The Japanese are known for their love of stationery, so it’s no surprise that it is Japanese design studio Torafu Architects, who are behind these brilliant Tapehooks. The design studio wanted to create a product that took advantage of adhesive techniques – and so it seemed only fitting that they would look at tape itself.
Indeed the Tapehooks have actually been made from paper from the outset – created by soaking paper then curling it before letting it dry. These are then used as moulds for the colourful set of hooks that can hold anything from spectacles to jewellery or keys. A charming idea! We love.
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We’ve teamed up with Montezuma’s, a small family business proudly experimenting with unique chocolate. Inspired by their travels in South America and now based in West Sussex, their mission is to stand out in the chocolate aisle by shaking up the current market. All of their chocolates are made from the finest ingredients, using rich cocoas and smooth vanillas shaped into cheeky truffles and crunchy bites.
One of Britain’s most innovative chocolate brands, we’re so excited to bring you this amazing competition: win a monthly subscription of Montezuma’s latest treats for a whole year! You’ll receive a large box packed with an assortment of chocolate goodies through the post every month – and all you need to do to enter is to fill in the form below. Good luck! X
COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! : Congratulations to Nadia Ismail! What a fabulous win! Enjoy X
1. Falcon Pie Set (£39.95)/ 2. Murdock Honey Soap (£8)/ 3. Blue Gull Mug (£14.95)/ 4. Beers Of The World Tea Towel / 5. Nikki McWilliams Digestive Cushion / 6. Paul Smith Rainbow Stripe Socks / 7. Black Leuchthurm Notebook / 8. Blue Pantone Coffee Maker / 9. Kate Broughton British Birds Print / 10. Epperson Mountaineering Navy Climb Pack / 11. Simon Carter Flying Duck Cufflinks / 12. Pump Street Bakery Chocolate / 13. Sable & Gray Novelty Card
Studio Arhoj is the Copenhagen based design studio currently churning out some super-hot ceramics. Originally founded in Tokyo in 2006 by Anders Arhoj, the studio’s output explores the relationship between traditional Japanese Culture and Scandinavian simplicity.
The wonderful fusion of these two creative places is exemplified in one of the studios most popular ceramic series known as ‘Ghosts’. The Ghosts are an enchanting army of small whimsical figures in a rainbow of candy coloured hues, each piece hand-thrown, hand-glazed and hand-decorated with emotive moomin-esque eyes.
They were born out of a collaboration with the Danish ceramist Louise Gaarman and based on the Japanese Shinto religion believing that everything in nature has a soul.
“The small Ghosts inhabit your living space and are useful for many things – paper weights, door stoppers, toys, wedding ring holders, kitchen talismans or as company on a lonely night with no friends around to talk to.”
Respect for traditional craft techniques such as wheel throwing and glaze construction is a key part of the guiding principles of Studio Arhoj. Their knowledge of these processes and exploration of different glazes yields beautiful results with each ceramic object being totally unique in its texture, colour and character.
Their love for the honesty of natural materials such as wood, clay, cork and glaze shines through in the simplicity of the studios product design. The combination of these aesthetics with the underlying sense of humour and unpretentious approach to design is for me what makes their work truly charming.
Joelle Preddy completed a month-long internship at Howkapow during April and May 2015. Joelle is a mixed media textiles designer based in Bristol. Working in both 2D and 3D her work covers a diverse range of visual outcomes. Joelle specialises in printed, laser cut and embellished designs that can be used as props for styling, prints for products or as stand alone art pieces.
Our #mostpinned image this week by you guys was this lovely drawing from Swedish illustrator, Fine Little Day! So simple and with such a lovely composition 🙂