7 Things I Loved This Week
April showers bring May flowers, or so I hope. Back from sunny California after holiday with the family and am happy to be back at it with showroom visits and other client work. Here are some favourite finds and inspiration from this week:
1. Temperley London Winter 2016
Temperley London entered its 15th year of business in 2015 with its founder, namesake and Creative Director Alice Temperley, MBE heading up the independent British luxury brand. Temperley creates clothes with signature, unique detailing that has made her one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British fashion.
‘Temperley London’ is a feminine, effortless and timeless designer collection which stays true to its British Heritage. Alice pioneers artisan techniques and intricate hand worked embellishment, an aesthetic synonymous with the designer. With four ready-to-wear collections a year, Temperley London offers a comprehensive range of daywear as well as cocktail and evening.
2. Beauty At Home by Aerin Lauder
Conceived and created by AERIN founder and creative director Aerin Lauder, Beauty at Home is an intimate look at the design and decorating choices that have made Aerin a celebrated tastemaker around the world. Stunning images captured by celebrated photographer Simon Upton allow the reader an inside-look into Aerin’s homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons as well as her Madison Avenue office. With tips on everything from entertaining to art curating, Beauty at Home is an inspiring, personalized account of what it means to live beautifully.
3. Creme Cycles 2016
The ladies’ Caferacer Solo is built around a beautiful “mixte” style step-through frame with the characteristic double top tube. It has all the features you need to ride every day with speed and comfort. The unique front rack is very practical – you can keep your eyes on your precious bag at all times. Browse the models and enjoy the beautiful colours that reflect in the shiny fenders. The bike comes with a 3 speed or 7 speed internal gear hub that is clean and requires almost no maintenance.
Creme bicycles are designed and handmade in Europe. Each one is a tribute to the love for materials, details and craftsmanship. We hope that you will see these values in our bicycles and that they will bring you the same joy as they have given us.
4. SWALE NYC
Food forests are arguably the oldest form of gardening, generated through companion planting methods. But their importance is so much more than their history. Food forests are a way to diversify plant life through supportive planting; each plant building, supporting, and sustaining the next, each plant an important part of its created ecosystem. The system being built through food forests extends to our community as well. This form of gardening puts us back into direct contact with our needed resources, invites us to care for these resources that will in turn care for us, for our communities.
Food forests are a naturally regenerating, resilient, and effective agro-ecosystems, which can, over time, provide free, fresh food. However, food forests on New York City’s public land have been off-limits for almost a century for fear that a glut of foragers may destroy an ecosystem. But Swale imagines a different world, a different solution.
By creating a floating food forest, we create a different set of rules.
On the water, collaboration isn’t optional; to thrive, we have to work together. Swale is being designed and tested with insights from a nautical engineer, landscape architects, gardeners, artists, educators, students, and the US Coast Guard. After a one year planning and building period, Swale will function as an floating island and will be open to the public. The water is also New York’s largest commons. When we can better protect it, it can better protect us.
Together, we are re-imagining our city.
Swale brings us one step closer to transforming our city from dependence on large-scale supply chains with little accountability, to one that strives for community interdependence. It’s a call to action, a vision of what a New York City of the future could be. By bringing together groups from varying backgrounds, we will create an environment that works together to find new ideas and answers to food security.
5. Ellsworth Kelly
Although some may say that Kelly uses the camera to simply record nature, Photographs reveals something more complex: he handles the camera not as an intermediary eye, but as an organizational tool. His compositions are meticulous and topographical; mathematical to the point of orthodoxy, his photography reveals an idiosyncratic taste for symmetry, clarity, and crispness as opposed to any reverence for abstraction for abstraction’s sake. – via hyperallergic
6. Summer living with Knoll
Summer is very nearly here and it’s time to get your outdoor space ready for sunny afternoons and lazy evenings with some beautiful, iconic pieces from Knoll’s outdoor range.
These achingly modern chairs, tables and loungers have been around for over 60 years, but are still brimming with modern cool.
Beautifully made, hard wearing and versatile, most of these pieces are in stock now for delivery in two weeks.
Get in touch with us today to order the perfect combination of style and practicality for outdoor living, or arrange an appointment with Carly to go through your options and get the best possible advice. Just call Carly at 07773383530 or email her at email@example.com to get started.
Here are just a few of the pieces available from us
7. Jess Brown | Berry Sprite Doll
Jess has always been inspired by beautiful textiles. She began making dolls for her children 15 years ago using cashmere sweaters and antique remnants. She carefully developed a line of signature handmade ragdolls based on her original doll design. Each doll is cut to order in her Northern California studio and always made using the finest materials. Jess also collaborates with several designers, creating limited edition dolls for each season
Q: Your aesthetic is so eclectic and individual, did it take you awhile to find your dollmaking style or did it just come naturally?
A: I think a combination of the two. The doll pattern took quite a while to sort out. There hadn’t been anything quite like it so I designed it to the specs I felt were important. The style and look of the doll was simpler for me. I really just wanted to blend the finest materials and a sophisticated look. I wanted to use all sorts of precious things on this very utilitarian product.