Saturday, 14 November 2009

Dutch Design Week : Goodpoint Jam

Hilbert Tjalkens and Vera Teunen created a pixalised wall image of an open mouth shouting 'think what you eat'


As you approach the wall, it becomes clear that this is a shelf and it is filled with 1500 jars of home made jam, compote and soup. Each Jars contents are a delicate shade of peach,orange, yellow, brown or cream and carefully placed to build up this picture. The pairs objective with this wall is to create a starting point for a discussion about what we eat. Each jar is sold with instructions to preserve your own food, so th jar can be used again.


To buy your jar or a piece of the wall itself

Friday, 13 November 2009

Three Little Words...


Vintage. American. Workwear. Are there three more beautiful words in the English language? I can't think of any offhand (although 'Fish and Chips' has a nice ring to it too).

It isn't surprising that designers return to the fields and garages of America again and again for inspiration. American workwear speaks of everything that is good in design. Clothes of the highest quality, the greatest functionality, made of the most simple materials, and accessible to the masses.


It sounds like a modernist manifesto, but there's nothing dry and minimal about workwear. A Pendleton wool shirt may be constructed for warmth and efficiency, but the colours of the plaid make it as beautiful as it is practical. An embroidered overall may act as a mobile advertising hoarding, but it also brings a simple garment alive.


Even tiny details like buttons and labels are filled with inspiring design elements.


If you're really interested in finding great pieces of American vintage, then Dave White of Ragtop Vintage is the man to go to. One of the most well informed vendors of Americana in London, Dave is a true aficionado of the genre, always guaranteed to have a few treasures from the 40's, 50's and 60's for you to marvel over and be tempted by. If you like your clothes filled with history, integrity and style - you can do no better.


Ragtop Vintage is available at Spitalfields Market every Thursday, and at Broadway Market on Saturdays.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Dutch Design Week : Jo Meesters


I visited Jo Meesters at his almost monastic studio, inside an old school building near to the centre of Eindhoven. These photos show various examples of his beautiful PULP collection. The objects are made entirely from paper pulp using discarded vessels as moulds. The furniture skeletons are made from sheet cardboard which are then covered in paper pulp, which upon drying creates a surprisingly robust finish.



Studio Jo Meesters

Dutch Design Week : Exitos Bags


Suzanne van der Aa and Kazoe van den Dobbelsteen have launched a collection of bags under the label Exitos. They are made in Colombia using a traditional appliqué technique practiced by the Cuna Indians. The designs however are anything but, based on drawings of the inhabitants of Bogata, the capitol of Columbia. Exitos’ aim is to provide employment in a fairtrade way to the women who create these beautiful embroideries whilst introducing something fresh and new with their own quirky design style. Rosana Orlandi has already placed an order and I am sure many more will follow .



Saturday, 7 November 2009

Dutch Design Week : Kiki and Joost


Kiki Van Eijke and Joost Van Bleiswijk welcomed visitors to their HUGE studio in one of the old Phillips factory buildings. The space was divided into 3 areas, a large office and meeting space , the workshop where their team could be seen working on various projects, and a light clean exhibition space, where their work was shown in a gallery like atmosphere. Their impressive body of work was shown off to perfection here. On Sunday evening I was fortunate enough to be invited to a dinner hosted by the pair for close friends and collaborators, this was a delicious 7 course affair which took place in their workshop







further information Kiki Joost