HOT TREND: snow globes

October 27, 2010

I know it’s not winter yet and it’s not exactly snowing. But, the clocks go back this weekend, and the lovely new December issue of Ideal Home has just landed on my desk – so it must be close! ‘Shake it like a Polaroid picture’ – snow globes are all the rage. Snow joke. Groan.

This new A3 Papermash print is by Clare Owen – who did a Paris one last year. They’re really sweet:

Kitsch woodland creatures in snow globes can be found at the lovely Lapin and Me

…while Mary Fellows (AKA Pintuck) has been busy screen-printing romantic snow globe prints:

Head to Laura Ashley for snow globe Christmas tree decorations (in a month or so, it’s still a tad early, surely?!) and you’ll find a stylish snow globe photo frame at Dwell. Illustrator Charlotte Farmer is a snow globe fan…

Charlotte’s ‘Shake it’ tea towel is available at New House Textiles. I like the King Kong one the best! – Ellie

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A handy trend

March 16, 2010

It’s Tuesday, and it’s trend ‘o’ clock, so let’s check out the current vogue for HANDS…

Printer’s vignette-style pointing hands were hugely popular in the early 1920s when Avant Garde Dada artists used them in their typography work…you can see these Dada hands at London’s Tate Modern in the Van Doesburg exhibition at the moment. Above left, check out the Dada pointing hand, then above right, see the latest limited-edition letterpress prints to grace the range at Pedlars. I like the handy signage in Borough Market, which is near the Ideal Home office…

The print producers at New Tricks Editions are bang on trend with this new LOVE print…

It’s not just pointing hands that are popular – it’s hands, generally! Check out these slightly-creepy-but-cool hand magnets at Rockett St George

and handy hand hooks for hanging…

The lovely people at RE conveniently sent me this gorgeous little hand-themed notebook last week – with henna-painted hands, sign language symbols and some hand-related sayings…

Let’s end on a slightly macabre note; this image brings a whole new meaning to the words HAND SOAP:

There’s something so disturbing about these little baby hand soaps. They remind me of spooky doll body parts you often see in the dusty corners of a junk shop – eurgh! Weirdly, we’ve just been sent a press release about some melting baby doll candles at Bougies la Francaise, and I spotted scary severed doll head candle holders (apparently, he’s called ‘Little Joseph’) at Utility Design yesterday. Sinister! – Ellie