All posts tagged: chair

Link Love for May

This week, nature is my theme. It’s for those who love to fill their home with things that have nature at their heart and for those who love to create from collected flora and fauna. From top left to right: German designer Meike Harde encases dried flowers and leaves into clear glass, creating gorgeous platters that become table features in their own right. See more of these beautiful platters at Yellowtrace. Food blogger Aimee Twigger comes up with the most divine images and culinary creations, all of which look too good to eat. This wild garlic and hummus with Ritz cracker-coated asparagus sounds fancy but looks easy to make. She even foraged for wild garlic! Now that’s truly getting back to nature. Find the recipe at Twig Studios. I had never heard of sun printing before even though it’s been around since the 19th century! All you need is Sunography paper or fabric, objects to print with and, of course, the sun. Monster Circus creates some vibrant fabric prints using dried flowers, woven flax and kitchen objects which can be framed, turned …

DIY collage

DIY Friday | 4 Projects to Make

Are you feeling in the mood for a craft project? I fancy learning how to reupholster but have yet to enrol in a course. Here are four DIY projects I’ve found that don’t require booking yourself into a workshop … From top left to right: This is like reupholstering 101: take an old office chair with a metal frame and transform it with paint and some rope. Just make sure you don’t slacken off on the rope tension! Find out how at A Pair and a Spare. Now that you’ve got a new desk chair, you need some new desk accessories. These geometric cork containers work for all kinds of stationery plus pot plants, and you can even hang them on your wall. Learn the ins and outs at Paper ‘n Stitch. Satisfy that sweet tooth during a mid-afternoon slump at the office with this Chocolate Grapefruit Tart, made from chocolate pastry, grapefruit jam and chocolate tahini ganache. My mouth is watering already! Get the recipe at Twig Studios. Now all you need on your desk is some decoration. …

Art and Design Link Love

Art + Design Link Love

Today everything is not what it seems. From Harding Meyer’s double vision portraits to a book that is really furniture, I’ve uncovered some mind-bending art and design for those who like things on the original side. From top left to right: Canadian artist Harding Meyer specialises in the human face and creates powerful, multi-layered portraits (of ‘made-up’ models) in oil on canvas. You will be mesmerised. Plus he has a cute dog! See more of his work on Tumblr. With these sculptures you get two for the price of one. The ‘real’ sculpture is revealed when seen through a curved cylindrical tube. Interesting. See more at Hello U. When is a book not a book? When it is furniture. The ‘Bookniture’ is a book that unfolds into a piece of multi-functional furniture: a stool, table, footrest, nightstand … Ingenious for those whose homes are space-poor and for those who like to carry their own chair/table around with them. It first launched on Kickstarter. You’ll never look a peanut or a carrot in the same way again. These biodegradable …

Furniture by Joe Vinks

Interview: Joe Vinks | Handcrafted Bush Furniture

The closest thing I’ve got to using sticks for anything other than throwing them to my dog, is a Christmas tree I made with my daughters once from driftwood collected from the beach. It was pretty fun to make and didn’t look too bad in a very rustic kind of a way. It’s a great Christmas holiday activity for kids, I might add, and even if you live in the Northern Hemisphere you could make one in Summer and bring out with aplomb for everyone to decorate in December! But I digress. What furniture-maker Joe Vinks creates is another story entirely. He crafts unique bespoke chairs, tables, stools, hats racks and works of art from fallen timber, branches, twigs, trees. You name it, he collects and he can make it.  After years working in data processing, Joe ‘upped sticks’ (sorry, couldn’t resist) and left city life for a new, calmer, back-to-nature existence in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. His furniture-making came about by chance and reflects his love of the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi – where …