Tag Archives: blue and white

Wish List: Marimekko Weather Diary china

For this Friday’s wish list I’m dreaming of Marimekko’s Oiva Saapaivakirja (Weather Diary) china. Created as part of their Autumn 2013 collection, the Marimekko design team were influenced by autumnal weather patterns. The resulting china patterns fuse intense colour mixes on to grey ceramic backgrounds, conjuring up the atmosphere outdoors during these stormy, chilly, sometimes sun-filled yet low-lit winter months. The blue and yellow/grey/blue designs are my favourites:

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Marimekko are justifiably proud of their design archive, and many classic designs are either still in production or used to inform new launches. This year they are happily celebrating the 50th anniversary of Unikko, Maija Isola’s instantly recognisable, simple and iconic floral pattern created in 1964. Join the celebrations with the fabric by the metre and accessories in this striking colourway:

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[All images, Skandium]

These and more Marimekko products are available in the UK online and in store at Skandium; and from February at the Republic of Fritz Hansen store in London, W1.

Beautiful fish; blue & white, part III

I read somewhere wherever you are in the UK, you are never more than 50 miles from the sea* and it may be this proximity to the seaside which provides our affinity with it, and likewise the inspiration for so many of our talented artists and designers.

Just as the with Sardine Run china from Jersey Pottery I wrote about here, these beautiful blue and white fish prints below share a love for the sea together with Japanese creative processes.

For her original artwork featuring locally caught Cornish fish, artist Susie Ray adapted an 18th-19th century technique called Gyotaku (fish rubbing) created by Japanese fishermen to visually record the fish they caught. Whilst the fishermen used ink and rice paper, Susie worked with oil paints and cotton cloth, so giving the paintings a wonderful textural depth that conveys a sense of movement and life.

Now she’s released beautiful prints of these originals, using pigment dyed light-fast inks and archival papers:

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All prints come in several sizes, and are produced, named and hand-signed by artist Susie Ray,  from The Padstow Mussel Company

If you haven’t discovered it yet, Cornwall-based The Padstow Mussel Company‘s shop and website itself is worth a look for its beautiful ceramics, photographs, artwork and tableware.

*(although according to this BBC article, it could differ between 45 and 70 miles depending on what your definition of ‘sea’ is….)

Indigo; blue and white patterns, part II

Hot on the heels of Friday’s post about Indigo / Blue and White, comes a brand new fabric and wallpaper launch from Scion.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts on Scion’s first Melinki collection of fabrics and wallpapers, and their subsequent rug designs, then you’ll know I’m a fan of this new British brand, with its great colour combinations and fresh patterns.  

Now Scion‘s second collection has been launched; named Wabi Sabi, the fabrics and wallpapers are inspired by traditional dyeing / production methods including block printing, batik, ikat, and tie-dye. The result: a collection that features a mix of patterns from abstract and geometric to floral, all with a relaxed, informal feel.

Whilst, of course, each design comes in many different colourways, it’s these blue and white ones, with their inky, indigo tones (and, for those who prefer a lighter blue, tones of turquoise and aqua) that caught my eye:

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I Iove the simple spot motif of the Isamu fabric, layered underneath the more angular geometric Loop design (don’t miss the subtle Loop wallpaper on the walls)…

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This group shot shows the new fabrics together…

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…. Whilst the tie-dye effect print of the Shoji fabric below appeals to my (currently repressed) Boho tendencies (curtain on right): surely the sun would always shine through a window hung with these curtains?

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… and the wallpapers are just as vibrant:

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Working with bold patterns doesn’t have to be overwhelming: here the Shibori wallpaper flatters and emphasises the architectural lines of the stairwell:

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Wabi Sabi printed fabrics are from £26 a metre; wallpapers are £32 a roll, all available in the UK and internationally from March 2013 from Scion.