All posts tagged: ceramics

Keeping things in balance...

Keeping things in balance…

Today I read the following (see full quote in my stories): “Just do your best to keep yourself in balance. One of the first things that causes energy misalignment, is asking or demanding too much of yourself in terms of time and effort. In other words, you just cannot burn the candle at both ends, so that you are physically tired, and then expect yourself to have a cheerful attitude…” So I went to the gym this morning and decided to take the rest of day off to fully recharge my batteries without feeling guilty. Interiors fairs like Ambiente fair in Frankfurt, are often great and inspiring but they are really hard work. I walked an average of 12Kms per day and you know how it is when you go from stand to stand…you walk slowly so stand a lot longer on your legs. Needless to say that my legs muscles were seriously aching by the end of each day. I flew to Frankfurt Thursday late afternoon and Steve flew from London in the evening to be with …

Beautiful, handcrafted ceramics for your home by Zakkia Homewares

Beautiful, handcrafted ceramics for your home

Do you love handcrafted ceramics? If so, you are in for a treat… Last June, Mila, my niece Lily and I got stranded in Singapore because Mila had only 6-months left on her passport to enter Bali. Luckily, I had some good friends living there and we ended up staying with them for a week until we received Mila’s New-Zealand passport. During that time, my friend Sofia took me to a lovely home decoration shop where I spotted some really beautiful, handcrafted ceramics by Zakkia Homewares. A Sydney-based studio founded by Swedish Sara Lundgren, Zakkia Homewares produces beautiful handcrafted ceramics and objects to love and cherish for a lifetime. I fell hard for the two black ceramic pots (above on the right) and really pondered whether I should be backpacking for three weeks with ceramics in my bag. In the end, common sense prevailed (for once!) and I just took a picture of the brand to look it up later. Once back in Europe, I spent a lot more time on Zakkia Homewares website. When I found …

ceramics by Park Sungwook

Beautiful, organic ceramics by Park Sungwook

Last time I went to Paris to deliver the “Jury Découvertes” Award at Maison & Objet, I came across the work of Korean Ceramist: Park Sungwook who makes beautiful handmade ceramics in neutral hues. Born in Seoul, Korea, Sung Wook discovered from a young age a desire to construct things and work with his hands. He went on to graduate at the top of the Industrial Design Program at Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University and win first prize in Driving Design, a Canadian student design competition put on by Umbra and Audi but it’s his handmade ceramics that I really love. Handcrafted small-batch ceramics are everywhere these days. In the UK, The Future Kept has a wonderful collection of ceramics from British Ceramists including the work of Jono Smart which is regularly sold out. Did you like these ceramics? Park Sungwook’s work is available from Kogan gallery in Paris and you can contact him by email: park-swook@hanmail.net OTHERS CERAMICS I LOVE….

Ceramics love

Ceramics love

I’m so sorry! I got completely sidetracked this morning. I was meant to do my weekly 5 Things I want right now! but I started watching a very interesting documentary by Cash Investigation that was broadcasted on France 2 recently. The subject of the documentary had been all over my friends’ Facebook page in France and I was really keen to watch it because healthy food and well-being is something I’m really interested in. It was questioning why ham is so pink in the supermarket when in fact cooked ham should be whiter/greyish like a slice of cooked pork. Why manufacturers feel the need to add nitrate salt (E250) to make the ham look pinkier when nitrate salt has been linked to being the cause of cancer? How lobby put pressure on government? And so many other questions that were scary but interesting at the same time. I don’t know if copyright issues will let you watch it outside of France but here is the youtube link. And then this afternoon, I surfed under the rain and it was just …

B+F MOODBOARD, 50 shades of greys >> www.karinecandicekong.com

Grey mood board

I’m slowly (very slowly) turning the page on Summer to embrace the new season which is a bit hard when I go through these photos or these from Croatia, yet all good things come to an end and it’s time to start a new adventure. So I’m officially kicking off September with an inspiring mood board with hues of greys… I long for more rustic things and soft linen this coming season, with things picked up from the beach or walk in the forrest…a simpler life. How about you?  // 1. 2. 3. 4. SHOP THE POST:

Today I love…

This styling by Emma Nunn for Weddings magazine…Beside the fact that Emma used our products for this shot, I can’t tell you how much I love the styling of this shot. I love the rawness of the brick wall contrasting with the organic shapes of the Dadasi collection, the soft white linen tablecloth from Zara Home and the Bamboo lamp…stylish yet natural and welcoming. // Photography: Max Attenborough, Styling: Emma Nunn