Yesterday I received a copy of the Dutch magazine Flow on my desk. It was such a nice surprise. Do you know Flow? I only discovered it since we moved to Amsterdam. It's a creative magazine with beautiful illustrations, articles about designers and other creative people. It is also full of little paper products to tear and to keep such as a pretty notebook on this issue. I love it, I just wish I could read in Dutch to fully appreciate it!
Edition Paumes was created by husband and wife Hisashi Tokuyoshi and Fumie Shimoji (read here for their interview on Hanna Saren's blog).
We have collaborated many times with Hisashi and Fumie since we met them in Tokyo while we were visiting Japan with our daughter in 2008.
Fumie since became my agent in Japan and I truly enjoy working on different illustration projects with her for the Japanese market.
It was such a pleasure to work with Hisashi and the editor Coco Tashima when they came to shoot our home for the book Be Creative with Famille Summerbelle.
Hisashi would take a lot of photos of every room, just as they are. He would very rarely style a room as he likes the reality of a home as it is.
He has a very good sense of presenting things. He can find beauty in very small details and show it in a very nice way in his books.
He would group random objets (but they were not random to him!) and turn them into a very well composed image.
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For any paper lovers and creatives out there we are very proud to say that we use what we believe to be the finest paper made today: Mohawk Superfine. No other paper has the same reputation for quality, consistency and uniformity. The smooth white Superfine paper really makes the colours of our screen prints stand out so beautifully.
We are delighted to be featured on Felt & Wire, the inspiring blog of Mohawk celebrating the universe of paper, design and print.
I wanted to share with you some photos of the process of screen printing our World map:
All of the colours follow a Pantone reference but are mixed by hand and eye - which makes some serious experience. The paint is pushed through a squeegee (i love that word!) on to the silkscreen then onto the paper.
Each layer needs to be completely dry before applying the next.
Before we are heading back to Amsterdam (sadly it's the end of the Summer holidays for us) I wanted to share with you some snapshots of my detour to Merci shop while I was in Paris at the end of July. I stayed at my sister's flat who lives very close by Merci, so I went for a fresh mint tea with her and looked around the super nice concept shop with the oh so nice bed linen! Tsé-Tsé April vase:
Sorry for the lack of blog posts over the past weeks. We have been away in the South West of France, in Cahors where we go every Summer in August to spend time with my family. We don't have internet connection in our country house and I have to say it is really nice to be disconnected! Twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays the most amazing food market is taking place in front of the Cathedral in Cahors. I love going there to buy saucisson, garlic, olives, Cabécou (the local fresh goat cheese) and large juicy tomatoes that taste so good! I wish we could have this kind of fresh and tasty food all year round!
I love Paris in August: it is warm and sunny, the parisian have gone further South on holidays (most French people take a long break in the month of August), it is quiet, most of the shops are closed so no temptation and you can park for free in the streets :-)
Deyrolle, rue du Bac. Lucien and Ophelia in the Jardin des Tuileries.
Merci, Boulevard Beaumarchais (11th) and Nanashi rue de Paradis (10th).
We are spending some family time on the beautiful île de Ré on the West coast of France. Lazy mornings, long bike rides, late lunches and lounging by the pool. We are loving it! Check here for more photos from last year and here for the interview I did about all the things we like to do on l'île de Ré on Bozaround.
It was a rainy day so we stayed home with the children doing what we love: painting, baking a chocolate cake, watching Madagascar 2 and packing our bags to go on holidays to France.
On saturday night diner at the beautiful and delicious De Kas restaurant in Amsterdam to celebrate my aunt 70th birthday with all my family from London. It was a really fun night.
On Sunday it was windy and rainy so we all went to the Stedelijk museum to see the permanent exhibition and also a retrospective of Jeff Wall.
Buying flowers for the weekend
Strange birds on Noordwijk beach, on the coast near Amsterdam.
I am delighted to finally show you the article in this month issue of Spur Magazine featuring our home in Amsterdam and other homes of illustrators living in other european cities: Hanna Konola and Teresa Moorhouse in Helsinki, Isabelle Boinot in Paris, Tina Berning in Berlin.
It has been a pleasure to meet the photographer Fumie Tsuji (who's also the lead singer in her band Fleckfumie!) who came from Berlin for a day to shoot our house back in May.
You can view more photos of our interior on Spur website.
I wanted to share with you some inspiring photos I took while I was in London last week. I was there to work in the Famille Summerbelle studio in Finsbury park. On Saturday I met with my younger sister Emeline (we call her Milou!) who lives in Shoreditch for a nice breaksfast at Albion. She took me in all the cool shops in the area. Oh and I also went on Regent street to Anthropologie and J Crew. There were so many nice things to buy!
Dutch graphic designer Naomi den Besten from Pretty Unexpected has created this beautiful Creative Guide to Amsterdam packed with her favourite addresses: design book stores, concept stores, restaurants, art supplies shops and many more cool things to do in Amsterdam. Her creative guide is available here.
A new excuse to go on my bike to explore this city!
This morning I met up with Thomas Gravemaker the man behind the creative Letterpress Amsterdam studio in the centre of town. It's a fascinating workspace full of charm, old machines and wooden draws filled with handset metal types. Thomas has an extensive knowledge and experience in letterpress and graphic design. He worked for many years in London and Paris where he set up his own studio. I enjoyed speaking to him in French for an hour (I mainly speak English with everyone in Amsterdam so it was nice to speak with a (Dutch) francophile!)
The Letterpress Amsterdam studio produces bespoke prints, cards and invitations and also two-day intensive workshops or evening classes to learn the skills of letterpress printing.