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Inaluxe

I’ve admired the work of Australian design duo, Inaluxe, for many years now. A small design team consisting of Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd which was founded in 2006; their studio is located in the Grampians, Victoria, Australia and their work has a colourful, mid-century retro style.

They work mostly in gouache, ink, and acrylic paint as well as paper, wood panels, and linen and are mostly influenced or inspired by the natural world: organic forms found in nature; the magnificence of birds and animals; fleeting human interactions.

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While their designs might be abstract, there is a basis, and human foundation to their existence. They evoke feelings and thoughts, rather than being mere literal interpretations of a subject. Little wonder then that their long-time heroes are Robert Rauschenberg, the early Abstract Expressionists of the 1920′s onwards, and Mark Rothko.

“As well as creating, we enjoy taking our dog Kibi for bush walks, exploring the forests, and getting to know all the amazing wildlife we are now neighbours with,” they explain. “We are avid collectors of vintage objects, furniture, books, and music. We are keen gardeners, and love landscape design, and renovating.” Sounds like our sort of design duo! Nice work Kristina and Jason.

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Stain Tableware

I like the simple but clever concept of Bethan Laura Wood‘s Stain Tableware. A Product Design graduate from the Royal College of Art (who studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper), her set of ‘Stain’ teacups are designed to improve through use.

Her project explores the assumption that use is considered to damage a product – for example, scratches on an iPod or laptop – whereas actually it can also be seen in some cases to add to its aesthetic value and make an inanimate object more personal, depending on how it is used by its owner.

Beth treated the interior surface of each teacup to stain more in certain pre-determined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed! Over time, they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.

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Arthur Buxton

“I get up just after 8am most days and listen to the Today Show on Radio 4 whilst I have some fruit and strong coffee for breakfast.

“If it’s Monday or Friday I’ll head for Bower Ashton where I work as a printmaking technician for the University of the West of England in the Screen and Digital Print Studios. Any other day I might be working from home or at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio where I am in residence with my new company Colourstory Ltd. I cycle in most days but occasionally might drive or walk.

“Most of my own work is digital so days in the screen-print studio are a welcome break away from the computer. I give screen-print workshops to groups of first and second year students from a range of creative disciplines as well as looking after the area during open access time. The screen print studios at UWE are a beautiful space with huge angled windows that look out onto the deer park dotted with ancient oak trees.

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“The Pervasive Media Studio is an equally brilliant place to work albeit in a completely different way. There’s a real buzz there due to the carefully selected mix of engineers, producers, artists and academics, which produces really genuine creative work ethic.

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WIN £250 to spend on Howkapow!

It’s Summer! Yes, it is! And our Summer Collection has officially launched. It was a bit of a biggie this time around, with two brand new sections added to the shop within it – a Food Category and a Kids Category which we’re very pleased are proving popular with you all already.

To celebrate these latest additions, we’re giving one lucky Howkapow fan £250 to spend on whatever they like on the shop! This not only includes our Summer Collection, but anything else from Howkapow that you might have had your eye on.

To enter all you have to do is pop your email address on the form below and you’ll automatically be placed into the draw!

The competition is up-and-running and closes at midnight on Sunday June 29th with the winner announced on Monday June 30th. Good luck x

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Chris Andrews

Chris Andrews is an illustrator and printmaker based in Bedfordshire. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2001 he has worked on a vast number of projects that include book covers, food packaging, maps and editorial pieces. He has worked with clients such as Harper Collins, Macmillan, The Guardian, Waitrose and The Times.

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Father’s Day Giveaway!

It’s Father’s Day next Sunday June 15th – so we’re running a little giveaway over the next few days with a perfect pack of presents for your Pa!

If you fancy winning our Father’s Day gift set – which includes our best-selling Great British Roast Tea Towel (£10); our Condiments & Preserves Set (£10.95) and our Falcon Enamelware Mug (£7.85) – then this is for you!

All you have to do to be entered into the prize is retweet our Twitter posts about it; or like and share our Facebook posts about it or like and comment on our Instagram post about it over the next few days. Simple! We’ll pick a winner on Monday June 9th and ship out the package to arrive in time for Father’s Day. If you enter on more than one social media you’ll increase your chances!

In the meantime browse our Gifts for Dad category for some more inspiration! Good luck x

Sweet Jewellery!

Here’s something for us ladies with a sweet tooth! The mouth-watering (unfortunately inedible) concept jewellery of Lithuanian designer, Vilma Keleciute and her brand Tadam.

Winner of the Lithuanian National Good Design Award 2013, the collection – entitled The Sweet Course For Your Eyes – is series of mini donuts, chocolates, biscuits and peanuts all strung on gold plated sterling silver chain.

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For The Love Of… Plates!

Everybody needs plates, so why shouldn’t these plates be worthy of a smile!? I feel these tick all the right boxes – from fruit and veg related ones to hybrid versions and ones with faces on. Some are more conceptual than others – but they’re all useable! If you need a daily plate hit, check out blog A Plate A Day which never fails to provide plate inspiration from around the world.For-The-Love-Of...-Plates1. Beat Up Creations by Angela Rossi / 2. Chaos Theory Plate by Eliza Bott / 3. Hybrid Plates by Seletti / 4. Let Them Eat Cake Plate by House of Rym /  5. Patternity Plate & Details From Willow Plate by Richard Brendon / 6. Artichoke Plate by Where Five Valleys Meet / 7. Watermelon Plate by Anthropologie

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Geoff McFetridge

We love the wonderful paintings and prints of California-based designer and illustrator, Geoff McFetridge. Actively working since the early 1990s, (and member of the Beautiful Losers collective) McFetridge has become an icon in the design world for his powerfully communicative and well considered works.

McFetridge’s pieces are strong, effective and admired for the simplicity and white space he uses as well as the flat, flawless painting in some of his more recent images. The pieces he creates are often a suggestion that allow the viewer to fill in the blanks…

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Food Art!

We were always taught not to play with our food, but how can you not be inspired to fiddle with your discarded tangerine skin when there is food art like this around? Granted, some of these are high on the tack-factor scale and probably helped along with a little heavy photoshopping and super-gluing – but some are also downright genius!

Sourced from around the web, I wish I could get a makers credit for each of these but their creators are elusive and difficult to track down – not only that, but the cake turntables for example, have clearly been around for a few decades! I love them all, but which ones are your favourites?

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