Sunday, November 25, 2012

my magazine angel

Buitenleven is a lovely dutch magazine (one of the few I actually READ), a hip lifestyle & nature magazine. The editors and I have always been working great together and every time they publish one of my new designs it looks wonderful. Some months ago they asked me to design a Christmas give-away for all their readers, you can imagine how honoured I felt!
When I came home from London last Thursday, the Christmas issue with the angel fell on my doormat.
So here she is: my Buitenleven ("Bowtenlivven") angel!

ps. Sorry: available in Holland (maybe Belgium?) only!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

secret mission London

London map by StudioKMO

Anthropologie on Kings Road

Orla's store in Covent garden
The Boxpark in Shoreditch

Tea at Peyton and Byrne?
Tomorrow I'll leave on a businesstrip to London. I will have a meeting with people from a large UK department store for a lovely project. If the outcome is positive you'll be the first to know what it is!

Next to that this trip will be special because my friend and German distributor Sabine Wittig (from online shop La Mesa and Blog Azurweiss) and me are going to meet each other at Heathrow airport and we will spend most of the days in London together. We haven't seen each other for 8 years. And of course my English distributors, Saskia & Sofie will be there too...I am really looking forward to it!

I hope to find time for visiting Uniqlo (to buy some Orla Kiely stoles for only a few pounds), to show Sabine the Anthropologie store on Kings Road and the Orla store in Covent Garden.
And I would love to go back to the Shoreditch area, there seems so much to be going on. There's this new Boxpark, worlds first pop-up mall, housed in simple sea containers and there seem to be several new shops since I was there 1,5 years ago.

If we find time: of course we'll visit the V & A-museum and Tate Modern...

My special wish for this time: a real British Afternoon Tea, I must admit I never had a Tea in London before! Would you happen to know a good (meaning new/hip/organic or completely traditional - fine with me!) London Tearoom? Thanks for any good ideas!

Monday, November 5, 2012


How could I have missed Wies Preijde on the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last week? Guess I was sleeping somehow!
With colourfull yarns strung up to the walls this textile and fashion artist creates a somewhat unreal but certainly warm world. It must feel strange to walk through it, I guess, like entering a textile comic strip. What an inspriration!