Famille Summerbelle is very excited to be part of Patternsnap a newly launched application for iphones and ipads which helps you search, save and share a very large selection of wallpaper and interior fabric patterns. Choose a design and Patternsnap provides detailed samples of similar patterns then links you directly to the stockists and company website where you can purchase your favourite product.It is really fun to use and very useful for searching beautiful patterns (You will find the work of designers like Deborah Bowness, Louise Body, Abigail Edwards, Erika Wakerly, MissPrint, Timorous Beasties and many many more...)
I hope you all had a good week. For the weekend I wanted to share with you some images of our packaging we use to pack all our tea towels and cushion covers. It features Famille Summerbelle triangle patterns and has a nice fold at the back. Hope you like it!
I'm really looking forward to this weekend. At last it is getting warm and sunny in Amsterdam!
Hello, I hope you had a lovely weekend. We had friends from London staying with us so we took them on a cycle ride around Amsterdam. It was so warm and sunny we ended up having a bbq in the garden. Oh I love Spring an I can't wait for the Easter break in a couple of weeks to relax in the park...
Have you started your Easter decoration yet? I am preparing a little surprise for you next week so start to sharpen your scalpel and gather lots of colourful papers! To celebrate the build up to Easter we are offering 30% off our collection The Performers: mugs, trays, hand screen prints, tea towels and cushion. Enjoy shopping!
The 30% off reduction will appear on the checkout page.
We are very pleased to introduce our first A5 notebooks featuring Famille Summerbelle familiar World map and City map collection.
The notebooks are sold as a pack of 2 with plain white recycled paper.
We had fun shooting this short paper cut video introducing our notebooks:
Christmas is only 6 weeks away so we wanted to give you some ideas of presents (starting as little as £7!) for your friends and family. We have a beautiful range of tea towels, fine bone China mugs, birch wood trays and a great selection of hand screen prints!
Enjoy your Christmas shopping!
The tea towels Un Dimanche à Paris in grey/pink back in stock. The quirky parisian illustration is screen printed on a 100% cotton soft fabric. Our tea towels are all printed in the UK.
Have a nice week!
We thought while the sun is shining, that it'd be a good time to share our collection of birch wood trays. We wanted to make our trays from a natural sustainable material and so we looked to Sweden where they have been producing birch wood trays (from renewable forests) for over 60 years.
A few wonderful facts about our trays:
They are all totally dishwasher proof, so go ahead and give them a good clean!
Our trays are made from a single sheet of birch wood. No joins, no cracks for food to stick in.
The wood is sourced from renewable Scandinavian forests. Natural raw material that's replenished.
Our trays weigh 280 grams - featherlight!. Super strong and very light makes them practically perfect little serving tools!
As our mind turns to holidays and as the 100th edition of Le Tour kicks off, what better way to celebrate than the launch of our brand new Map of France!
The Alpes, The Pyrenees, a Mediterranean coast, an Atlantic coast.
Volcanoes, gorges, the calanques of Cassis, the Mont St Michel.
Castles, cathedrals, thousands of wines, hundreds of cheeses.
Ancient cities, modern bridges, sunflowers, truffles, then mustard and mussels.
Holidays of every kind, gourmet food at every turn and we haven't yet mentioned the City of Light!
We wanted to celebrate France in all it's glory, and our map is a pictorial tribute.
Each region has it's specialty and we've chosen an icon for each to guide you around!
White coffee please for me - first thing for breakfast and then black tea all day long. I kind of need it to keep me awake and also to take some breaks away from my computer. I spend far too much time working on Illustrator theses days and my eyes are becoming red and square! My favourite is Earl Grey French Blue from Mariage Frère and the good old tisane (herbal tea) in the evening. What's your favourite?
As you can imagine our kitchen cupboard has all the Famille Summerbelle mugs. Mostly all of our samples, not the best looking ones but we keep the nice mugs for you in the studio in London! Just for the story, all our mugs are fine bone China and are made and printed in the Potteries in the UK.
Enjoy your drink! Boom le Clown mug
Photo of the Golden Gate I took when we were there 5 years ago! It's been such a long time...I am so longing to visit this beautiful place soon...
On the right photo from Antiquation Admiration on Flickr.
Back in March I went to Bath for the day to document the printing process of our World map print. The design is hand screen printed in 2 colours using one silk screen per colour. Duncan, the printer mixes each colour by hand, referring to a Pantone reference. Screen printing is an incredibly skilled job and so inspiring to watch - although on that day it was so cold in the workshop that I had to go for a walk to warm up...I really don't know how those guys do it over winter in their unheated warehouse!
Turquoise colour mixed for the job. It is then stored on the shelf for use later.
The first colour run is printed and dried on the racks for a few hours before the second colour is applied.