Design Love: Yajibela Waste paper baskets


Waste Paper Basket by Yajibelena, £49, Available at Skandium

Last week, I met Christina Schmidt, one of the founders of Skandium and she brought my attention to a wonderful project in Burkina Faso started by a woman named Eva Seidenfaden. Here is a little bit about it!

It all started, trying to find a way to help women in Burkina Faso to find a means to make a living for themselves and their families. Their tradition is basket weaving, my passion is basket weaving, says Eva Seidenfaden, the initiator of this brilliant self help project. Eva comes from Denmark. 10 years ago, she visited Burkina Faso, one of the poorest African counties. She made it her mission to help with the knowledge she had, basket weaving, and founded  work groups in Ougadougou the capital and in Banfora the South of the country.

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The Horopito Vintage Car Museum


When we were in NZ earlier this year, we were there at the same time as a tropical cyclone. We were lucky enough to be behind it, but unlucky enough to follow its path of destruction for the rest of our trip. When one follows the path of a tropical storm, one usually bursts a car we did.

When we realised that our tyre was blown, we were in the middle of Mt Ruapehu National Park near a tiny petrol station that was trying desperately to hang onto its roof. The kind man who eventually came to our rescue told us that we needed to follow him 20kms to his wreckers yard/car museum in Horopito and that he would meet us there.

As we were driving through the middle of nowhere we came across said car museum and weren’t prepared for just how cool it would be! It turns out it’s the largest (and only) vintage car dismantlers in the whole Australasian region. They sell parts around the world for cars made between the 1920′s-1970′s and also for cars that were built pre-WW1.

It turns out that the Horopito Vintage Car Museum is basically acres and acres of old vehicle carcasses as far as the eye can see.

As they were changing our tyre they told us to take a walk around the ‘path’ they had carved through all the car skeletons and we were totally amazed with what we were to discover! Trees growing out of cars and vehicles piled 10 high were a few of the things we found. I hope you think it’s as interesting as we did!


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My latest styling project: Brintons


Styling: Lucy Gough | Photography: Jan Baldwin

Earlier in 2014 I was asked to style the latest Brintons carpet catalogue and the four images above are part of the result!

Brintons has been making British carpets in Kidderminster for 230 years, and has always been synonymous with superior quality floor coverings.

Timorous Beasties and Laura Ashley are just two stunning collections that Brintons sell along with hundreds of their own styles in numerous patterns and colours.

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Shop love: Anglepoise


Styling: Emma Hooton | Photographer: Martin Gardner | Furniture credits: Another Country, Bethan Gray and Ercol

Anglepoise lamps are characterised by a pioneering balance mechanism developed in the 1930’s which in turn helped to make one of the most quintessentially British brands, ever. Since then, Anglepoise have become well-known for producing beautiful, contemporary, energy-efficient lamps.

Above is some stunning new imagery of their latest products launching this year. Two of the three new collections were launched at Light + Building in Frankfurt last month. The third, an exciting new collaborative design, will be revealed for the first time at Clerkenwell Design Week in May. All the new designs will be available in stores and online at in September.

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