, whatever products came afterwards were defined by what I could produced within my skills, knowledge and budget and of course needed it in my own house, like the hooks and knobs, as I like renovating furniture.

I often get inspired by interior photos, it could be a colour scheme, a theme or I simply get ideas for photographing my products. Veronica posted this gorgeous photo (above) of her new house on Instagram, and I instantly got inspired by it, love the linen sofa by MADE, plus of course my English Romantic red lake cushion in it. Link to all the products on the mood board at the end of the post. Enjoy and get inspired by simplicity and style being achieved with well designed and quality products.

CUSHIONPRINT | SOFA | HOOKS | TABLE | BASKET | CUPS

Monday, 25 August 2014

Helo rainy Monday and lovely people out there, nice weekend? mine was good and busy indeed. Last week I went to visit and buy a few things from the pop-up shop that artist Rosaline Schweiker and designer Jo Waterhouse set up in my local area, Nunhead.
I have a lot of respect and admiration for people that follow their dreams and take risks in life, specially when it comes to being an entrepreneur and try to make your own business happen. Not every creative person/designer/artist have the desire to open an space/shop, specially since owning a shop would see you at times becoming more of a shop keeper than the creative person you are. There are a lot of amazing independent shops happening in London, I wonder if there is a going back to brick and mortar? What do you think? Opening these spaces represent quite a risk, as the set-up cost and running of the business are much higher that running your shop online, but for me, having a physical space has always being a DREAM and something I am hoping to achieve in the future, hopefully sooner than later...
I absolutely loved the space that Jo and Rosaline put together for the pop-up shop, which is now closed as it was a temporary space only. They have created such a beautiful and cosy place where to shop for Jo's designs and vintage finds to other artists work. Every time I stepped in, I felt welcomed and inspired, so well done girls!!
I leave you with some snaps of their space and work, off to carry on working and wishing for the rain to stop and the sun to shine…too soon to be in Winter mood yet!.
Photos by me

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

NATURE | ROMANCE | INSPIRATION

Despite being sunny in London, (well it can rain anytime, I can spot the grey dense clouds from my window), I am in the mood for some mysterious English romance stories, Jane Eyre is one of my favourites novelists. I love the Victorian aesthetic, the drama and passion, the English landscapes and nature. I have been doing lots of walks through woodlands and forests in London and near by, these places have an energy difficult to resists, and are a great source of inspiration, it is in this themes that I have based my English romantic collection, (new designs coming soon). 

You can create some of this romanticism in your interiors, by adding some vintage paintings, old linens, plenty of wild flowers, pieces of furniture with character and some accessories such as cushions, hooks, knobs, bed panels, with interesting patterns and colours, don't be afraid of mixing colours, patterns and styles, create your very personal style, it is your home after all!
Photos by Piero Pierini | me | John Cullen | Melanie Molesworth | rest I can't find the credits

NEW WOODEN HOOKS AND KNOBS COLOURS

I just added some new colours to the wooden knobs and hooks range. Mustard, lilac and green forest, more coming soon. Happy Shopping!

Monday, 11 August 2014

CHARLENE MULLEN NEW SHOP

Welcome Monday, I hope you all had a good weekend and are feeling ready to take on another week!! 
For me, it has been quite an stressful and eventful weekend, but I have now returned to normality. 

A few weeks ago I went to visit designer Charlene Mullen's NEW shop in London, located at 7 Calbert Street, Shoreditch. I met Charlene back in 2008 at 100% design, and since them have followed her career and success. The more I get to know her, the more I respect and admire her hard work and determination, of course it helps that she is lovely. Not every designer out there, has the desire to open a shop, but I think that for us, it is very important to have a showroom where people can come in to appreciate the products and talk to us face to face.

Some of us work from home (me), some others have studios/workshops, but opening a shop, is altogether a different responsibility and big risk that at some point in our business, we may decide to take on, knowing that we will have to face the shop keeping as well as carrying on with the designing and running of the business. For all these reasons are more, I send you, Charlene, my congratulations, for making your gorgeous shop happening, long life to it young lady!! 
One of the her latest products, is a collaboration with Royal Doulton, a striking B&W new tableware range of ceramics, now available at her shop, and other retailers. I have my eye set on the dinner plates!! 
What to find in her new shop, her signature cushions, lampshades, cute cats and a selected range of other interior's products from some of the best British designers and artists. 
Photos by me
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