Dubai Design Week: What’s on my Radar

Where has a year gone? I cannot believe that Dubai Design Week is upon us already. Fast becoming one of Dubai’s most exciting fixtures on the events calendar, the programme for this year looks amazing. The trade show component of the event, Downtown Design, is in it’s fourth year and clearly gaining momentum. The fair takes place at Dubai Design District (D3) which is more developed this year with many shops, studios and cafes. A really cool place to visit with or without a design fair! Aside… Read more »

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NIPPRIG // A Limited Edition collection from Ikea

Ikea is about to launch a new limited edition collection and this is your sneak peek. The NIPPRIG range is a collaboration with local crafters and producers in Vietnam and Cambodia, featuring products manufactured from renewable materials (think bamboo, seagrass, water hyacinth, rattan, etc.), using traditional weaving techniques. Are you feeling the feel-good factor here? This au naturel collection offers a wide range of ready-assembled items from storage baskets and flower pots to flat woven rugs, lampshades and seating – all with a very earthy look and feel. And boy, do I… Read more »

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Love Warriors of Sweden

I’m ridiculously excited to share today’s treasure with you, but before I continue, can I just say, ‘what it is with the Scandinavians and their design talent?’ Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering whether its possible for a natural gift of this kind to form part of an entire region’s genetic code? Just a thought…. as I remain in awe. On that note, there really is no containing my heart-fluttering enthusiasm for Love Warriors of Sweden. A dynamic collaboration of four friends, Yvonne… Read more »

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Alex Latimer

You’ve probably realized by now that I love discovering new design talent (who doesn’t?), so I’m pleased to say its been a good week in that regard. Today I’m showcasing my latest find: Alex Latimer – an illustrator, writer and picture book maker living in Cape Town.

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Design by numbers

I’m relieved to be nearing the end of what has been a very busy week. Thursdays seem to come around so quickly, and this week I am most grateful for it. My last few posts have been decor focused so I thought it was about time to throw a little design into the ring again. This was initiated by a dear friend of mine in South Africa, who recently asked me to make something for her new home. Actually, it’s… Read more »

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Skinny laMinx

Well hello there, Thursday! I can’t believe that the weekend is already upon us. Yes, Thursday marks the start of the weekend here in the UAE, and it looks as though we’re in for a dusty, blustery, sand-stormy one at that. But moving swiftly onwards from the weather, I have brighter, more exiting things to share. Heather Moore is the self-taught design and illustrator talent behind the Cape Town-based label Skinny laMinx. I first discovered her Etsy store in 2012… Read more »

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Caitlin Wilson Textiles

Today I bring you a flash of inspiration with some bright and beautiful fabrics from Caitlin Wilson Textiles. If your Pinterest boards have not yet been graced with these beautiful designs, I am sure you’ll be eager to remedy that sharp-ish. A talented decorator, fabric designer and mum of two smalls, US-based Caitlin Wilson has a flair for creating fresh looking fabrics using bright colours and bold patterns. Having lived London, Hong Kong and right here Dubai, she has no doubt… Read more »

A little lady is turning seven

I have only just started out on this blogging adventure and already it’s been almost a month since my last post. I am sure I should be getting to this more frequently. Oh dear. Safe to say I’ve been a busy little bee since Halloween and I’ll tell you why in a few separate posts to follow (shortly, I promise), but for now, I wanted to share something pretty. The daughter of a dear friend of mine is going to… Read more »