Spitalfields and introducing a new brand…

So Christmas is coming! Or so the shops and department stores seem to want us to think. You’d think they’d wait til November at least but they’re so excited they just can’t help themselves. Myself, I am, as ever, running a little behind those well-organised retailers, but I can tell you that a new 2013 version of the City Avenue wall calendar will be available in coming weeks.

In other news… if you live in or close to London and fancy seeing some of my prints up close and personal, then come along to Old Spitalfields Market on 10th/11th November. I’ll be personally manning an Enclosed Spaces stall that weekend, as part of We Make London’s section, and will have as many prints on me as I can squeeze in. Spitalfields is a great market, and worth a visit any weekend.

In other news… with an increasing number of designs popping into my head over the past months, I finally put pencil to paper (followed by laser to acrylic, and pliers to silver, and glue to.. etc.) and will shortly be launching my first collection of necklaces for my new jewellery brand, Fletching & Nock. With plenty more ideas rolling around up there, this will be only the first of many pieces available. I think I can safely say that if you liked my Geometric Landscape print collection, you will like this jewellery line.

The ‘official’ launch date will be 21st November, so head on over to the website that day, and it’ll be just in time to pick up something different for your Christmas parties (or Christmas gifts, if you’re feeling a little more altruistic). If you’re champing at the bit to check out the jewellery I will also be offering pre-launch sales of most of the collection at Old Spitalfields Market on Nov 10th/11th (as mentioned above) so do come down and check them out. Any big updates I’ll also share on my Enclosed Spaces blog, Facebook page and Twitter, but as Fletching & Nock is essentially a whole new brand I recommend going over to the website and signing up to the newsletter to be kept in the loop on the launch and any new releases.

Book of the Fortnight #3 – Wonder Walls

In today’s post I’m showcasing the book Wonder Walls by Sarah Bagner aka Supermarket Sarah. I had a vague recollection of hearing about Sarah’s wall displays earlier in the year when she went from showcasing her display walls on her blog, to showcasing them in Selfridges. When I picked up her book during one of my meanderings around Waterstones (where I discover a lot of new books – hooray for brick and mortar book shops), I assumed it was a showcase of her work. In fact it wasn’t until I’d got home and had a proper flick through that I realised it was a showcase of other people’s homes. Thankfully, however, it doesn’t fall into the trap of Pinterest on paper (pretty room… another pretty room.. another ridiculously pretty room etc). It’s actually quite an interesting curation of people and their collections of personal… bits and bobs.

The theme running through the book is about showing off who you are by the things you surround yourself with. From Kazuo Umezu’s cartoonish, Seussian fairytale house (above), to Wayne Hemingway’s more modest mid-century abode (below), Sarah manages to fit in a fascinating little selection of homes.

If you’re after inspiration for your own pad, or just like to nose through other people’s homes, I’d say Wonder Walls hits the spot. Interspersed with Sarah’s observations, I like that it’s not just photo after photo, but focusses on the owner and their own unique way they’ve brought their personality into their home.

My personal favourite above, button designer Hiroyo Suzuki’s little studio. So cute, compact and crammed with everything but the kitchen sink in the most orderly way possible (click on all photos to view the larger version).

Wonder Walls – it’s an oasis of personal treasures (did you see what I did there? who can resist a good pun).

Inspired By: Cornwall

So it’s been a little hectic recently. I’m in a book about London designers coming out; I’m working on a sister site selling a completely different range of products; I’m doing a weekend at Old Spitalfields market in November; and it’s the run up to Christmas (with new prints on the way). More to come on all of that news soon. Throw in a surprise birthday party for a family member (possibly almost caused a heart attack but I think we’re good) and a lot of other work (unfortunately, I must admit, I have a whole lot of freelance work on the side still) and it’s been a knackering couple of weeks and not cooling off any time soon.

So the blog side of things has been a little quiet. I have an awesome book planned for my next Book of the Fortnight (which has become, erm, Book of the Month this time around) so keep an eye out for that. But in the meantime, here’s another Inspired By post that’s another reason I’ve not had much time recently – a 5 day break in Cornwall and Devon! I haven’t been there in years, and it was a much needed break. From lobster at The Shack, to medieval castle exploring, to Dartmoor hiking, we managed to fit it all in.

My Inspired By this time goes to Cornwall.

Products above: Anchor cushion by Paris Marketplace, Beach hut mugs by The English Seaside Company, Fish & Chips tea-towel by Mr.PS, Lighthouse print by Peconic Bay, Life Ring cushion, Lobster tea-towel by Thornback & Peel.

And a few snaps from the trip below…

Book of the Fortnight #2 – Airline: Identity, Design and Culture

From last fortnight’s look at home interiors, we move on to airline interiors. This book covers well, the identity, design and culture of airlines over the years. Filled with wonderfully entertaining retro photos of air hostesses, planes and frankly, quite scary looking close-ups of airline food.

Stewardess outfits have certainly changed over the years. Check out that all denim outfit! And those hotpants!

And finally, some more standard design fare, aviation posters:

Airline style might not immediately sounds like the most interesting of topics but this turns out to be quite a fascinating little look over the years. Worth a peek if only to see interior shots of Hugh Hefner’s private jet from the 70’s.