Spring greens

Since labelled ‘colour of the year’ 2013, green shades have focused towards rich and elegant Emerald tones.  With the introduction of Spring, we are seeing much brighter shades with a vivid energy and playful vibrancy.  We particularly love pea-green, such a happy colour!

GREENS

1. palm wallpaper    2. latte bowls   3.  emerald rug   4. velvet sofa   5. cushion

 

The colours reminded me of some works by one of my favourite painters – Alex Katz.  In particular, these three paintings show the uplifting feeling this colour spectrum brings, of course, as well as the time of year… happy days!

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 02.33.29The Green Cap – by Alex Katz

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successfully ethical

A Peace Treaty is a wonderful example of the kind of business we both admire and aspire to…

They create ethically produced fashion accessories by empowering local artisans around the globe, as well as protecting local economies and ancient craft traditions from factory based mass-production.  Currently working with master craftsmen in nine countries – Pakistan, India, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and the US – their jewellery and scarf collections have re-established handmade techniques like embroidery, weaving, natural dip-dyeing, woodblock printing, knitting, indigo and mud printing, camel bone carving, hand enamelling and stone setting.  They have successfully designed an ethical business model, while producing fashion-forward accessories that continue to go from strength to strength.  Here’s some of our favourites scarves from the latest collection…

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We have previously featured some of their gorgeous jewellery here

forever retro

We’re always up for a bit of Grandma-chic, modern retro or eclectic nostalgia – however you prefer to label it, we love the contemporary application of these retro patterns…  The design aspect of the 50′s and 60′s – such as bold graphics and colour, really did establish the era as a source for future inspiration…

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I’m on a boat

How about this for a new breed of superyacht?!

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The ‘Jazz’ is the latest in groundbreaking design from prize-winning Iraqi-British architect, Zaha Hadid. The collaboration with shipbuilders Blohm + Voss is inspired by the wonder of underwater ecosystems, and with the application of her  signature webbed forms, she has successfully strayed away from conventional design once again.

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‘As a dynamic object that moves in dynamic environments, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water.  Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety,’ – Zaha Hadid

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I think it’s an astounding piece of design that has really raised the bar in this luxury market;  where most often than not… money doesn’t always buy you taste!

Please, somebody get me this tent?!

We love it when two iconic brand’s meet, and those timeless Liberty florals have gone and done it again…

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The Herschel Supply Co. is a brand that has gone from strength to strength over the last couple of years, delivering classic, utilitarian product with aspirational marketing and ‘of the moment’ collaborations.  Here’s what they had to say about the project:

“As a brand intent on modernising classic style, Herschel Supply is proud to introduce a new partnership with Liberty of London; one of the last great emporiums for innovative and eclectic design.  The combination of detailed prints paired with the much celebrated silhouettes from Herschel Supply, gives rise to this collection of instant classics.”

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Included in the collaboration is ‘Betsy’, a print designed for Liberty in 1933…  Which goes to show, good design is not only timeless, but also adaptable to contemporary culture.

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Available to buy from Liberty of London here

Here comes the sun

How beautiful is this campaign by Inez & Vinoodh for Cholé?  As if we we’re longing for those hazy summer nights enough already!

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We’re so excited to be trading the humidity of the tropics for a quintessential ‘great British summer’ this year.  Fingers crossed it’s not all rain, and rather looks something like this instead…

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