Ringo is a young design studio based in Warsaw in Poland. They make the most beautiful cardboard toys that I know of. I love the colours and the graphics for each category that have designed: Paper Town 1, 2 and 3 and how cute is the new The Animals set!
I also love the fact that it requires some imagination and patience to fold and create each piece and it can be folded after playing to store or take away in a bag to a friend's house. Paper Town 1:
This is not my usual post but I really wanted to share with you this incredible story that my cousine Sophie Robinson, a producer and film director has been passionately documenting: My Beautiful Broken Brain.
It's a film about 34 year old Lotje Sodderland, who in November 2011 experienced a massive life-threatening brain haemorrhage – regaining consciousness in a world where words were incomprehensible, sound and vision distorted and where her peripheral vision was filled with frightening hallucinations. Still unable to speak or even think properly Lotje started using her iPhone to record every changing moment.
Sophie and Lotje wanted to make My Beautiful Broken Brain independently - staying true to the way Lotje sees the world using graphics and picture enhancement.
For Sophie it was imperative to keep filming as soon as she met Lotje: 'I have learnt so much about the human brain and the power of the human mind by sharing Lotje's story with her, which is why I believe this film must be finished and shared.'
You can watch the trailer here and help them make this documentary by pledging on Kickstarter.
This morning I went to my son's class room to organise a little atelier of christmas tree decoration. I had some cardboard boxes left from our removal so it came in handy to make very simple cut out shapes of Christmas trees for the children to paint and cover with glitter. It was a fun project to do and the children were very proud of their creations!
Aino-Maija Metsola is the designer who created the beautiful Sääpäiväkirja collection of tableware and fabric for Marimekko. The starting point of this collection was a fascination for rain, fog, wind, light and water and how we perceive the weather surrounding us.
Aino-Maija Metsola spent several months creating sketches and patterns and colour palettes using different type of media such as aquarelle and ink.
Here are some images of her research:
On saturday morning Ophelia and I went to the Stedelijk Museum to see the Kazimir Malevich and the Russian avant-garde exhibition.
It was an excuse to have some (quiet) time together to do some drawings.
Ophelia is such an easy going and curious child. She would just sit in front of a painting a draw it carefully without missing to write down the name of the artist and the title of the artwork. She really encouraged me to be less shy to draw in public!
We both love drawing but it is a rare moment as when her little brother is around he hasn't got the patience to sit and look at paintings. Fair enough, he is only 4 and he couldn't care less about an abstract art exhibition! He was very excited to go instead cycling sitting at the back of his daddy's bike.
Ivan Klyun. Suprematist study of color and form. 1917.
As December begins we're starting to feel the Christmas spirit! This weekend is a big one for shopping and we wanted to offer something special to really kick the season off, so we have a magnificent 25% off of absolutely everything in our store starting today Friday 29th November until Monday 2nd December*
We have a large collection of wonderful gift ideas, for every budget and for everyone in the family.
*Sale begins 8am (GMT) Friday 29th November and ends midnight (GMT) Monday 2nd December 2013.
Studio Inherent is a young Rotterdam based studio, founded by Dennis van Gaalen and Eline Wieriks.
An article in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant stated that today's city people are just as sensitive and irritable as a stressed out test-animal. Fortunately, research proved that nature and green, even a representation of it, is enough to calm down the stressed brain.
Happy Faces focuses on the interaction between man and nature in the city. Each Happy Face is a unique info graphic of one of the top 10 monumental trees located in Rotterdam.
Bundled as a booklet, they form a city-guide to locate and visit the trees. The trees are recognisable by a sign which is placed in front of each tree. This sign shows the visual of the corresponding Happy Face mask.
Translated into physical objects, the masks are the embodiment of the relation between man and tree and the effect they have on each other. These masks serve as interactive objects at home.
We had a beautiful blue sky day yesterday and I took random photos of things I like in my neighborhood. We live in the very nice area of Willemspark near the largest park of Amsterdam ,the Vondelpark.
THINGS I LIKE:
The children have their cute little red and yellow chairs, tables and toys on the pavement to play outside their building. The chairs are left outside overnight and to my surprise no one steal them! This is something you would never see in Paris...
Red brick building and the neon sign of the food store Albert Heijn.
The fresh fruits & vegs from the greengrocer on Valeriusstraat
The bricks on the road. There is something very charming about this pattern.
Oh, and the colourful tiles on the side of the entry doors. They are all different from one door to the next. J'adore.
This weekend we decide to explore the villages around Amsterdam so we took the car and drove off for about 20mn to Volendam on the East coast. We had a delicious fish and chips in a typical fish restaurant on the harbour. After lunch we went to the picturesque village of Edam. Yep this is where the famous Edam cheese comes from. It was cold but it didn't stop us to have a lovely walk. On the way back home we bought an apple cake with cinnamon and watched The Sound of Music cuddled up on the sofa in front of the fireplace. It was so nice!
