Christmas Artist’s Open Houses @ Studio Loo – Kate Forrester…

Back in May, when we opened Studio Loo for our first Artist’s Open House, we were delighted to have the very talented Kate Forrester with us. And Kate not only exhibited a fantastic range of prints and cut lettering, but also hand illustrated our central window with a beautiful, intricate design which ended up being there far longer than the month of May it was initially planned for! Kate is back with us at Studio Loo for the Christmas Artist’s Open Houses, and we caught up with her for a chat…

Hi!  Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? I am a freelance illustrator living and working in Brighton. I specialise in hand lettering and ornate, decorative illustration for book jackets, packaging and advertising etc (eg. check out the whole of Waitrose Christmas range this year!)

The Fold

What is your favourite thing in your range at the moment and why? I am really happy with my animal alphabet print. I originally designed it to be sold as individual letters and the full alphabet print was an afterthought. But it’s gone down really well with my clients and makes a great gift for a child’s room.

Paper Alphabet

Ok. I’ve got £20 to spend. What should I buy from your range? An intricate paper cut letter to give as an Christmas pressie (the unframed ones are £15!)

Paper Alphabet

What is on your own Christmas List this year? Pretty things! I live in a house full of boys and get fed up with cars, swords and smelly shoes everywhere.

Mendola Calendar - May

Christmas pudding or Christmas cake? I’m not a fan of either. I’d rather have a satsuma. They really smell like Christmas to me!

Thank you Kate!

*** you can see all of Kate Forrester’s lovely stuff and more at Studio Loo – we are OPEN for Christmas Artist’s Open Houses 21/22 + 28 Nov, 5 + 12/13 December – 10.30 – 5.00 at 201 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5JA ***

***REVIEW*** Brighton Fashion Week 2015 – part 1…

Talk about sustainability, and haute couture fashion is often not the first thing that springs to mind, but with a commitment to all things ethical and sustainable, the Brighton Fashion Week 2015, which was held on 15-17 October certainly put this straight. All this week we will be looking at the activities and shows – starting with our Photo Special of the Showreel Design Competition, sponsored by Bolli Darling.

Located in All Saints Church, Hove, the last of the catwalk shows was actually a design competition, where designers, artists and creatives created one outfit from a ‘Beauty from Waste’ brief for a showcase of fashion, art and performance. It was rather spectacular too… starting with an incredible construction from competition sponsor and costumer extraordinaire, Bolli Darling…

Bolli Darling BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

And so, here are a few of the entries.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasilva – Gunna – chicken skin and recycled cotton combine to explore the notions of beauty and elegance… This dress was as delicate as paper – and was modelled beautifully.

Elpida Hadiz-Vasileva BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotElpida Hadiz-Vasileva 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture – Rags to Riches  – a dress created from 58 recycled garments, showing how post-consumer waste could be reimagined… A stunning, flowing dress that felt almost mermaid like, with a huge trailing tail of material. This was one dress where the origins of the material could be seen clearly.

Genieve Couture BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotGenieve Couture 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou – Glorious Junk – tribal inspired costume made from waste… This was a performance – with each model adorned in jewel like creations of material, plastic and metal. The opulence was incredible in these stunning pieces.

Anne Sophie Cochevelou BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAnne Sophie Cochevelou 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache – Les couleurs d’Afrique Recycler – inspired by a heartfelt story of selflessness and appreciation for what we have, waste was used to create these African prints… Beautiful prints, with structure and flow.

Afton Ayache BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotAfton Ayache 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise – Raggedy – Rebirth- A design which explores confidence and the process of being reincarnated or born again… Another performance piece, with a cloaked ‘crawler’ adding pieces to the long tail of the dress, which itself was highly textured.

Hayley Trezise Raggedy BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotHayley Trezise Raggedy 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospotKumiko Tani – Evening Coffee – couture dresses created from upcycled materials that explores our desire to dress up… A dress that was clearly constructed from waste, but that was well conceived in design.

Kumiko Tani 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Kumiko Tani BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Freya Von Bulow – Flow of Nature – a technical gown designed to raise awareness of production and efficient recycling techniques… This dress was very structured and featured interesting pieces, like the clothes pegs in the neck section.

Freya Von Bulow 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

Juliette Simon – American Dream – a journey through the dark side of the American Dream… Very American Beauty, this dress told a clear story of waste and consumerism.

