Monday, 26 November 2012

Chrysanthemum Colour

Mamechiyo is a kimono label designed by the Japanese artist Mamechiyo. As a little girl, she dreamt about being a geisha. When she grew up she fell in love with the beauty of vintage kimono cloth and is now encouraging young girls' interest in wearing kimono with several books on 'how to' as well as a contemporary range of kimono. 

I love the way she applies Japanese kitsch logos to some of her designs, such as rocket ship appliqué, rabbit pins, and mobile phone charms, as well as her use of a modern western palette.

The deep pinks and intense blues of Japan's imperial bloom, the 
chrysanthemum or kiku, is inspiration in one of Mamechiyo's recent floral designs, seen here on a western model. They are colours that are also popping up in floral-fixated interior design and furniture. 

1. Canevas Collection by Charlotte Lancelot for GAN at the Milan Design Week 2012; via
2. The imperial seal of Japan or kiku flower seal is an abstracted design of the chrysanthemum.
3. Console Ibiza Fantasia, handpainted wooden wall table; via
4. Kimono collection from Mamechiyo and styled by Mieko Ueda, photos by Ayumi Hase; via;
5. Chrysanthemum pillow; via
6. Jo Meesters floral carpets are made from blankets; via
7. Colorful glass bud vases, image by Irene, via Flickr;

Mamechiyo in Tokyo; her kimono and geta below.


GUCCI Spring Summer 2013;

Monday, 12 November 2012

Structured Furniture and Interiors Show Some Spine

Just like fashion likes to dabble with the concept of underwear as outerwear, architects and furniture designers are showing off clever construction techniques.

From flat-packed furniture that slots together to amazing framework forms in chairs and tables, structural aesthetics in furniture and interior design is a winning trend.

Just last Friday, March Studio was nominated the stand-out winner of the retail category at the Australian Interior Design Excellence Awards 2012 for the design of the sinuous and skeletal interior of the bakery store Baker D Chirico in Carlton, Melbourne. Plywood joinery never looked so high brow.

1. Architect Amanda Levete of AL_A produced a three-storey high Timber Wave sculpture, which was installed outside the V&A museum in London for the London Design Festival 2011; via
2.Vederlicht lamp from Studio Daniel 2012, via
3. D23 Skeleton chair by Berlin-based designer Gustav Duesing is assembled from birch ply; via
4. Jack's Table is an early piece from Sydney-based studio Fereday; via
5. March Studio won the IDEA 2012 retail category award with this bakery in Carlton, Melbourne; Photographer: Peter Bennetts; via
6. Rental space at Droog; via
7. This Sofa XXXX is another concertinaed form by-yuya-ushida;
The designer says: "Whenever I see it the beauty of the simple geometrical structure and its repetition always fascinates me."

LAVA’s design for the Martian Embassy is for The Sydney Story Factory, a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in Redfern, Sydney; via
The assemble yourself 2-3 JUNIOR CHAIR from CK Goff and Yellow Diva.
Yellow Diva is a Melbourne-based design practice which entered this chair in the Object category of the Australian Interior design Excellence Awards 2012; via and
Swedish designer Pål Rodenius has come up with a novel idea of pre-printed plywood patterns which when cut out create a whole suite of furniture. It's appropriately named Saw and Assemble; via

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Pinstripe Dandy

Biba girls and dandies love a pinstripe. So, too, does Italian design duo Laura Fiaschi and Gabriele Pardi from Gumdesign(4). Finding new ways to apply the sartorial pinstripe is not a new concept but surely it's a trend just waiting in the wings for a big revival.

1. Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki exhibition, to 14 April 2013 
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery via
2. Exhibited at the recent London Design Festival 2012, the Tria chair is designed by Catharina Lorenz and Steffen Kaz for Colé via
3. Grey pinstripe eye mask via
4. Gumdesign Isola collection of chairs/sofas via
5. Handmade iphone 5 covers; order from 
6. Pinstripe basin by Joule Flow DesignUK via
7. The Pinstripe House, Nashville, USA, by Building Studio via
8. Rocketdog stylist women's pinstripe heels via
9. New Zealand made one-off design using Warwick fabric, via

The Fjord pinstripe sofa insitu; via

Reupholstered antique chair;