Friday, March 21, 2008
I've been on a trip to Bangalore and Goa in India, a country with many extreme contrasts. Here, like in no other place, impressions seem to signal directly to my tear ducts. The beauty is overwhelming - but being surrounded by extreme poverty is heartbreaking.
Doshi Levien Design is a young London based design partnership led by Jonathan Levien and Nipa Doshi. Doshi grew up in India and studied at India’s premiere design institute in Ahmedabad. They met in London at the Royal College of Art, and after working for design offices in London, Milan and India, they set up Doshi Levien in 2000. They bring together two distinct approaches to their work: while Levien presents a European approach to design, Doshi's work is strongly influenced by her Indian upbringing.
India has a rich and varied textile heritage, where each region has its own unique native costume. While traditional clothes are still worn in most of rural India, urban India is changing rapidly and international fashion trends are reflected in cosmopolitan metros. Fashion in India has become a growing industry with international events such as the India Fashion Week and annual shows in the major cities. Below some images from the spring/summer 08 shows.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The display window of Judits Second Hand in Stockholm. It was a rainy Saturday but this window was so happy and colourful and I went in there and bought a green jacket and a pink bracelet. Judits have one of the nicest display windows in Stockholm, always so creative and inspiring and they change it almost every week.
Monday, March 10, 2008
RGB is a new lamp by Swedish Designer Fredrik Mattsson for Zero. Mattsson, tired of different shades of grey, wanted to create something colourful and playful. He paid attention to the cable and made it into a chain of colourful balls, with the aim of giving the lamp something of the elegance of a piece of jewellery.
My first contribution to our series “Favourite things in my home” is Lampel, a pendant in my kitchen. It’s so variable and you can chose decoration by season and occasion. I’ve had it filled with glitter, garlands, and different kind of plants. But it is also nice without any decoration. It’s designed by Margot Barolo for Bsweden. The photo is from our webshop Andyland and shows the artpiece “Dogs” by Mikael Olsson.
An interesting fashion collaboration this spring comes from Finland’s 56-year-old design house, Marimekko, and Manolo Blahnik. Blahnik's spring/summer 2008 collection includes shoes in the Marimekko pattern Mini-Unikko. Maija Isola designed the pattern in 1964 in protest to Marimekko’s founder Armi Ratia’s pronouncement that there would be no floral patterns in Marimekko. Unikko melted Ms. Ratia’s heart and has become one of the most recognizable of the Marimekko patterns. The other Marimekko pattern for the spring Blahnik shoes is the more graphic BonBon pattern.