Month: February, 2012

Drop scones not bombs

UK designer Stuart Gardiner‘s enchanting prints have already been snapped up by the likes of Liberty and Selfridges. Colourful, quirky and thoughtful, they are all you need for a cheery, chirpy kitchen. He is most famed for his Seasonal Guide tea towels, which range from wild food and garden flowers to seafood and sustainable provender, but his cheeky love / hate oven mitts and eloquent ‘drop scones not bombs’ tote are fast blazing their own design trail.

He uses organic materials wherever possible and everything is produced on-site in East London. Doing the drying up has never been so fun – nor so informative.

The Blackout Studio

My friend Emma’s brother Tom Lakeman, who aptly writes a blog called EMMASBROTHER and runs conceptual still life platform The Blackout Studio, creates breathtaking art from small, humble and inspired beginnings: the good old fashioned gobstopper. I always thought they were pretty cool as sweets go, but I never knew they could look so good:


As grey skies hang horribly low, and summer seems a world away, we could all do with a happy hit of colour while we wind our way through February – and this hits the spot perfectly.

In an inspired move, he has also branched into ribbons and the results are equally as beautiful:

I would love to be able to tell you a little more about him, but he is a mysterious character, whose About section says only this:





As for the rest: you will have to find out yourselves.


A lamp to love

Rhino lamp, £99, Graham & Green