design

130 years of Smythson



Smythson Bond Collection Red Maxi Tote

Even thought we know Smythson for its superb diaries and notebooks (mine always get admiring looks and comments), its leather goods now account for almost 80% of the business. This month sees a new collection to mark its 130th anniversary (which was actually last year). The Smythson Bond collection takes its cues from Frank Smythson’s 1902 catalogue and revisits his travel bags, small leather goods and home accessories in beautiful graphic block colours. (more…)



Perfect pairing: comfort food and wabi-sabi ceramics



wabi-sabi ceramics - Molosco Dinner Set by Laura Letinsky

Spring is on the horizon but… we’re not quite there yet (just ask a New Yorker). I’m still in soup, stew and rustic roasts mode – the salads will have to wait a while longer I’m afraid. Whetting my appetite is my foodie Pinterest board, currently groaning with aubergine bakes and pear cakes. (If you prefer to look than cook, Anthropologie’s Pinterest always has the most beautiful food imagery).

To serve a rustic winter feast, there’s nothing nicer than home-made-looking, wabi-sabi ceramics. (more…)



On my radar: Serge Lutens’ art of beauty



Serge Lutens perfume and make-up

Serge Lutens is one of those people, the more you learn about them, the more you think, damn why I am I only just discovering all this now?

I had heard of Serge Lutens and his incredibly expensive (and tiny) lipsticks. I knew his perfumes from many forays to the Liberty fragrance department but was only vaguely clued up on his past as Christian Dior’s beauty creative director in the late 60s and 70s. (more…)