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Friday, July 31, 2009

Thanks to the new Liesmichl the days of dog-ears and bookmarks are gone for good. Liesmichl is not only storage for paper backs. It also keeps the pages marked for you while you have something else to do. The upper horizontal tray can be used for a drinking glass or other “reading companions.
Nils Holger Moormann

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cell reading bookshelves

Wang Xibel

Very excited and honoured....

to have been asked by Holly, the talented 'Blogging Queen' of Decor8 to write a piece on a few of my favourite things at home as a guest blogger....

I'm feeling the pressure a bit there given the massive and interior-savvy readership Holly has from around the world but hey.... I'm super excited too!!

I'm trying to take some decent pictures from things I like at home but the light is not great today anyway...more later

(C) pics from Decor8

Billy Heidenreich

35 million units have been sold worldwide of the IKEA shelf Billy – making it the world’s biggest seller when it comes to shelves. Following the slogan Pimp my Billy we have devoted our creativity to this classic IKEA piece to make it "wilder".
ding 3000

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Rang Decor Readers' Creative Spaces: VII

Today Anaheeta Pinto shares her beautiful home in Bangalore with reader's of Rang Decor.Teak leaves pressed on a plaster of paris wall at the entrance and then removed once dried, gives a beautiful texture and feel

says, "I love stories. I think every moment has the potential to be a story and everything we possess becomes precious if it has a story to tell. Our home is a collection of many wonderful stories that we love to recall and share." Lovely wooden stairs with her Grandmother's wooden plank on the right-side wall.
"Our home reflects our travels, our love for nature and our fascination with all things Indian, traditional, handcrafted and creative. That's the other thing: we don't care for the obvious. Deepak and I enjoy the process of discovering a new use, a new shape, a new colour - so much of what you see in the pictures is our take on looking at the obvious with different eyes, on giving something a little twist and just trying a fresh way of using an old thing...its fun!"
This lovely painting in the living room is by Bharati Prajapati.
This antique chair has been restored and upholstered by Anaheeta herself with mirrorwork cutouts and rawsilk upholstery.

Anaheeta says, " The materials we have used in our home are mostly natural: Kota, Jaisalmer, Slate, Terracotta and Wood. We enjoy juxtaposition: old and new, contemporary and traditional, texture and plain....a lot of the way this apartment looks revolves around this evolving contrast."
The painting in the dining room is by Yasala Balaiah.

"For us, our home has been an exciting journey of discovery and it continues to grow fuller with stories and memories that make it the warm, inviting and happy place it is."
The blinds in the study are Anaheeta's dupattas from college days.
"An heirloom created by us in our lifetime! This is my all time favourite piece in the house: five precious old sarees that were already in tatters, were gently stripped and rewoven into this stunning tapestry."
An original Parsi Heirloom Cupboard with Belgian Glass and Glass Painting.The Children's Room with circular wall stickers from Japan and decals by Surya Sajnani.
Anaheeta's lovely terrace garden.
Hope all of you enjoyed the lovely space shared by Anaheeta. Anaheeta thanks for sharing this lovely space with us:-)

Any questions for Anaheeta do ask in the comments section.


I would like to express the beautifulness of space division into this work. I gave the geometrically vertical and horizontal divisions to this furniture composed of seemingly unstable curves, in order to make the audiences feel stability from an instable furniture.
Sang Hoon Kim

Monday, July 27, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Mon coup de coeur this weekend is

for the illustrations of Scott Balmer, who after graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone college of Art & Design in Scotland, started life as a freelance illustrator.
My favourite is the one below, called Poop in the Woods but they are all very playful and I love the fact that his characters don't give a damn about being size 0...
I think they look a lot more cuddlier with curves and big bellies, bicepts and they are all smiling!!

this is Lumberjack

If you are in the UK, you may have across his work in The Guardian but he has also done a bit of work for Inc. magazine and Business Week in the US.
This is The Amazing Hilda

This is The Hills

this is DNA

this is Sugar Frosted

You can see more of Scott's work on Flickr here

Friday, July 24, 2009

Portable bookcase

Allcases participates in the GSA case program and has designed cases for all facets of mobile military operations. Computer and Field Equipment Cases, Field Desk and Mobile Office containers, Rackmount cases of all kinds, standard entry cases, double entry cases, Mini Rack Cases, Pro Rack Cases, RADE (Rapid Access Double Entry) cases, footlockers, trunk lockers, deployable bookcases, medical cases and weapons containers are available.

Breakfast @ photographer's Michael Paul

I mentioned earlier this week that a magazine from New-Zealand NZ Life & Leisure wanted to run a story on our house in France so tomorrow Steve and I are having breakfast with Michael Paul (see gorgeous shots of a house in Notting Hill Michael shot) and his wife Kumiko to meet up before they come and stay in our house at the end of August. I'm super excited!!!!
Michael is from New-Zealander like Steve and Kumiko is from Japan and she is a stylist...I don't know about you but when I think of Japanese creative people, all I can think of are these 'to die-for' Japanese books by Paumes. They are my bibles, I have heaps of them and I don't even speak a word of Japanese but that's not what they are about. They are pure beauty, bibles, treasures of inspiration and I'm pretty sure that our breakfast with this creative couple (Michael takes beautiful photos!) is going to be really good.

