Month: February 2014

Paper Passion Perfume | Aroma of Freshly Printed Books

Do you love the smell of  paper and the scent of a book? Do you love it so much that you’d like to smell like one? I was having this conversation recently with my daughter (who, I discovered, has a penchant for book-sniffing!) when she decided the perfect perfume would be one that smelt like books. Thinking she was on to something, she did a quick Google search and discovered that not only she is she not the first to come up with the idea, but that such a perfume actually exists! When Karl Lagerfeld approached German book publisher, Gerhard Steidl, to make a book for the press launch of his perfume, Jako, Steidl at first thought the idea inappropriate. But Lagerfeld was adamant, allegedly saying, “Rubbish! The smell of a freshly printed book is the best perfume in the world.” And so, the seed was sown for a perfume that embodied the scent of freshly printed books. And the result: Paper Passion Perfume , designed by boutique perfumer, Geza Schoen, in  consultation with Steidl and in collaboration with …

Interview: Ellie Beck & Sam Messina| Skateboard Jewellery

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very creative husband and wife team who have done what I’m sure many of us would like to do – to run a business according to one’s passion. Sam Messina and Ellie Beck never intended to start a business together but with Sam already tinkering with old skateboard decks destined for the bin and turning them into shelves, jewellery and accessories, they very quickly realised that he was on to something. But turning a creative idea into a profitable business isn’t always easy. It’s hard yakka. But that didn’t stop them. Nor did it stop them embarking on other endeavours. For while Sam’s getting creative and covered in sawdust, Ellie not only does the business side of things but also runs her own creative workshops and events involving screen-printing and textiles. Oh yeah, and they have two small children and are in the process of building their own house and studio! Literally. Here, Ellie offers a real insight in the realities of setting up and running your own …

Interview: Maarten Heijltjes | Waarmakers

If you’ve been following this blog a while now you may remember I did a story on Dutch product design studio, Waarmakers, and their fantastic Goedzak rubbish bag for unwanted but still useable items. Designed to encourage sustainable living and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, the Goedzak can be summed up simply with this old gem of a quote: ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’  Now, designers Simon and Maarten, are focusing their design nous on the trees in their city of Amsterdam – specifically the ones that are sick and dying and are ultimately cut down.  Usually the local government has the trees chopped into firewood. Certainly if you’re wanting to warm yourself up for a European winter this is one way of disposing with an old tree. But Simon and Maarten wanted to put such a beautiful material into a more sustainable use and one in which the tree could be suitably shown off. The result: The Ninebyfour LED Tubelight. Not only is it beautifully made and eco-friendly but …