If you are ever in any doubt about how magical planet earth is, a quick trip to see the mineral collection at London’s amazing Natural History Museum should reassure you. 14,000 specimens are on display, taken from everywhere from the moon to Mexico via South Wales (an area with a surprisingly large array of colourful rocks).

I am something of a crystal geek, so I took a trip to visit the rocks last Friday and this is what I saw – I’m hoping that there are other geeks out there who will appreciate my efforts. These specimens are picked purely on their unusual colours and forms – I am no geologist…although I wish I was. Read the rest of this entry »

Display shelf by Mentsen

February 8th, 2012 Posted In:

Anyone else noticed how knik knaks are back in a big way? Long gone are the days of minimalism but this is by no means maximalism. Instead people are all for organising things neatly; carefully edited, collected trinkets in miniature shrines, usually displayed in a grid or, if not possible, a straight line will suffice.

This particularly neat display shelf by London based designers Mentsen is here to help us. Handmade in London, the sides of the shelf are hand-painted in yellow and the maple wood is treated with natural wax. Smart, simple and functional, the Display shelf is available to buy on Mentsen’s website here. Read the rest of this entry »

Introducing Eleanor Bolton

November 1st, 2011 Posted In:

Eleanor Bolton is a British accessory designer who recently graduated with an MA from the RCA in London. While studying, she developed a unique craft technique, coiling and hand stitching cotton rope to create both large and small-scale, lightweight, tactile structures that possess sculptural qualities. Read the rest of this entry »

Pinch Design

October 3rd, 2011 Posted In:
People and Places

During a particularly low point at the end of London Design Festival last month, when I felt as if I would actually throw up if I had to do one more aisle of the exhibition hall, I saw an oasis in the desert. That oasis was the stand of Pinch design, whose beautiful furniture was a welcome sight after three isles of ikat and Swarovski crystals. Read the rest of this entry »