Well that was an interesting year… I’m not sure we could have packed any more into 2014 if we had tried! We have returned to the UK from Singapore, having multiplied by two, moved house (twice) and are now happily settling into family life, living on a hill in SE23. (Hello London, we missed you x) I guess you never quite believe how capable you are of certain situations until you have little choice in the matter! The whirlwind passes, and then you have a quiet moment for reflection, and quietly whisper ‘wow’….
So, we’re not making any resolutions this year. Just a simple reminder to help us achieve balance and happiness. After all, a little bit of everything never hurt anyone…
We’re literally loving our new cushion from Plümo . It’s currently on sale too…
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By this beautiful picture shelf in Grace Coddington’s apartment. We’re going to try this one at home… The perfect solution for showcasing your treasures, whilst keeping them out of reach of little people’s mischievous hands!
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!
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!
The Green Cap – by Alex Katz
Three Cows – by Alex Katz
Forest – by Alex Katz
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…
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…
How about this for a new breed of superyacht?!
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.
‘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!
We love it when two iconic brand’s meet, and those timeless Liberty florals have gone and done it again…
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.”
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