Blog: December 2012

Cakes, crumbs and carpets

The combination of carpets and cake give most hosts the nervous tizzies. The wibble wobble transfer of a poorly engineered wedge of triple layer Red Velvet cake from platter to plate is an anxiety pinpoint for many hosts. With good reason they imagine icing granules ground into pile; blood red cake crumbs kicked into touch… Read more »

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Musings on Queen, Country and table mats

Beware the office whip round. A strong arm tactic to collect money for a gift earmarked for a colleague; opt out at peril of your weak limbed grasp of the greasy pole. Workers know their drip feed investment into the office equivalent of a Ponzi scheme is as as likely to create meaningful long-term yields… Read more »

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Installation, Other Design (furniture etc), Textiles
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Celebrate magical masterpieces with Parris Wakefield Additions

Expect magic not mayhem when the Mayan calendar ends tomorrow. Dystopian doomsayers who cooked the books to make the calendar falsely predict finality and fatalities, might have put their time to better use by joining lovers of number patterns to celebrate the conclusion of a thirteen year feast of magic numbers. In honour of time… Read more »

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Ho, ho, ho! Merrymekko!

Confession. Your scribe Christmas self-gifted on her way to the Anne Kyyrö Quinn reception last week. Signposted by a clock on the pavement of the retail juggernaut that is Oxford Street, St Christopher’s Place is a wee lane with enticing small shops. Marimekko is one. The siren song of a horizontally striped poncho was sufficient… Read more »

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Interiors, Textiles, Wearable textiles
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Fabulous textile Christmas stocking stuffer under a fiver? Artisan du Chocolat!

Chocolate is your scribe’s Achilles heel. Never ever ubiquitous cheap chocolate, but always luxury dark chocolate requiring a mindful journey to the byways of Chelsea and Artisan du Chocolat. Founded by artisan chocolatier Gerard Coleman (famous for his creation of liquid salted caramels), Artisan offer a range of handmade chocolates. They also understand it’s sinful… Read more »

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Art Textiles, Other Design (furniture etc), Textiles, We Like
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Stomp all night on Limited Edition’s “brick wall” rug

Banksy is an urban legend; a famous (and infamous) graff artist, immortalised (amongst other output) for his opening sequence for The Simpsons. But he might might want to take a break from banging heads against brick walls, and instead Stomp! all night across an ingenious “brick wall” carpet by Limited Edition, Belgium. Loyal readers of… Read more »

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Anne Kyyrö Quinn wool felt sculpture exhibition, 12 Star Gallery, London

“Is that a ah . . . a foot?!” Your meat-free scribe was still under the gustatory evil spell of mistaking chorizo for a grilled baby tomato, when a fur stole fell from a guest’s shoulder at the opening of the Anne Kyyrö Quinn exhibition last night. Swooping, your scribe caught it mid-fall. In her… Read more »

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Pantone Color of the Year 2013 is Emerald Green

The winning pony in the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year horse race was not bookie favourite blue, but Emerald Green. On the surface a soothing, optimistic colour, did the jury not realise Lucifer first popularised the green gemstone? The red horned, van Dyck bearded and pointy tailed Satan wore an emerald studded crown before… Read more »

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Mermaids, cherubs & cheer: Lana MacKinnon’s mid-century designs

“Victory in Europe” day was celebrated 8 May 1945 to mark the end of World War II. A flow of celebratory imagery appeared on ceramics, furnishing and dress fabrics, textiles and rugs. Mermaids and dolphins; putti and roses; swags and urns. Villas and houses were popular too. Colours were clear. But change is rarely singular…. Read more »

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New Collections, New issue, Textiles, We Like
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Stark beauty of nanimarquina Global Warming polar bear rug

“Kill him, or die, but do not wound this animal.” This command slingshotted through the mind of Alvah Simon. The Roger Henry, painted white rather than traditional high visibility red, was wedged against an Arctic ice island. As far as the polar bear staring at Simon was concerned, the boat was both ice floe and… Read more »

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