Archive for the ‘Art & Craft’ Category

People of the Sun African Homewares

September 12th, 2017

You might recall we were recently hired to style and shoot in Greece for People of the Sun, a Malawi based furniture and homewares label that supports the local African economy by working with artisans and utilising their indigenous skills. They lovingly create a range of beautiful, hand made products for the home which we flew over to Athens to capture for People of the Sun’s new website and catalogue. Take a peek at our favourite shots below!

The goal for this shoot was to show how these beautiful African pieces translate in a European, contemporary interior, and to demonstrate how well they work with modern and classical furniture styles. People often don’t know how to style African pieces in their homes because they tend to be very ‘present’ and with this shoot we wanted to show how you can achieve balance but still highlight the ethic influences.

We based the shoot around a stunning apartment with high ceilings and classical detailing, and home to architect Dimitris Karampatakis of K Studio and artist Joanna Burtenshaw and the results were nothing short of splendid. We used primarily their own gorgeous furniture and art but also brought in various props to tell the story. I even travelled over there with books and ceramics in my backpack and carry on luggage. Muscle abuse like this is an occupational hazard, I tell you. For now though, let’s dive into the pretty pictures, shall we?

Get the full scoop

Trends We’re Coveting Right Now

June 8th, 2017

Earlier today we shared some snaps of our recent trip to Milan to visit the Salone del Mobile, the international furniture and trade fair attending by hundreds of thousands of industry professionals each year. It was certainly an eye-opener as a first time visitor and at times overwhelming with the sheer amount of information to take in. We returned to the studio with a suitcase filled with fresh and inspiring new catalogues, samples and contacts in the industry, as well as some fresh new inspiration and lots of energy to put some of the trends we spotted into action! We have scoured the net since returning to the studio and have put together our top 3 trends that we’re coveting right now, showing you how to make them work in your own homes and projects.

PATTERN TREND | LINES

Not that stripes or lines of the vertical and horizontal nature are original by any means, but we have spotted more and more examples of primarily vertical lines in architecture, interior design (from materials to finishes) and textile design of late and we can’t help but be drawn in by the simplicity yet intricacy they bring to spaces and structures alike. Clean, contemporary and striking, it’s incredible how a vertical collection of lines can elevate a space. We had already been applying this inspiration to several projects, but here is a collection of examples that are totally floating our boats right now.

Get the full scoop

Annemieke Boots Ceramics Studio Tour

March 22nd, 2017

I am sure I don’t need to remind you about my obsession for ceramics and stoneware, however I do think this bunch of images I shot recently that support that (very healthy) obsession need to be shared with you (as I can only assume you share the same loves as me), immediately. One toe inside the door of Annemieke Boots‘ light-filled Amsterdam ceramics studio and the rest was history. Too much inspiration to name so let’s dive straight into the tour, shall we?

IMG_0614

One glance at her studio and you will see that Annemieke’s work is inspired by Scandinavian simplicity, her designs derived from pure, simple forms. “My work is light, fragile and has something sweet, something soft about it. It is an extension of myself.” With a keen eye for detail, Annemieke admits that she once strived to make each and every piece exactly the same and uniform, but as her love of the discipline grew she came to appreciate the beauty in imperfection. “I have realised that the dents and bumps the occur naturally are precisely what makes hand-turned pottery special. Each item is carefully made with love.” Are you as excited as I am to see the rest of her studio? Click through to see the whole tour!

Get the full scoop

Style Files: Artisan Homewares by Artha Collections

December 9th, 2016

You’ll know from previous entries in the Style Files series that I love nothing more than discovering a young brand and learning about the creative process that goes into their product. When Swiss based independent homewares label Artha Collections reached out a few months ago, I was taken not only by their range of products but of their story and admirable vision to use modern day commerce to influence the lives of artisans around the globe. Their  products are made in small creative communities spanning from Tibet to South Africa, Bengal and beyond and are of exceptional quality. So much so that I used two of their hand woven pieces in this recent bedroom project. It brings me so much joy to be able to work with independent labels in helping them to grow by collaborating together.

part-3-artha-collection-6

Knowing the kind of consciousness and responsibility that is behind the lovely Artha wares, it has been even more of a pleasure working with them these past few weeks to style and photograph their winter campaign. Below, a peek at some of the scenes I created for them in my home using their table linens, pillows and woven baskets.

Get the full scoop

Style Files: Ceramics Studio July Adrichem

October 17th, 2016

Hey guys, I wanted to post this last week but I was struck down with the flu hard so out the window went that plan. Life just gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? Anyway, some time ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the lovely and very talented ceramicist and multi-disciplinary designer July Adrichem at her home and studio. I have followed her work after discovering her on Etsy a year or two ago and when my friend Lotte, a Dutch writer I collaborate with, suggested we shoot a story at her studio I didn’t need much convincing. I was so excited to meet the person behind a brand I have long admired and I can tell you, July was an absolute delight and every inch as talented as I thought she’d be. I thought you’d like to see into her studio and read about her work as a designer and ceramicist and see some of the images I shot at her studio that day.

img_5577

From previous entires in my Style Files column you will know that I love meeting fellow creatives and delving into their stories. And this one is nothing short of inspirational because, like me in many ways, July (pronounced Julie) has learnt much of her craft from scratch with little to no formal training in some areas and does the most wonderful work that certainly evoked something in my soul that day. As a multi-disciplinary designer, she spends her days helping small businesses develop their branding, doing product styling, photography, graphic and surface pattern design and also has her own ceramics line that is gorgeous, just take one look at her shop. So many things going on and yet she’s as cool as a cucumber. Take a peek into her studio with me, see the beautiful wares she produces and read a bit about her process and story… Get the full scoop