Matthieu Lavanchy


Abby Bucknall


Kenji Kawasumi


Federica Tedeschi


Abby Bucknall


Tom Hancocks


Feel Scandic


Something about Foam

13th October 2014

Foam is one of those materials that holds a unique interest to me for its simplistic beauty in its raw form, but also in the many ways that it can take on a entirely different form.

Designers are also seeing the beauty in its mundaneness as we are seeing it appear in lots of new and interesting ways notably from Federica Tedeschi who used it as inspiration for her print and woven textiles to photographers and stylists who are manipulating it for its simple form and colour.

Inspiring for colour the pastel tones and odd yellow is fresh and enticing.








Process

9th October 2014

With winter drawing in and the temperature getting lower its an exciting time to get out the winter wardrobe again, or to update it and I am lusting after the new hand crafted knitwear from my favourite blog 'This is paper'.

Collaborating with Corka Rybaka (Polish for Fisherman's daughter), a Warsaw based brand they have designed a limited edition of 60 hats all hand made by Monika the maker behind the brand.

Alongside the hats This is paper have also collaborated with Warsaw based knitter Pani Czeslawa who has made beautifully crafted woollen slippers and gloves.

Tapping beautifully into the continuing trend for crafted and provenance This is Paper celebrate the makers and their individual passion for what they do.

Joost van Bleiswijk


Joost van Bleiswijk


Kiki van Eijk


Kiki van Eijk


Kiki van Eijk


Petra Jannssen


Petra Jannssen


Dutch Landscapes

9th October 2014

With Dutch Design week on the horizon the worlds design gaze moves to Eindhoven. A project that will be unveiled during DDW is the latest collaboration with the Dutch Design royalty and rug company ICE international.

Commissioning 8 different carpets by individual designers from four "design couples" including Piet Hein Eek, Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk, each has brought their own personal design signatures to hand knotted wool and silk carpets.

Bringing together patterns and colours from folklore, Petra Janssen's rug is a Dutch version of the Persian rug, whilst Joost van Bleiswijk's graphical design appears as if a simple cream rug has been coloured in with charcoal yet on closer inspection plays with texture and weave constructions for the shadowing and pattern.

Kiki van Eijk took a similar rudimentary aesthetic and translated one of her watercolour paintings onto the rug. Believing that a rug is a piece of art on the floor she tried to capture the subtlety of the painting in textile.











Unexpected Fabrication_Chanel SS15

30th September 2014

At first glance the SS15 collection from Chanel looks like a re working of the traditional tweed and usual fabrics synonymous with Chanel, but on a closer inspection the fabrics are fabulous and unexpected.

Formal yet exuberant the fabrics play with texture, pattern and structure as well as cleverly sitting between perfection and imperfection with imperfect dye and print as well as coatings and hand crocheted add on and subtle yet refined fringing and fraying.






Marni 'Summer Fur'

29th September 2014

Marni are not usually on my radar of interest but this season I loved the way that the collection ranged from simple yet beautiful toile and canvas fabrics with gently frayed edges through the explosion of colour and pattern that is synonymous with the brand.

But, the thing of key interest was the 'Summer Fur' (dubbed so by Consuelo Castiglioni) made from cut chiffon embroidered on canvas.

The resulting fabrics appeared as if densely piled ruching, creating an entirely new way of designing textural pattern and one that the high street will certainly not be able to copy in a convincing way.

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