Do you remember the gorgeous shop tour of Bison that was featured here on decor8 in December? If not, click here to indulge yourself — especially drool-worthy if you have a thing for gorgeous ceramics!
Well today on this bright and sunny Thursday (at least here where the weather has been like a dream all week) I have good news for you! Bison creative director/designer Brian Tunks wrote in to let decor8 readers know that they now have a small online shop and ship worldwide. Yay!
About the shop Brian says, “We make 140 shapes in 28 colours so we had to limit the online pieces (normally 2 week turnaround) but we can also ship internationally and customers can order anything from the collection (not only the range that they see online) but it can take between 4-6 weeks for us to hand-craft the pieces. We encourage people to contact us directly by email for custom orders.” You can contact Brian at brian AT bisonhome.com. I also want to note that there is a AUD$100 minimum for ordering online.
I really like the small and large mixing bowls and the pinch pots! Do you spot any that you like?
(Photos: Jillian Leiboff)
The work of ceramicist Kathleen Hills is truly impressive. Her innovative ideas, patterns, and overall product line is captivating. She combines both modern design with vintage in her collections of tableware, lighting and kitchenware. Some of my favorites include these gorgeous decanters below with porcelain tops and the porcelain vases with glass tops. Fun!
After graduating from Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, she established her company in 2002. About her work Kathleen explains, “I have a passion for conceptual thinking and narrative. I’m interested in how relationships are formed with objects within our domestic spaces, my work explores products that may have inherited family tradition and domestic ritual.” This is quite evident as you can see below.
So many beautiful works! Contemporary, organic and somewhat clinical forms are beautifully balanced with added bonuses of traditional patterns applied onto them to bring in a fresh, modern touch. “‘My work often explores emotional attachments that exist with certain products or materials, products that explore inherited family tradition and culture or domestic ritual”, Kathleen adds.
If you like what you see, her work is sold mostly in Europe and the US, so please check her stocklists here.
(images: kathleen hills)
To continue a bit more on our floral theme, there are so many simple yet stunning ways to present flowers in your home. One need not go crazy spending hundreds of dollars or even $20+ on bouquets. You can pick a few stems from your yard or balcony, grab some from a nearby field, or even ask a neighbor who may have many wild flowers in their yard if you could pick a handful for your home (our neighbors use to let us have our pick – literally!). Perhaps you could even find some fallen branches to arrange in a tall vase or pluck a few magnolia blooms (which are everywhere over here now, in full bloom) and pop them into a vase, tea tin, tea pot, anything really.
A simple peony bloom can be all you need for a bud vase, or one of those gorgeous cabbage roses which is a favorite flower of mine. There are many, many options so don’t limit yourself to pre-made arrangements or clustering flowers together perfectly… again, simple touches can make an impact! Think of pearls with a black dress, or diamond studs with a button down blouse and some jeans. Simple elegance is what made Coco Chanel so famous as not every arrangement, whether fashion, interiors or floral designs need be over-the-top!
I found this beautiful porcelain shop recently called Rou Designs in New York who makes very simple bud vases in a feminine bubble shape that would be perfect for putting together something small and pretty by your bedside or on your perfume tray, or perhaps in the bathroom next to all of your pretty soaps and hand towels that you may have neatly folded on a shelf. You could even arrange several of the Rou Designs vases on a fireplace mantle or on a shelf in your entryway. If you’re having a dinner party (or getting married) you could consider adding several down the center of your table. I can see doing this and then popping in a big peony bloom in each in various shades of pink from pale to dark. Or mixing things up with a different color in each vase – imagine that!
Do you use small arrangements as a budget-friendly decorating accent in your home or office? I have some mini glass bud vases but get annoyed by how the water becomes dirty and you can see an ugly water line from the outside. For this reason, I’ve grown more and more fond of solid vases or colored glass lately vs. transparent glass.
Do you have mini bud vases in your home and if so, how and where do you arrange them? Here is how I usually arrange mine… I have mini porcelain vases and cups, glass mason jars, mini jam jars, and little glass bud vases — some are shown here, here, here, here and here.
(images: rou design)
Are you a Mud lover? I am! For those of you living in the states who would like to order ceramics from Mud Australia online you may be pleased to know that the delightful Horne now stocks many of their wares. Great news, right?
Mud has some of the best ceramics in the world but being based in Australia presents challenges for those elsewhere who are fans of their work. That’s why ordering through Horne just made all that fuss disappear… poof! Now you can browse Horne for their wares, place an order, and your ceramic goodies arrive safe and sound in your mail box within days. How about that? Here’s a peek at what you can expect to find at Horne…
Wouldn’t you love to set your table with these pretty things?
Psst: For those living in other parts of the world, like Europe, click here to view the Mud stocklist.