We are camping for the whole summer in France, while we rent our house out. Here are a few photos from the last couple of weeks.
01. The first campsite we visited in lovely Brittany. 02. At our current campsite in the Gironde. Think pines and sandy beaches. 03 & 04. A technicolour rug on the forest floor. 05. Always looking for snacks. 06. We brought bikes to explore. So far we’ve cycled 300m to the beach every day. 07 & 08. Wren is fascinated by Bug Bingo. She uses it for matching and sorting bugs as well as playing the actual game. There are lots of real bugs here too.
Note: Wren’s dress is by Pala Mino. Check out their new collection here.
Made are working with some great furniture designers at the moment and creating good quality, timeless designs at a fair price. This is the kind of democratic design that I wish many companies concentrated on, so it’s a pleasant surprise to find it coming from an online-only retailer.
This format makes sense, as Made is part of the new breed of web-based furniture retailers who sell products directly from the makers, meaning that without warehouses or physical stores, they can offer huge savings compared to similar high street brands. Once a week, Made combine all the orders that they have received for a piece and put them into production. By manufacturing exactly what’s been ordered, there is no wastage at all and that saving can be passed onto their customers. This means they can offer good quality, well made furniture at a very reasonable price.
I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites from Made above and I am particularly impressed with the oak and paper cord Valder chairs as they have a very simple, honest style, the scissor lights and the flat woven Hex rug, made of 100% New Zealand wool. All of these classic styles would fit happily in my home.
1. Oak Valder chairs
2. Ash Cornell desk
3. Oak Jenson sideboard, designed by Tim Fenby
4. Stainless steel Frosini scissor lamp
5. Jonah three-seater sofa, designed by James Harrison
6. Ash Dorso stacking stools, designed by James Uren
7. Oak Darcy shelves, designed by Steuart Padwick
8. Wool Hex rug, designed by Jean-Pierre Brown
Made currently have their summer sale on until the 28th of July.
These pictures are from a sale of 20th Century Carpets held by Wright auction house in New York last week. The sale was curated by Nader Bolour and featured a beautiful collection of rugs by modern weavers such as Märta Måås-Fjetterström, Barbro Nilsson, Marianne Richter and Ivan de Silva Bruhns, as well as boldly patterned Moroccan carpets and other rugs from around the world. The exhibition catalogue is a treat and I couldn’t resist posting a few pictures on here.
Wright host excellent art & design auctions throughout the year and they have their annual Mass Modern sale coming up on July 12th. With work from Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Josef Frank and plenty of other lesser known designers, this is definitely another one to check out if you’re interested in 20th century design and objects.
I am not a weaver myself but I am all for learning as much as possible about how our designed environment is made. That is why I ended up reading a book about weaving when I have absolutely no plans to sit at a loom.
Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton is a fascinating book for anyone interested in textiles and how fabric is made. Aimed at readers who want to design and make a range of fabrics from scratch, it starts with the basics of textile design and explains how different types of cloth are constructed. From the most basic of plain weaves, through to twill weaves, double cloths and extra warp and weft patterning, the aim is to encourage experimentation and push the boundaries where possible. Author Jan says, “It is often while learning the craft that weavers question those boundaries, take chances and try out different yarns and colour combinations.”
Despite much of the technical information being way too advanced for me, I enjoyed looking at all the beautiful illustrations of textiles and learning more about how different types of cloth are made. It has definitely inspired me to take an even closer look at how the fabrics I use are constructed.
Woven Textile Design by Jan Shenton is published by Laurence King Publishing