Inspiring Contemporary Design – Em Royston’s Miniature Circuses

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Bone china tabletop items by designer Em Royston charm and amaze, like these Handy Tongs  inspired by the classic fairground vintage pointing hand so often found on signs.

Hong Kong based design firm Maid in China Design  is the invention of British artist and designer Em Royston. The firm specializes in luxurious stylish fair and circus themed house hold items. The inventive artist and entrepreneur studied design and has made items for brands like Suck UK such as Cross Stitch Map which found itself at both the Tate Modern shop and Urban Outfitters.  This is a contemporary approach to artful tea or coffee breaks. So, if you love all things sideshow, circus, and vintage fair -these unique items are for you. It was a great pleasure to interview Em for this feature!

 

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I have always loved the idea of creating miniature worlds in unexpected places and table top seemed a great place to start. It’s quite a hands-on set that is meant to be shared and enjoyed -that should be quite a joyful experience- sharing a special afternoon tea with someone or chatting over a long breakfast.

 

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Toast Rack

What’s your inspiration? Why circus and sideshow themes? 

I love the timelessness of the circus – it has an appeal for all ages and seems so whimsical and magical. For design, I also think it is fascinating as it combines so many different elements and iconic imagery. And the purpose of the circus is entertainment, enjoyment, and surprise – and those are elements that I like my products to embody. I love the vintage posters, fair-ground stalls, amazing huge bell tents – and then it all gets packed away and moves on in these amazing ornate carriages. I think there is so much inspiration to find from that theme, and I’d like to think I’ve just scratched the surface..!

 

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Do you have any designers, artisans, or craftspeople you particularly admire? 

Oh, yes loads! Rebecca Finell has a lovely collection of homeware and fashion accessories – her origami handbags are amazing! I listened to an interview recently and found her story and diverse career really inspiring. Hella Jongerius for her playful work & stitched ceramics. Selletii is a brand that I’ve followed for a while and always enjoy seeing their new collections as they are nicely on that nice fine line between modern art and commercial design.

 

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Mug carousel tea set. Each cup sits in the stand, which spins like a true Merry-Go-Round.

How did you come to begin making table top items? 

It actually all started because I had the idea for the Carousel Tea Set – I loved the idea of making this functional sculpture that could be used as a cup and saucer set, but was also something to have on display that could spin and surprise people.

From the Carousel, it seemed a great chance to develop a collection to be used with that, and the Tiger Toast Rack was my next design. From the stacking circus mugs to the sugar pot disguised as a ticket booth, I’d eventually like to have a whole set that can be used together to create a miniature world, but is also a totally functional tea/ breakfast set.

You live In Hong Kong, tell me why and how you decided to move there, and what artistic culture is like there!!

Yes, I moved here last year! Hong Kong is very geared toward entrepreneurship and I’ve met so many people in the process of working for themselves or starting a company- that’s really pushed me on. The artistic community is fairly small but growing and it feels like an exciting place to be. This coming month I’m exhibiting at a handicraft market and can’t wait to see what else is available from the other innovative designer makers.

 

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Learn more about Em and her designs at Maid in China Design, or follow her on Instagram.

Trends in Style -Contemporary Jewelry Design by Konzuk

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Konzuk -A Contemporary Minimalist Jewelry Line

Karen is the designer behind a remarkable minimalist celestially inspired modernist jewelry line Konzuk made for the architecture and designer lover. Called wearable architecture by Dwell Magazine, the pieces are hand made and feature diamond dust infused black concrete. We are so delighted to feature this Vancouver based artist and designer on the blog. Hope you enjoy her beautiful creations and learning more about the process!

Tell me about your training and path to making artisan jewelry?

I had originally attended art school where I studied sculpture. It was in an attempt to hone my sculptural skills that I took a jewelry class. I immediately took to it and there was no turning back! It was in my last year of school that I developed and production line, business plan and concept for my company. It’s been going for 20 years strong now!

 What’s the process for making the concrete and diamond dust pieces? 

For the Continuum pieces we hand form each of the dome shapes by using a dapping block and forming tools. The concrete and diamond dust is then applied to the surface in a thin layer of about 1mm and cured for three days to assure a hard enough surface and to prevent cracking. We then fabricate the final pieces using a laser welder and finish the process by hand.

 You have a new line, called Continuum, please tell me a bit about the inspiration behind these pieces? 

The continuum collection is an extension of our Stellar line which is inspired by capturing the stars in the sky. The main inspiration is drawn from Bauhaus ideals of simplistic and geometric forms.

Learn more about Konzuk on their website here

 

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KONZUK jewelry appeals to design-centric audiences around the world. Collaborations include Sir Paul Smith’s flagship stores in New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, it was awarded an international design awards for its innovative Orbis line; and in 2016, Schwinn, Germany, will begin producing its unique line of concrete hardware.

 

Learn more HERE!

