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0 New Japanese-Inspired Wallpapers from Farrow and Ball

Farrow and Ball are launching four new wallpapers today inspired by traditional Japanese craftsmanship.

The organic shapes in the papers embrace the current trend for shibori and popularity of Japanese style and design. Evocative of peaceful rural Japan, these artisanal papers are made using real Farrow & Ball paints traditionally printed onto painted ground papers, creating a uniquely textured appearance that enhances the natural forms in the designs. Let's check them out!


Amime meaning the space between netting; is also taken from a pen and ink drawing. It is a beautifully textured woven design that conjures picturesque scenes of Japanese fishermen repairing their nets.

Aranami meaning raging waves; is taken from a painstakingly crafted papercut design which Farrow & Ball upscaled to create a detailed, flowing pattern.

Shouchikubai meaning apricot, bamboo and pine, all plants associated with celebration; has a very Oriental feel, featuring flowers, bamboo and trees in distinctively Japanese hexagonal frames. It is taken from a metallic print found in Kyoto.

Yukutori meaning birds flying away in a group; is a simple design taken from a mid-twentieth century Japanese pen and ink drawing. The soft outlines of birds float across the paper creating a delicately patterned effect that could be as easily interpreted as the crests of waves or mountain tops.

Click here to see inspiration behind the papers and here for more info.


0 IDSwest | Ambassador's Highlights

As Ambassadors for IDSwest this year, we have scheduled a new post each Tuesday this month to highlight an event or people involved with this year's event coming up September 25-28th.  For this week's post, we've asked our fellow Ambassadors the question, "What are you looking forward to this year at IDSwest"?  We thought it would be interesting to hear and see what they are interested in and/or involved with at the show. Here's what a few of them had to say:

Owner, Vancouver Special

What I am looking forward to at this year's IDS West is the keynote talk on Friday morning by members of the Umbra Shift Design team. It will bring together Matt Carr (the design lead at Umbra in Toronto), along with Lukas Peet (Vancouver industrial designer) and Post Projects (the Vancouver graphic designers who did the branding and package design). Umbra Shift is a new line from the Canadian company Umbra that supports young talent in the fields of industrial and graphic design. It's exciting because it is some of the best product design I've seen in a long time, it's affordable and it's Canadian! Also what's pretty cool is that Vancouver Special will be hosting an "Umbra Shift" pop-up shop at the show this year- a great chance to be one of the first to purchase Umbra Shift products!
Umbra Shift Design

Interior Design Studio

We're super excited to be working on two installations for IDSwest! The first is the central bar, Shed, presented by Caesarstone, where we're creating a garden party atmosphere with amazing products all made in Vancouver. Those products will be repurposed at Sai Woo, a restaurant we're designing in Chinatown opening later this fall. The second is Dauphine, a couture chair designed for William Switzer, a Vancouver furniture maker, that specializes in traditional hand carved pieces. We're exploring youthful luxury by juxtaposing a sophisticated and delicate frame with the Westcoast notion of casual and rugged.

Shed, presented by Caesarstone

American Made Objects

What we are looking forward to most about IDS West is connecting with the BC design community and sharing our latest product, the yet to be named two-in-one candle. A modern take on a classic candlestick form, the candle holder is made of wax and burns down after the taper candle burns.


IDS West has always been a hot bed for interesting and new talent. This year I'm particularly interested in Prototype because it is completely geared to upcoming, wickedly talented creative minds who have decided to grace us with their exciting new creations. The exhibit speaks to the future of western design and what trends will be brought forward in the coming years. I am also excited to visit the GRAY Conversation Stage, this is an interesting and approachable way to invite attendees to voice their opinions on design and start innovative topic discussions amongst peers.

I am preparing my design speech based on lots of recent travel to the south. The welcoming architecture style really spoke to me and I will be teaching you how this influence can warm up any space in your home. Here is a sneak peak at the look I'm referring too!
Looking forward to seeing you there!

IDSwest runs September 25th - 28th/14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.  More information can be found at IDSwest.com.

5 Dispatch from London | Knitted Fruits from Donna Wilson and Smug

Across the pond this month comes the London Design Festival and we came across the most adorable knitted fruits from one of our favorite UK designers, Donna Wilson. This year you'll find Donna Wilson and long-time friend and stockist, Smug in Islington's Camden Passage at the Islington Design District's kickoff event. Smug will be launching exclusive products including Donna Wilson knitted fruit,  and they'll be offering up fruity cocktails from Kamm & Sons and delicious canap├ęs at Cafe Smug, and have your fruit portrait drawn by illustrator Ruby Taylor! The event happens Tuesday, September 16th - 6:30-9pm. More info here.

Related:  Donna Wilson also has a pop-up at the London Design Festival - click here for more info.


5 Before and After: Vintage Desk

Guest post by Nicole Phillips of Visual Heart

This vintage desk was such a fun project, it was a free desk passed to me from a family friend. I’m the second owner of it and it was in the worst possible shape. Chipped laminate and veneer, rough plywood edges and chewed up legs. I could see past all of this stuff, I saw awesome legs, great hardware and so much potential.

I knew I could give it a new life with a little bit of sanding and a few coats of paint. The thing with vintage pieces is that you have to accept the bits of character you can’t change, even after patching and sanding there still may be some bumps and dents, but again it’s all part of the character of the piece.

I started by patching any obvious holes, then sanded them down. I find even after doing an initial patch and sand, you still can’t see all of the scratches on the surface, so I usually do a thin coat of primer on the entire piece and this brings out any defects. Once the primer is dry, I go back in and patch any areas that are really obvious, sand them down and apply another 2 coats of primer.

Once the surface was dry, I applied 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in Mantis Green and Snowfall White.

The legs are stained using Danish Oil, because I wanted to see some wood grain and have more of a natural look to the piece. Plus you can’t go wrong with mint green, white and wood!
Here’s a few shots of Andrew sanding the legs down to raw wood so they could be coated with Danish Oil.

I dipped the tips of the legs in the same Mantis Green paint I used on the drawer fronts to add a little bit of fun to the overall look, plus the plated brass feet were in horrible shape so it was necessary to do something to them because they couldn’t be saved.
Here’s the final result:

About the contributor:
Nicole Phillips is a Vancouver based Graphic Designer and blogger.
You can learn more about her at visualheart.com or follow her creative side:

1 8 Rad DIYs to Try

A few cool projects we've come across this week.  From a few IKEA hacks to a pretty free printable, check out our finds!

1) Bleach an IKEA Pillow!
Bleach and embellish an the LAPPLJUNG pillow. From House That Lars Built. Click here for the how-to.

2) Free Art Printable
A pretty printable from Creature Comforts.  Click here for the free printable art template.

3) DIY Tree Slab Side Table
A cool project from Emily Henderson.  Get the how-to here!

4) IKEA Clock Hack
A paint job updates an IKEA clock. Visit The Paper Mama for more info.

5. DIY Giant Frames and Prints
Learn how to make your own frames from Yellow Brick Home.

6. Ink-Dyed Clutch
Inspiration to make something similar. From The House That Lars Built.

7. DIY Clay Ring Dishes
Make these catchalls using air-drying clay. Click here for the how-to.

8. DIY Agate Cabinet Door Pull
A simple project, yet stunning result. Get the how-to at The Merrythought.