For a small company like us, it's always a fantastic opportunity to be asked to feature in gorgeous, interiors and lifestyle magazine and so far (touch wood), we've been incredibly lucky. It is a lot of wouldn't believe how much I clean the house before and re-arrange things, finish DIY jobs I have been putting off for ages....but it's fun...Mila and Lily are a bit blase now but Elodie and I love it because it gives us the chance to work with some very talented photographers.
The first time we had Alun Callender and poor him....he had just came back from shooting Normann Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) and Zoe Ball's luxury yatch and he must have wondered why on earth You magazine was sending him to France a whole weekend to shoot our house!
The second photoshoot was really great & fun...The whole family was there and we had our friends Alexia, Nicolas with their son Sacha but also Chris Tubbs, the photographer sent by Grand Designs magazine was fantastic...such a cool, laid-back guy....a very nice person.
Chris spent the night at our house so we had diner and breakfast together and we had plenty of time for us to talk about photography and stylism and he gave us some great tips.

As my mantra is if you dont ask you don't get, I asked Michael if he was giving photography classes...I would love to do a photography course but being taught by someone who does great interiors & lifestyle shots. He doesn't but he is going to teach me a few techie things about the light and we will try some shots together in cool!
Anyway I didn't want to bore you, I'm just really excited by the whole thing and I wanted to share it...On his happy note, I wish you all a very good weekend!

Kristina's handmade jumper

Kristina is/was studying at Camberwell College of Arts. This handmade, hand-embroidered jumper was one of her degree projects. This one was about memory and nostalgia and she embroidered words taken from her diaries when I was 16. Isn't this gorgeous?

She is also trying to finish a children book to enter the Macmillan Prize and does wonderful illustrations which she sells on Etsy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Gorgeous new bag from SEEVIVIER

Clare Vivier's latest bag is now available at contemporary art gallery Taylor De Cordoba in Culver City. I'm still in love with the bag I ordered last month but I love this one.

If you want, you can order it from the Gallery in LA or contact Clare directly at Seevivier.

My Charlotte (Gainsbourg)

When I saw Ode to Charlotte on Clare's facebook profile, I was doing several things at once, read it quickly and I thought she was talking about some kind of LA music it was midnight and my brain cells were melting.
Now that I'm trying to calm down from all the excitation of these past few days (new website coming along nicely...errr gorgeously!, new children mag discovered, being asked to be part of a feature for a glossy magazine, house in France to be shot again for a new-zealander magazine, beautiful new prints on the site, etc)..breathe woman...breathe....
I have realised - taking a little blog stroll through my favourite blogs - that Clare was talking about MY Charlotte and not some kind of obscure US rock band!

So MY Charlotte is in LA and Clare's husband will spend a couple of days with her filming her..Errmm..Hello!! Where would I wish to be right now, well Clare's husband pocket!
I'm not a big star struck person but since I was 14, there are two French girls I've always admired for their style and it is Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vanessa Paradis.
When it comes to French cool, you can't get more beautiful and cool than these two girls..

Clare is planning to sneak in during the shoot to give Charlotte one of her fabulous bags... If she has any left, I hope she will manage to give her La Tropezienne bag and then my only claim to fame will be that Charlotte and I have the same bag ...sigh....

Paulo Mendes Da Rocha's Paulistano chair

House & Garden's Decoration Editor Wendy Harrop searches for the most stylish ideas for the home and finds... Paulo Mendes da Rocha's Paulistano chair

We love the Scrapwood wallpaper from Studio Ditte also featured on the page..

Exciting news about Papier Mache magazine

Last night I spoke to Beck from Papier Mache who told me she is also a fan of BODIE and FOU (which is always nice to hear :-) and frankly talking about something as exciting as this wonderful children magazine is really not good for my sleeping pattern. It was midnight for me and probably about lunch time for Beck and I was jumping up and down with excitement.
I told Beck that Papier Mache reminded me of MILK magazine, a French magazine which is probably one of the most amazing and inspiring children magazines and she said that MILK was like gold in Australia. If you love MILK magazine and find it tricky to get a copy in your country, you can get a subscription to MILK from here or buy their special issues.

Anyway the next issue of Papier Mache will be on 14th November 2009 and maybe in the future they will produce more issues, a printed version all depends how it goes but I'm pretty sure it will go very nicely for them... I can't wait for Issue no 2 and if I could at least print the online version to read it bed that would make me really happy....
But here is the EXCITING NEWS!... For Issue no 2, they have decided to add a supplement magazine with great kids rooms and are looking for submissions.
Yes you've read this properly.... If if you think your kids room look fabulous and you want it to be featured in Papier Mache, send your photos to

Deadline for submissions is late October so you've got a bit of time but if you want your child's bedroom to be featured in a cool, aussie is your chance!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bookshelf etiquette

For James Purnell, who resigned from his post as work and pensions secretary last month, emancipation from the front bench has yielded two tangible benefits: a clear conscience and free weekends. So how has he spent his first footloose weekends? Rearranging his bookshelves apparently.
The Guardian

Papier Mache...a new children mag made in Australia

A couple of nights ago, I came across Papier Mache, a gorgeous, uber cool new children magazine made in Australia and I couldn't stop beaming. I'm loving it, I'm loving it, I'm loving it ...everything the layout, the typo, the photos, the products they featured...massive thumb up!
Papier Mache is only available online and it will come out twice a year. It is created by The Convenience Store, a creative of talented people doing stuff..well design, art, photography, fashion, etc. Below are a few pages of the first issue, but click here to read the whole magazine and see what I mean....and you can subscribe to get the next issue.
The only thing I think is missing is hyperlinks from the magazine to click on the gorgeous things they feature but that may be something they do in the next issue....

Thank you so much to Deborah from kickcan & Conkers for this fabulous link
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