1.) The American flag, the most common sight in the States, would be my guess!, 2.) The displays at the entrance to the AD Home Design show (which is in part sponsored by Jenn Air) by Devin Delano, 3.) my favourite Barber Wilsons tap, Mastercraft, 4.) Marys and Mimosas, complete with Baked By Butterfield doughnuts. A dangerous (but delicious) breakfast especially when paired with jet lag, 5.) The Architectural Digest display for DIFFA‘s Dining by Design feature, 6.) Victoria + Albert‘s very, very nice Edge 45 basin, 7.) Benjamin Moore’s bright and vibrant display for DIFFA‘s Dining by Design feature, 8.) the latest addition to Victoria + Albert‘s bath collection, the Cabrits, 9.) trade show furniture painted in fabulous New York cab yellow, 10.) the 1890′s with ceramic disc (GCD) tap again from Barber Wilsons
all images with thanks from We Heart It
Today sees the start of UK Coffee Week™ 2012 (23rd- 29th April 2012). This isn’t important just because it gives everyone a fantastic excuse to drink as much of the black stuff as they like but also because the nation gets involved with raising money for Allegra Foundation’s Project Waterfall, an initiative providing clean water projects in Africa in conjunction with WaterAid. A country that we have much to thank for as they provide us with a lot of our daily fix. There is a vast number of high street stores (Costa, Debenhams, Caffe Ritazza, Pumpkin Cafe, Muffin Break, Crussh, Soho Coffee Co., Greggs, Benugo) getting involved, where you can donate a tiny-weeney 5p to every coffee you buy on top of the store’s coffee price. When you consider that approximately 20,000 Tanzanian children under five die every year from diseases contracted from dirty water and poor sanitation, what’s 5p, eh?
But on a fun note, there is the London Coffee Festival, which promises to be a lot of fun with barista demonstrations, artisanal coffee, specialist tea, food stalls, live music and of course, coffee. Lots of it. It’s also playing host to the UK Barista Championships 2012. 50% of the ticket sale proceeds will go to Project Waterfall.
London Coffee Festival
Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, E1
27- 29th April, 2012
tickets: £9.50 in adv, £12 on the door. Get a deal on coffee tokens when you buy on-line.
This isn’t just a sweet story about a bunch of animals passing a red sketchbook between them. Behind this beautiful animation by the talented Dice Tsutsumi, is a gem of an idea. Sketchtravel, one of the most original and charming initiatives to raise money for charity was conjured up between Dice and the French illustrator, Gerald Guerlais. The little red sketchbook travelled around the world, visiting 71 different illustrators, each of them having a page to draw on, before they handing it over in person to the next illustrator. This project took 4 and a half years to complete but raised an incredible €70,000 at auction in Brussels for non-profit international literacy charity, Room to Read which is helping to educate poor children around the world. Featuring: Bill Plympton, James Jean, Rebecca Dautremer, Glen Keane, Frederick Back, and Hayao Miyazak amongst others. The animated video tells the story of the initiative using different animals travelling through desert and thick forest, across seas and skies to deliver the sketchbook to safety. Forming alliances with creatures big and small and forging new bonds with great foes of past. There’s something of the biblical in both the storytelling and the style of animation, but do not let that put you off. A simple tale, told in heart-warming and charming manner, accompanied with a splendid soundtrack. Sit back and enjoy.
For more info, please go to Sketchtravel
Directed/Animated by Dice Tsutsumi
Original Score – Zach Johnston | Dan Govier
Original Story – Dice Tsutsumi | Zach Johnston
Additional Animation – Jeremy McCracken | Ed Robbins
Additional Art – Robert Kondo | Jennifer Chang | Shelly Wan
All wrapped up with a cheery warm glow…and that’s not just me trying to make a nice catchy title. These three handsome looking notebooks aren’t only great, bang on trend with their use of vintage gift paper as pages and recycled but they are also exclusively designed for the charity, Oxfam. Available as a sketch books, notebooks and a writing paper and envelopes set, each item is made up of reclaimed and recycled gift wrap making these paper products an excellent and unusual gift. Bold, bright and colourful, each page is plain on one side for writing with patterns on the other and come complete with colourful elastic closing. There are even memo pads for the more forgetful member of the family. Do two a good turns with every purchase of one present.
Available to buy online and in store, ‘Must Not Forget’ memo pad (not pictured), £3.99, ‘Write on’ writing sheets and plain envelopes, £7.99, ‘Take Note’ sketchbook notebook, £7.99, and ‘Draw’ sketchbook, £7.99, Oxfam
Toothpic Nation were just one of the exhibitors at this year’s East London Design Show. These guys are not only an emporium of nice bits and bobs but a showcase of the best designers coming out of Asia; including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong amongst others. Named after the most popular and widely used tool in Asia, the toothpick, the USP of this shop is not only its unique situation of stocking product design from an area of the world we don’t get to see much from but they’ve also got a rotating theme in place. This means that twice a year, they have a new ‘season’ which ensures a whole new selection of products and designers. We’re currently on ‘Volume 1: Around the Desk’ so it’ll come as no surprise to find a collection of stationery and desk-based ephemera.
There is a shiny-edged lining to this already glorious cloud, they also have a big heart with 50% of the proceeds of the sale of one of each season’s named products going to a selected charity. This season’s elected product is the limited edition ‘Around the Desk’ eco bag whose proceeds are going to the all important Smile Cafe Project (predominantly written in Japanese) which is a not-for-profit Japanese organisation helping locals rebuild their lives and communities after the phenomenally destructive earthquake.
