Rachel Parker’s work explores digital print and hand embroidery combining the flexibility and immediacy of print with the slow simplicity of stitching by hand. Cross-stitching, grids and symbols are big influences in her work; she paints, draws and photoshops, but most of all she stitches. A graduate of Norwich University of the Arts Rachel describes her creative process as ‘Digital Craft’, combining the handmade with digital technology and describes her designs as “geometrics with a difference”.
This wallpaper created for CAMAC’s 2012 Design Competition. Inspired by the formalised structure found in the work of renowned architect and designer Augustus Pugin, designs for this collection were built from contrasting areas of flat colour, crafted together through a form of digital collage. Pattern is organised into architectural shapes that cut through the wallpaper. I was awarded two work placements; one with prestigious design studio Zoffany, and one with CAMAC Design to assist with the competition in 2013, one year on.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 April, 2014
Celebrities are involved in designing everything today from perfumes to pens and one of the latest things that stars are giving their backing to is bedding. And why on earth not? A number of celebs have got involved in the bedding world and here are 4 of the top brands currently on the market:
Kylie has launched an exclusive range of quality bedding which mixes traditional lace with contemporary prints; a must-have for any modern home. Her unique designs are intricate yet bold and are a sure-fire way to make a huge impression using your bedding alone!
The latest styles include Astoria, Livarna, Melina, Safia, Talise, Gianna and Erin bedlinen plus cushions, runners and throws in complimentary styles; all are machine washable too. Browse all Kylie Minogue bedding in the Oldrids & Downtown sale.
Bring back the traditional English look to your bedroom today and revel in the romance and frills of this exquisite range from British fashion model Twiggy. A sharp contrast from Twiggy’s 1960’s look which granted her fame, her ‘English Rose’ approach to home furnishing is quaint and charming. The face of evolving style, Twiggy has captured the interest of her 20th Century fans and turned her passion for quality and pattern into stunning linen to suit your home.
Add instant glamour to your boudoir this season with bedding from American-born supermodel Caprice. Her collection of striking designs combine silk fabrics with lace patterns to create an opulent set perfect for turning your shabby bedroom décor into classic chic.
The vintage look compliments coordinating accessories including throws, shams and cushions.
Combining modern prints infused with Spanish influence, actress Eva Mendes has made her mark on the bedding industry in spectacular style. Her traditional ideas and intricate details linens are a welcome break from the loud and dramatic varieties gracing our local home furnishing stores. Her Vida bedding collection follows the successful launch of attractive dinnerware for the modern household.
Beyonce and her mom Tina Knowles have joined forces to launch an elegant range of bedding under the name ‘House of Dereon’. Their collection of simple yet stylish bedsheets, pillows, comforters, shams and duvet sets are loved by both sophisticated homeowners and the youngsters keeping up-to-date with Beyonce’s latest venture.
Would you expect anything less from the queen of pop herself than a chic combination of silks, colours, sequins, plush fabrics and delicate details? I didn’t think so! Browse the current ranges from Beyonce and Tina which include bedding sets inspired by European fashion, bohemian chic and bespoke dressmaking.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 21 December, 2012
I am rather obsessed with this bedding from by Nord. Bring a little bit of nature into your home with these unique duvet covers and pillowcases from Danish label By Nord. They will transform any bedroom into a woodland winter wonderland! Aside from the striking artwork, I love that the pillow cases give a biography of each animal on the coordinating pillowcase, which is in Danish on one side and English on the other.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 13 December, 2012
The latest cotton fabrics by Marimekko have the most amazing, colorful graphics. This Finnish company never fails to impress. Here are some of my favourite fabrics from their new collection that would be beautiful as bedding, pillow cases or curtains.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 10 December, 2012
I’m always looking for beautiful rugs. I believe that if you put the right rug in the right space, it can change the whole design and feeling of a space. It’s a challenge, believe me. British textile designer, Helen Yardley, has been designing and producing beautifully crafted rugs, carpets and wall hangings in Britain for over 25 years. Her attraction to rug design is based on her observation that rugs are in effect, drawings on the floor. Unlike most drawings, these are ones that you use for a wide variety of functions and that are both seen and felt. Known for her sophisticated, painterly approach, bold use of colour and dynamic graphic expression, Yardley produces innovative, abstract designs for floor coverings. Yardley’s “drawings for floors” will certainly enhance a wide range of interior spaces.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 15 October, 2012
The Family Love Tree is an Australian company with an incomparable collection of rattan furniture and home products, inspired by the Indonesian culture. Melbourne designer Katie Graham was enthralled by this design when she and her husband honeymooned through Bali. She loved the beauty and calm of the culture and environment. Thus the Family Love Tree was born.
Graham focuses on simplicity, color, and fun. Using modern screen fabrics, she incorporates the bohemian feel of rattan furniture to create a vibrant collection. The products are made of 100% rattan manufactured in West Java. Harvesting rattan provides an alternative to logging, and the goal is that this collection can also give people jobs in villages.
The simple design is made lively thought her astounding color choices. This collection is a must!
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 13 August, 2012
Hallingdal was designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1965. Since when it has become as famous for its durability as for its rich colour palette. Today more than forty-five years later it remains one of Kvadrat’s best-selling products and has earned its place as a design classic. A familiar fixture in public spaces, hospitals, schools and homes, Hallingdal 65 is a textile that holds many associations for many people. Much of Hallingdal’s endurance of course has to do with its physical properties. However, it is the flexibility of this textile that gives it its real staying power because it is the designers and architects who choose it for their works who enable its capacity for continuous reinvention. In a celebration of Hallingdal 65’s longevity, at a time when that quality seems rarer than ever, Kvadrat has invited a new generation of designers to create entirely new works using the textile and explore new applications for the fabric. French designer François Mangeol designed a new upholstered bench by way of a tribute to Nanna Ditzel, the designer of Hallingdal textile.
The Nanna bench exploits the material’s properties and extensive colour range, and could be constructed in any combination of colours, as well as at varying lengths and sizes. A thick, comfortable padded seat is made simply using a dovetailing process in which all the pieces of fabric are folded and stacked one to one. (via)
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 29 June, 2012