Juliette Simon 2 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot Juliette Simon BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

We were blown away by the creative theatre of each of the costumes, but after lots of deliberation, the judges awarded Afton Ayache the £1000 prize, courtesy of Veolia.

Afton Ayache 3 BFW copyright Claire Potter 2015 the ecospot

A fantastic competition, showing the wealth of talent out there – and we will be staying with Brighton Fashion Week 2015 for the rest of the week, with the Zeitgeist and Sustain shows, plus a look at the debates…

(all images copyright Claire Potter)

***REVIEW*** – ‘What is Luxury’ exhibition at the V&A Museum…

Luxury. For some, this is an expensive watch, for others, the ability to sit and read a book uninterrupted for more than 10 minutes. It is difficult to explain and comes from a very personal foundation. However, there are also very cultural references to how we collectively view luxury – and also how we have historically thought about it and how we may think about it in the future. In short, it is not as simple as it may seem. But a current exhibition at the V&A Museum in London is tackling this exact question – ‘What is Luxury?’ – that runs until 27th September 2015.What is Luxury 1

What is Luxury? includes individual pieces of work from designers, artists and makers and positions them within terminologies which helps viewers both engage and interrogate their values – both of the piece and their own views. Beautifully presented, each of the items create a narrative through the exhibition, questioning also our relationship with our own products and belongings.

It also challenges our views of ‘luxury’ and essentially, ‘challenges preconceived notions of value and provides an opportunity for thinking about the future of luxury in the 21st century’

This is where the exhibition gets very interesting for us, as essentially, the current ‘throw away’ model of consumption is not sustainable, and although we often think of ‘luxury’ products as something we will retain and treasure, does a longevity of use – what we want people to do – mean that it is a luxury item? Or is it a beautiful, functional, upgradable everyday item? Where does luxury begin and end and will our application of the term ‘luxury’ change?What is Luxury 2

Also, the creation of a product speaks a great deal of it’s perceived luxury status. Something quick, cheap and throwaway is not luxury, yet a piece of developed hand craft is, with the material it is made from also adding to the value – perceived or monetary?What is Luxury 3

As designers, this is one of the most interesting exhibitions we have visited lately as it nailed down elements of our collective relationship with ‘things’. For many, luxury is something we aspire to, however that may take form, but it was very interesting to think about how luxury may look in the future. Given our depleting resources, will a future luxury item’s materiality look very everyday now, as a material becomes more scarce?

‘What is Luxury’ is one of those exhibitions which throws up more questions than it answers – a really good place to be.

And want to see if you own ‘luxury’ items? Have a go at The Definery project to see.

‘What is Luxury’runs until 27th September in the Porter Gallery at the V&A Museum – entry free.

(images by Claire Potter)

SPOTTED – the NURDkit by Alice Kettle…

In the last of our SPOTTED’s we are looking at a project that really caught our eyes and hearts at New Designers this year – the NURDkit by Alice Kettle, which educates people to the problems with nurdles.


So why did this catch our eye? Once upon a time, in a childhood far, far away, I wanted to be a marine biologist and spend my life studying sharks with a view to conserving their numbers and educating people to their true, non-killer personalities. Fast forward a few years, and marine conservation is still very high on our concern list as a studio. And one of the biggest concerns of ours is plastic. There is too much generally and too much is ending up in our seas and oceans.


But, despite the images of deceased birds full of plastic, scenes of great oceanic gyres full of a plastic soup gradually degrading to particles that are eaten by fish and get into the food chain, many people do not know the true scale of the issues with plastic in our seas.

And although we can all spot the empty drinks bottles and spent lighters on the strand line of a beach, there is a particular type of plastic that we all see, but many of us do not recognise. The nurdle.


But it is these tiny dots of raw material plastic that end up manufacturing the vast majority of the plastic products we consume globally.

We were immediately drawn to the work of Alice Kettle for these reasons – she has created a kit that allows people – and particularly children – to sieve out the tiny pieces of plastic (the nurdle) from the beach, safely remove them and even use them to create another NURDkit. A simple, yet elegant premise that aids to educate as well as creating something responsible.


Speaking to Kettle, who was both passionate and highly knowledgeable on the subject, we could see clear similarities with one of our all time favourite projects – the Sea Chair by Studio Swine, which also seeks to reclaim plastic from the ocean, turning it into one off chairs. Whilst poetic in nature, both projects are seeking to educate about the overwhelming scale of the issue – much of which is unseen by the general public.


