Friday, 23 August 2013

Colour Makes People Happy

I have seen this shop before, I think I actually wandered past it when I was last in London, but today I actually paid it a little more attention. It certainly was worth the attention. And after doing a little bit of internet research (which was meant to be a quick five minute glance, but ended up in me reading the website from cover to cover), I can honestly say – I like the sound of this guy.

The Colour Makes People Happy Store was set up by Simon March, and in a nutshell, he mixes paint. Good quality paint, that costs London prices. But what he actually sells, is probably more of an insight into you. Not led by current colour trends, not dictated to by glossy magazines, not distracted by romanticised colour card names or deterred by the mishmash of other colours found in the typical ‘lived in’ home. Simon enables (and I’ve used that word quite literally) you to choose the right paint for you. Your home, your life, your personal style.

The website is well worth the visit, it’s a colourful breath of fresh air, the photography is inspiring, the descriptions aren’t patronising (in fact they’re pretty humorous, and well worth the read) and his ethos is clear. Colour makes people happy. And I agree, find out more for yourself here.

Hoppity Hoot characters

I imagine a lot of fun was had here, creating this wonderful bunch of characters. The Hoppity Hoot characters look as though they weren’t drawn with pen and pencil (as is the usual fashion), instead they look like they were created as a free-style form of paper collage. I imagine when creating these characters the designer regressed to being five years old again. Chopping up pieces of brightly coloured paper with no care for logical proportion or scale. Battling with the glue stick desperately trying to stick pieces of paper to each other, and not to fingers. And scribbling back into the pictures with a thick black felt tip pen. You know you’ve had a truly creative day when you have stray bits of paper hiding in your hair, glue all over your fingers and your workspace looks like the paper shredder and the coffee machine have just had a fight. Of course this is all purely speculation . . .

The fun in these characters transpires across the entire bedding range, it's just good fun through and through. Available to buy here at Mamas and Papas.

All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sofa video

Sofa So Good from Puff&Flock on Vimeo.

Sofa, so good . . .

I found this today - I'm slightly in love with it. I think it's because it contains so many of my favorite things, texture, stop motion video and inanimate objects with heaps and heaps of character . . .

I simply just had to share.

The details:

Sofa so Good is a very special comfortable and comforting sofa designed by Elisabeth Buecher and Amelie Labarthe. Curl up into the welcoming arms of the sofa and forget about all your worries.
Originally commissioned by Designersblock, Sofa So Good was made in collaboration with Ercol, a traditional furniture company based in right here in England. Elisabeth and Amelie chose to reinterpret one of their iconic pieces: the Studio Couch. Sofa So Good was first presented at
Birmingham Interiors and Milan Furniture Fair in 2010 and on the Nelly Rodi Sweet Freaks’ trend space at Maison&Objet in January 2012.
Find more here.

Twinkle twinkle

This is the Millie and Boris bedtime book which features two bedtime stories, the classic rhyme of twinkle twinkle, and a lullaby. A beautiful way to send your little ones off to sleep. 
The illustrations match back to the gorgeous Millie and Boris interiors collection, available to buy on the Mamas & Papas website.
All images copyright Mamas and Papas Holdings Ltd 2012