The New Feminine Style -Summer Time Inspired

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From Vogue India, Gupta

 

 

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Ink Blot Dress, Spring 2017, Khara Kapas

This season’s look is something spectacular, inspired gorgeous lush designs. Get ready for summer without losing the sophisticated touch of womanhood. Textiles, just a little peek of pretty summer skin, your bangles, sandals, and more….and by the way if you don’t know about the outrageously sexy thing that is Vogue India, you better check it out, the succulent print edition that is…

 

 

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Vogue India

 

 

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Amrita Singh Jewelry and Chanel, Vogue India,

 

 

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Kalamkari via Minmit

 

 

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Via The Sartorialist

 

 

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Sand Castle dress, Spring 2017 by Khara Kapas

 

 

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And what would a South Asian inspired style blog be without a little wedding fun? Love this gorgeous photo by Mahima Bhatia of the Kaleera Drop! Her outfit!!!!

 

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Ideas for Spring Style -Best of Kids Fashion

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Singapore Style tastemaker ….Cavalier Kids -We love this brand because it’s just plain fun.

Children love to move so stretchy or loose fabrics are smart choices and soft on skin natural textiles like bamboo, cotton and cotton blends are best.

Bright funky colors take center stage today and pretty much anything with fun embellishment or a hint of the unusual when it comes to texture. And of course, we all know sporty looks and animals are always a sure hit!

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So much fun with Munster Kids...and yes, a monster is definately a type of animal.

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Wolf and Rita has a line of gorgeously unusual pieces and not just amazing dresses, lots of fun tee shirts and short sets too.

 

We are madly in love with the British brand No Added Sugar too, because well, it’s just stylish pretty and sharp clothing that fits, and is adorable and practical.

 

 

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Ladida is full of gorgeous prettiness, and dresses you definitely want to save forever, as in tucked away in your top drawer til your baby has her own babies…Kahlo inspired designs for the spring-summer season will make your heart swell. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a model of bravery and brilliance, and so for me, she makes a great example for little girls. And everyday beauty was important to her as well, just a visit to her Coyoacán house tells you this story in the most thrilling of ways.

 

 

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Mini Rodini 

 

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Oh Junkfood Clothing Co., definately top of my list of baby couture…awesome tees for your tiny mr. handsome face…

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H&M wins the prize for affordability with their incredible prices, cotton is the best choice for kids as their active lives mean appliques and etc will fall apart at this price point. But a cotton tee-shirt or dress can be washed on cold a dozen times. PLUS they have an affinity for patterns with cats…and dresses like this one come in @ $ USD 4.99

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5 Easy Stylish Upgrade Ideas for Your Spring Decor

1. New Legs with Pretty Pegs

Add an easy upgrade with Pretty Pegs -Furniture Legs and Parts  — a Swedish company that makes beautifully designed table legs that make your renovation splendid whether it’s refinishing an old table, adding style to an Ikea piece or making that change from boring to stylish. Contemporary and streamlined  –these are gorgeous….

 

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2. Circu’s Fairytale  Decorative + Furniture Superstars 

 

Something special from Circu Magical Furniture? Looking at their curated selection makes me feel like I am a child in a grown up body –as if  I accidentally time traveled. Amazing stuff, from teepee bedrooms to air balloon sofas, and cloud lamps,  so many things that make you feel like you are in a dream. Delicious!

 

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3. Beautiful Home Decorative Accessories by Bermuda Living

Not ready to commit to a huge hot air balloon bed? Go simple with throw pillows. Loving these gorgeous things from Bermuda Living lately!

 

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So pretty and modern. More to come from LA based designer Meike Legler. All images courtesy of Meike + Bermuda Living. 

 

 

4. Wallsauce’s Murals

Undisputedly my favorite is the series by London-based illustrator and textile pattern designer, Gabriela Larios…she is a return to artisan wallpapers in a way…love the mix of traditional folk art via El Salvador and the contemporary touch! If you are looking for art the company Wallsauce has a wide selection, having teamed up with Bridgeman Art Library for some stunning selections.  Customized and delivered to your home as well.

 

 

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Images courtesy of Wallsauce.

 

5. Linen Sheets from Lithuania

Handmade beautiful cool and anti-allergen sheets…so lovely…my favorites come from Linen Tales

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The Best Outfit Ever ….

Women’s style is constantly changing, and no matter your age some version of this classic look is an all time winner!

A flattering pair of jeans, feminine button down top and beautiful shoes, flat or high heels!

 

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Jeans with a blouse or button up shirt is a classic look with tons of variations, but it can be hard to get the combo just right, shoes, blouse, jean cut and a flattering assemble for your body type. Sometimes adding a body shape wear piece can make the look.

We think of shape wear as a special occasion undergarment but today there are so many great pieces that mold those curves just right and comfortably, adding beauty and confidence!

 

1. Pick jeans that flatter your shape…

 

 

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If that means 1 pair of more pricey jeans that’s okay. It’s better to invest in something you look great in –than to waste your money on 4 pairs that do not do you justice. Add a belt to show off your waist.

 

 

2. If you wish…. add Shapewear that you love

Try something that looks good if you catch a glimpse -such as when you were semi-transparent blouses, peaks through sweaters,  +  most importantly chose for comfort. Think of it less as hiding something bad, but a seduction of sorts, revealing a feminine foundation beneath..

