I’ve been thinking about intangible material needs. Yes, really. And how much I’d like to just be able to give someone a little courage. Or buy myself some contentedness. I know – it’s not that easy. And then I remembered FlowMarket by Mad Hagstrøm. Part absurd bit of cheek, part scrumptious art piece; these simple packages might not exactly be the answer, but they definitely start a conversation. Most products are available on the FlowMarket web site for $17.89; which seems steep for an empty can, but a bargain for good dose of inner peace. (As always, click to shop!)
Okay, I admit it – I’m a little jaded. I look at products everyday – pinning, scrapping and shopping like some sort of trend-obsessed banshee. It’s super thrilling, albeit rare, when I stumble upon a designer I’m unfamiliar with who’s work is inspiring, livable and totally affordable. Today is that day! Heather Moore is the creative fuel behind Skinny La Minx, a textile company founded in 2007 and based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her story is best told through this lovely, 2 minute video:
And now, some of my favorite products from her Etsy shop: (Yes – she ships worldwide – click to shop!)
12fifteen is a boutique design and letterpress studio located in an old loft building in Stamford, CT. The owner, designer Johanna Anderes, grew up in Germany and trained as an interior designer in South Africa before coming to the States to study at Parsons School of Design. Her love of minimalism comes through in her products which show a level of restraint and simplicity uncommon in the stationery category. (As always, click to shop!)
Another find from the last round of trade shows I attended. CB Station is a Lawrenceville, GA-based manufacturer of eco-friendly canvas bags that are beautifully constructed and designed, and at a really nice price point. Bummer is, they exclusively sell wholesale, so you’ll need to find a retailer in your area in order to get the goods! (Although I’ve found a number of the designs on Amazon)
Just a teaser, I’m afraid – from the fine folks at Patternbank. Here they provide their insights into the Fall Winter 2014 – 2015 seasons for women’s fashion. Interested in seeing the whole report? A digital download of the entire forecast is only 30 (about $46 bucks). Enjoy!
Since I’m out road tripping through northern Minnesota, I’ve been getting my fair share of classic rock. (We have a standing “driver gets to pick the music” rule; so my hubby’s in command there.) Which makes it totally irresistible to me to share YET ANOTHER completely cheeky and thoroughly shameless cover. Yes, here Guns N’ Roses gets remade and remixed into a breathy bit of electronica with a soft dancy beat. Oh, this would SO not make the hubby’s in-auto playlist, but… j’adore! Sweet Child O’ Mine by Freedom Dub from the album Nü Chill Out, 2010.
I’m heading out of town later today, to the shores of Lake Superior for a little respite. Which makes me think of how uninspiring typical cabin decor can be. When it’s actually such an awesome opportunity for moving beyond the cliches and into some totally fun territory! Here are a few of my picks for sprucing (hee hee – get it?) up the cabin with a fresh look that plays homage to the great outdoors. (As always, click to shop!)
For her thesis project at Auburn University, Designer Caroline Morris imagined a non-profit organization that would inspired people to build relationships with healthy food, farming and the land. Using that fictitious premise, she built an amazingly rich & complex identity system as well as materials promoting the “organization’s” Field-to-Fork benefit dinner. Unexpectedly sophisticated and spot on compelling; brava, Caroline!