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August 21, 2012
This week at Ruby Rhino HQ we are inspired by pretty shades of blush and dusty pink. I must admit I was first drawn to these hues when thinking of a wedding colour scheme, but the more I explored the more I was drawn to the idea of transforming a piece of furniture.
These shades feel feminine yet not too girlie and I love the vibe of old fashioned romance that they create. They feel fresh with green and white, or moody and atmospheric when paired with plum and navy. What do you think? Would you decorate with blush and dusty pink?
September 27, 2011
Well, the weekend whizzed by in quite a blur as we exhibited our furniture at EcoPink for London Design Festival. The event took place at the Hub – a beautiful and intimate venue in Kings Cross – and turned out to be a great success with a stunning collection of work.
It was fantastic to see our furniture in such an inspiring environment and surrounded by some truly amazing creations. I loved how each designer really dispelled the myth often still associated with recycled products and demonstrated that eco products can be exceptionally stylish. Everything was great, but I thought I’d just share a few of the fellow designers that really caught my eye.
First up is Brazilian Luisa Leonardi Scomazzoni from Dalaleo, who creates exquisite fashion and homewares from the ring pulls of discarded cans. At first glance her cushions and bags look like expensive chain mail, and only on closer inspection can you see that they are in fact old ring pulls stitched together with amazingly high quality. Truly inspiring – go take a look.
Next up is Italian designer Sabrina Locatelli – the force behind Ricrearte. Sabrina transforms waste objects like bottle tops into absolutely amazing chandeliers; discarded material into light structures and waste rope into the beautiful woven rug you see above. Seriously wow.
Another favourite is Swedish gal Maria Westerberg, whose Bachelors project T-shirt chair (I’m perched on below) has been featured all over the press and won her the Green Furniture Award at the 2011 Stockholm furniture Fair.
The solid wire structure is woven with different types of fabric. Maria's original edition included T-shirts donated by 40 people, while the 'Rag' edition is made from leftover pieces from a sofa manufacturer. The frame can also be purchased alone and woven with your own old pieces of fabric or clothes.
Finally, I had to squeeze in e-vasiva, an art collaboration between three Italian ladies, who create jewelry from waste like plastic bottles and paper. Their collection of necklaces made from balloons (including the white one above) completely blew me away.
September 23, 2011
Wow. How did Friday come around so quick? I hope you've got some fun stuff planned for the weekend. We're heading down to London this afternoon to deliver our furniture to EcoPink, the exciting exhibition and shop for London Design Fesitval, taking place this coming weekend.
If you'd like to find out what's in store - journalist Sarah Lonsdale wrote an article about the event in the Sunday Telegraph this past weekend.
If you're in town, please do stop by - it promises to be a truly inspiring collection of creations from 20 super talented ladies from around the globe who literally turn trash into treasure.
I'm really looking forward to meeting the fellow 'Pinks' who are clearly just as passionate as me about design and the environment - why does there need to be a compromise, after all? I know there's a whole lot going on this weekend with the festival, but if you have a spare half an hour, it would be great to see you there. I'll be there most of Saturday and popping in on Sunday. I'll be tweeting over the weekend too.
September 12, 2011
Morning friends, hope you’ve had a great weekend. I'm pleased to say that last week was our best yet at Ruby Rhino: Greta, Genevieve and Harvey are all off to new homes, and if you pick up the Telegraph next Sunday you’ll spot me with our furniture in an article about our next exhibition.
I’m absolutely thrilled to be representing Ruby Rhino at EcoPink – an exciting event at London Design Festival, which focuses on women who specialize in creating art from waste, surplus and recycled materials. I’m in amazing company of some super talented female designers from all over the world who I just can’t wait to meet at the event, which takes place at the Kings Cross Hub on 24th-25th September. The exhibition and shop first launched in Milan and now comes to London with an eco-spin on jewellery, fashion, furniture, installations and accessories.
You’re all invited and entry is free, so please pop by to say hello and check out our furniture, in additional to the wonderful creations of 19 other designers – it’s sure to be an amazing event and you can find out more in the Sunday Telegraph this weekend.
July 4, 2011
Morning friends, hope you had a great weekend whatever you got up to. I've been in London for a few days, catching up with friends and celebrating a hen party at Wireless festival - fun times! So I'm starting the week a little tired today, but what better way to perk up in the morning than sip coffee in a fushia pink kitchen? I just love it and the super vivid shade works for me because the paint finish is uneven, and paring with white and rustic wood gives a stylish relaxed feel that I always strive to achieve. Great lampshde, sheepskins and plate rack too. Could you live with this colour in the kitchen?
May 9, 2011
Hi friends, hope you had a lovely weekend. Mine was fun, we headed to London and spent Saturday afternoon at Borough Market with some beers in the sun, then had a surprise party in Shoreditch for some friends who were home visiting from Sydney. After the Swedish beauty I shared last week, I thought I'd kick the week off with a romantic themed moodboard.
So as I mentioned, I've been inspired to create a romantic and whimsical interior style lately. Texture is a key element, with satin, lace, linen and delicious vintage velvet, playing a big part in my spin on this look.
Colourwise, it's all about pink and white - but I like dusky pinks rather than sugary shades, and like to add some wood and metal to prevent the look from feeling too sickly sweet. Fresh flowers are vital of course (and you can't go wrong with cherry blossom), and I think a nod to the past creates a romantic mood too. I like the idea of adding paper ephemera like old theatre tickets, love letters and postcards, as well as lovely vintage milk glass vases and bowls.
This theme can also have a more modern feel too however, with wallpaper like this contemporary pink blossom design. Do you like to add a romantic feel to your home? What techniques do you use?
April 11, 2011
March 9, 2011
I've never really had a colour scheme in mind for our living room, but as we've collected bits and bobs over the past few months a pallet is coming together of black, white and brown through leather, wood and hessian, with splashes of red. I like it when things emerge naturally without a plan, but I now want to inject a little softness into the space and candy pink could be just the colour for the job. I don't want to go too girly though, and am inspired by these ideas where the colour has a little edge. one, two, three