 

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Try a sexy bralette under the shapewear in a contrasting color -strappy, halterback or lace, or if you need more support a underwire bra with detail, shimmer, maybe in a bright color . 

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3. Add a favorite loose but elegant casual button down shirt in any color

 

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Remember this look is about more than a tight shirt….another option is 

Feminine blouse with detailed buttons, patterns or in delicate luxe materials or at least fabric that looks like it!

 

 

 

 

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4.. ADD SHOES……

 

Chia Mihara Shoes

 

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Glamour and comfort with Yosi Samra Foldable Flats….

 

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The Doberman Chair -Great Contemporary Chinese Design- Zha Lianghao-Shanghai

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“I think the most important Chinese aesthetic is harmony. It means that the design must in the right place, not too much or too less.” 

 

We can look to China these days for artistic talent, innovative and beautiful design objects. One such player is the Shanghai based designer  Zha Lianghao. The young designer is truly innovative, fusing craft with beauty -and we have to say well, the Doberman Chair -it’s the ultimate artist chair!

Zha Lianghao’s  sleek, conceptually driven project The Doberman Chair has caught the attention of many in the design world. Having only recently graduated from Donghua University, he works today for SAIC and has earned a reputation for a sleek sophisticated sense of design, informed by his industrial and product design and engineering training.

The creation of the Doberman Chair was driven by the artist’s questions about “the pairing of the renaissance of traditional handicraft and contemporary design meeting the  demand of today’s world.

 

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It may come as no surprise that Zha Lianghao admires the enduringly modern oeuvre of Charles and Ray Eames. He also notes his appreciation for the work of Daniel Simon, the German conceptual designer, Ross Lovegrove, and Jonathan Ive.

 

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The Doberman Chair is Zha Lianghao’s first piece of furniture design, and he shares its genesis:

 

“The Doberman chair was my very last project in university. In planning the work, I used some car design processes. I was very surprised at its popularity. I know that for myself, I like a wide variety of design styles in many mediums such as video games, animation, movies, as well as concept arts, but it really surprised me that other people really responded to the project. Today I work for a Chinese motor company as a car interiors designer. I love to design in different fields, because it broadens my thinking, and gets me closer to my goal of designing something unseen.”

 

Zha Lianghao is remarkably transparent about the process of conceptualizing, developing and making. As such, he contributes to the design and artistic field, allowing his own creative and construction process to be seen, and to be, in part, a formative teaching moment as well as a powerful engagement with the design industry and community. You can see the entire process on his Behance profile.

 

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5 Great Fall Style Outfit Ideas

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1. The loose fitting shift dress in linen is a great addition to an all season wardrobe, add layers for fall like scarfs and cardigans, tights and boots, or in the warmer months, add flats, sandals or whatever you wish. Love the low braided bun! (Via Wit and Delight)

 

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2. The Blossom Style Top, modest, figure flattering + feminine in any color  (Via Alisa Burke)

 

 

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3. The Relaxed Style: loose fitting, drapery in leisure or sport style is immensely popular, and it’s no surprise because this look liberates women from the discomfort experienced in a great deal of women’s clothing –think squeezing waist-lines etc. Understated colors navy and olive green make this outfit sophisticated. (Via Death by Elocution)

 

 

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4. Sporty – Riding pants with the classic New Balance sneaker in hip black, and a khaki jacket, chunky scarf -so chic and cozy! (Via Wachubuy)

 

 

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5. Preppy Fall Cool -I like the Boho style as much as the next girl, but sometimes autumn just calls for a bit of classic minimalism, and I love this updated look. (Via Gurl.com)

Trending Style – Apron + Drape Dressing

The ultimate in feminine style, easy, washable, wearable, and adjustable sizing, drawing inspiration from the Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto-and even the traditional farm dress. Great for cool days and hot summers. Layer or wear with bare legs. Beautiful Simplicity.

Explore these fashion ideas and beautiful designs…

 

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Fall Fashion-Classic Style for Women

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Loose yet geometric, a style that works amazingly during the transitional autumn, add a pair of boots + tights with a cozy sweater and it’s fall-winter ready. Image via vettacapsule.

 

 

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Reminds me of those beautiful summers at the lake, nothing like a oatmeal colored cozy sweater with simple black leggings, image via bethanymarie

 

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Classic beauty, white blouse with great pair of navy trousers…red nails and a chunky gold bracelet –via simply luxurious life

 

 

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I could lose the boots, but I love the stripes, classic bag and cute skirt, Madewell always gets the french look merged with prep just right

 

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Oh…the drape of this shirt, and it hides a bit around the mid area –important for us curvy girls…via death by elocution @tumblr

 

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Sexy look without revealing too much, soft texture of white sweater with thin gold necklace, sweetly feminine and wintery! via tendancies de mode

 

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A little more French style, Madame Dumas……

 

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Oh Jean, you are so classic, messy hair, button up blouse, red lips….