Imagine yourself cycling down the side of a canal on a crisp, sunny day, with the reflections of the picturesque architecture of the houses mirrored in the water. That image is the inspiration for our latest paper cut House Reflections.
This is a laser cut created from an intricate original paper cut that i've designed and it's available on Famille Summerbelle website!
Size: 44cm x 66cm
£55 | €69 | $86
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.
Talking of bright colours, I received this morning a pack of luminous envelops and a card by Australian letterpress design company The Hungry Workshop. As soon as I spotted them on Oh Joy, I had to place an order! I LOVE letterpress printing. Oh yes.
The Aerograms envelops colours are so vibrant, they are printed on a heavy 330gsm paper stock and available as a pack of 3 or sold individually.
Japanese bird envelops - the yellow beak is the closing flap of the envelop.
Torinosu is a bird’s nest bowl made of paper. Add a little leaf here and a twig over there...This set makes two beautiful bowls that can either be nested together or kept separate.
Available on Upon a Fold.
At the end of December last year, Simon and I went to NYC for few days. We stayed in the Meatpacking District very close to the Anthropologie store. I remember being very impressed by their window displays. Apart from the beautiful colours and visual layout, it was their attention to details and the hand made feel that I liked most.
The window displays I'm featuring below are not from this season but from Fall last year.
I love the geometrical shapes made from dyed fabric, paper and cardboard. It was nicely inspired from the Clouds from Kvadrat designed by the Bouroullec brothers.
Aahhh the City by the Bay! It was just three years ago (almost to the day!) that we finished our three month voyage in this beautiful city. We really fell in love with the place and if we had to choose another place to live it would surely be here.
My brother and his family live just outside of the city and we receive photos regularly, documenting their wonderful balance of city, country and seaside living. With such a cosmopolitan community it feels so vibrant.
It's worth sharing that before I start drawing and cutting our maps I spend a lot of time gathering visuals and information about the place. This time around, I thought it'd be fun to ask our readers here to give me a hand!
The comments were all so helpful and made the project much more fun! You made me discover things and places I had no idea existed: for the example the buffalos and weekly Lindy Hop in Golden Gate Park!
I hope you like it. We're just in the process of finishing a short film which shows how the map was made. I'll post here as soon as it's ready!
We'll be back in San Francisco early next year, so thanks again to all of our contributors who have given me a wonderful long list of things to do whilst we're there!
Takashi Iwasaki uses different media to create his colourful designs: embroidery, painting, drawing, collages. He likes to mix his technique to keep his thoughts and ideas fluid and flexible. I first saw one of his illustration in Elle Deco and was instantly blown away. His abstract drawings reminds me of the work of Joan Miro.
At last something interesting in the post. The first printed magazine issue by Papier Maché arrived this morning, Yeah! The cover says it all 'beautiful on the inside'...and bonus, the Paris canvas bag is featured. Congratulation Beck & all your talented team. I am so impressed.
La Cacabane sounds much nicer in French! A funny short cut name (caca=poo, cabane= hut) for a place to play and be private. Check this little cartoon video to see where the idea came from. Designed by French company Pirouette Cacahouète.
Maybe I should get one to start potty training Lucien, but I think he would only be interested to open and close the door over and over again (that's his big thing at the moment).