Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category


Stunning Coconut Lights

November 27, 2016


I think that these Nymph lamps made with pierced coconut shells are magical and i’d love one myself. Created by the Lithuanian artist Vainius Kubilius, each coconut shade is drilled by hand and the spine of the lamp is wrapped in suede or faux leather.  They are available to order from Kubilius’ website for approximately US$220.


Furniture that literally comes to Life!

September 25, 2016

Juno Jeon's Alive Furniture

What’s not to love about this stunning drawer unit from Juno Jeon’s? It’s part of a range of ‘Alive’ furniture range designed by this Korean designer who works and lives in the Netherlands



Ice-cream Bucket Library

August 25, 2016

microlibrary at Taman Bima

Generally I’m not a fan of repurposing materials in design. I’m perfectly content with designing to minimise waste, of using biodegradable or recyclable materials, or using recycled materials but there is something about using materials readily identifiable as ‘trash’ that upsets my design sensibilities. That said, hat’s off to the architects Shau who used 2,000 used ice cream buckets to provide ventilation and daylight on the Taman Bima microlibrary in Bandung, Indonesia.

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Colour Infographic

July 28, 2016

interior colour infographic

Choosing the right colour for a room can be tricky thing. You have to think about the hue, intensity and  tone plus existing materials and light levels in the space. It can get very confusing. It’s something that gets better with practice, which is why experienced interior designers can be a great help in devising striking colour schemes that work.

This infographic is a handy way of breaking down this complex process into bite-sized chunks but remember all factors have an effect on one another, i.e. an unsaturated bluey red can be both warming and calming depending on the existing light levels in a space.

Don’t forget to also check out technical information on paint



Vegan Leather?

July 21, 2016


I am often torn between plastic and leather when specifying. Perhaps Pinatex™ is the solution?

Piñatex™ is a non-woven textile made from the long fibres found in pineapple leaves, which are a by-product from the pineapple harvest.

Piñatex™ can be printed on, stitched and cut and is available in various thicknesses, finishes and applications. It is currently produced on 155cm width textile rolls.

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Expandable Seat

June 29, 2016

This quick little video gives an entertaining introduction to the ‘flexible love’ chair, which stretches into a gigantic seat that creators claim is flexible and strong yet light to move. In fact the ‘flexible love’ has been in a Taiwanese Museum with daily visitors enjoying a flex seat for the past 5 years.

This extending super seat is made from 100% recycled paper in the earth brown color and virgin craft paper in the white and can seat 12 adults at 120kg per seat.

The flexible love is available to buy online in the USA, Canada and Mexico through



Stunning ‘Natural’ Bookshelf

June 16, 2016

branch shelving

I think this shelving ‘system’ is just stunning. It was created by Chilean-born, New York-based artist Sebastian Errazuriz, who found and transformed a branch from a felled tree into a unique and beautiful bookshelf. The repurposed artwork was named Bilbao, after the street in Santiago where it was found. (source: inhabitat)