Since I began writing Design Hunter more than four and a half years years ago I've been fortunate enough to receive many wonderful opportunities and invitations, but when it comes to working with brands, I'm hugely careful about what I take on. If I don't think something's a great fit for Design Hunter then, quite simply, I won't agree to do it.
In all honesty I probably turn down more than 90% of the requests that come my way, but when The White Company got in touch recently to ask if I'd be interested in working with them to create a series of posts as guest editor of their blog and weekly newsletter The Weekender, it took me all of about thirty seconds to say 'yes'.
I've long admired the work of Edmund de Waal. I love the quiet presence of his ceramic installations, and was equally captivated by his writing in The Hare with Amber Eyes in which he undertakes a personal exploration to piece together his extraordinary family history through the journey of a collection of Japanese netsuke.
This month sees the publication of the first monograph of his work. Published by Phaidon, it offers a complete survey of his work to date, encompassing all his major exhibitions and installations. It also includes critical and personal writings by de Waal and offers a glimpse into his day to day life in the studio through a series of photographs.
Last night Helen and I went along to the launch of Natuzzi’s latest offering in ultimate comfort… their Re-Vive reclining chair and ottoman.
Hosted in Zaha Hadid’s über organic fronted Serpentine Sackler Gallery, in London’s Hyde Park, guests were literally encouraged to put their feet up and enjoy the experience. With a rather appealing strap line of ‘Love Doing Nothing’, the recliner’s primary aim is to service the needs of a common ‘secret’ desire. Not a bad philosophy for the increasingly hectic lives we currently find ourselves living.
As someone who is in the throes of planning a grey sofa purchase, has a plethora of cosy grey throws and a fluffy charcoal cat called Woody, you could say that I’m a bit of a fan of the colour.
And, it would seem that I’m not alone in my love for grey, which has become a modern go-to that works for all interiors whether you want a contemporary feel or a more traditional look in your home.
Here I’ve selected 10 of my favourite images that incorporate the colour into their schemes.
...these pastel hued ceramics by Reiko Kaneko.
Reiko trained at St Martins before establishing her own London based ceramic business in 2007. More recently she moved to Stoke on Trent, and her new location in the UK's ceramic production heartland has provided her with the opportunity to experiment with new glazes, colours and decorations.
With their simple forms, playful charm and on trend colours these mini jugs would be a pretty way to dress up your table this summer.
Here's this week's edit of some of my favourite images, inspiration and writing from around the web.
- The woman on the marshmallow sofa and other tales from the Mad Men era from Georg Nelson's former receptionist.
- Do you keep a pile of unread books and magazines next to your bed? The Japanese have a word for that.
- Find your passion with these eight thought provoking questions designed to help you figure out where your heart lies and what you really ought to be doing.
- A fashion designer's cafe in Copenhagen inspired by the inside of a piano.
- Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller - a year in their lives in pictures.