Mag Square

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

nook vintage

I'm sure many Melbourne readers of Snippets already know about Nook Vintage in Johnston Street Fitzroy. Put it on your to do list if you haven't already got there. I popped in on Sunday afternoon looking for mag square props for the upcoming show - Sibella Court had been in the day before and David Bromley during the week! 

The store is a homage to the motherland for English Owners Rachel and Gary. The star of the show is the union jack in flag, bunting and cushion form. They currently have a good selection of cloth mannequins (which are tricky to find), fabulous wooden crates for $25 each and deck yourself out in shoes and clothes with a retro feel. Lots of apothecary bottles, old jars, vintage maps, destination scrolls (see below ... we NEED it don't we!!) and metal marquee letters both reproduction (made to order) and the real deal. 

Rachel and Gary are LOVELY and couldn't be more helpful. 

258 Johnston Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
0417 187 196

Monday, July 25, 2011

design made trade 2011 - highlights

Yesterday I checked out Design Made Trade, which I enjoy visiting each year. Design markets can be a bit like blog surfing, lots of the same, seen that, been there, bought it last week and then suddenly you come across a little jewel, sparkling a bit shinier than the others.  There was the usual repetition and always an abundance of screen printed product and laser cut everything but I found some great new makers (well new in the sense that they'd flown under my radar) and some not so new but doing great things.

And o design is a very sweet ceramic jewellery/object collection by Japanese born, Melbourne residing Yumi Ando. The colours are soft and muted and the designs include trees, clouds, hot air balloons and ampersands (love an ampersand).  My favourite shop Maiike Store in Hawthorn is a stockist.  Nice to meet you Yumi.

Also loved these kits (makeKit) by Harvest Textiles; clouds, cushions and totes.  Screen printed yes, but loving the concept of taking a little project home. Great gift for the budding crafter.

Penny Farthing Design House had a couple of great new products - the gentleman on horseback with the yellow embroided riding jacket was striking and OMG, talk about X marks the spot (see below).  We love a bit of typography around the home!

Beth Emily is a Tasmanian artist, her work has an ethereal quality.  Some of her pieces were printed on the very innovative panelpop stone surface, the print is then embedded in a recycled wooden frame. The result is completely stunning.  Panelpop are based in Fitzroy, the process is such a craft in itself.

One of my favourite finds was definately the cumulus pendant lights by SA based design studio Enoki.  They are soooo beautiful.  Minimal but decorative, contemporary but reminiscent of a chandelier or something more traditional.  Love love love ... and they arrive at your front door flat packed.

Also loved evostyle for their amazing furniture and joinery, all made in Australia. Stunning quality and finish - look at the oversized bolt style stools.

image via indesignlive

Pieces of Porcelain (a part of launched a stunning range of tabelware at Design Made Trade.  These objects are a true collusion of traditional techniques and technology. See more here 

More highlights tomorrow.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

the bag lady

I am currently a little obsessed with the totally awesome, one off bags made by Amsterdam based Leslie Oschmann.  Her work first came to my attention at the last Mag Square event (Malvern in April).  Our lovely guest on the Saturday, Pia Jane Bijkerk was sporting one of these one of a kind oil painting bags.  Leslie is a good friend of Pia's from Amsterdam AND she just happens to be one of the original genius creators of the whole anthropologie phenomenon, and you know how I feel about that!

Leslie also upholsters vintage chairs in the canvases.  Watch a quick film clip here of Leslie Oschmann for MAN SHOPS GLOBE (which if you have not already discovered, is the fabulous US show about Anthropologie head buyer Keith Johnson, check it out.  It includes a couple of Australian artists Sam Robinson and Anna Wili Highfield)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

inspired reading

Very excited to receive my copy of Selvedge Magazine in the post this week.  Always full of inspiration and the stories of incredibly talented textile artisans. A couple of nice finds ... the cover shot features the fashions of Nygards Anna, a Swedish clothing label, love their range images.  Also the work of Marie-Pierre Genest of Les Toiles Blanches who re purposes old linens, website and blog very sweet.

And look at the stunning craftsmanship of UK textile artist Rosalind Wyatt, breathtaking.  Wish I could be in London 17 September for the Selvedge Autum Fair!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

too darn cute

The utterly adorable papier mache magazine, in its 8th issue, hit cyber news stands yesterday. Love the pale gelato colours on the cover.

click HERE to view the mag online and for a very gorgeous video clip click here

Monday, July 18, 2011

rice is nice

Question. Is tirelessly searching the blogosphere for nothing in particular a past time (read problem) for anyone else?  I can so happily fill a couple of hours on a quest for everything and nothing.  I must say though, I was happy to stumble upon the autum/winter 2011 RICE catalog (the fabulous Danish home/kitchen ware people). 

I have a great collection of their little multi coloured melamine cups but I was concerned about how I would replace them when the time came. Very excited when I discovered I can buy them online at Lark.  And no this is not a paid advertisement I just really like the cups!

Friday, July 15, 2011

feeling blue today

From the top.  The first 2 images caught my attention in the latest issue of LONNY magazine. Check it out.  (btw I am currently LOVING velvet). Sun lounges & umbrella's on a pebbled beach, my guess would be Italy but not sure where I found it sorry.

Blue hydrangeas shot by Mariana Garcia-Katz, Melbourne based photographer of graphic art and design studio m2matiz . I love their lumierebox and we are hoping to have Mariana along to a show soon.

Beautiful bike and window shade, somewhere in Paris. Photographed by Laura Evans, available to purchase on etsy

Thursday, July 14, 2011

paper pooch

This is the work of UK paper artist Peter Clark.  I have come across his canine inspired creativity via one of my favourite reads, Selvedge Magazine.  While dogs are obviously a subject close to his heart, garments are a close second. The website is fabulously inspiring and includes an online shop for framed artworks and his book, Paperworks.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

it's magic

I am a frustrated animator!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

illustrator lucy vigrass

LOVE the work of UK illustrator Lucy Vigrass.  More at Peepshow Collective and Art Department.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

take two

This is a great NEW take on the destination banner and a bold way to add a colour splash to your interior. We are not suggesting you take a paintbrush to your exisiting banner, check out Penny Farthing Design House.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

stylist hans blomquist

Loving these looks for ikea by stylist & art director Hans Blomquist (for a 2010 campaign I think). The Marie Antoinette inspired dinner party is oh so chic right down to the purple shimmery balloons and the Paris apartment dotted with ikea peices prove budget doesn't have to mean bland (glamourous greyhound not available at ikea last time I checked!)

Friday, July 1, 2011

photographer laura edwards

A picture tells a thousand words (cliche or not!). For more inspiring images see the work of photographer Laura Edwards here.