1.) ToNo Te connectable notebook by Taiji Fujimori, £15.95 for set of 3 colours
2.) Recycled paper pencils by Gongjang, ££5.95 for set of five
3.) Cardbar by Blueoculus, £29.95 desktop organiser, ruler and good for cutting all in one
4.) Spike eraser by Shian Wei Chang, £12.50, never be short of a clean pointed-edged eraser
5.) Transformer file pack by 25togo design, £11.95 for set of 3, a document folder or a storage box!
6.) 1/100 architectural model greeting card- Sorry by Terada Mokei, £6.95
This is just one of the illustrations from the London edition of Shop Magazine currently being exhibited at one of my favourite local galleries, Kemistry and was illustrated by Adrian Johnson . This one week show (ending on the 26th of November) is comprised solely of 38 of this year’s front covers, by some of the most talented artists around the world including Adrian Johnson, Nathalie Lees, Pietari Posti, The Heads Of State and Robert Hanson.
Shop Magazine publishes more than 3.8 million magazines in 78 editions throughout 28 countries and is one of the, if not the world’s leading publication of shopping. These guys know all there is to know about shopping where ever you are in the world and with their finger on the trend pulse, they’re the ones to be watching.
The prints are not only being exhibited for you to gaze at but limited-edition prints of some of the illustrations are also available to buy. The profits from the sale of the posters are going to Kids Company, a charity set up to help, educate and support vulnerable inner-city children. A very worthy cause especially when we’re currently seeing the level of poverty that so many of the children in our city, and throughout the UK, live in rising to new heights during these stricken times.
Here are six reasons to love Kai and Sunny’s artwork but to be perfectly honest, you barely need one. A multi-disciplinary duo, have ventured into many arenas of design, including graphic, fashion, illustration and advertising where their abilities know no bounds. Their art prints are often in black and white which makes the impact of their bold prints truly heartfelt. Immaculately neat and precise, the work is as breathtaking near as it is from afar. The intricacy reveals itself as you get close enough enabling the viewer to see every individual mark and stroke of the thousands that makes up the entire piece. Often taking one shape as their subject, it is then repeated across the page in what many textile design graduates will recognise as the print repeats methods used to when designing and printing for fabric. The variation in depth of colour, choice of colour and the sizes and dimensions of the designs organically creating movement and mood.
They are one of the contributors to the current Ghost of Gone Birds exhibition in Shoreditch, east London. On until the 23rd of November, this free exhibition is an exciting collaboration between many well-known and lesser known artists and designer makers, each of whom has depicted one of the many birds that are now extinct. This exhibition is a celebration of creativity as well as raising the awareness of a very important situation of our own making. One of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in a while.
images taken from Kai and Sunny’s website.
1.) La Cerise sur la Gateau’s Moustache cushion cover, £52, Selfridges 2.) brass Muse bottle opener, £98, Jonathan Adler 3.) Skull and Cross Buns’ Moustache stamps, £5.50 for a pair, Not On The High Street 4.) Mini and Maximus’ ‘One Must Dash’ print, £35, exclusive to Bodie and Fou 5.) Moustache Grower’s Guide, £5.99, Heal’s 6.) Golden Moustache tumblers, £17.95 each, Lifestyle Bazaar 7.) Moustache flavour saver clips, £8, Oliver Bonas 8.) Mr Chocolat Moustaches, £4.99 each, Selfridges 9.) I heart Moustaches moleskin notebook, £4, Finest Imaginary
Please donate to Movember Uk who are raising money for prostrate and testicular cancer initiatives.
images taken from Snurkbedden’s website
This design company from Holland are highlighting the homelessness cause with an amusing yet realistic bedlinen range. Sleeping on the streets is never a funny subject especially as the nights draw in and the weather gets colder. Here you have a chance to do your bit by buying this bedlinen as a percentage of the proceeds go towards homeless kids’ charities Emmaus (UK), Off Road Kids (Germany) and SZN (the Netherlands). Experience sleeping on the streets from the comfort of your own home, your pavement will be softer, your cardboard box warmer and your conscience will be much placated.
image of ‘A streak of Sumatran Tigers’ by Woop Studios (limited edition of 300,available to buy for £300, unframed from Woop Studios)
This handsome stripey fella is surrounded by 300 tiger print circles, representing the remaining tigers in the wild. This latest addition to the superb collection of animal collective nouns prints by Woop Studios is not only gorgeous and for sale but also it is helping to raise money for London Zoo’s ‘Tiger SOS’ campaign. There are only 300 Sumatran tigers left in the wild, which if you think about it, is not many but it’s enough to stop them from becoming extinct, if we make some changes now.
‘In just 70 years, three, possibly four, subspecies of tiger (the Bali, Caspian and Javan Tiger and experts believe that possibly also the South China Tiger) have become extinct in the wild. Conservationists believe the Sumatran will be the next to die out.’
The ‘Tiger SOS’ campaign is hoping to raise £2 million for their conservation work in Sumatra, (including increasing anti-poaching patrols, helping fight against the trade in tiger skins and body parts and fund the creation of wildlife corridors) and a new state-of-the-art Tiger Conservation Headquarters and tiger breeding (love-in) facilities, here in the heart of our city.
Here are some of my pictures of the Sumatran tigers at London Zoo
Images © Emily Blunden/ Atticus and Finch