Monthly Archives: June 2011

Art Of Board: The Journey from Broken Skateboard to Sustainable Interior Design


I loved my skateboard. It was my first taste of freedom. With it went that rollercoaster of emotions… The thrill of seeing someone do a new trick. The hair pulling frustration of trying to perfect it or improve on it. The adrenalin rush and euphoria when you achieved it!


Locals Only (photo by Hugh Holland)


I may look back on it, with slightly rose coloured glasses, now that the bruises and scratches are long healed but I haven’t lost my respect for the people still regularly skating. There was a wonderful camaraderie with the people I skated with. You were encouraged to not fear failure but to give it a go.


Long way down...

At first glance it would be hard to see skateboarding as a source of creative inspiration for Interior Design. But flip the board up and look underneath… Continue reading

The Tranquillity of Blue


Maybe it is something about growing up by the sea but I have a thing for all shades of blue.

I love to sit on a beach, listen to the waves as they break and watch that point in the horizon where the sea and the sky meet. It is as if my mind, clears and my focus, sharpens…

“Blended Blues” – Oil on Canvas by Wandering Mist (

Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. As a colour it is seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquillity.   Continue reading



When PR guru, Igor Josif and Holly Becker, Interior Designer and author of the inspiring book Decorate got talking about stripes, it was only a matter of time before their creative banter turned into something of a personal challenge. Could they host a virtual #Stripmania party on twitter?

 The concept is simple. You upload a picture of yourself, wearing stripes to your blog, website, flickr, twitpic etc and tweet the link to @IgorJosif and @decor8 with the hashtag #stripemania before Monday 13th June.

Stripes on a Paris street (photo from flickr by Andrew White)


When I stopped to think about it, stripes are everywhere. Obviously, like most of the brilliant design ideas, Mother Nature got in there first and from there the world of stripes has evolved. Like me, you may have often wondered if a zebra is white with black stripes or black with white stripes… Continue reading

Wooden Heap by Boris Dennler (BorisLab)


Boris Dennler of BorisLab is one of those great designers that sees the world differently.

One of my favourite pieces of his is the “Big Wooden Heap”. Not terribly surprising therefore when you see, well a big wooden heap…


A Wooden Heap (photo by BorisLab)

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