The Days of Our Lives: Vanessa Hernandez, Designer

Let me introduce you to Vanessa Hernandez, the girl I’d officially like to swap lives with! She is completely crazy about getting down and dirty with hand-rendered typography and various messy projects involving gold leaf. This is a day in her life…

The Design Files Calendar

I’m finding myself wishing away these last days of 2010, just so I can put my 2011 Design Files Neighbourhood Calendar to use! Illustrated by some of Australia’s finest illustrators, it features twelve of the loveliest neighbourhoods from Melbourne and beyond. And if that wasn’t enough, it doesn’t get much sunnier and joyful than the …

The Happy Town Menagerie from Lorena Siminovich

Images: The Curiosity Shoppe As soon as I clapped eyes on the happy little chappies – and chapettes – of the Happy Town Menagerie, my heart began to sing! Bright. Uplifting. Joyful. Each hand-turned piece is made from reclaimed wood and finished with orange oil by artist/illustrator/designer Lorena Siminovich. Oh, happy day! From US $140; …

Pencil vs Camera

Images: Like Cool Fancy a little playfulness on your Tuesday morning? Enter Belgian artist, Ben Heine, and his Pencil vs Camera series. By repurposing photographs with sketches, Heine creates a slice of magic that could just as easily been called Imagination vs Reality. So simple. So entertaining!

Interview: Illustrator/Artist, Stina Persson

Out-of-this-world watercolours. Images: Stina Persson Excuse me, but I’m a little bit star struck! I’ve long been a huge fan of illustrator/artist, Stina Persson. Her dripping watercolours are sensual, feminine and sumptuous. Big corporate clients like Coca Cola, Absolut Vodka, Face Boutique and Bloomingdale’s regularly commission her work. Her illustrations also frequently grace the pages …

Beauty Sleep

Images: Click for Art Limited Edition Art Pillows by Camilla d’Errico Last night I found it hard to sleep. My mind was whirling so much that I wished I could place it on the bedside table until the morning. I tried counting backwards from 100, concentrating on my breathing and even had had a stab …

Take My Hat Off To You

Images: Maison Michel Maison Michel S/S10 Lookbook When it comes to lookbooks, if you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. Produced each season by fashion brands to showcase their latest collection, they usually feature a snoozefest approach of a vapid model snapped in front of a white background. This morning however, my theory was proved …