21 October 2016Hi the MLE,Almost the weekend right? Well, you’re an hour ahead, so maybe it is the weekend already for you.I’m sure you admire Astier de Villatte as much as I do. Whenever I am in Liberty’s here in London, I go and see their beautiful white tableware. The ceramic is so thin, you feel scared picking it up. This is what makes their pieces so different - but it is also their uneven forms, irregular surfaces, and their milky glaze that covers an unusual black terracotta clay. Something else that sets it apart is that piece is made by hand in Paris. (And it is actually very strong! Yes, dishwasher and microwave safe).I understand that Astier de Villatte is completely unaffordable to most (including myself), this is true. However, this brand is admirable not only for its beautiful design, but because it is made in small batches to be passed on to future generations, friends, or be sold, not simply put into the bin when you’re done with it.Suzan
18 September 2014
Hey hey the MLE,
Reporting back from designjunction last night, a London event showcasing furniture, lighting and product design. It was quite fun, as it's a bit trade show, but also there are pop-up shops selling things, large installations, seminars, screening, and places to eat and drink etc. The venue itself was perfect, a derelict 1960s Sorting Office in central London.
In the first photo shows Daniel sitting in his favourite piece, a very comfortable chair, but I lost the card I collected, so don't know the designer. Second is the Nick Fraser coat rack. Third is the Hybrid No2 chair by Merve Kahraman (when I showed my interior architect friends in the pub after they did not approve however). What they did approve of is the fourth product, the classic Anglepoise 1227 brass wall mounted lamp, so that is good. And finally, both Daniel and I quite liked these Richard Brendon china sets. Well I thought they were entire dinner sets judging by the price, but they are actually unique individual cups and saucers. But beautiful.
11 September 2014
I know, this is old news now. I wanted to mail you about this ASAP after The Big News Announcement, but had a really busy day. Anyway, everyone’s asking it, so I’ll ask it too: what do you think about the new Apple Watch?
Second thing I asked myself was why it was not called, “iWatch.” After some research, it seems Apple’s marketing people decided to remove the “i” because one big challenge to the product’s success is whether people are actually want to be seen wearing one. It’s fashion first, technology second, so no geeky “i”.
I can certainly see why Apple is so concerned about the fashion issue, and I can definitely see everyone wearing their new Apple Watch in early 2015 when it is first released… But then, in a year or two, after the novelty has worn off, and everyone’s tired of the zillions of new straps and ways to pimp it, it will be seen as a bit silly and boring to wear one (see photo above), and people will go back to their iPhones, Rolex, or the latest from Bell&Ross etc etc.
Or will it be a more essential product like the iPhone or iPad?
Speak soon my friend!
18 December 2012
Hey the MLE!
Ahh insanity with work, parties, preparing to go to America and then Sweden, blah, blah, blah, poor me. I'm was supposed to be at the Clapton Hart for a friend's bday drinks like two hours ago now so gonna write FAST.
Harpreet sent me the link to this woman's work. She is Norwegian living and working in Berlin, really interesting conceptual stuff. You sent me a knitting clock a week ago, now I send you another knitting clock. Instead of the knitting unravelling with time, the motion of the clock actually creates the knit piece, which is a great concept.
And even better, she makes this fabulous rug that not only looks amazing, but actually changes colour with the temperature of the floor.
Check out her site here.
Suzan xxPosted in: product
30 November 2012
Happy Friday Suzan!
It's that time of year again where I'm on the hunt for calendars. Even though like most people, I do most of my planning these days digitally, I still have a thing for hanging up some good-looking numbers on my wall. Came across this lovely thing once again on the Swiss Miss site – and again immediately thought of you and your knitting talents. It's totally impractical and would last all of 3 minutes at my house within reach of a 1-yr old – but the idea of literally unravelling time is oh so poetic.
Snowy snowy day here in Stockholm, and I'm sitting in a cafe playing Christmas music. And speaking of time slipping by, where on earth did 2012 go??