Sunday, 21 October 2012

A Sale and Recent Pieces

A dear friend, Alice turned 30 last week, so I made her a special necklace. Her style is minimal, but with lady like flair.

 The Japanese bead by by Australian ceramic artist Natalie Fletcher of Peruzi, paired with some simple wooden discs and Elaine Ray's red beads were a perfect fit.

Puzzle Bracelet

This new bracelet in lovely neutral tones with a gorgeous mix of artist beads has been added to the Etsy store. 
Use the code BRACELET20 to get 20% off any bracelet on the Etsy store -  code is however valid for bracelets only. Limited time only, so it is a great time to stock up on gifts.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Travels in London

Continuing my travel related posts, here are the London Highlights of the Forbo tour.
The London Design Festival was huge - I wish we had more time (and energy!)

The V+A Museum alone could have taken up two or three days! Highlights at V+A were the art installations, the Heatherwick Studio retrospective ( Thomas Heatherwick and team are multi skilled designers responsible for the Olympic cauldron and the new London Buses), and the Ballgowns exhibition, which had many designer gowns from the 1950's to now.

Art Installation at the V+A Museum Entry

We also visited two expos. The first was an interior design and architecture trade show, 100% Design at Earls Court - it was a fairly standard trade fair, much better than its Australian counterpart and the entry was certainly a highlight.

Entry Installation at 100% Design
 The second was called Tent, and was primarily furniture, accessories and lighting from more up and coming designers, although there were some oldies there too, like Bernhardt. The lighting was great. The venue was a disused Post Office on New Oxford Street - it was a fabulous raw space, with 3 levels of goodies.

 We ate very well (she says, with a tight waistband - must get that gym thingy going). Our hosts took us to a groovy Christian Liagre designed Asian restaurant,  Hakkasan. Stylish and expensive food, we were way under dressed and definitely not cool enough but we had fun ! I could not take photos - it was sooo dark, and seemed a bit of a no no to be photographing, so I have only got a photo courtesy of the Word of Ward's blog , but it will give you the idea.


After the Forbo trip, I visited my sisters who both live in London with their young families. As they both hold down full time work, I had a few days to visit the shopping areas (my credit card took a bashing at Liberty, Paul Smith and Harvey Nichols), the Tate Modern, the amazing art of the Wallace Collection,  the modern works of the Serpentine Gallery, and of course time to source some goodies for beading.

VV Rouleaux is a wonderful trimming shop - it was under refurbishment, so had moved to a smaller temporary site - the selection was somewhat reduced but the ladies who work there were so helpful. I stocked up on striped ribbon and tassels (not sure what I will do with it all....).

All in all, a great trip, with huge thanks to David and Sam at Forbo.. ....  better start planning the next holiday!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Travels in Amsterdam and London Part 1

Typical Amsterdam houses

A work colleague and I were very lucky to win the Forbo award trip for a flooring design using marmoleum. The prize was an all expenses paid trip to Amsterdam and London for a week, to visit the Forbo factory,  have architectural and design tours, plus visit the London Design festival.

Forbo's Krommenie Showroom

The Forbo team looked after us very well, and we had a wonderful and hectic time, lots of food and great conversation, plenty of galleries and design talk, and a wee bit of shopping!

Fold Deluxe Mid
My new shoes from United Nude
Found an amazing shoe shop in Amsterdam, called United Nude -the store fitout was very cool, and the shoes are totally architectural, amazing colours, perhaps some not so great to walk in but very sculptural- I played it safe, I am an older chick, so bought 2 pairs in more muted tones, with relatively sensible heels, but will no doubt visit their on line store in the future as they ship to Australia.

Restaurant De Kas
We ate at a unique restaurant in a greenhouse in Amsterdam, called Restaurant De Kas. The design is by reknown Dutch designer Piet Boon. The food is all seasonal and sourced from the Netherlands - there is no menu, you eat what is on for the day - the produce is all fresh, with some grown on the site. A wonderful meal. Amazing tomatoes - we don't have tomatoes that taste like tomatoes in Australia! A must visit place if you get the chance.

I am still recovering from the dreaded jet lag, thank goodness it is a long weekend here!. Watch out for the next blog post regarding the London trip in the next few days.