Thursday, October 29, 2009

a little bazaar on sunday at the book club

Mengsel Design will be taking part in the Sunday Market organised by A Little Bazaar in Shoreditch this weekend. The Venue will be at The Book Club and the handmade market will run from 12pm - 6pm on Sunday 1 November.

Just came across this helpful review about The Book Club:  read it here.

I will show some of my new tea towel designs at the market,  so hope to see you there!!!

new prints from mengsel!

in the studio

These are some of the new prints that I've been working on! How exciting. The Scandi Roosters design on 100% cotton tea towels will be available in my Etsy and Folksy shops soon. At the moment, I only have them in sky blue, but if you have any colour suggestions, you're more than welcome...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Janice Jong illustration

Janice Jong's Supermarket store has these whimsical illustrations for sale. She is a London based illustrator who creates original drawings and then enhances them digitally. The Southwark Row print looks exactly like a street near Waterloo station which I used to pass every day on my way to work!

"Southwark Row" by Janice Jong


"Lonely Metropolis" by Janice Jong


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

printed vintage bags by Shara Porter

Staying with the birds theme...

These lovely leather bags are by designer Shara Porter. The shape is perfect and it has a kind of vintage feel to it. Well, later I discovered that Shara finds vintage bags and wallets and then adds her own beautiful prints to the items after she has refurbished them. All of the pieces are unique and one of a kind, which makes them extra special.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

bird marker

silver and gold bird markers


pink, lime and black bird markers

One of my favourite new sites to shop is the Swedish online store Designista. They feature a great variety of humouristic and clever design products. I spotted these bird book markers by designer Hung-Ming Chen. At only 30 Swedish Kroner (about £3) - I want one in every colour! Available in gold, silver, pink, lime and black. I'm sure I will discover a few more must haves!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

bookhou softies

animal softies by bookhou


canadian animal softies by bookhou

These adorable softies are made from hand printed original drawings of animals on cotton fabric with polyester filling. Bookhou was cofounded by John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj, whose shop is based in Toronto, Canada. They also create beautful furniture, bags, sculpture and other home decor items.

bird trio mobile

bird trio bamboo mobile by petit collage

I love the natural look of this pretty bird trio mobile from San Fransisco based design company Petit Collage. The birds are laser-cut from sustainably harvested bamboo plywood, an earth-friendly renewable resource, which makes it even cooler. The October issue of UK ELLE DECORATION focussed on the beauty of natural materials and I think that Petit Collage is onto something wonderful.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

love life

Feeling quite gloomy on a Saturday night at home, I found this inspiring print on Etsy by Inkblok. Sure to make you smile...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

kapitza fonts and illustrations

East London based design company Kapitza's graphic fonts and illustrations can be used as a great source of inspiration for designers of all disciplines. The company is made up of two sisters who share a love of closely observing their environments and drawing from that to create a series of images to form a collective of shapes that can be purchased as fonts.

I particularly like the Dalston fonts and images, as it really captures the spirit of that specific area of London.

"Dalston" open type font

mini moderns "sitting comfortably" wall paper

                                                             before and after

These wallpaper patterns from Mini Moderns are so fun, because you can actually colour directly onto it and make it your own. The perfect solution for mums who always have to scrub the walls after the kids display their creative talents on pristine painted walls. For modern chair design enthusiasts, the line drawings presents some of the most iconic designs from the 20th century.