Imagine with Versatile Blue Designs
22nd August 2018
By Annie Wu
From stability and trustworthiness to serenity and subtle radiance, this month we take a look at the versatility of the colour blue and all its shades. Blue has a calming and cooling effect on the psyche and we encounter it almost everyday in our routines. We see it on shop fronts, large companies, hospitals and even airlines. By the time you get home – drop your bag and keys – there it is again, reminding you it is time to relax.
Here are some gift ideas in various shades of the sea. Whether it’s for a lover of the ocean, a swimmer, tea lover, traveler, or couch potato, there’s something for everyone. So spruce up your space, elevate your afternoon experience, or find something memorable! Let’s first take a ride on the ocean blue.
With the ship swaying back and forth and the water reflections almost blinding, we spot a whale! A whale with good tidings and an empowering message of positivity for sailors and adventurers of life who lost their way. “The Tide Will Turn” it hums. --- Land Ho!
This beautiful oceanic blue print is perfect for the nursery or even for your friend. The blue is soothing and can work well with whites and earth tone home accessories.
Designed by Baldy and The Fidget, aka husband and wife team, you can see their clever, typographic and illustrative prints on our eshop here. They transformed their neglected sketches and scribbles and funny, cool ideas into museum-quality prints all created in London. It’s a fusion and dance of modern and traditional techniques with lots of stories and wisdom to share.
Measured at 215 miles or 346 kilometers long, flowing across southern England. It passes through quite a good long list of places, and our boat managed to stop by Oxford, Reading and many more. You can see many wanders of this river on the Thames Teapot by Snowden Flood.
This lovely teapot is part of a collection and has matching Thames cups and saucers. Its design carefully follows the path of the river starting from its source at Thames Head then out to sea.
Snowden Flood is an interior accessories designer based in a studio/shop on the River Thames in London’s Oxo Tower Wharf. You can visit her studio and shop if you are in the area. Studied Fine Art and has a masters in sculpture in NYC, she is inspired by souvenirs, keepsakes and many other things.
Takae Mizutani and sons was established in 2007 with the help of her two cats: Mooks & Guiness. Their products are adorable, simple, and innovative, bringing smiles to people’s faces around the world. Take a look at her collection of nostalgic childhood memories and childlike naivety.
With a full stomach and feeling satisfied we are now on our way to the Baltic Sea and Finnish archipelago but at the end of the ride it’s sad to leave places of beauty behind. These Remo Cork Pot Stand Duo by Jonna Saarinen carefully and cleverly captures the colours and reflections of our summer adventures out in the vast blue.
On a partying or gathering day, lay these stands or coasters from Jonna out on the table. Then share your stories and ventures.
Jonna Saarinen, a Finnish textile designer, combines influences from Nordic nature and memories of times gone by. She currently works as a textile designer and screen printer in her S. London studio.
Back from a trip now off to somewhere again. Packing already? Here’s a coral makeup bag that helps get a traveler in the mood for their next adventure.
Hello Grimes sells prints, pins, textiles and stationery; all designed and illustrated in southeast London. Graduated from Camberwell College of Art, she takes inspiration from nature and the natural world. Her work features leafy landscapes and botanical motifs, prints available in her collection.
Even when you’re not off on adventures or wandering on the sandy beaches, you can start building your own seaside retreat right where you are and in your home. We’ve included the Rio Blue Desk Clock in this months adventures, for it captures the tropical hues marvelously and in abstract pattern. It’s a great addition and gift for the office or home.
Designed by PIxalum, many of the jewellery are inspired by their travels abroad and a love of sun drenched colour. Their designs are bright, colourful and have been designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes, inspired by organic and geometric forms.
Last but not least, cosy up with Nitin Goyal's pixelated triangles silk printed cushion that captures all the colours of calm sunny days. If arranged with other blue coloured cushions in his collection, you can create an ocean themed room, a sanctuary that meets all your inner pirate, sailor, adventurer’s needs and dreams.
Nitin, an award winning British designer, works with fine fabrics from soft cottons and pure silk to wool and fine linens. He creates innovative designs, experimenting with pleating, stiching, smocking, and origami. His pieces are in the details and the careful constructed color palettes.