Monday, 7 February 2011

A Pendleton Rub Down


Here at the Curious Eye we have long been fans of vintage Pendleton shirts, many of which we've purchased from Dave of Ragtop, but it was at Maison et Object that I discovered that the Pendleton Blanket came first. In fact, Pendleton started out weaving blankets for Native Americans and 'The Beach Boys' were originally called 'The Pendletones' . Pendleton have become aware of their popularity with 'style afficionados' and are now launching their homewares on the European market. We love these towels that are copies of traditional blanket designs.
Pendleton homeware

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Down on Jollity Farm...

Our South coast Correspondent writes...


"A recent find at my local carboot were these delighful 1950s lead painted figures by Britains Ltd. To some they might look like a load of chipped old toys only fit for the bin, but to me and my hopeless romantic imagination they conjure up all sorts of things....


Rural England between the wars (Kent or maybe Suffolk?), the poetry of Betjeman, the early films of Powell and Pressburger (A Canterbury Tale perhaps?) and the artwork of Ravillious and Bawden.


I also wonder how todays younger generation would react if these were in their Christmas stocking, or given as a birthday gift instead of the latest games console or smart phone. I think we already know the answer to that!"


Words and images by 'The Pride of Bognor' - S & E Sorrell.

A Perfectly Kept House Is The Sign Of A Misspent Life


Today we relaunch our lapsed section ' illustrated book of the week' prompted by the discovery of this exciting tome yesterday, in the Regents street branch of Anthropologie, they alway seem to have a small selection of books that you cannot find elsewhere. This is certainly one after our own hearts. The sub-title is ' How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets,art etc.... and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in it's place.' Author Mary Randolph Carters' only serious omission is not to have included our own curiously cluttered spaces!






Mary Randolph Carter