2015 was a ‘head down’ sort of year with the planning and build beginning and a big checklist of things to get done. 2016 will (hopefully) see us complete the build (which is currently windowless and wet) and enable us play with the interiors (on a limited budget) shaping them into what we hope will be a colourful, family-friendly and fun space to share with the kids. It’s exciting and daunting all at once but we’ll enjoy sharing the journey.
A New Year inevitably brings new resolutions but whatever you’re up to in 2016 make sure you’re kind to yourself. This year the Danish concept of hygge, (a kind of cosiness and contentment said to make homes nicer and people happier) was endlessly explored by the news and blogs, including this nice article by the BBC which explored if it was exportable(!). The term doesn’t seem to have a direct translation in English which perhaps indicates we should work a little harder to create our own definition of it in 2016… it’s certainly a goal for our home but it’s tricky to create from scratch because it’s creating soul, a hub and a connection that transcends belongings or paint charts. Watch this space!…
Happy New Year!
love, ecomodernstudios x
It’s late, I’m looking to the end of another year, and starting to dream of what 2016 might be.
In a late-night spur of the moment decision I’ve entered the blog into the #UKBA16 awards. It seems a little grandiose to enter my blog but you’ve got to dream big right?
Take that leap for 2016 with me!
Great British heritage…
Volpe and Volpe was born from founder Trish Scorgie’s passion for ceramics and Britain’s golden age of manufacturing. She started a collection of vintage ceramic swan vases from trawling second hand shops and felt she could update them in more contemporary colours using British manufacturing – most notably in the traditional heartland of British ceramics, Stoke on Trent.
Trish took the leap and in 2012 Volpe and Volpe won Best Newcomer at the East London Design Show 2012 leading to the swans being stocked by influential boutique stores, from super-stylist Emily Chalmers’ shop Caravan to Britain’s most famous collector, Paul Smith and cult online homewares emporium Rockett St George. This list goes on to include Florists Scarlet & Violet, Rebel Rebel and Wild at Hearts Nikki Tibbles dressing the swans for the Cover of Living Etc.
We’re big fan of animals in England and of products made with personality, heart and using our homegrown talent. Through Trish’s research and collaborations each new product is based around her collectors eye for quality, provenance and craftmanship and the new range entitled ‘The Last Series’ does just this. It’s a collaboration with renowned ceramic artist Robert Dawson and comprises of six preservation plates featuring 6 animals , 3 under conservations (bat, cuckoo, hedgehog) and 3 earmarked for Rewilding (wolf, beaver and Lynx).
Rewilding has been gathering momentum for some time now but it was the appearance of Beavers in the River Otter and the campaign to allow them to stay that bought things into the spotlight, Wolves and the Lynx are being considered for rewilding within the next 25 years.
Combining florals and natural history prints the plates make a beautiful gift for animal lovers and fans of conservation or rewilding AND each plate donates 5% to the respective Charity. So whilst you’re eating Christmas dinner you could be helping our green and pleasant land recover some of what makes it so special whilst also helping to preserve our UK manufacturing industries!
Or keep up to date with this British brand on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Enjoy!
Old Harry: Jumpers as they should be
Old Harry is named after the rock stack which stands at the end of Studland Bay in Poole. The rocks are the namesake of an infamous local pirate called Harry Paye who was famous for adventure and plunder on the high-seas.
The ethos of this brand is ‘We are big believers in doing one thing and doing it right’ and this British knitwear brand talks the talk with 100% high-quality cotton designed in Britain which includes the coordinates of Old Harry’s namesake featured on the nape! It’s nice to support British companies inspired by the sea… and surely we should be being an island?
These soft unisex jumpers come in six different sizes in cream, navy, black, grey and dark grey with the five-guage fisherman’s knit so they’re perfect if you want to gift it to your boyfriend and then reclaim back (it’s always better that way isn’t it!).
So, this isn’t a call to ditch those Christmas jumpers (they are still as hilarious as they’ve ever been) but maybe to gift one with longevity in mind. One that’ll get better with age and warm your loved one as they do that painful stagger across the beach from a brave but chilly swim or on one of those days you wrap up and brave the weather for a blustery cliff top walk. A good jumper is worth it’s weight in salt! (sea salt that is)…
For every jumper sold the brand donates £1 to the National Trust who help protect the Jurassic Coast where Old Harry sits: www.oldharry.com
Roxwell Press is a British stationery company with spirit and soul. Started just one short year ago it’s had a busy year expanding the range which includes cards, prints and a bespoke wedding stationery service! With a bright and bushy Tropical range already out and a new cosy Home range planned for the start of 2016 there’s lots more to see but its the Christmas cards and tags that speak of nature and calmness which feature at #4 on our Christmas Design wishlist.
