I have to say I haven’t tried an animal-flavored protein bar in my life, yet. But Texas-based company Epic makes that idea extremely desirable. The design of their packaging hits the spot on my expectations of quality, and I was too enthralled by their branding that it was only after I started writing this post that I realized I don’t usually eat any of these meats – Bison, Turkey, Beef. (ok maybe I do eat some beef.) Bison+Bacon+Cranberry, Beef+Habanero+Cherry, Turkey+Almond+Cranberry; all the add-ons sound good to me. Their epic illustrations, really nice website and socially responsible practices couldn’t do more to sell it better. It’s hard to imagine what they taste like after years of yoghurt and fruit and nut flavored protein bars. What’s next? Lamb flavored cookies? Might have to count me out on that one. But I’d like to get my hands on an Epic bar if I can.
I’m so glad I found this via Miss Moss. Kekkilä is a Finnish company that specializes in horticultural products from growing methods to fertilizers, and these stylish products as well. We are in the midst of moving and I’m excited to have a little bit of outdoor space so that my husband, who has the green thumbs in this household, will be able to plant and grow until his heart’s content. I haven’t come across much commercial planting mediums that look as chic as these ones. Those shelves and table lamp and wall planter, I want them all! And if we had a little bit more space, the Garden Shed Sprout would do nicely to grow a small garden of vegetables. It must be the blast of sunshine in London right now that’s getting me excited. All images via Miss Moss and Kekkilä.
Brooklyn-based All Knitwear is the knitwear label created by Annie Larson, whose many visually enticing sweaters I’ve been eyeing for a while now. It brought me much comfort during this prolong winter London was having. Unfortunately, a sudden change of plans will not let me be a hop and skip away from any of my sweaters – (hello hot and humid sunshine and flip-flops starting next week), but her work is too good not to share – the styling, the vibrant prints, super cute bobble hats and the original color combinations, what’s not to love? All images via All Knitwear website, (thanks Annie.)
I am a big fan of the Italy based furniture company Arper. I first came across the Saya chair by Lievore Altherr Molina a while ago at a showroom in London, and as I started to get more familiar with their design language, I decided that it is perfect for the somewhat minimalist, no-fuss yet somewhat trendy customer who has grown tired of mid-century replicas and Herman Miller-esque styles. Though simple in form and uses familiar materials, Arper’s designs are unique, the details are clever and the proportions are perfect. View more of Arper furnished spaces here. All images via Arper’s website.
Melbourne-based Clare Cousins Architects have given this single family Edwardian residence a refreshing restoration as well as an addition that blends the existing and the new so beautifully. The atmosphere is fresh and light while the brickwork around those curves and in that kitchen is a much desired detail that gives this house so much character. The image (6th from the top) that stands out is my guess of where the subtle transition of the original house (with the wooden floors) into the addition (with the wooden ceiling) is. Found via Flodeau.com More Photos at Clare Cousins Architects website Photos by Shannon McGrath
Creative design team mousegraphics are behind this really beautiful packaging for a mysterious candy product called Pebbles, produced by Greek company Hatziyiannakis. The incredibly well photographed products made me curious at first then satisfied, only to the point where I can actually imagine tasting that piece of black cherry. If these guys can make something as ordinary as pebbles look so sensual, you should check out what they’ve done with speckle paste. Found via boofos.com.
I’ve never been near a canoe. The closest I’ve been to one is being friends with someone who used to canoe in secondary school. I’m not even sure if that’s true because that was the one sport nobody did enough of so there was no one else else to refute that claim. I’m sure it’s more popular than I think it is but since I grew up on a city island that’s a port with clean beaches but murky water, I could go through a whole lifetime without being invited to go canoeing if I stayed in Singapore. So that might explain my fascination with camping and canoeing activities, although recently, most of it propagated by previous visits to upstate New York into the Catskills and the internet’s obsession with Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. Then I came across Minnesota based Sanborn Canoe Co’s website and I was stoked! Chic and stylish
I was quite excited to come across the Gerald the Dog project was conceived by Liam Hopkins and Richard Sweeney because I admire Liam’s portfolio since a while ago. Gerald the Dog spawned from Liam’s creative studio, Lazerian, and was drawn and modeled to be assembled out of A1 sheets which has since been customized by over 100 illustrators and artists from all over the world. The team designed triangular joints into the paper sculpture of the dog enables the structural stability for it to stand. A traveling exhibit, it will launch in New York City on 16 May 2013. Dogs and illustration artists in such a meaningful and clever project. I couldn’t decide which were my favorites although I do love reading what inspired each artist, especially this one from Eskimo Creative: Eskimo’s Gerald is our visual response to the key themes of loyalty, resourcefulness and collaboration. Themes that inspired
I am obsessed with this kitchen and I keep going back to this image since coming across it last week. Designed by architecture firm Shed from Seattle, it appears understated and somewhat ordinary at first glance. It is part of a project called Main Street House that has this really clean contemporary aesthetic in honest materials and architectural details that somehow places it so appropriately in the Northwest. As I pried further into each image, the large paned windows designed to exhibit the expansive landscape as well as the framed window at the top of the stairs to catch that glimpse of those evergreen trees. I love that these experiences stand out from all the over-the-top styling and photography that’s surfing about frequently these days. I don’t know if I could live in Seattle, but I could quite comfortably fit in here. Images via Home Adore.
Every design discipline has used the Grid to organize their work, whether it is the thought process or the visual representation. And I haven’t noticed the Grid in Fashion until lately, when Sportmax embraced it for their Fall 2013 collection. I guess it is hard to design it in a flattering way. Seriously. Still, it’s a trend that for some reason I’m really drawn to, especially these designers who have sought out interesting ways of representing them in fashion. Top to bottom: M/M Attachement, Muller of Yoshiokubo, Sportmax, JCrew, Akira Naka, and Marni. Images via Fashion Gone Rogue, Style.com and FashionSnap.