Just before we left for France, I received a package from Box Upon A Time. They are a new kid’s clothing company that aims to save you time and money by sending out a surprise box of clothes for your child each month. After filling out a questionnaire about their age, size, sex and style, a stylist carefully puts together a box of clothes for them. I find the concept slightly strange, as I enjoy making decisions and choosing things for myself and my kids, but the element of surprise is intriguing too. Wouldn’t it be interesting if someone else chose your clothes each month? I’m not sure I’d like it, but it would be interesting to try. Anyway, Box Upon A Time work with a great bunch of brands including Marie Chantal and Louis Louise, so you know that everything you receive is going to be good quality and well designed.
My box (or rather Wren’s box) included an organic cotton cardigan from Little Green Radicals, and two pieces from Fina Ejerique, a spanish label that I hadn’t heard of before. One was a cute little peplum top and again another cardigan (they must think she’s cold!) All the pieces are lovely and definitely things that will get worn a lot, yet surprisingly none of them are things that I would have chosen for her myself. Maybe this is where Box Upon A Time comes in handy as it sends you things you didn’t realise you needed and helps avoid the common mistake of buying the same sorts of things over and over again. It also makes an ordinary day feel a little bit like Christmas when that surprise parcel arrives in the post each month.
We are camping for the 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.