Love this #86: Scout & Boo

The Design Arcade at Grand Designs Live is one of those places that just oozes inspiration and craftsmanship. And the best exhibitors are those that are relatively small and/or just starting out, and have something that’s completely different. This year’s show, back in May, was no different. In one of the smallest of spaces I found myself attracted to the decorative furniture of Scout & Boo., who were sharing a stand with Charlie Caffyn, who has some fantastically and timeless wooden furniture designs - which are also worth a look.

TREES

TREES

But the decorative approach for the mid-century furniture stole the show for me. The colours and vibrancy really appeals, and while a year or so ago if you’d asked me about the naked version of this era of furniture, I’d have said it wasn’t for me, it is increasingly growing on me. Now if you ask me I’ll say I’ll need a new, or suitably aged, house for everything I fall in love with.

MOUNTAIN SUNSET

MOUNTAIN SUNSET

I mean, how can this Mountain Sunset fail to bring a smile to anyone’s face?

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Love this #85 Superlambananas

Now, before our weekend in Liverpool Superlambananas wasn’t even in my vocabulary. I mean, it’s not a usual kind of word, is it? But it’s a fun one to say (it’s said as you think it would be) and add a Scouse accent to that and it’s an absolutely fantastic word, especially when said with a straight face.

But anyway, these were all over the city and were part of the city’s celebration when Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008. They are, as you’d imagine, a cross between a lamb and a banana and the largest of them stands at 5.2 metres tall, and was designed by New York City-based Japanese artist Taro Chiezo.

We saw the giant yellow Superlambanana while on the open topped bus ride to Anfield. The city are proud of these sculptures and rightly so, and like so many of these sculpture trails they bring a fun element to the area with their designs and requirement to be photographed, and as you can see from the rest of this post, I joined that club too.

THE LARGEST - BICYCLE LEFT IN FOR SCALE

THE LARGEST - BICYCLE LEFT IN FOR SCALE

OUR FIRST: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN SUPERLAMBANANA

OUR FIRST: ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN SUPERLAMBANANA

THE FIRST OF THE FOUR SUPERLAMBANANAS OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

THE FIRST OF THE FOUR SUPERLAMBANANAS OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

SUPERLAMBANANAS IN LIVERPOOL
ANOTHER SUPERLAMBANANA OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL
BRIGHTLY COLOURED SUPERLAMBANANA
A MOSAIC SUPERLAMBANANA INSIDE THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

What do you think, are you a Superlambanana fan - or convert? And have you followed the trail?

Love This #84: Spools and wooden shoe forms

This month’s Love This post is also from last year’s Grand Designs Live and was right alongside the lovely radiators I shared before. You can just imagine my joy, and MOH’s despair as he tried to move me along without leaving with either any of these, a radiator or even any of the tiles.

Sometimes he has a tough job… But luckily for my purse he’s often there to do it.

Though these wooden spools or bobbins, would look great wouldn’t they as a ornament? And not just in a craft room, although they’d look great there I think they’d work in almost any room, and bring their character to the space. I”m sure they’d be a talking point too.

Wooden spools
top down view of the wooden bobbins

I managed to leave without any, but I’ve made a mental note - and now a blog note - to add them to my virtual wish list. If I see any when I’m out and about that are reasonably priced then leaving them there might be a completely different proposition. I think I was distracted though, by these.

wooden+shoe+forms

Wooden shoe forms. I’m well known for being a bit of shoequeen, so it makes sense to be curious about these too. They are fascinating and beautiful in their own right, and again would make an unusual addition to a display area. And they really do make you think about how shoes are - and used to be - made.

The lights too are where it got interesting, as that’s where MOH and I swap roles. He would easily have left with even more than these - we saw plenty of vintage lights at the show - and that’s even before we saw this one:

A vintage industrial light

We both almost wavered, but practicality - and lack of space - won again. For now.