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Is it just me or does it feel like spring is finally starting to roll in? Well, I decided not to wait to get on the spring renewal. I desperately needed to get my bedroom organised, particularly my sea of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Dan Marc is a young designer who launched his collection of distinctive tables and desks in the UK in 2013. Made of powder coated steel and hand dyed birch plywood, his simple, striking designs are available in a range of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Who: Chikimiki, founded by Elise Dealmeida Where: New York When: 2013 Design Style: Inspired by art and influenced by Japanese design, with a whimsical tone Special features: Handbeaded embellishments and creative handknitting; made in New York The piece that first... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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From left: Fishbone Borders, Galaxy Bouquet, Vanity Cats. Photo: Kumi Saito Fans of print masters Eley Kishimoto can now wear, drape themselves in and live with their favourite designs. Following the 2014 launch of their first hand-printed wallpaper collection, London-based... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Who: kimonoé Kyoto, founded by designer Tomo Shinya Where: Kyoto, Japan and London, UK When: 2011 and 2015, respectively Design style: Traditional, wearable kimonos with a glamorous, contemporary twist. Special features: Each kimono is a one-off garment handmade and hand... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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As if you needed an excuse to indulge in yummy pies, National Pie Week is coming up, and you can show your appreciation for the rich, savoury treat by making your own with this mouth-watering New Zealand Lamb recipe. Tip:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Banksy's latest adventure in street art has taken him to the Gaza Strip where he has created three new works amid the rubble, in what must be his most poignant statement to date - and likely the most challenging to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Poesia by Chris Chang, Backstage SS14. Photo by Fender Hsu China produces some of the most innovative fashion design in the world, yet its presence in the west has remained largely elusive. But progress is being made through connections in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Happy Valentine's Day! Here's something sweet to look at. Design Boom's project submissions have yielded readers with a real treat from Lesinka Concept who created a chocolate wonderland cafe for the Polish confectionary company E. Wedel. If you don't go... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Let's kick off the weekend with some cool and beautiful images from L’Éloi. The Montreal-based creative agency has recently introduced six new talents: photographers LM Chabot, Mathieu Fortin and Nik Mirus join renowned names Anouk Lessard and Martin Laporte; and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Le Voyeur (The Peeping Tom) Architecture in a fantastical context makes a nice shift from the usual formal setting. French photographer Laurent Chéhère thinks so, too. He's taken the homes and buildings he passes in his wanderings of his hometown... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Left: Marine Sergent, Cuckoo Family; Right: Coucou-Nest by Nadège Dell’Omo-Seigne & Noëllie Salguero-Hernandez Reinvent the Swiss cuckoo clock. This was the challenge given to students and guest designers by the Haute école d’art et de design (HEAD) in Geneva. You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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atelier oï created a new glazed extension that opens up the building to the adjacent park and views of the countryside. A sky dome has also been installed in the ceiling just above the main lobby to bring in more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Adam Balcerek. Advertising campaign for Fashion One TV. Adam Balcerek left his home country of Poland to become an architect in Germany, then walked away from a promising career and moved to Paris to pursue photography. It was a brave... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Just yesterday I was having a conversation with someone about the contrast between companies who exist solely to make a profit and manufacture their product as cheaply as possible, and the companies who care about what they're doing and want... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I may not be able to wear menswear (well I could if I wanted!) but I do have favourites, and Hardy Amies is one of them. As a Savile Row brand, the impeccable tailoring is a given and the look... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Richard Gray, Christopher Shannon, Decoy (UK), 2013. Courtesy Richard Gray If you're into fashion illustration, you'll love the newest book on the subject from Thames and Hudson. Menswear Illustration, by Richard Kilroy, is the first up-to-the-minute survey of contemporary menswear... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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British heritage brand Aquascutum returned to London Collections: Men under the creative direction of Nick Ashley, and as expected the clothes were smart and gorgeous. The youthful jackets and coats were the standout pieces with their refined tailoring in casual... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Each of the 45 bedrooms at the Kings Head comes with its own unique period and architectural features There are hotels that make for a nice stay during your city break, and then there are hotels that are a wonderful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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A small, midcentury workshop in Montreal's Mile-Ex district has been given a new life as a stunning contemporary home to a designer, his two boys and their dog. The conversion is a project by Atelier Moderno who recomposed the modest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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The first Men's International Woolmark Prize judging presentation was a different backstage experience, in that there was not just one look being styled for the hair. Five finalists were selected from 60 designers from 21 countries, and so each had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Emmanuelle Moureaux's fourth building for Sugamo Shinkin must be the happiest bank on earth. The French architect is known for her vibrant colour palette and this time it's reflected in the cubes - some housing plants and trees - that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Meet The Kopparberg, the coolest holiday sweater I've seen. It has a festive flair without the kitsch and its graphic Scandinavian design makes it one you actually want to wear outside of Christmas parties. I got mine in December and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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Che Guevera. Nothing looks odd here, actually. Israeli illustrator Amit Shimoni created his series, HIPSTORY to get us to reflect upon our leaders, our society and ourselves. Reenvisioning political icons such as Vladimir Lenin and Winston Churchill as hipsters elicits... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL
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I've been pretty reliant on night treatments for the past couple of years; they offer the hope that when you wake up and look at your morning face in the mirror you'll be delighted rather than horrified. I was between... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The Swelle Life's DESIGNSKOOL