We Make Carpets are a Dutch design collective consisting of designers Marcia Nolte, Stijn van der Vleuten and Bob Waardenburg. The group have become renowned for their unusual and highly skilled installations that take everyday materials, including everything from cups of coffee to toy soldiers to pasta, and turn them into incredibly intricate patterns on various different scales. From a distance the assembled materials resemble traditional carpet designs, it’s only when you get up close that you see the unusual makeup of these beautiful designs. Read the rest of this entry »

Last month I stumbled across the magical work of Australian jewelry label Billy Bride, whose rough cut crystal ring designs are now at the very top of my Christmas list. Their striking jewelry is all handmade in Australia from locally sourced minerals, stones and crystals. The lady behind the label is Renee Warne, who runs Billy Bride from her studio in Sydney. What is particularly beautiful about her work is her clear passion for the materials she works with. Renee researches and details on her website each crystal’s spiritual properties so her customers can find a design that not only looks striking but also has symbolic importance. Lin-Morris caught up with Renee to find out more about her crystal obsession and to see her latest collection, Enter Oblivion, which sees the designer sourcing materials from outside of Australia for the first time. Read the rest of this entry »

Quartz by Study O Portable

October 17th, 2011 Posted In:

There’s no doubt about it, geology is a trendy subject in design at the moment. Designers are bringing nature into the interior with all manner of mined materials such as crystals, minerals, geodes, gem stones, marble, sand etc. The more mystical and unusual looking the better. One of our favourite, more recent, examples is by London based design studio Study O Portable, who have made a series of mirrors made out of sliced, polished and silvered pieces of quartz. Read the rest of this entry »

Providing us with some mid-week eye candy is Studio Toogood, who, last week, transformed Kenzo’s Parisian headquarters into a vibrant fashion show for the launch of Kenzo’s first womenswear collection under the newly appointed art directors, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, at Paris Fashion Week 2011. Jean Lin always teases me for having a bit of a thing for Faye Toogood and her Studio, and it is true that this is the second Toogood appearance on the blog in under a month (click here to see the first), but with set design and styling this good, how can I resist? Scroll down to see how Studio Toogood breathed new life into the iconic brand’s traditional Paris headquarters by designing a show full of shape, colour and energy… Read the rest of this entry »