17 posts categorized "Product design"


Treasures of Whippet Grey

Exploring the treasures of Whippet Grey is a journey that l take leisurely, and with joyful anticipation! Nestled within the pages of the freshly printed catalogue are exquisite products that delight, raise a smile and above all inspire.

Whippet Grey is a haven of rare finds that have been hand-selected from far away places - curious objects that engage the imagination. Timeless and expressive in style, Whippet Grey captures the passion for art, travel and clean lined simplicity.

l was delighted to recently discover that Whippet Grey has opened a shop in the charming market square of Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England. (A place l hold dear to my heart, as l was a graphic design student there, before l continued my studies in Edinburgh, Scotland). And so alongside the online shopping option, one can now visit the shop in person and browse through the many enchanting hand-made products...

A rich celebration of artistry and creativity - reflecting the true spirit of Whippet Grey!


The perfect journal


l've just returned from a breathtaking Safari trip to Kenya, and to document my journey, l took with me what can only be described as the perfect journal.

Shortly before my travels, l was thrilled to come across the work of East Minnesota artist Nicole Aufderhar - founder of Wayfaring Art, as her hand-stitched leather creations truly brought to life my vision of the perfect journal.

Largely influenced by the rustic beauty of northern Minnesota, and the shores of Lake Superior, Nicole's art reflects a raw essence of authencity, clearly demonstrating her passion for this craft.

Elegantly finished with a tree-embossed brass button, this chosen leather journal proved to be a charming, and inspirational companion, whilst exploring the enriched wildlife grass plains of Kenya.

I warmly invite you to keep a look-out for a follow-up to this posting, showing this classic Wayfaring Art journal in creative use...


The new term starts here...


As we say goodbye to long summer days, and begin to feel the cool breeze of September, l find myself casting my mind back to the childhood days of starting a new school term.

Present & Correct (founded by two graphic designers with a long-term obsession for stationery) charmingly enfuses this concept of going back to school, (or work) with retro flair and classic execution. Here are but afew of their findings, which undoubtedly conjours up many a classroom memory. From simple desk-sets to colourful chalks & boards - all these school-related objects most certainly raise a smile!

l suddenly feel inspired to brighten up my own creative space with a sprinkle of new term magic...


ABC, easy as 123...


Designed by Kana Nakanishi, the "ABC -  Atelier Book Chair " is certainly an innovative piece of product design that generates many a smile.

Made of hinoki (Japanese cypress) from Nishiawakura village Okayama prefecture, this portable drawing set is light enough for a child to carry - a perfect tool for the young budding artist.

"ABC" looks like a wooden suitcase, yet once opened, it immediately turns into a creative space. There are detachable pockets to store drawing tools, a place for a sketchbook, and a seat board, which can be attached to the main body to form a stool. How resourceful!

l hold a firm belief that creativity in the form of play, and exploration is an integral part of childhood. With this in mind, l feel "ABC" to be a rather inspiring and creative starting kit for children of today.

Have fun!


Postcards that come to life


Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to open your postbox, and find one these creative postcards amongst your mail! Created by Anne Paso - founder of Finnish design company Lovi Oy, these interactive pieces of joy, give a refreshing spin to the traditional postcard.

All decorations (in the playful form of hearts, pigs, birds and rabbits) are packaged, complete with string, pre-cut pieces and a set of instructions.

In addition to the quirky and innovative designs, all Lovi products - mainly made of high quality birch ply-wood, are ethically and ecologically sustainable.

On a final environmental note, Lovi have also created a range of 'easy to care' trees, (as part of a planting campaign), to which you can hang your decorations, or simply perch a Lovi bird, to welcome in Spring!


A shining light


During these early sunsetting winter days, l believe light can have a positive effect on our wellbeing.These paper-cut lighting designs created by Hannah Nunn surely generate a warm and welcoming ambience.

Largely inspired by the botanical world, Hannah creates light in many shapes and sizes - from the classical table lamp, to the whimsical floating fairy light.

In 2005, Hannah set up her own light and craft boutique called Radiance, a treasure haven for all things bright, beautiful and unusual.

l warmly invite you to not switch your main light on until Spring, and immerse yourself under the enchanting glow of these lighting creations!


Fresh approach to breakfast

     Egg & soliders

Salt & pepper

Breakfast can only be fun with these beautiful ceramic pieces, designed by Takae Mizutani and sons (sons being her two cats, Mooks & Guiness). l like Takae's idea of looking at the world with child eyes, which in my mind generates a fresh approach to these everyday products.

The basic egg form has become rather majestic sitting upon its castle throne, and at long last, the humble solider has been elegantly transformed into a valiant hero, as it gallops towards the egg on its royal horse.

As well as being a wordplay on visual communication, my graphic design name 'Seaglass' originates from my love of the sea, and so when l came across this playful salt & pepper shaker, l simply smiled. Takae calls this piece Memory of Falmouth , which l feel is most fitting, as the sailing boat shape takes me back to smells of salty sea air, and endless childhood summer holidays spent within the sandy coastline coves of Cornwall.

A stylish breakfast table that conjours up nolstagic childhood memories - a joy to behold!