My favourite things at the moment: Rifle Paper Co, Surveyors rule architectural salvage, Facing the Modern at the National Gallery, follies and architectural curios.
- I have been looking at lots of stationary recently as I begin to get more organised in the study. A brilliant blog post for Anthropologie by the very inventive Ashley from Sugar & Cloth drew my attention to an American stationary company I absolutely adore – Rifle Paper Co. Their products are very girly, exquisitely pretty and nostalgic but with an authenticity to design that many retro print lacks. It isn’t the sort of stationary I usually covet but I make an exception for this stunning selection (first image courtesy of Ashleys at Sugar and Cloth who made a cute wall hanging out of the weekday desk calendar).
- I have been perusing new interior design books at work and came across a charming new book called Creative Family Home. One of the first things I always scan in such books are the sources for objects and through this I happened upon a great London based Architectural Salvage yard called Retrouvius. Browsing their online store (window shopping for ideas) I came across this fantastic surveyors rule, its priced well above my salvage purse strings, but it would make a brilliant stair rail or even propped up in the modernist/typography inspired study we’re planning.
- Last week saw the close of Viennese portraiture exhibition at the National Gallery ‘Facing The Modern’ a survey of changing urban modernity in Vienna from the mid-nineteenth century to the eve of the First World War. As eternal gallery-last-chancers we caught it on its penultimate day, there were some great examples of well known works by Schiele and Klimt amongst lesser known works which were really striking. One set of portraits that has stayed with me all week is a series by Oskar Kokoschka of Hugo, Max and Cecil Schmidt, my favourite is Max (centre).
- If you read my blog regularly you will know that I love most things curious, so when I came across these oddities via the website Your Amazing Places I couldn’t help but smile. Here are my favourite examples of the curious buildings featured. The only one I’ve visited in real life is the cinema Salvador Dali bought in Barcelona and turned into a museum with the eggs adorning the roof and it is quite a spectacle but the first structure pictured from France has shot pretty high up my very long architours of Europe list!