Wednesday, February 1, 2017

{ Downloadable Designs }

Happy Feb' folks! Here's your new Downloadable Design — the last one to be pulled from our Palm Springs S16-17 collection. This design is called 'Mural', and was inspired by the many amazing ceramic murals and relief sculptures we saw on Modernist buildings in Palm Springs. We loved seeing the way artists had collaborated with architects, working together to resolve or add life to external shared spaces.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

{ Out & About }

We hope you had a lovely time over the Christmas break and got a chance to relax and do the things you love. The design team are now back on board and thinking about the new season ahead. Winter 2018 here we come!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

{ Downloadable Designs }

Hello friends! After a big gap in our Downloadable Design posts (sorry), we are back! This one is the lovely hand-painted Cinderblock design, from our Palm Springs S16-17 collection. We hope you enjoy its bold simplicity and graphic, loose lines...

Here are a few of our products that feature the design: cushion, kaftan, top, and wash bags.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

{For the Love of It}

Lately I've been obsessed with making macramé wall hangings — more because I love the feeling of doing it, than actually being into macramé itself!

It all started with an evening class I took a few months ago with a friend, where we learned the basics and I got the knotting bug. I then set about making millions of sketches in my work book, and dreaming up ambitious ideas late at night. I knew I wanted to do something different — something bold and way less 'shabby chic' than the usual macramé... I imagined stunning large-scale pieces and wondered how on earth I was meant to figure out how much cord they would take.

Eventually (many knots and Google searches later) I managed to figure out the techniques I like best in this art form and where to get the right materials from. I also realised very quickly that the type of knotting I am using guzzles up the most unbelievable amount of cord, making those epic large-scale pieces of my imaginings rather less do-able — at least for now.

I love the play of materials I've used; how the softness of the cotton cord rests so nicely against the hard gleam of brass, the worn and burnished surface of the metal suggesting previous unknown uses. Given my profession, I think it's interesting that what I've made so far has ended up looking more like a woven textile than what I think of as typical macramé.

What are you doing creatively right now, just for the love of it?

~ Amy

Thursday, November 24, 2016

{Out & About}

Postcards From Palm Springs - Part 2

The dramatic wall of breeze blocks greeted us at the entrance to The Parker Hotel, before proceeding through full length tangerine doors which led us into the lobby. The interior of The Parker had a $27 million refurbishment in 2004 by renowned ceramic and textile designer Jonathan Adler. His styling was influenced by Evelyn & Jerome Ackerman who were Californian mid century industrial designers. They reinterpreted folk art and traditional techniques in a more modern and liberal style.

Examples of Adler's work are sprinkled around the hotel. Hand made ceramics, murals and relief work, are mixed with rich textures and warm colours, skillfully show casing his playful aesthetic and luxurious tongue-in-cheek style.

The outdoor area included conversation pits, outdoor dining, swimming pools and a family of Jack rabbits who happily enjoyed the lush gardens. The lemonade stand was a wonderful retreat in the incessant desert sun, best served pool side. Which was also a very interesting place to people-watch.