Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November Mix Tape

We had snow for the first time today and it made me want to get warm and listen to understated songs. However, there haven't been all that many new musical nuggets to caress my ears this month so instead I've put together a little mix for these dark nights and cold days. Some of it's new, and some not. Some of it's brimming with sentiment and nostalgia, and some not. Here's the track list...

01 - Band of Horses - Is There a Ghost
02 - Bear in Heaven - Fake Out (Glass Ghost Remix)
03 - The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
04 - The Leisure Society - A Short Weekend Begins with Longing
05 - Ellie Goulding - Your Song
06 - Bombay Bicycle Clube - Fairytale Lullaby
07 - Joanna Newsom - Does Not Suffice
08 - The Maccabees - No Kind Words
09 - Four Tet - No More Mosquitoes
10 - Blur - Beetlebum
11 - Jimi Hendrix - Castles Made of Sand
12 - Sublime - Marley Medley
13 - Frank Turner - St. Christopher is Coming Home
14 - The Tallest Man on Earth - Like the Wheel
15 - Jesse Payne - Yards of Paint
16 - Modest Mouse - The Good Times Are Killing Me
17 - Just Me - Match.com advert

I know, I know, some of them are clich├ęd and over played but they're still lovely. And if we didn't live in the future where music only exists as ones and zeros; I'd make a CD and this would probably be the front cover...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Jonas Damon makes nice things...

I need a multi tool for work and although I know I'll end up with some sort of all singing all folding contraption, I found this tool kit (admittedly not the same thing) designed by Jonas Damon through Apartment Therapy. It's wooden and lovely and I want one.

Tool Set

The shop selling his stuff is Areaware and they also have his amazing LED alarm clocks; four little, individually positional, cubes of joy. However, at $95 and $100 respectively, neither of them will be finding their way into my home any time soon... Nevertheless, definitely check out Jonas' blog and Areaware too if you're feeling flush.

Numbers LED Clock

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lucienne Day was/is awesome...

I was watching Antiques Roadshow the other day (mock all you like, but trying to guess the valuation is fun) and a lady had brought in a set of incredible plates. They turned out to be from Lucienne Day, one of Britons most distinguished post war textile designers who, less infamously, also dabbled in ceramic design.

Calyx Chair

My complete ignorance on this subject has since been replaced with a borderline obsession as she has designed some ridiculously beautiful patterns which have since been applied to furniture, cushions, canvas', shoes etc etc. After a bit of a Google trawl, I think my favourite is this chair... And here is the lady herself.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

Get an Autum this Autumn...

Apart from lending themselves very well to (hilarious) word play, Autum make carefully designed, limited edition...stuff. They only have three things in their store...two of which are made of leather so although they do look awesome, the vegetarian in me can't possibly condone them...but the final is a glorious looking bicycle called the Minion.

Minion

My buddies think there is a Nazi-ish undertone to the design...I disagree. I think it looks like a sleek lined, pedal powered cafe racer. They're only making 7 and unfortunately at about £1000 none of them will end up with me. Sad times...

It's only how many days until Christmas??

Unbelievably, although I'm sure I only just switched from shorts to jeans, Christmas is now only 35 tiny, insignificant days away. Quite how it has snuck up on me is a mystery, especially as I am normally such an unashamed lover of anything prematurely festive. As far as I'm concerned, as soon as we get to the '-ember' months it's time to get excited!

Anyway, as such, online Christmas shopping is officially in full swing which means visiting shops that I can't normally justify buying things from. Win! One such place is Sydney based Upon A Fold, a world of delightful paper artistry run by Justine and Matt who source paper goods from all over the world as well as creating their own. Visit for beautiful jewellery, pretty stationery, paper planes and perfectly engineered pop-ups, this is a magical journey into the world of paper.

Here are some of their newest and most Christmasy finds...

Pop up Card (Red)

Gift Wrapping Book

I'm back, maybe...

In March my New Zealand work visa expired, it was no coincidence that this was also around the time of my last post. It turns out to be true what they say; unemployment really does breed lethargy (I'm not sure if they do say that, but it sure is true). Sans job I had more time for in depth internet nibbling and the search for tasty art/design/music nuggets but instead I lost interest in it and for this poor unloved blog...

Since then I've come home from NZ, got a new job and moved to Chester; so here we are again, meandering through the interweb stumbling and falling over its delights. Will my rekindled enthusiasm last? Who knows? Will anyone read this and therefore care? Almost certainly no. But nevertheless; hello again.