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On my radar: Abask, your new design destination



Abask interiors

Heads-up: there’s a fab new e-commerce platform getting a lot of attention right now.

As fashion and beauty online retail have become saturated, as well as an overall fatigue with trends in consuming, it makes sense that some are shifting interests to interiors, a somewhat slower pace of taste signalling – for now.

Abask is the brainchild of Matchesfashion co-founder Tom Chapman and former ecommerce director Nicolas Pickaerts. Its premise is room-themed edits of lovingly-crafted artisanal pieces – whether new, vintage or antique. I’m all about the Study, where desk-destined Murano glass paperweights sit alongside Carl Auböck brass knick-knacks and exquisite vintage fountain pens.

Heading up the buy is the brilliant Bryony Sheridan, former buying manager for Liberty home and interiors. (Remember my stationery post here?). Following in the footsteps of The Garnered, The New Craftsmen, and perhaps, CoutureLab before them, the site champions a thoughtful ethos of buying from the heart and the hand and pushing back against the flexing and fast flipping culture we’ve seen in fashion recently.

Crucially, storytelling content is a big part of the Abask sell. Videos, photography and interviews will help cement the value of products, an essential component when selling online. And of course, anything that invites us into the minds of creatives is a hit with me. Step this way for Creatives and Their Workspaces (below) and the shopping lists of stylish tastemakers
Gio Ponti Abask

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl / Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Abask; Gio Ponti
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Slow beauty: Perfumer H



Perfumer H The Garnered

It’s been great seeing the slow, steady development of Lyn Harris’s Perfumer H brand. She likes to keep things manageable, working with select partners to sell her candles and exquisite natural perfumes.

Marmalade is still my number one favourite autumn candle smell and you can now buy these beautiful Michael Ruh jewel-coloured glass vessels from the brilliant craft-focused etailer, The Garnered, which ships internationally. (more…)



London Craft Week 2019 is here



Pringle of Scotland London Craft Week 2019

I know this is a terrible thing to say, but there’s too much good stuff on right now. I just caught the last day of Diane Arbus at The Hayward (brilliant). Just missed Don McCullin at the Tate (gutted). And now London Craft Week has snuck up on me and I’m nowhere near ready for it.

London Craft Week is now in its fifth year, a festival of all things artisanal and considered, with the additional backing of some heavyweight sponsors including Dunhill and Purdey to give it that extra push. (more…)



Yes, it’s Father’s Day next weekend



Sofia and francis Ford Coppola by Bruce Weber for Vanity Fair

Dads are supposed to be a nightmare to buy for but it seems like there are so many more options of ‘good design’ these days. Maybe it’s to do with the advent of online (although, come on, ecommerce has existed for nearly 20 years now) that means the good stuff is more easily accessible. Let’s just say Mr Porter has a lot to answer for. (more…)