UK

18
AUG
2014

Bottletop SS14 collaboration with Narciso Rodriguez

British fashion label Bottletop have come a long way since we last blogged about them. Not only have they brought out some fabulous new pieces for Spring/Summer 2014, this year they also collaborated with Narciso Rodriguez who has designed handbags using the brand’s... Read More →
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26
FEB
2013

Lampshades made from recycled yarn

“Ose” is French for “dare”.  Yorkshire based Helen Taylor hand knits her Ose lampshades from pure linen recycled yarn using recycled fibre and pure unbleached silk yarn.  “The yarns are spun by a small company also in Yorkshire.  My ethos is to... Read More →
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22
FEB
2013

Hetty Rose reclaimed kimono shoes

Here’s something to brighten your mood on this cold wintery day…  Hetty Rose transforms vintage Japanese kimono fabric into fabulous footwear from her workshop in Essex.  She describes the material as “relics of a disappearing world, saturated in significance... Read More →
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17
FEB
2013

Estethica AW13 London Fashion Week

This weekend I had a sneak preview of the best of next season’s ethical fashion at Estethica, London Fashion Week.  As always, innovative use of upcycled materials is high on the agenda for many of the designers who have been specially chosen for their ethical credentials. ... Read More →
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14
FEB
2013

Vintage map artwork by Bombus

Today is the only day we can get away with sharing something heart-shaped – better make the most of it!  Why not express your love for your favourite part of the world with bespoke vintage map artwork by Bombus?  These make great gifts for a wedding or anniversary as they... Read More →
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12
FEB
2013

Renovated London water tower

This 1867 London water tower house was originally designed for the nearby Lambeth Workhouse and Hospital and was once the tallest water tower in London.  By the 20th century it became derelict and home to thousands of pigeons before being given a major overhaul by developer Leigh... Read More →
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21
JAN
2013

Upcycled paper animal heads at Anthropologie

This weekend I visited the wonderful Anthropologie store in west London.  The shop not only sells some beautiful products made from reclaimed materials but boasts some incredible installations around the shop.  From an organic sculpture made from painted corrugated cardboard that... Read More →
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17
JAN
2013

Feng Ho ethical fashion

Feng Ho is an award-winning ethical fashion designer based in Oxford, England.  As well as using fabrics such as Tencel, soy, organic cotton and hemp, she uses end-of-line textiles from British fabric merchants in many of her designs.  Pictured is the Tessellate collection is... Read More →
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15
JAN
2013

Third Generation Furniture by Jason Fletcher

Jason Fletcher is an industrial designer and recent MA graduate from the University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins in London.  His latest project Third Generation Furniture is concerned with design and resource management – a range of furniture created specifically to... Read More →
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09
JAN
2013

Drawing pin portraits by Duncan MacAskill

The humble drawing pin (aka thumb tack) is one of the preferred mediums for Scottish artist Duncan MacAskill.  The above portrait of his father, created with 25,000 drawing pins, was part of a recent exhibition at the Royal Opera House.  During the 2012 London Design Festival... Read More →
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02
JAN
2013

Antiform upcycled fabric purses and scarves

Upcycled fashion brand Antiform are making purses and scarves from upcycled textiles.  Pictured above is  their Copper Penny Mixed Knit Scarf which is knitted from recycled fibres on a vintage 1920s machine – the last running in the country.  If you’re in the Leeds area... Read More →
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26
DEC
2012

Butterfly plate ornament at Liberty & Co

In amongst the copious amount of eating and drinking and present giving, this week has involved a great deal of trawling around the shops of central London.  A highlight has to be a visit to the wonderful Liberty‘s which has been high on the list for top of the range... Read More →
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21
DEC
2012

Antique book paper prints

So I’m aware we may be past the online Christmas delivery date here, but I had to share these prints on antique book paper by Roo Abrook.  They also do a beautiful range of keepsake collages using vintage postage stamps, musical sheets and book covers.  For more great... Read More →
10
DEC
2012

Crocheted pebbles and leaves by Susanna Bauer

Knitwear from nature? Model maker Susanna Bauer makes beautiful creations by applying weaving and crochet techniques to found natural matter such as pebbles and leaves.  She experiments with fragility and strength in contrasting materials, creating individual stories in the... Read More →
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07
DEC
2012

Vintage furniture sculptures by Azhar Duhovich

From his North London workshop, Azhar Duhovich creates sculptural light structures using wood, metal and reconfigured vintage furniture.  Inspired by Art Deco and Bauhaus with themes of symmetry and geometry, “the resulting objects are both playful and functional… All... Read More →
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04
DEC
2012

Industrial chic lighting made from repurposed copper tubing

For an interesting twist on decadent dining, check out this oil lamp candelabra by UK lighting designer Edward Hodgson Design – new for 2012.   It features two burners with oil chambers suspended beneath ceramic wick holders.  It’s made from Yorkshire joints and... Read More →
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