Just before Xmas i like to visit London, this time not to be emerged in the crowds of Xmas shopping people, but exploring London's East End...it's trendy shops, restaurants and history...
Waves of foreign immigration began with Hugenot refugees creating a new extramural suburb in Spitalfield in the 17th century. They were followed by Irish weavers,Ashkenazi Jews and, in the 20th century, Bangladeshis. Many of these immigrants worked in the clothing industry. The abundance of semi- and unskilled labour led to low wages and poor conditions throughout the East End.
Fournier Street was the last to be built on the Wood-Michell estate in Spitalfields. The houses mainly date from the 1720's and were designed to be of a higher standard than previous residential developments. Consequently the houses were purchased and leased by the 'master' silk weavers and silk mercers. The buildings are notable for their wooden panelling and elaborate joinery such as carved staircases, fireplaces and highly detailed doorcases.
Ooooh so terribly groovy! This magnetic wallpaper is designed by Lies Verheyen en Pieter Claessen from graphic design agency 'Mazout' in Antwerp-Belgium. Easily combined with their groovy magnets.For more...visit their webshop GROOVY MAGNETS here!
Dutch brand Brabantia has great new products! And if you are interested to participate with their 'Pimp our print'contest, you are invited to design a new print style canister! Their previous design is well known and 70's inspired. Go quickly to the website and send in your own artwork here. Until 22nd of october 2013, so hurry hurry.. Below you can see my idea to pimp it.
Holland is the land of bicycles but it's the Los Angeles based multi disciplinary designer Carolina Fontoura Alzaga who creates these seemingly luxurious used bike parts chandeliers. Her CONNECT series chandeliers draw inspiration from Victorian and modern chandeliers. They also match her dedication to the ideas of sustainability and preservation.
I know....we haven't seen much of summer yet, but some things are just not influenceable.. Last week i attended a Trend seminar covering all sorts of beautiful inspiration for Fall Winter '14-15. Colors always arouse my inspiration to the max! So here's a flash of my favourites for winter!