We are passionate that these are the sorts of projects and products that we should be championing – one that deals with a real issue – in even the smallest of ways. If we demand these kinds of responsible products as consumers, more will be created.

Inside the NURDkit

However, given the scale of the issue, can well meaning projects such as the NURDkit really create change? It’s certainly a start. And starting is what we need.

We just hope that there will be more projects like Kettle’s at New Designers 2016.

(all images via Alice Kettle)

SPOTTED – Perished Pets at New Designers – One Year On…

Last week we were not here because we were up at New Designers with the University of Sussex final year Product Designers, and whilst we were there, we took the opportunity to have a bit of a scout about. We found some really interesting graduate work from around the UK – as well as a few selected designers who had been invited back, one year on, and it was here that we met Krysten Newby and her Perished Pets.

With the rise in public interest in taxidermy, Perished Pets has taken the slant of ‘the world’s most convenient taxidermy pet’ – stating that ‘no food or water is required’ and that there is no need for an expensive veterinary bill over the life of your pet. Of course, there will also be no clearing up, no running away and unsurprisingly, ‘no unexpected death’. Each piece comes with an adoption certificate and carry case, which continues the graphic design element of the brand (Newby graduated last year as a graphic designer).

But even though Perished Pets is highly stylised as a brand (with a great logo – see the skull? nice), it is clearly stated that each of the animals are road kill or have been killed humanely for other animal consumption – nothing was killed in the making of this perished pet.

Now, taxidermy will always be a divider. Some will think that it is not that ethical, some will argue it depends on the animal origins and some people cannot get enough. We understand this.

But, as far as craft goes, we were very taken with the skill that Newby shows with her taxidermy. A combination of humanistic and naturalistic forms give each piece great interest, and the ‘extras’ such as necklaces, bows and such do not overpower the animals themselves. We adored the Jay, Topaz, which we were told was found, passed-on outside a hospital…

So – if you are into your taxidermy, have a squiz at Perished Pets. It was certainly one of the stand out exhibitions at New Designers – One Year On this year.

(images via Perished Pets)

it’s #designmonth on Kickstarter – here are our top picks…

We love Kickstarter. Many a train journey has been spent trawling though the Design category looking at innovative new product and project developments, solving problems that we never knew existed and many that bug us too. We have also backed a few projects ourselves, including The Intrepid Camera, Clickerbelt and The Brand Deck.

And it was with delight that we found out that Kickstarter have launched #designmonth, spotlighting the very new and very interesting of design projects. Because, as we all know, design has the power to change the world in both little and large ways…

So – in celebration of the #designmonth, we have rounded up our pick of five of the best eco designs currently awaiting your backing on Kickstarter…

Thames Baths Lido – a natural floating lido on the River Thames, using filtered Thames water…

SolarPuff – a Unique Little Solar Light – flatpack, solar charged light using origami principles…

the Zero Waste Cap – a snap on adaptor to get the last of your lotion out of a bottle!

Indy Plush – Toys that Donate to Charity – representing animals that are endangered and giving back to help their preservation…

SNAP – design your own furniture – turn anything into a table or sideboard with these innovative snap on legs… (making re-use even easier)

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Get exploring people…

(all projects via Kickstarter)

FAVILLA – to every light a voice – an innovative lighting installation by Ford and Attilo Stocchi

There have been many points in my life when I have wished that I spoke another language properly – mostly to make travelling easier on the embarrassment stakes, but sometimes because by not understanding, you realise that you are missing out on something quite special. And so it was when we saw a press preview of the Ford lighting installation, Favilla (to every light a voice) at the Salone del Mobile this year, which was formed of two, interlinked experiences.

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The exterior installation was special, with a ghostly model of the new Ford GT being brought alive by all manner of projections, renderings and effects – many of which are used within the design stages of car production, with a great soundtrack to match.

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Running for a couple of minutes, the GT was mesmerising with its changing skins of colour and pattern.

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But, it was the internal installation, based in the same, black box structure that really stole the show for us. ‘FAVILLA – to every light a voice’ showcased the science of light and was curated by architect Attillo Stocchi in collaboration with Ford, examining and highlighting the way light moves in an immersive experience.

