July 16, 2008

'C' is for...

Hanging Cradle

I love, love, love, this hanging Cradle by Knoppa. I wish I had spotted it when my babies were small.

The Knoppa Cradle is the creation of Swedish designers Anna Häggblom and Ola Stålhammar...the Knoppa is flexible, functional and fabulous!!

Knoppa if made in white cotton with either a red, brown or white print. It folds flat and can also double as a travel cot - how handy is that?? The mattress and the construction pieces for hanging are also included.

(images from Knoppa)

The Knoppa Hanging Cradle is not yet available in NZ, but check out the Knoppa website for stockists and contact details.


I have long admired the work of Lorena Siminovich. Based in San Fransisco, Lorena is a full-time artist, working between illustration assignments and her own company Petit Collage.

Lorena launched Petit Collage in October 2006 with the idea of offering affordable art for children (and grown-ups!), with a modern feel.

The collages are made with found, recycled, painted and vintage papers, and maple plywood is used to support her work. Lorena's collages look deceivingly simple, but upon closer inspection, the combination of patterns and textures brings a tactile reference back to an overly digital world.

(images from Petit Collage)

To view more of Lorena's work or to purchase, visit Lorena's website and online store.
Lorena's work is also available from Australian company Kindergallery with delivery available to NZ - yippeeee!

Candywhistle (and Craig Bond)

Earlier in the year, Wellington design collaboration Candywhistle exhibited three new products at Salone del Mobile Internazionale (The International Furniture Fair of Milan). Included in their exhibition is my favourite - The Stix Shelving System.

"Designer Craig Bond uses the same basket wire construction techniques of his infamous Pedro and Pedro High Stools to create a dynamic and easily transportable unit" - to summarize in definitely-not-designery-girl terms "PRETTY!!!!"

Check out the Candywhistle website for contact details and stockists, and butterflynet for a more in depth rundown of what the boys exhibited in Milan.

The Curiosity Shoppe

I often browse through the online store of The Curiosity Shoppe, and am so looking forward to visiting when we get to San Fransisco (one day!)

Owned and operated by Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom, the Curiosity Shoppe is a "smorgasbord of Craft Kits and Curios for the creatively inclined"

"We are thrilled to be sharing the objects and ideas that delight and inspire us with as many people as possible."

I fully recommend you have a browse through - the Curiosity Shoppe will provide you not only with beautiful, hand-crafted items, but will inspire you to embark on a creative adventure of your own!

Check out these goodies:

Pictured above, Top to Bottom: Elementary Love Notes by The Great Lakes, Animal Tray by iBride and Wall Mounted Bottle Opener by FluffyCo.
(images from The Curiosity Shoppe)

Shop online at The Curiosity Shoppe
Or visit Derek and Lauren's Web Journal.

Craft 2.0

Those crafters 'in the know' will already know.. but for those that don't know - here's what you should know...(!!) Craft 2.0 is a must-not-miss indie craft fair featuring the best and brightest of the NZ craft scene. A huge variety of handmade goodies are available including handbags and jewellery, baby gifts and paper products, clothing and houseware, one-of-a-kind-plushies and original artwork.

If there was ever a reason for an outing it would be to go and see the lovely handiwork of Alison Norris-Baber of Agnes Coy. Here is a sneak peek of the gorgeous goods she produces: Alison will be exhibiting at the Craft2.0 Wellington.

Ingeniously created by Sue Taylor of SuperVery fame, and now joined by Lucy Arnold from Felt, Craft 2.0 is being taken nationwide. The Wellington Event now being joined by an event in Christchurch - yay!.
(Images from Agnes Coy)

Mark these dates on your calendar -
Wellington. Saturday July 19th. (that's this weekend!) at TheNewDowse.11am - 3pm
and Christchurch. Saturday August 23rd. at Our City O-Tautahi. 11am - 3pm

You can apply to exhibit in Christchurch HERE.

Go check it out!
And for tomorrow? - D's!

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