21 October 2016Hi the MLE,Almost the weekend right? Well, you’re an hour ahead, so maybe it is the weekend already for you.I’m sure you admire Astier de Villatte as much as I do. Whenever I am in Liberty’s here in London, I go and see their beautiful white tableware. The ceramic is so thin, you feel scared picking it up. This is what makes their pieces so different - but it is also their uneven forms, irregular surfaces, and their milky glaze that covers an unusual black terracotta clay. Something else that sets it apart is that piece is made by hand in Paris. (And it is actually very strong! Yes, dishwasher and microwave safe).I understand that Astier de Villatte is completely unaffordable to most (including myself), this is true. However, this brand is admirable not only for its beautiful design, but because it is made in small batches to be passed on to future generations, friends, or be sold, not simply put into the bin when you’re done with it.Suzan
20 November 2013
Hey hey MLE,
I was walking around Arnold Circus in Shoreditch when I came across this rather interesting shop, thought I'd write a post. We will have to go visit it next time you are in London!
I'm surprised I hadn't noticed it before, it has been there for 10 years now evidently. Samson Soboye, a designer and stylist runs the place and it's full of a really amazing edit of pan-African designers as well as global brand names. I love the menswear and jewellery best, but there is also womenswear, housewear and tons of shoes.
The man himself is pictured above with a necklace I need, no sorry want. Want not need.
4 March 2012
A lovely rainy Sunday here in London. Good day to get up late and and good day to do some work. I'm not sure how I came across this, but the whole blog post can be found here at Christian Annyas "international designer."
Evidently it was all the rage for department stores to have handwritten script logos, though now only a few still do (Neiman Marcus, Harrods here in the UK etc).