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This lamp reminds me of Patrick Caufield

Something from us_Green_White_Green Wire lamp

And I can’t quite work out why…

When I looked at his prints it was not immediately obvious to me but there is a definite Caufieldness to this lamp. Maybe it’s the focus on lines to create the object or the focus on the edges rather than the normally solid centres that does it.

Patrick Caufield, Oh Helen I roam my room

Either way I want this lamp.

Interestingly enough even though the lamp is being sold at Brighton POD, my new furniture stalwart, is actually made by a creative team rather than an interiors designer; Something from Us are a London based creative duo who seem from their site to have turned their hand to everything from interiors (check out their designs for London burrito bar Poncho no8) through to rebranding Cornwall.

The teams lack of interiors focus is interesting – it gives them a wider portfolio that is bound together by the same graphic and linear style. This for me is really refreshing to look at.

Do you think it adds a freshness to design when you take it away from being about a certain space (ie. interiors) and open it up to design for all spaces that we live in? Or should designers stick to what they know?

Escape the stress of re-decorating: Holly Palmer’s unusual solution

Shopping for furniture can be boring, dull, stressful, expensive … I am someone who hates time spent in IKEA and so can very much appreciate how you could go slightly out of your mind when attempting to furnish your home in a stylish and yet tongue in cheek fashion.

So I very much appreciated it when I came across this hilarious chair from Holly Palmer @Brighton POD

Holly Vernon Thought Box and Stool

Described as  “a thinking unit for the modern user, a personal space in which to simply think. Inspired by Victorian Inventions”, the stool comes with a series of filters so you can filter the light allowed into the box according to your mood and a set of earplugs. Those who are space conscious will be pleased to know that the box fits neatly beneath the chair when you are done escaping the world so there is no chance you will trip over the little black box and remind yourself of your near melt-down that happened just 5 minutes earlier.

Hilarious.

(Seriously though Brighton POD has a lot of unusual pieces that come from artists and designers and make a great talking point piece. Check out their website for some other less wacky designware.)

the affordable art fair returns

Affordable art fair

We were lucky enough to be given some free tickets to the affordable art fair in Hampstead this year from a friend who had been compd after buying a particularly large and beautiful painting.

The art fair itself is an amazing concept – a giant tent has been errected in the middle of the heath and filled with all types of modern artworks. (It’s a real pity the site doesn’t have a pic of the tent because this giant structure is almost as impressive to my slightly geeky self as the art itself.)

We were pleased and a little surprised to see some of the artists we’ve bought works from in shops and markets here in the art fair. So I thought I’d share my top picks.

Laura Jordan

We came across Laura Jordan’s work in the Backyard Market. The boy and I bought each other a print each to celebrate our anniversary (being typical in our inability to agree on one to buy).

Laura’s work is now on the Time Out First Thursdays art nights, she’s working with the NSPCC and has been interviewed for numerous blogs. I love her destructive style; the tiny people in her drawings look cute at first glance but then when you look deeper you notice all sorts of gruesome details such as crashed buses, angry commuters, trash.

Laura Jordan art

Moose Allan

Moose Allan’s pen and ink drawings have a sense of fun and humour about them that I just can’t resist. His website the world of moose is beautiful too.

Moose Allan art: this is how I spread joy

Ceal Warnants

This is the first time I’ve seen Ceal’s work and I have to admit that, at first glance I took it to be a boring Enid Blyghton style illustration that smacked of my idyllic childhood upbringing. But take a look at the details of her works and you will see a sharp subversive edge, a usurping of the traditional British values that her work seems to show that I just love. My favourite work, Michael’s Mistake is a little too detailed to show here so I’ve picked the slightly more obvious Etiquette for Girls to show but make sure you check out Jealous Gallery for more of her work.

Jayoon Choi

Also represented by the Jealous Gallery is Jayoon Choi, an observational people watcher who’s queues of people and individual characters are so everyday that they immediately feel familiar and friendly. From the humourous ‘are they looking at what I’m seeing’ to the tiny moments he’s captured in his people series, this totally appeals to people watchers of all types.

Jayoon Choi People at Jealous Gallery

Edouart Buzon

And finally, the lovely Edouart Buzon who’s mixed media masterpieces I can only dream of owning at the moment.

Edouart Buzon at Gallerie D'Envie

Edouart Buzon can be found at Gallerie D’Envie.

art for big kids: Patrick Hruby

Imaginary_Castle_Patrick Hrubry

I was browsing for inspiration when I came across Patrick Hruby’s fantastic illustrations. As we have a very grown up flat and are nowhere near the age of being able to buy stuff for kids then I will either have to rationalise myself into being able to buy a print from somewhere or just content myself with the site (which is very beautiful and cleverly whizzes through lots of illustrations whilst getting to the one you have selected – kind of like a digital card shuffle):

Patrik hubry stylish illusrations

looking at these actually reminded me of how homewear seems too be picking up a gaphic illustration style too – check out this tray from liberties:

London tray liberties

I am yet to work out the fasghion equivalent (aztec cardigans perhaps?) but I really feel that buying prints in this illustrative style is far more fun and fresh than all the typographic posters that have been litrering trendy design stores for the past few years – go forth and embrace your inner child!

time for a new trend perhaps?