Rove Concepts

Martyn Thompson - creative genuis

I have been a fan of Australian photographer Martyn Thompson for some time, and when his SOHO loft was featured on The Design Files back in 2015 my admiration for this creative genius multiplied tenfold. Then came Martyn Thompson Studio: a multidisciplinary outfit that has branched out from Thompson’s distinctive photography practice into a number of creative expressions. An aesthetic, anchored in the touch of the hand, stems from Thompson’s love of craft, and runs through his studio’s work, defined by a tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now. The studio has evolved to include textile and wallpaper design, homewares, limited edition art, as well as art direction for editorial projects. These textiles, lamps and artworks are totally blowing my mind. Sooooo stunning. 


Can't stop listening and watching


Cindy Zell and her beautiful fiber-based art

I came across LA artist Cindy Zell's fiber-based sculptures recently on Instagram and was instantly smitten. I keep thinking how fabulous one of these would be over my bed (I'm tired of having nothing hanging there). Every bit is handmade/hand-dyed/hand-spun. So pretty!!!



Last night my husband and I went for dinner with my cousin Jocelyn (we hardly ever see each other) who was in town from Toronto on a business trip. She suggested we dine at Fairouz, a restaurant located in a beautiful century old home on Somerset St. that serves Middle Eastern cuisine a bit more upscale/refined than you typically find. We spent nearly 4 hours chatting, drinking and eating what turned out to be an awesome meal, while surrounded by a gorgeous interior. Some of the small plates we shared: pita with labneh, warm olives, sesame crusted falafel, halloumi with apple, heirloom tomato salad with melon, cauliflower and ice cream bars. 

The decor was amazing and not at all industrial/rustic like just about every other restaurant in the city is doing. Kudos to Kayla Pongrac for knocking this one out of the park, and her murals in the stairwell are incredibly beautiful. Unfortunately it was very dark so I gave up trying to take photos so these are from Kayla's website. 

The food was to die for (the best pita I have ever had), the service was great and the prices were totally reasonable. We will for sure be going back. 



Oh HELLS YESSSS!! The Arne Jacobsen Mayor Sofa, available via Mjölk.