Waiting outside, we heard small rumblings of the installation and were soon gathered into the space – 27 of us – each standing on a small, white, numbered spot on the floor.

Plunged into darkness, a beautifully deep Italian voice began the narration as sections of the geometric internal panels were lit in shades of white, changing into forest patterns – perfectly supported by a stunning musical score. Patterns changed to soft light, clouds to fire and spotlights to fragmented light through the crystal which hung silently in the centre of the space.

FAVILLA internal

This was easily one of the most beautiful installations we had ever experienced, despite not understanding any of the narration, which is where the regret was felt. How much more powerful would the installation have been if we had understood? It was already incredibly moving, and after reading the English translation, perhaps even more so.

FAVILLA internal 1

As architecture fanatics, the structure itself was also a real statement, with the solidness of the black box exterior contrasting hugely with the Milanese buildings around, but the interior was particularly successful. The geometric forms of the panels in the building enveloped you in light and projections – making you feel like you were standing in the centre of a gemstone. It was both enclosing and spacious – plus, the decision to only let 27 or so people in at any one time meant that you had room to look around you and experience the whole installation.

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“A successful design requires more than pleasing aesthetics – it needs to connect with consumers, speak to their aspirations and pleasantly surprise them,” said Moray Callum, Ford’s Vice President of Design. “This installation takes visitors through an unexpected discovery process that perfectly reflects Ford’s philosophy that design is an emotional journey orchestrated around the customer.”

And this is exactly what the piece was. Truly beautiful and emotional- even when you don’t understand Italian…

See below for a behind the scenes view of FAVILLA…

(Photos by claire potter, video courtesy of Ford)

*** SPECIAL REPORT *** Ford showcases design innovation in Milan…

A few of you noticed that it was a little quiet here on The Ecospot these last couple of days – this is because we have just returned from a trip to Milan to see how Ford is pushing design innovation, and exactly how they fit into the Salone del Mobile festival…Ford GT stand 2 And this is an interesting point. Traditionally, the Salone del Mobile has been described as ‘the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector’, which does not really fit with the automotive sector. However, as we all know, design is multi-faceted and many areas flow into the next – including inspiration.

Ford stand

So, it was very interesting to see how Ford, who were the first automotive company to exhibit at Salone del Mobile in 2013, approach the subject of design philosophy and product design.

Of course, any car is the sum of multiple designers, iterations and decisions, but could the general philosophy of the design be applied to completely new sectors? This is the challenge that Ford set their global design teams. ‘Create an object with thought, not just styling that can be delivered with an efficient use of materials – using the philosophy of the new Ford GT interior design as inspiration’.

All-New Ford GT

126 proposals were returned from the in-house Ford Design team, ranging from a sandwich to a guitar – 10 of which were selected to be shown at the 2015 Salone del Mobile exhibition in Milan.Ford GT stand 3

So – why is this an important and interesting exhibition? As Moray Callum, Global Vice President of Design at Ford explained ‘we are not permitted to show the new Ford GT on the stand, but we are showing how stretchy and creative our designers are, along with an insight into the depth of design work that goes into creating any product’

Ford GT guitar

This refreshing and alternative way of representing the design thinking and concepts is also shown in the beautiful Ford FAVILLA installation that we will be featuring on The Ecospot later this week.

Back on the FORD stand, it was interesting to see the similarities in the designs themselves – although each piece was distinctly different, there was a common ‘thread’ that tied them all together. This could be described as the ‘design language’, but each piece had clearly been developed from the same philosophy. Clean, balanced, functional, highly detailed and in some cases, specialist.

Ford GT sailing yacht

This is why the collection, which ranged from the guitar to an LED clock (our personal favourite piece), a Foosball table to a chair, a racing yacht to a racing helmet were so successful…

In the question session, we asked the Ford Design team about whether any surprises were discovered within the submitted designs:

‘even though we will not be actually making these products in real life, we have discovered more about the passions of our designers and the breadth of their creativity, which will certainly feed into how Ford designers, design in the future’ explained Moray Callum.

Ford GT LED clock

And this is key. Design without passion is just not right. Something does not quite fit – and we are all becoming more and more sensitive to those types of design that are a little bit ‘designing for designs sake’. But, design with passion and real creativity? That is always clear – and there are great examples of how passionate designers think on the Ford stand this year.

***see the Ford Stand at Salone del Mobile – Fiera Milano Rho, Euroluce Pav. 13 until 19th April 2015***

(all photos by Claire Potter – video and GT interior courtesy of Ford)

2014 recap – December – Not Another Bill…

Ok – we know it was not that long ago – and that Christmas stuff feels a bit weird in January, but that said, there is something for getting a nice surprise in the post, regardless of the time of year. So, we are recapping back to early December today, and our very popular post on Not Another Bill…

first published 2 December 2014…

Today on our December wish list we are looking at a bit of a service. Something with the element of surprise that can last longer than the 30 seconds on the 24th or 25th December when you rip off the carefully folded paper. There is something rather delightful about getting an unexpected package in the post – and there is a lovely service, that for a monthly fee will deliver a beautifully wrapped and highly considered package to you every 30 days or so. Something unexpected in the post that, as their name says, is Not Another Bill.

not another bill

Now, Not Another Bill is not a new service as it has been around for a while, but as a concept we think it is rather marvellous. It is also an ideal gift for those difficult people who either have everything or are just a nightmare to select a present for. My brother falls into both these categories, so you never know bro. This could be winging its way to you this Crimbo. not another bill chopping boards

The subscription service is also very easy to set up (either as a gift for someone else, or even for yourself). Select your preferences, likes and dislikes, select how long you would like to subscribe for, on a sliding scale from £24 per month, then wait. not another bill necklaces

The gifts are tailored around your selected preferences and are, quite simply, beautiful. High quality designed objects, jewellery, prints, decorative things, practical things – some specially commissioned by Not Another Bill. Really nice surprises indeed and items with a higher monetary value than your subscription price each month. One of their stated aims is to ‘introduce our subscribers to great artists, designers and brands’ Hooray to that we say.

So – stumped for what to get someone this December? Why not take a look at Not Another Bill and hand the selection process over to someone else.

(images via Not Another Bill)

2014 recap – November – is eco design really now just an option?

Back in November we were asked to contribute to the rather marvellous EDGE Condition publication, and we decided to write a bit of a rant about how we dislike the term ‘eco design’…

first published 26 November 2014…

A little while ago, back in 2008 when I set up this studio, we were very explicit about saying we were eco design specialists. We were fully committed to creating beautiful, innovative and sustainable solutions for whatever project we tackled. We were green. Fast forward a few years and nothing has really changed, except perhaps the way we explain who we are and what we do. Certainly, we are eco design specialists, but we do not necessarily promote that.

Now, this is not because we are not immensely proud of what we do, we think that we are getting to a stage where this should almost be a given. Eco design – and designing responsibly – is not a choice. We have a responsibility to our clients, the wider world and ourselves to ensure that we are designing in the best possible way we can be. Surely we should all be ‘eco designers’, or that that the methodology is integral to the role of being a ‘designer’?

Unfortunately, this is not the same for all of us, but we are seeing a distinct shift…

We have found over the years that our clients are expecting that we would be creating responsible designs, just as we would create designs that are on brief, deliverable and to budget. Designs that are exciting, innovative and forward thinking. And we are delighted about this.

So, when I was asked if I would like to contribute to the fourth edition of the fantastic architectural publication EDGEcondition, with the subject of ‘Teaching the Future’ – I was delighted again. And this is because I really see a bit of disconnect in many of the design courses up and down this land. You learn design, then somewhere along the line, you have an ‘eco design’ module – a singular, tag on, additive module that often is not talked about in many other modules. Surely we are past this now?

You can see my article – Perfect Circles – on page 80…

2014 recap – February – the markets of the future…

Today on our 2014 recap we are looking back to one of our Monday Musing posts in February, where we were talking a little bit about the future of the farmer’s market and where the markets of the future could be rolling…

first published 3 Feb 2014…

With the rise in both our wider interest in the origins of our food and our desire for easy, seasonal consumption, it is no real wonder that farmers markets, pop up food stalls and street dining have exploded over recent years. However – the static market – even if it just inhabits one street per week, can result in an infrastructure nightmare, with road closures, a limited amount of visitors local to the area and the rubbish generated at the end of the day.

La Petite Ceinture market, traveling markets, train market Paris,

But what could be the answer? A recent proposal submitted to the 2013 M.ART Opengap Competition seeks to address these issues with a market that travels along the decommissioned or underused rail lines in Paris.

La Petite Ceinture by Amílcar Ferreira and Marcelo Fernandes refocusses the concept of the market as a commercial space by organising it into a series of inhabited carriages which can literally pop up in various areas of the city for periods of time, benefiting not only a wider audience but also cutting out set up and shut down times.

The proposed project creates an interesting mix between local and tourist needs whilst also creating a travelling ‘event’ for the city. It also aims to rehabilitate the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (which translates into ‘the little belt railway) in Paris, which previously ran between the walls of the city.

If built, we think that this concept would be a very interesting development in the advancement of what we deem to be sustainable retail, as well as beginning to redefine what we think of as temporary, pop-up happenings within our city.

The High Line has used decommissioned rail structures in New York as an innovative public landscape area, but could areas such as these be re-enlivened with markets and travelling retail experiences?

We can only wait to see.

(image via inhabitat)

december wish list day 17 – a subscription to Monocle magazine…

Well. We are nearly there. Our last day on our december wish list and we are choosing something that will enrich our post box for the next 12 months. With online ordering dates long gone, today we are looking at something that you can purchase for a loved one and not worry about delivery – yet. Today we are wishing for a subscription to Monocle Magazine.

The monthly round up of all things business, arts, culture, design and global affairs, Monocle is a hefty read indeed. Each month it is crammed full of beautifully written articles from across the world, with insights into a range of issues from politics to retail trends. It is one of those publications that cannot fail to inspire. Plus, Monocle has a very good radio station, Monocle 24, with hour long specials being aired weekly and downloadable through all podcast services. We are particular fans of both Section D (the design roundup) and The Entrepreneurs, which is er, rather self explanatory.

What is interesting is that Monocle has a very male orientated tilt, with the advertising certainly being aimed at the guys. We think that they are missing a bit of a trick here, as there must be rafts of females who are also readers that are not being targeted, but hey – we are not that bothered – it is just rather interesting to see where their readership is based. Is there a publication which is the ‘female’ equivalent of Monocle? That has such a business / design / culture mix? Hmmmm. Personally, we see Monocle as being a very gender neutral publication, but that is certainly not what the advertising will tell you…

Anyway – we are not here on Christmas Eve to get all political. We think that if you are (still) seeking a gift for someone on Christmas Eve, this is your get out of jail free card. Whether you are looking for a male, or a female gift…

(image via Monocle)

december wish list day 15 – one of the Do Books…

Today on our wish list we are back to books. And not just any old books – small, manageable books that are perfect as stocking fillers and that will fill the recipient with a marvellous sense of fuelled drive for the start of 2015. We are talking about and wishing for any of the Do Books…

Do Disrupt – Change the status quo or become it

Spun out of the rather wonderful Do Lectures, the books are written by the fabulously inspiring speakers that have featured at the event – and that have spoken on a huge range of subjects. The inspirational guidebooks are published in both print and electronic forms (even though we think that the books are so beautifully put together, they really deserve to be in your hands and enjoyed).

We own a few of these books already in the studio and they are great little dip in and out of books for when you have a spare bit of time, an issue to mull over or require a bit of inspiration. So far we have Do Improvise / Disrupt / Story / Purpose, and we cannot wait to see what new titles are planned.

Looking for a book for someone who has drive to do something? Or an idea to change the world? Get them a Do Book…

(image via Do Book)


december wish list day 14 – The School of Life…

Today on our wish list, we are looking at ideas. Aha – nothing new there, we hear you cry. Indeed. We are firm believers in the power of a great idea to create something interesting, new, exciting and world changing. Ideas make the world go round. So, for today, we are putting anything from the marvellous School of Life on our december wish list – which would be a perfect place to start for those people on your christmas lists that are hard to buy for.

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With a tagline of ‘developing emotional intelligence’, The School of Life was founded to tackle those bits of life that we all worry about, such as how to have a good conversations, how to find fulfilling work and even how to be happy. Of course, there are no right answers to any of these questions as it is a personal journey, but The School of Life is there to point you in the right direction with a map.

And it is a school – with both long and short, light and intensive courses available on a variety of topics. There is even a bibliotherapy service where, after a consultation, a lovely person suggests books for you to discover. The shop has a wonderful selection of stunning books, stationery and gifts that would be suitable for a huge variety of difficult people. I put myself in that category – I would be delighted to receive anything from The School Of Life.

So – running out of time and looking for a gift that will enrich someone’s life? This could solve your problems…

(image via The School of Life)