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I’ll be in Paris in early September to put up a Skinny laMinx stand at Maison et Objet. I’m a little daunted, but super excited, and I like to think that Ilse Crawford might also be feeling a touch of nerves about Maison, where she’s to be feted as Designer of the Year. Our shared feelings about Maison (well, my speculation thereof) are likely where our similarities end, because Ilse Crawford is one of those extraordinarily accomplished humans – founder of Elle Decoration magazine, head of a department at Design Academy Eindhoven, principal on any number of massive design projects including the interior of Vitra Haus (I recently paid… Continue reading
One of the things I like to do on a Making Friday is to take a single motif and to print the heck out of it until I feel I’ve exhausted all its possibilities… and then to print some more. Had a great one of these days on Friday, using this simple motif. Now I’ve got itchy fingers to get back to the studio and to see how many more ideas I can squeeze out of this single shape. There’s nothing like a satisfying day in the studio, is there?
I added my voice to ELLE Decoration’s panel of experts’ opinions on how to select fabrics. If you like that kind of thing, you’ll probably like some of my blog posts about interiors and colour too.
Sometimes I’m totally floored by an astonishing colour combination, and in fact, I’m on my knees right now as I type, thanks to the delicious Stockholm apartment of interior designer Daniel Hecksher, spotted on SightUnseen. Just look at how that lush melon colour of the dining area beckons through from the cool mint kitchen… … and then it’s brought down to earth with that deep blue floor. So brilliant and unexpected, right? You can see the rest of this extraordinarily high concept family home here, but I’ve gone on to do a bit of an online window shopping spree to find a couple of things… Continue reading
Super obscure and hyper intriguing, the Octopian is a limited edition special project magazine created and designed by J3 Productions. To date, two issues of the Octopian have been published, and the analogue versions have both been very generously sent my way by editor in chief, Jonathan Lo (who you may already know from here) “The Octopian surveys art, technology, architecture, fashion, culture, science fact and fiction. We are in search of modern relics, exploring the history of the future, and documenting evidence of Octopians”. I believe that I may, in fact, be married to an Octopian, which is why I photographed… Continue reading
You probably know that we make up our cushion covers in three standard sizes (60 x 60cm / 24″x 24″, 50 x 50cm / 20″ x 20″ and 40 x 60cm / 16″x 24″), but did you know that Skinny laMinx makes custom sized cushion covers too? If you’ve ever found one of our fabrics that you love, but not made up to quite the shape or size you need, the Skinny laMinx team is more than happy to give you a quote for making up a cover to your specifications. Nancy is a customer in California who asked us to make her… Continue reading
Not too long ago, when I wrote one of my BEST THINGS posts about all kinds of breeze brick walls and screens, I started the Instagram hashtag #brisesoleilSA, hoping to start a record of brise soleil walls and screens across South Africa. As you’ve posted your pics, we’ve been putting them onto a Google map. Take a look at theBrise Soleil map ! And now it’s YOUR turn: Snap a selfie in front of any brise soleil wall (if you’re in SA, you can use our #BriseSoleilSA map to find one) and tag it #BrisesoleilSELFIE. You’ll be entered into our competition, where you’ll stand a chance… Continue reading