Thursday, June 30, 2011

Yesterday Skin.

"potential but not-so-perfect vintage findings. from all over the world.
forgotten outfits and accessories, restyled and reconstructed"
--- The Yesterday Skin

We all love vintage, dont we? The Yesterday Skin is definitely highly inspiring. I'm always asthonished how incredible good stuff, that would never look that way just wearing them in daily life, can look in photos... (check out what else you find on the homepage, I chose the moderate stuff, haha)
On the other hand it is always an invitation to be more creative and daring in our wardrobe.

And even if they offer free shipping worldwide - I prefer physical/tactile second-hand-shopping with all its frustration (of course the best pieces aren't my size), its moments of bliss (this incredible unique valuable piece seems to be made for me and is so fucking cheap you wouldn't believe) and even the 'dead granny pong' (sorry for being politically incorrect, I love my grandma too and she doesn't smell at all).

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

slow wood.

wood is wonderful.
I think it is a great material and it gives furniture a special, timeless worth and of course - warmth. Or as Christien Starkenburg from Slowwood says: "Wood keeps you connected with nature and the feeling for a simpler, slower life in this hurly burly world."

The Slowwood tables have extra value: they are hand made, eco-friendly and fantastic good looking. I adore the combination of the fine but raw natural elegance of wood and design and the bright, deep colours they use. It's just the right balance.

"Mineral pigments such as oxide, yellow ochre and earth black create unique matt colours. In fact some colours are the first earth paints used by mankind! Some colours take 1 week to dry! The slow aspect…"

noticed via design attractor

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Holla die Waldfee.

  i wallow in these photos. 
if the cloth feel like the images look...
wonderful wonderful find: partimi

Monday, June 27, 2011

Foxy & Swan & Wisent

These images (especially the fox) by Stefano Unterthiner remind me of the long silent walks I took in the forest near our house when I was young.

I had read the book "Försters Katja" (which would translate as something like: Forest Ranger's Daughter Katja) by Ilse Kitzinger and Katja went deerstalking in the book, which inspired me to do the same. I remember how I was overwhelmed how much is to discover and observe when you just walk alone, silent and calm with your eyes open for what is going on around you, how close you can come to the animals. I guess it was one of those "nature-experiences" that still impress and mould me today.

The book is from 1968 already, my mother read it when she was a young girl and I loved to get all her old books out of the cellar and devoured them! And I will definitely keep them!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Paradise left.

I posted about (the exhibition) "Paradise Lost" before. Peter Bialobrzeski (who is not featured in said exhibition) takes a slightly different approach - his series "Paradise Now" shows us the nature left between glass and steel and concrete in our big cities. He captures and creates a surreal image of this left-over nature by long exposure times.

I found the one above in a magazine (chrismon) nearly A3 sized and must say that it looks much better that big than in the mini version here on my blog. I'd love to have it original sized (126 x 160 cm)...

Paradise Now 32

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sitting on the dancefloor.

The chair above by Michael Ferguson is made from recycled floorboards from flats in Berlin. Even though the surface seems to tell stories of thousands of feet dancing on them it is totally smooth, due to a lot offhand grinding and beeswax.

How much I would love to have one like it on my own few squarmetres of Berlin floor (I'm moving to Berlin in september!)...

The eco-quota in furnishing and decorating my future home will probably only involve raiding my parents and grandparents cellars & attics and a lot of fleamarket strolls - even though I found some more amazing green design and furniture via green living.

To see it for yourself:

Monday, June 13, 2011


The Forest by Leonard C. Mayer

The trees stand tall and stately,
surveying their domain --
The first to glimpse the sunrise;
the first to feel the rain.

(find more than just the first stencer of this poem: here
+ the image is - as far as I remember - cut out from XOXOtheMag (where I also found the wonder machine before) and hangs at my bedside. I love how the flash of my camera adds "sunlight breaking through the branches", haha)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Over the teacups.

a coffee klatsch in the bosphorus metropole 
and a brunch in the nest at the lake constance.

"One of the delights of life is eating with friends, second to that is talking about eating. And, for an unsurpassed double whammy, there is talking about eating while you are eating with friends." (Laurie Colwin in "Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen")

Or posting pics of eating with your friends on your blog.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Cowgirls (& Boys).

These incredibly good looking shoes are kiboots - handmade and with no childlabour, sweatshops or chemicals involved in the production + the brand supports (very) small sustainable projects. I love the combination of leather and the bootlegs made from kilims. And I love handmade stuff. Every pair is unique and I am couching for the one pair that blows my mind and will therefore be mine!

What I also find remarkable is the following statement:
"Kiboots is always fashion first. We believe it's common sense and decency to produce with respect for mother nature and for the good of the people we work with."

As long as "fashion first" doesn't mean to loose sight of the sustainability aspect I find this the ultimate 'leitmotif' for (eco-)fashion! Sustainability goes without saying, is not only a competitive advantage. And it doesn't mean to make us look all the same eco'ish. (even though of course these boots are in line with the perfect natural Hippie-Style, haha, as also is their cool Lookbook - which is not some models in superartifical but oh-so-aesthetic poses, but every Kiboot-Owner that submits his/her photo with his/her unique pair!)

(image taken from kiboots' website)