Just say no to a boring, stuffy work environment! Here are a few of my new favorites from See Jane Work. A cat and dog staple free stapler, a 2007 snow + graham desk calendar (love!), scented erasers (just like grade school!), a nifty whomi compact agenda, and a kate spade desk calendar.
Remember… Just because you’re at work doesn’t mean you can’t play a little bit. Have fun!
(images from see jane work)
There’s a totally cool graphic designer (and foodie! see her blog) based out of Vancouver that I think you’ll really dig. I’m not sure what her name is, but her Etsy shop is called The Beautiful Project and like most of us, this creative girl is inspired by girlish pretty things – vintage notions, children’s books, textiles… I love the card with the two cutie snakes on it, “I tingle when we mingle”.
I liked her food blog bio: “This is the blog of a 30-something, food-obsessed designer living in Vancouver, BC. She writes, draws, cooks and crafts and loves to ride her bicycle around town. She believes that there are a few still undiscovered passions that await. Her fingers are crossed.”
Tip: She’ll combine shipping for multiple purchases and she offers custom work, too.
(images from the beautiful project)
Breathing contemporary life into a traditional craft, Sophie Cook throws porcelin vessels that you’ll crave to collect and display in your home. Some are glazed, others not, but all are gracious, fluid, luminous and in the most gorgeous hues ever. A graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts in London, you can find her work in museum collections and in fine stores worldwide. Georgio Armani and Elton John are fans. Now it’s your turn…
Psst: For stores in America, click here.
(images from sophie cook)
Just look at these beauties! I’m sure this already made it around the blog circuit (or hopefully will – the more exposure these talented artists get, the better!), I have to highlight young product designer Sandra Haischberger of Feinedinge today for one simple reason: D-R-O-O-L.
Sandra is inspired by motifs from the past, particularly ones from old textiles, and then develops patterns for her porcelin wares that are truly stunning. Her work is enchanting, young, and most of all fresh. I recently spotted some of her wares in the home of a friend and had to know more about them. They’re much more impressive in person than in photos, so if you purchase a piece, prepare to fall in love.
In the states, you can find some of the Feinedinge collection at the lovely online boutique Peek Keep.
(images from feinedinge)
While trends say the deer is the big hunt of the season, the not-as-trendy dachshund still ranks high on my list due to overall cuteness factor. Who wouldn’t love a perky dachshund as a friend? While browsing Patina this morning, I came across a few cards sporting these perky pups and I couldn’t resist posting these because both are quite cute. I love the thank you notes because they remind me of those flash cards from grade school or the images on a deck of playing cards. Retro and orange? Hard to resist. Then there are the cheeky wiener cards, a definite must-buy for your favorite guy pal simply because of the message inside “There he goes again showing off his wiener.”
I thought that would put a smile on your face… :)
(images from patina)
More to lust for from Sweden today with Lotta Kuhlhorn, one of the first Swedes to recycle graphic elements from ?junk culture?, pop, films and mass-produced items in the 1990’s. Lotta has a cool bio, see for yourself:
“Lotta reinterprets design elements taken from sources such as 1970s shelf paper, domestic housecoats, bed linen etc., using them as platforms for the characters on her book-cover designs and illustrations. A method that appropriately captured the mood of the times in the last decade of the 20th century and which she continues to refine though graphic design that achieves a delicate balance between the refined and the trivial.”
Lotta is best known for her illustrated paperback cover designs but is currently expanding into various other markets including textiles and wrapping paper. I love her wall tile stickers (shown), great for taking your tile to the next level, especially if your budget doesn’t allow for you to replace your tiles. Even when the budget does allow, you may be like me and a bit scared to decide on a particular theme since tastes change over time and with tile, what you buy is what you’re stuck with for a good amount of time. It could also be that you rent your nest and you simply can’t do a thing about that mustard-colored tile in your bathroom. Maybe now you can with the help of Lotta…
Enjoy browsing her website, packed with lots of stunning patterns and illustrations to rev up your creative juices. So many amazing Swedish designers… So little time!
Psst: You can purchase some of her stunning postcards at Vigo. Just frame and viola! insta-art!
Hannover locals – Shop the previously mentioned Wohnwaren for her postcards!
(images from lotta kuhlhorn)