Month: February 2016

Cypress Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia

Interview: Hilla Shamia | Product Designer

Product designer Hilla Shamia specialises in taking materials to their limits and with her Wood Casting™ furniture pieces she has perfected the art of highlighting the imperfect. Using technology that has never been done before, she casts aluminium into wood to create stunningly dramatic but highly functional items such as tables, chairs and benches. The process of pouring hot metal into trunks of trees causes the wood to burn and highlights any defects already in the wood – ‘its cracks, wounds, scars’. The aluminium then ‘freezes’ into shape and, you could say, a totally new material is born. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I’m a designer based in Tel Aviv, Israel. I grew up in a home where love for design and aesthetics was very present as my father is an architect and my mother is a ceramic artist. I was mostly mesmerised by specific objects and so I decided to study industrial design. The Wood Casting™ was actually my final project for my B.A. …

Interview: Gabriella Ferrante | Designer ‘Slow Fashion’ Leather Bags

Today I’d like to introduce you to someone who has infused her Italian family tailoring tradition with 21st century sustainability to create fine leather bags. Australian-born Berlin-based Gabriella Ferrante fell in love with her father’s old Singer sewing machine all over again (having used it many times as a child) and was inspired to create her own line of handbags under the label GcmF. Embracing the ethos of ‘slow fashion’ and the craftsmanship of the handmade, she eschews outsourcing and mass-production is as important to her as is sustainable work practices. Come and meet Gabriella and learn how her nomadic and creative life has brought her to where she is today … Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. I grew up in Melbourne as a first generation Italo-Australian. We travelled a lot as a family, and I guess that gave me the travel-bug. Therefore as soon as I could, I left Australia on a one-way ticket to Paris. I was 19. It was 1993. I …

4 Things I’m Loving This Week

From top left to right: Loving the work of Woodruffe & Co in Melbourne! Their handcrafted custom rubber stamps combine sustainability with quality craftsmanship. The stamps are mounted on a sustainably sourced Tasmanian Oak hardwood block with a jet black wooden handle and can be used on a range of surfaces including paper, cardboard or unfinished wood. See more here. Loving the thought of a trip to Cuba! Not that I have one planned but it’s nice to dream of visiting it’s colourful historic streets, like Habana Veija (Old Havana) in the photo, its gorgeous beaches and experiencing its wildlife. Now that it’s easier to travel there you need to get in quick before the modern world catches up with it. Find out more here and at A Magazine. Always love a fizzing bath bomb! And why not make your own? They are a breeze to make and these heart-shaped ones could come in handy for Valentine’s Day. Find out how at Bitz and Giggles. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I’m loving the Hand-stamped Vintage Spoons we have on the …