Saturday, 3 December 2011

A present from Samantha Stas

Here's a wonderful present I received from my lovely friend Samantha Stas. I think the peg doll looks a bit like me - even the little cube has a J on it! Sam's based in Lewes outside Brighton and makes the most amazing gifts. You can find her wonderful work here. Her work always makes me smile.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

I love kutchi shop window in Barcelona

'I love kutchi' is a new shop in Barcelona that I sell some of my toys to. The owner Mara left her previous career as an architect to open this super shop that sells handmade items. It also runs craft workshops. The shop is here. She asked me to look at her new shop window display. Her shop and story is so inspiring and filled with sheer happiness.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sainsbury's Design Studio 1962-1977

If I could tell you the best two books I've purchased this year, Print & Pattern 2 would be one and this book would definitely be the other. I'm so into the 60s graphics in this book - the simplicity of the packaging designs seem so incredibly naive to me but at the same time, so stylish, non fussy and contemporary. I love 90% of what's in this book and shall enjoy it for years. Simple design really excites me. Do any of you out there have similar taste to me?