HAPPY 2015! I’m not going to make my first blog post of the new year a navel gazing episode of self advertisement in the form of New Years resolutions or round ups of 2014 but 10 weeks into life as a new parent has got me thinking about design in a whole new way. As life has become more hectic and I start to appreciate the usefulness and functionality of design more than ever before I thought I’d kick off the year by celebrating my favourite examples of design organisation: Calendars.
As I lust after a flurry of calendars on the market I have paused to think about what a momentous calendar year the one just gone was, the new year has so far meant an eviction notice served on my gall bladder with recuperation time spent watching the un fully formed egos that are the celebrity big brother house. This year I am intending to blog a lot more as I glance the real possibility of me time in sight. We have made quite a few changes in the apartment to share including our babies nursery (later this week) and I am dizzy with new season offerings particularly from budget high street outlets which I will post soon. Here’s to a design filled 2015!
The calendar above is a true design icon of order, the Stendig calendar. Designed in 1964 & produced in limited batches by MOMA this large scale monochrome classic retails around the £50 mark and is one classy piece of understated design that my study would be happy to display.
Whilst creating Teds room recently we bought him this modern perpetual box calendar (below) which has space inside it to hide miniature treasures (or food leftovers as I imagine will actually transpire) made by Kikkerland (for sale in the UK here), until he is old enough to change it for himself it is perpetually set to his birth date – If you can’t get cutesy in the nursey where can you?!
Image: Design Soda
In fact, I have a bit of an obsession with perpetual calendars. The two below were attained after I fell in love with a wooden Edwardian one that reminded me of old cricket score boards in an antiques store in Whitby and set about looking for vintage calendars more in my price bracket. I love them, they are beautiful examples of Art Deco and Modernism and amongst my favourite trinkets in the flat.
Images: Design Soda
I am seriously coveting one of these monochromatic calendars to set against the crisp white of our bedroom update (hoping to finally finish and blog in the next few weeks – a real labour of love). The first is made by Nava a Milan based company retailing at £50. The second is produced by Dutch brand Karlsson and can be purchased from many online retailers around the £80 mark.
Images: Nava & White on the Wall blog.
For sheer simplicity of style this object wins kudos of the exceptional. Designed in 1959 by Enzo Mari the Calendario Bilancia can be purchased for £72 from design emporium TwentyTwentyOne.
Pictures: Sugar & Cloth blog & Rifle Paper Co.