I recently signed up for the beta version of the Dwell.com platform, which I’m enjoying very much. It’s a kind of pared down and edited version of Pinterest, but specifically for design lovers who also love the Dwell aesthetic and interest in good design. This is how they put it:

“We know that good design makes homes better and lives easier, and this platform is about making the attention to good design a daily habit and connecting the design community.” Check it out here.

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You can also use the platform to get full access to the complete Dwell photo and story archives, like this fab collection of Midcentury Modern homes.

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Like the sound of that? Start your exploration of the Dwell platform with the Skinny laMinx collections right here.

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Planty Inspiration

I have a lot of houseplants. A LOT! At Skinny laMinx HQ on Bree Street, we have windowboxes outside, plants in the shop, and a roof garden above the fabric studio, while at home, there are hanging ferns in the stairwell, two outside balconies, an enclosed balcony and other various indoor plants dotted about the place. Just take a look at some of this green bounty o’ mine:   I love them all dearly, but they stress me out when they get sick, and even worse when they die. I still suffer mightily when I recall the magnificent Burro’s Tail I once… Continue reading

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MAKING FRIDAY: A Multi-dimensional relationship

You know Heath Ceramics, by now, right? We’ve been working together since they placed a first order in 2008, we’ve designed and produced staff aprons, tea towels and other custom designs for them, and last year I had a pop up shop in their LA store. We’re old friends! Lately, I’ve been using Heath’s Dimensional tile collection as a starting point for some paper cutting, block printing and all-round patternmaking. Where will this all end up? Watch this space closely, as we’re about to launch an exciting collaboration in October!  

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Best Things: Businesses from Maison

This was the Skinny laMinx stand in Hall 1 at Maison & Objet. These trade show stands never photograph well, but I assure you that in real life, it was a beaut, with colours that caught the eye, which really is of the essence at a monster of a show like Maison. I had a bit of time now and again to get around and explore the other seven stadium-sized halls, and came back with a couple of treasures to share here:          

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Best Things: Mathieu Matégot

One of the stands I loved at Maison et Objet was that of Danish outfit, Gubi, who say the following about themselves: “GUBI is a global design house searching the world to find forgotten icons from the past and icons of the future.” One of their forgotten icons is Hungarian midcentury designer Mathieu Matégot, into whose oeuvre GUBI has dipped in order to reissue some of his classics.   Mathieu Matégot (1910 – 2001) was a Hungarian designer and architect who settled in France after 1944, where he started producing handmade furniture in Paris. He was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated… Continue reading

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In the Press: The Weekender

I’m super thrilled to have a massive feature in this month’s The Weekender, issue 22, which contains a 34-page Cape Town special,  16 pages of which are devoted to Skinny laMinx, with a feature on my home and the studio too! The Weekender is German magazine, so I don’t understand a word of it, but I’m assuming it’s all super accurate and flattering. Take a look: And if this fab home visit  wasn’t enough, it’s followed by a whole story about the Skinny laMinx studio too. The fabulous Caroline Adam of The District Six store also gets a spread in the Cape Town… Continue reading

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Skinny laMinx Travels : Paris

Ten days in Paris! I’m spoiled rotten, really, I am. Six days were all about relentless hard work at Maison et Objet, with a home base a rather groovy apartment on the very vibey Rue Faubourg st Denis. All of the early morning commutes and late-night conversations were with Binky Newman of Design Afrika, our European distributor, Marian Counihan of The South is Blooming, and Bridget Henderson of Cowgirl Blues, and I could not have wished for more interesting, engaging, amusing flatmates. After Maison et Objet was all finished, I moved into my own teeny little slope-roofed apartment on Rue Poitou, in the Marais,… Continue reading

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We’re at Maison et Objet

Au revoir, everyone: I’m off to Paris, because from 2 – 6 September, Skinny laMinx will be exhibiting at Maison et Objet ! Find us in Hall 1, on Stand A80, and if you can’t join me in Paris, see what I get up to on Instagram @skinnylaminx . A bientot!