24 January 2018

CARDS - clare picard cinnamon aitch

With a background in fashion and textiles, Claire Picard's illustrations are inspired by a love for florals, for decoration and for femininity. Based in the south of England, she works out of her Hampshire based studio and uses paper-cutting and collage, with linework or watercolour. She has worked internationally in the greetings card, stationary and home d├ęcor markets, and has an exclusive greetings card collection which has just launched at the Top Drawer show in London this week, with British card company Cinnamon Aitch. These cards are available to buy individually at Cinnamon Aitch . More of Claire’s work can be found on her website here.

DESIGNER - jackie tahara : unblink

Jackie Tahara is a surface pattern designer and illustrator from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Jackie founded UnBlink Studio in 2015, and has been studiously building her pattern design portfolio, participating in the design community as much as she can, and gaining knowledge about the business of licensing and selling her designs for the textiles, housewares, fashion, childrens and gift markets. She has also won several design competitions. Jackie is very excited to announce that she will be showing new surface pattern designs with Nerida Hansen Print & Textiles at Surtex NYC in May 2018! Her colourful pattern collections often combine a lush and organic aesthetic with clean, geometric patterns. She loves retro design and Scandinavian motifs, as well as the intricate patterns of William Morris and Josef Frank. The textile and craft traditions she sees on her travels such as Indian silk saris and Mexican folk art also inspire her designs. Jackie is available for freelancing and collaborations and is always looking for new opportunities. Her big goal is to license her repeat patterns and placement prints widely and Jackie invites you to check out her website here.

DESIGNER - russfussuk

Russ Parker is a graphic designer based in Newark, UK who has recently developed a passion for pattern. He particularly loves bold geometry and has created a portfolio of patterns that are available for licensing on websites, branding, stationery, textiles etc. You can find out more about styles and prices online here at RussfussUK.

23 January 2018

STATIONERY - mini moderns

This month sees British interiors brand Mini Moderns enter a new product category with the launch of stationery and desk accessories. Working with stationery experts, Portico Designs, Mini Moderns have revisited some favourite patterns that have only previously been available as wallpaper. Mini Moderns founders, Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire, feel that stationery products have a great synergy with their designs: “Everything we do starts life as a wallpaper design, so creating a range of largely paper-based products means that there’s an instant synergy with our core home furnishing ranges”. One of the things they particularly love about the range is the attention to detail. Working with the expert team at Portico, they have managed to integrate lovely touches like debossing and foil detailing into the products. Scroll down to see more.....

The hero print of the collection is P.L.U.T.O. - a striking geometric design from Mini Moderns’ Hinterland collection.As well as paper products, which naturally embody the spirit of our wallpapers, they have introduced some wooden pieces, like the Tablet Holder and the Perpetual Desk Calendar. Printed in their P.L.U.T.O. design, these items look stunning and are made from 100% sustainably sourced beech wood.

The brand’s signature Bungalow icon is peppered throughout the range, used as a repeat pattern and as an instantly recognisable icon on zip pulls and colourful powder coated book markers.As you would expect, the home office collection features Mini Moderns signature colours, with products largely grouped in three colour blocks: Mustard, Tangerine Dream and their distinctive turquoise, known as Lido.

The stationery collection also sees the welcome return of design duo’s first ever print, Do You Live in a Town (above) on a notebook with soft feel PU pen case.

Portico Designs Ltd were thrilled to unveil their Mini Moderns Spring stationery and gift collection at Top Drawer last week. Months in the making, this playful 20-piece collection will be priced from £4.99 to £27.99. Mini Moderns is a British home interiors brand that has a cult following and a unique take on pattern with mid-century twist.