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Thoughts on unique art, design, fashion and all things glorious.

Category: Design

Design Manchester 2016

It’s October already! This month in Manchester England, from the 12th to the 23rd of October, is Design Manchester 2016. This means, for anyone in Manchester, you get to go and see some incredible talks, exhibitions, designers, tours, workshops. If you’re not in Manchester, like me, you will have to live vicariously through social media, and Design Manchester’s website to follow the activity. Sad but true.

manchester city skyline

Design Manchester is in its fourth year. It started as a way to create a strong ‘design voice’ in Manchester.

“We celebrate the part design plays in making Manchester and other cities great to live in. Not just our architecture, culture and world-class media, but the growth of start-ups and studios in creative tech, shops for a design-conscious generation and the return of craft in everything from beer to print in the new culture of making.”

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Korean Crafts

I suppose I don’t know where this blog will lead me. But I never thought I’d be writing about kitchenware. By now if you’ve read some of my posts you will know I’m fond of Asia and design. So the melding of the two is a bonus. I recently found a kitchenware range manufactured by a Korean craftsman Kim Soo-Young in collaboration with designer Gio Kisang. It highlights Korean crafts at its best.


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Kataoka Jewelry

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Confession time. I hardly ever wear jewellery. In fact, it annoys me quite a lot. It makes me fidget, it distracts me, and sometimes it even makes me itchy. Especially rings, I hate how they make your finger sweaty underneath. Even if it’s those thin stack rings. The sweat is real. But, I also know the blood and sweat (literally) that goes into making a piece of jewellery. So I still appreciate a good design. Kataoka Jewelry is a brand that I can definitely appreciate.

On one of my bottomless Pinterest crawls, I came across Kataoka Jewelry. It stopped me in my scrolling tracks. I would wear every single thing designed by this brand. Fact.

Kataoka Jewelry design sketches

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Superbalist 100 Innovators

The Superbalist 100 innovators is here again! What is the Superbalist 100 you ask? It’s a list created by the online fashion business Superbalist. It features the top 100 South African innovators creating waves in their industries. The public can ‘vote up’ their favourites and the winner will receive R100 000 in prize money.

Superbalist is an online platform that brings South Africans the best of international and local trends. It provides everything from fashion, home ware and accessories to a youthful audience looking for something on trend and unique.

The Superbalist 100 has 6 sectors: Social Initiatives, Fashion, Creatives, Media, Tech and Business. Here are my Top 9 picks.

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Windswept Jewellery

If you are on this blog then you’ve guessed that I like unique things, things that no one else has, or things that are personal and precious. Well I have just found something that epitomises everything I love about unique design. Enter the brand Love & Robots. If you want to see jewellery design innovation at its best, this is it!


Process work of the Windswept Collection by Love & Robots.

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