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!
Today our big boy is turning 4! He woke up this morning so excited about his birthday.Yes it is a big deal now. He wanted to eat his birthday cake straight away and didn't understand why he had to go to school on his birthday. Fair point but c'est la vie, school on Wednesdays here.
I am going to pick him up in one hour and we are going explore the pirate ship (it is actually the replica of the Amsterdam vessel at the Maritime Museum). He has been waiting for this moment since we arrived in Amsterdam! Later this afternoon he is having a big 'grown up' party at his daddy's office with the whole agency invited to sing happy birthday Lucien!
Lucien has grown up so much this year. Yes, he is taller and has more hair ;-) but it is his personnality that has changed most. He is the clown of the family. Always making everyone laugh. He aslo loves to perform and sing songs in front of everyone. For sure he is not shy.
Lucien over the years... from 3 years old to 3 months old!
Huge apologies for not posting for a while…moving house to a new country has been a rather busy and time consuming experience.
We are now so happy and enjoying every minute of our our new life in the Netherlands!
To give you a bit of background on our move…..a couple of months ago, just at the end of Summer, Simon got an amazing job offer with a company based in Amsterdam.
We always thought of Amsterdam as a great city to raise children and a creative place to work, so when the opportunity came we jumped at the chance to try a new adventure!
After nearly 5 years in France we were happy to try a new experience even though we could have happily settled in Paris as we really love it there.
The past few weeks prior to moving here have been very intense. First of we had to find a school for the children. We were very lucky to find a place for both of them in the French school so that they can continue in both French and English - also making a transition back to France easier in the longterm.
Finding a home was pretty easy. We just love the architecture here and we were so excited to live again in the city centre (our previous home was located in a quiet suburb in the outskirts of Paris). We've found our home in an area just to the South West of Amsterdam called Willemspark. It's an absolutely lovely and cosy two level Dutch apartment with a little garden on a quiet leafy street. We have everything we could hope in less than a minute walk from our home: cafés, food shops, flower shop, fishmonger, bank, trams and a beautiful children's toy boutique called Imagine. We even have the Vondelpark 5mn away from home and Le Pain Quotidien for weekend breakfasts. It's a fabulous new city lifestyle.
Finding the right bike (of course our main mode of transport now!) was actually rather more difficult. Simon (THE bike specialist) spent days visiting bike shops in Amsterdam, checking blogs and doing research on the best family bike to have in Amsterdam. On this we can really recommend the blog and bikes from Workcycle. They give the best advice on all types of bikes to have in Amsterdam. After almost endless discussions, we finally decided that the best option for us was to get one of the famous Bakfiets to be able to take the children on school runs and around town and keep them dry under cover during rainy and cold autumn/winter months.
I'm really looking forward to the next week. The children will start school again, which means I can start looking for a studio to rent and start working and blogging properly again.
I am looking for a shared studio to rent in the De Pijp area so if you have any suggestion I would really appreciate help! Famille Summerbelle will still be run from our studio in London and soon from Amsterdam! I am so happy about this new move!
There will be plenty more on Amsterdam over the coming weeks and months as we settle into our new life….
I'm typing this post sitting on the floor of our empty house, with only 10% of battery left on my laptop I have to be brief.
We are moving...to Amsterdam! Big news and so little time to think about it as we had to make the quick decision at the beginning of September to start a new life over there. More on this crazy move in a few days with pictures. The removals guys have just left the house, and on Thursday I'm driving with the children to our new home, next to the Vondelpark in Amsterdam.
We are so excited.
Dutch designers Lex Pott and David Derksen were exhibiting their Transcience Mirrors at Tent a few weeks ago. They are truly beautiful and I was so pleased to see them for 'real'. Transcience shows the beauty of the natural oxidizing process inherent in mirrors. This process can be regarded as degradation, however this project exhibits the beauty of this material transition of silver.
By accelerating and manipulating this process, the Transcience mirrors illustrate the various stages of oxidation through the repetition of fundamental geometric shapes. Depending on the time that the silver is reacting with sulphur, different colour tones can be achieved, ranging from gold to brown, to purple to blue.
David Derksen was also showing his Copper Light and Wooden Light (made from wood veneer and a brass colour film backing). The sheets of copper and wood are folded by hand and made in David's studio in Rotterdam.
Flask Lights. The Flask objects are reappropriations of the familiar Thermos flask. Despite their complexity these containers can be found inside all common coffee flasks. Through the addition of specially designed rubber components, the beauty of this often concealed, everyday object is revealed and displayed in the Flask Light and Flask Vase.
We then walked to Le Petit Atelier de Paris which I have heard about but never had a chance to visit... Unfortunately it was closed when we got there (it is only open from Thursday to Saturday from 13h until 19h). The window display was so charming with the hanging ceramic house & the dog made of wire, the lighting star and delicate bowls. I will certainly go back but in the meantime you can have a look here to discover more designs.