29 July 2016

HOME DECOR - bluebellgray

As it is the last day for Print & pattern before a little summer break I wanted to go out with something really bold and colourful. And what better than these stunning prints on cushions, fabrics, lampshades, rugs and more from bluebellgray. The company was founded in Scotland in 2009 by Fi Douglas a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art. Fi wanted to make designs with a painterly feel and was way ahead of the trend on watercolour designs. At bluebellgray there is an emphasis on quality with all the designs hand painted in the studio in Glasgow and all fabrics and cushions made in the UK. Many of the products can be found in John Lewis and online at bluebellgray.

TEXTILES - marimekko

And for our Friday eye candy, where we post fab patterns 'just because', we have these designs from the legendary Marimekko. We start with Aino Maija Metsola's 'Pieni Hattarakukka' print featuring 'cotton candy flowers'.

This is followed by Pieni Karuselli (Merry Go Round) which was designed for Marimekko in 1973 by Katsuji Wakisaka.

BLUEPRINT - london portfolio

London Portfoliowill be exhibiting at <Blueprint in New York on August 8-10 in booth 2 with work from new designers and new work for fall and Christmas from their collective of talented designers from around the world. Please visit londonportfolio.com or email sales@londonportfolio.com for sales and appointment info.

28 July 2016


Engel is a small company based in Amsterdam founded by Sabien Engelenburg. It began when Sabien created colourful bunting for her daughter's birthday and now features all kinds of party products including this fabulous bamboo tableware. Sabien teams up with a variety of enthusiastic designers to create the ranges which can be bought online in the Engel store or purchased wholesale by retailers worldwide. Here are some of their wonderful products with many more online here.

I came across Engel this time particularly because of their new collaboration with Famille Summerbelle. Julie Marabelle has designed two collections of bamboo children's tableware, one featuring a graphic circus rabbit and the other a circus bear. You can see them online now at Engel.