Happy New Year, one and all! Our wish list this month is a celebration of all things fresh and green but also a reminder to take care of ourselves and our beautiful surroundings. As you know, YGT supports independent and sustainable ventures and we love to discover new ways to do this while making a positive on our community. We’re also big fans of all things botanical and the fantastic natural shapes and colours that influence some of our favourite creatives and the items they produce. So, without further ado, here’s our round-up of the very best from designers and makers from around the world for January 2016.
1. This Pikku Potin copper planter will not only help you to bring the outdoors indoors, it will also make a wonderful addition to your treasure collection. Geometric, metallic and built to hold a small plant, this design is suspended by twine for a rough and ready look. The Pikku Potin folks named their London-based homewares business after the Finnish for ‘little pot’, hence the minimalist Nordic vibe. We love these guys.
2. Jenny Sibthorp‘s Grass Pouch is crafted from screen printed leather. It’s a clutch, big make-up bag, tool or paint brush pouch; basically anything you want it to be. Jenny’s Dorset-made creations are bright and naturally inspired and we love her fruity prints and patterns. This piece’s clashing orange zip pull creates a nice colour clash, reminding us of sinner times.
3. Oh, Little White Lies, you are one of the very best. Packed with perfect illustrations, printed on thick grained paper that gives off that incredible fresh scent and featuring some of the best cinema-related writing you can expect to read in a contemporary film mag, issue 63 explores the subject of youth. Michael Caine is also on the cover. Win, win, right?
4. Eleanor Stewart‘s hand screen printed plate features a tropical treat in the form of a bright green parrot. Part of the Stoke-on-Trent-based illustrator’s exotic animals project, this fine bone china design is created using especially bright paint that pops against the white background. Whether you hang it on the wall, keep it on your desk or by your bed, we promise that the flash of green will cheer you as much as it does us.
5. Textiles and sot furnishings are something of a new obsession for us, so do forgive us in advance for raving about this Rakish Baguette cushion by Rosa & Clara Designs. Crafted from digitally printed cotton, this baby is hand sewn by the Working Well Trust, a metal health charity based in Whitechapel. Inspired by the shape of a rake in hardware store on Whitechapel’s high street, this vintage-style design is stuffed with soft feathers and finished in warm pink and mint green. Plus, it’s formed to that perfect lumbar shape that helps us to get really comfy on the sofa, perfect.
6. You definitely don’t need us to tell you that Mast Brothers chocolate is the best you can get in our fair city of London and if you’ve not yet visited the shop-cum-factory on Redchurch street in Shoreditch, we urge you do so so. Now, you might be surprised to hear that the favour isn’t actually our favourite thing about these bars but hear us out. It’s the printed packaging that really gets us. Totally unique for every season and flavour, Mast confectionery is created with design freaks in mind. This mint chocolate bar
7. Rhianna Ellington is hands-down one of our favourite designers. Her surface pattern work is a wash of bright colours, digital manipulation and natural inspiration. This green and pink cheese plant print is printed on A4 300gsm card. If you’re a fan of brightening walls and workspaces, this design is for you.
8. A beautiful discovery made at one of our favourite stores in east London, this jade and eucalyptus soap stone from Goodhood is created by PELLE. The Brooklyn-based soap makers are well-versed in forming products that not only look precious and fascinating, but their scents are all natural and each soap stone is cut to a different geometric shape. If you haven’t popped into Goodhood, swing by before the month is up and make the most of their sale. So many nice things, so little time.
Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth