Month: February, 2011

City lights by Jill Malek

Brooklyn-based graphic designer Jill Malek makes cool stationery and wallpaper. I really like her latest design for her Frequencies colleciton, Luci della città, which recreates “the fluid motion of flickering lights in the city”. I think the design creates a nice sense of calm and quiet while urban chaos speeds along outside. Just what you want in your nest on these grey end-of-winter days.

Cash vs. credit: butterfly cushions

Butterfly cushion cover, £45, Conran; embroidered butterfly cushion, £156, Lulu & Nat

Wooden friends by Kay Bojensen

Wooden sausage dog, monkey and hippo, from £89, Kay Bojensen at The Lollipop Shoppe

Happy Valentine’s

Love nest print, $20, rollandtumblepress at

Art to love from Print Club London

Because chocolates are too dull for words, and you can never have too many cool little prints, Zoe (still in bed with a broken leg) has picked her favourite Valentine’s designs from her latest discovery: Print Club London in Dalston, where you can learn to make prints yourself as well as simply buy them.

They run beginners’ workshops, so you don’t need any prior expertise, and have a membership scheme which allows you to use all their equipment and bits and bobs.

So if you forgot about a special someone, or just want to try something new, go make one – and even if it’s a little late it will be packed to the brim with love.

Or, quickly buy one now and pretend.

Cold Hands Warm Heart by Fran Marchesi

Sunshine of My Life by Anthony Peters

Ketchup by Hani Boy

And finally, Fran Marchesi has also done the art work for the new song by Sempha and Jessie Ware, Valentine. You can buy the song from Young Turks, and the records are shaped like hearts.

Little knitted people

… by San Francisco-based Jess Hutchison. Smiles all round.

Peep show: the coolest bank in the world

This is the first ever concept bank, in Place de L’Opéra in Paris, courtesy of BNP Paribas and architect Fabrice Ausset.

Banking has never looked so fun.

Peep show: Fiona Apple goes retro

Holed up in bed with a broken leg, Zoe has found great joy in passing the days watching retro music videos on youtube.

As a special Peep Show post, and for want of anything better to do, she has selected the perfect products to recreate Fiona Apple’s dark, suggestive apartment from her video for the single Criminal.

A 70s throw back style apartment is the backdrop to Apple’s laid-back early nineties music video, with its unapologetic dark wood finishings creating a distinctly masculine edge. The iconic Cassina Le Corbusier LC2 Armchair, first designed in 1928 and originally produced in 1965, stands out amongst the heavy weight pieces of furniture – and is as stylish now as it was in the late sixties:

The few props featured in the video work together perfectly and there are some really original pieces – including the bed sheets, which I particularly like. Orla Kiely has designed a range of bedlinen with a similar colour scheme (prices start at £80 for a single duvet cover), although the design is a little more feminine:

I also like Tom Dixon’ s Fat Spot (£290) as an alternative to the table spot light:

Finally, the green shag carpet and the mosaic bath, fit for two, complete the perfect setting for Apple’s salacious hit.