The Future is Bright, the Forecast is Clear

I used to read horoscopes religiously. This year, I managed to change directions and make an intercontinental move without consulting my stars. (This is a big thing!)

That said, I’ll always have a soft spot for Susan Miller. Her lengthy monthly scopes are always a good read, and her yearly predictions in Russh Magazine are a tradition. But what I really love this year is the still life photographs that go with each star sign. They’re such fresh, evocative, and simple takes on the personalities of the zodiac!

Gemini - Susan Miller Astrology for Russh

Gemini

Scorpio - Susan Miller Astrology for Russh

Scorpio

Libra - Susan Miller Astrology for Russh

Libra

Pisces - Susan Miller Astrology for Russh

Pisces

Aries - Susan Miller Astrology for Russh

Aries

 

 

Bike Valet

Bike storage and security is a serious issue. In London, you can’t just leave your bike leaning outside the dairy while you pop in for some milk. You need to lock that shiz up!

Chances are you live in a teeny little flat too, with not much lock-up space. In my current house we have 3 bikes littering the living room, which is a bit of a pain. I’ve researched how to best store my bike out-of-the-way, and my favourite find so far is Reclamation Art + Furniture’s Bike Valet:

Walnut Bike Valet

Walnut Bike Valet

The Bike Valet is wall mounted storage unit and a valet for your keys, wallet, bike and items you need put down when you pedal in the door.  Made from Urban Harvest Walnut with a natural hand rubbed, zero VOC oil finish.”

I can imagine this walnut unit working really well in a modern interior. Sadly, not with my bike – it has too many sexy curves – but for any straight lining fixie it’d be perfect.

For more of Steven Tiller’s smart, simple, and handmade designs take a look at reclamationartandfurniture.com.

Semaphore

A long Friday night at home, post-holiday, has resulted in a new blog design and logo. The look is inspired by semaphore – my favourite code.

Code For Something new logo

Semaphore is a system of communicating over distances using flags, using different flag positions to represent different characters. When I was young, I really wanted to earn the Signaller Badge, but apparently it wasn’t relevant to the 1990′s Auckland lifestyle of a 10-year-old.

Signaller Badge - Girl Guides

My friend Sian, who lived across the road, and I had to make do with a complicated referee whistle arrangement instead; driving the neighbours bonkers. They should have let us learn the flags…

Bobbin Bicycles In Motion

Earlier in this week I posted about my new Bobbin bike and their wonderful illustrations.

And today I have something even better to share with you! It’s the new Bobbin Bicycles film, directed by the talented Miles Langley. I was so excited when Miles emailed me to give me a sneak peek – it’s stunning. I hope you enjoy it:

Bobbin Bicycles – Style Film from Miles Langley on Vimeo.

For the first time Bobbin Bicycles are now available to buy from a global network of dealers. Visit Bobbin Bicycles to see where you can pick yours up from.

 

Trip fund

Wishing, waiting, saving? These Trip Fund glasses made by the ever-clever Olivia Coote/Lily’s Make Believe are just the ticket.

Trip Fund Money Jar - Olivia Coote

Trip Fund Money Jar - Olivia Coote

One thing I have observed since moving to England is that there is SO MANY COINS. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 pence, 1 pound, 2 pound. Every time I buy something I’m given a small treasury in change. I find it especially strange coming from New Zealand, where we make most of our purchases on plastic. Here I have a purse full of shrapnel. I think a Trip Fund jar is definitely in order!

 

Warmth in the winter gloom

I’m on day 5 of bed rest after having my tonsils out. OUCH. I don’t recommend it. Oh, I kid; it’s one of those no pain, no gain situations. I’m looking forward to being a lot healthier in the future!

Despite the mewling, I am making the most of my time at home and preparing for the move to England by going through some of the design snippets, magazines and ephemera I’ve collected over the years. There are piles of interesting stuff stashed away in my filing cabinet. One such thing was this Nest winter catalogue from 2007. Nest was a New Zealand homewares store that sold the prettiest things, and sparked my love for all thingsConran.

nest catalogue winter 2007

“It’s time: turn on the kettle and stir the pot,
pull up the quilt and cozy up.”

nest catalogue 2007 winter

nest catalogue 2007 living

nest catalogue 2007 sink

nest catalogue 2007 wall

nest catalogue 2007 washing

I like these spreads because they are very “New Zealand” – both the dark landscape, and the way the stylist has mixed high and low, old and new. Shiny new pots hanging by an old cooker, a satin dress on a spindly wire washing line. Actually, the first shot reminds me very much of my great grandfather’s house.

If you’re in the midst of winter too, I hope you’re staying warm. (And if it’s your summer – get off the internet!)  ❤

 

Bisco synth

Check out this tropical stop-motion video advertising fruit juice. Super slick and fun:

Boom! I love to see South American creative work. It seems my head is always turned north by those saucy Europeans. I’ve got to work on my Español (and Portuguese) and “see” more of the world.

* Yes, the title references a biscuit disco mashup. Wah, I hadn’t had coffee yet…