Nikki Couppee

Nikki Couppee! Here is a jeweller whose work I just can’t get enough of. Each of her hand-crafted pieces are colourful, unconventional and totally unique – veritable pieces of wearable art. Her work has kept on getting better and better over the last few years.

Hailing from Florida in the US, she uses plexiglass, brass and found objects as stand-ins for precious gemstones such as diamonds and rubies as well as costly materials such as gold to create her asymmetrically designed pieces.

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By using everyday materials, she is able to create her own versions of expensive gemstones – playing with their size, shape and quantity in order to satisfy her aesthetic needs.

I think her pieces are all the better for it – who needs a tiny emerald when you can make your own huge one from plexiglass? Find a few pieces of her work on Etsy but for a better overview of all her covetable pieces head to her website.

 

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Belvoir Cordial & Bubble Glass Competition!

We’ve teamed up with our friends from Belvoir Cordials this week in a giveaway perfect for sunny Summer afternoons! For the next seven days, we’re giving you the chance to win a set of Bubble Glasses and a pack of three delicious Belvoir Cordials on Twitter.

The flavours include the classic Elderflower, Rhubarb and Strawberry and Blackcurrant and Apple. All you have to do is retweet the post and / or follow to enter! Good luck!

 

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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