I recently picked up this crusty, damp wooden box for a steal. I dried it out, treated it with wood cleaner and then stained it with some lovely Danish timber oil.
Now it houses some odds and ends, some bits and bobs.
find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you… now tell me about hundreds of things -saki
By gum, if I were to be saddled with a Kindle, I’d probably have to drop a pretty penny at Moleskine too. They’re billing it as the ultimate analog-digital hybrid. And somehow, I feel one’s head should be exploding at the concept (along the lines of ‘Alien?! Predator?! In one film?!’). But somehow, it all comes together with simple, effortless-looking, gorgeous lines (possibly unlike the movie).
Images (and cover) available from here.
A friend of mine told me she was off to a Tupperware party on Friday evening.
“Wow, are they back in mode?” I asked.
“I have no idea… but I would like one of their fabulous containers,” she replied.
I guess she didn’t come from a family of sentimental hoarders like I do. A recent turnout of the kitchen cupboards of my father’s house yielded a multitude of my mother’s Tupperware containers in different shapes, sizes and colours. I’ve always associated Tupperware with the late 70s, early 80s, garish colours and my mother’s baking. The containers may look a little worn but are still in great working condition. And because all things are cyclical, their garish, retro colours are quite now, and I am now the baker in the family.
Excitingly, the kitchen cupboard cleanout also unearthed a Japanese thermos/dispenser in pristine working condition. It doesn’t seem particularly useful in this day and age but its red, yellow and white flowers will nevertheless be brightening up my kitchen.
Oh, and some noodle and medicinal tea packaging also caught my eye.
Whimsy as a natural progression from art nouveau? Possibly. French husband and wife sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne certainly seem to build bridge between the two, creating things of strength and beauty albeit with a wry, underlying sense of humour.
Les Arts Decoratifs are showing a retrospective of their work for all those lucky to be in Paris or thereabouts from 18 March.
It’s literally March (Hare) madness with the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. As magazines all over the world go to town with Alice-inspired spreads, I decided to have a quick poke around my house to see what I could come up with.
Given Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s wacky sensibilities, it wasn’t too hard to find things inspired by or inspiring elements of his tale. Tea things – check. Playing cards – check. Potion bottles – check. My household was also, surprisingly, well-stocked with white rabbits, though not of the kind I was hoping for. I’d forgotten about the ban on Chinese milk goods a few years back which halted production of the White Rabbit lollies I’d grew up chewing. However, I’m sure the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse would appreciate the puzzling nature of the Haw Flakes – edible discs made of the fruit of the Chinese Hawthorn – which I tossed in.
Results of my Hunt for Alice below.
The first ever film version of Alice in Wonderland (filmed in 1903) has recently been restored by the British Film Institute.
Dale’s new bike (a ‘Solo’ by Kiwi brand Avanti) is a retro-style beauty. I’m no bike expert but I do love the slim frame, the black and white detailing, the straight handlebars, the ‘Solo’ ribbon insignia, the bright white seat (which Dale’s new jeans were staining navy!). I was told that functionally, a large part of the bike’s appeal was the fixed wheel and brake gears options. But I was too busy cooing over the white detail of the tyres.
If this bike were a shoe, it would be definitely be a 1930’s black and white men’s wingtip shoe. And it would be tapdancing à la Fred Astaire. Or cutting a fine rug through town à la Gene Kelly.