We started working with Michelle from Roxwell Press a few months ago and love the ethos behind it. As Michelle explains ‘Sending a card is an expression of someone’s love, friendship and connection to other human beings. The hand written correspondence is still an important part of our lives, a meaningful gesture and art form that I would like to help preserve through my stationery range’. This sentiment rings true – an unexpected card through the post or a postcard from someone’s adventurous travels are special and remind us of our friends and family we don’t see as often as we’d like.
Furthermore the detailed beautiful designs on the cards themselves can act as decorations too. There was a lovely feature by Patchwork Harmony recently which explored the art of displaying some of our great UK designers Christmas cards as part of our Christmas decorations which included Roxwell Press designs.
Whilst the news is busy telling us we only connect online these days the #Justacard campaign aims to highlight how just small purchases can help to keep our independent creatives at work brightening up our homegrown design scene here in the UK and it’s a valid point. So go on- sit down, slow down, pick up that pen and write to your friends and family. Send them a piece of beautifully crafted card art personalised by your thoughts, news and well-wishes and spread the warm hygge feeling this season!
Roxwell Press designs are printed in England on environmentally friendly paper, made using wind power. You can buy the Christmas cards individually to make up your own collection or buy designs in boxes of 5. These come packaged with envelopes in beautiful clear perspex boxes.
If you want to connect with Roxwell Press then their Instagram account is full of beautiful images and lots of creative ideas can be found on Twitter and Pinterest. Enjoy!
MidCentury Magazine was set up in 2011 from a dining table in London and in 4 short years it has published 9 Issues brimming with discovery. Forgotten designers, homes and stories sit side-by-side with those treasured profiles in mid-century design – and always with the most beautiful of visuals.
You could say I was biased having worked for the magazine for over a year now but I’ve always been a fan of letting the story speak behind strong design and MidCentury Magazine embraces this ethos in spades. Following a rebrand in Issue 05 the strongly recognisable magazine aesthetic was born. A clean minimalist cover encompassing a bright mid-century hue and a design from the interior pages brought to the fore in a simple boxout. These issues have the feel of a good book (and importantly are brilliant fun to display on shelves with their punchy mid-century colours!).
They’re definitely for keeps and I use mine for inspiration, for guidance (the Buyer’s Guides are great) and to just immerse myself in learning about the mid-century mind. So if you want a magazine with longevity then I’d urge you to order a copy of the latest Issue 09 released this week.
This months Issue 09 speaks with Paula Day, daughter of British designer Great Robin Day, gives a concrete tribute to American Modernism in Belgium (with some LOVELY Eames furniture) and a bright fun refurbishment of a 1960s London chalet home. Enough to provide some respite in this busy December month!
Handily too, ecomodernstudio readers can claim 10% off Issue 09 until midnight on 12th Dec by entering the code: mc9ems at the checkout, plus you’ll qualify for a free upgrade to first class post! You might just want to create your own little rainbow #shelfie of MidCentury colours…
To order Issue 09 or back-order a previous Issue visit the online shop!
Imagine this year sending someone a living Christmas tree which can be posted through their letterbox – sounds mad?
Enter London-based Bloom & Wild. They seem to have encapsulated Christmas-in-a-box where you have all the materials you need to create you own festive cheer in the smallest of spaces!
Bloom & Wild send these 40cm tall trees complete with mini coppery baubles, a gold-tipped star and moss blanket. The tree even has its own pop-up waterproofed material pot and this is sent in the most slimline of boxes which will fit through your letterbox. Impressive to say the least.
They also have a really lovely blog featuring styling suggestions, How-to makes, creativity and competitions so worth connecting with on social media if you’re in to that sort of thing. Here’s how I styled mine with a little help from Meri Meri glitter…
So if this speaks to you then you can buy a surprise festive cheer for someone for £25 from Bloom & Wild (and if you Instagram then share your #treestyle too!).
And if they’ve already got their tree sorted then Bloom & Wild also provide ‘Flower Bundles‘ where you can send 3 months of flowers for £50. Once a month seasonal fresh flowers are delivered straight to your door (or a door of a loved one) – A pretty magical start to 2016! And definitely a present for someone you love who just doesn’t want more ‘stuff’… those already thinking ahead to the inevitable Spring clean! Argh!
Enjoy the festivities –