Posted on Sat, 2 May 2009 by midcenturyjo

… another contender for my new home?

WINKS – weekend links. Here we list what has come in during the week, things we’ve found and things we think you’ll want to see. If you’d like to see your blog or website featured email us and if we think it fits with our readers we’ll link you. So what’s in this week?

  • The word is out and we have to add our voices to all the hubbub over Pia Jane Bijkerk’s new book. Way back in 2007 we first met Pia and she has generously shared her work with us over the past 2 years. Now she has her first book published. YEAH!!! Paris:Made by Hand available here. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!
  • Design Victoria recently launched What is Eco-design? A practical online resource for industrial, graphic, fashion and textile designers, What is Eco-design? provides solid grounding in eco-design principles and practice. It explores the potential impacts of design in the industrial, graphic, textile and fashion industries and aims to empower designers to work towards more sustainable design practices. A valuable resource.
  • Filipino furniture designer Kenneth Cobonpue is renowned for his fusion of eco sensitive resources with high end design. Love his work! Using rapidly renewable eco friendly materials sourced in the Philippines , Kenneth features bamboo that is not endangered and therefore slows down the degeneration of the environment. Cobonpue also uses rattan and abaca rope, a completely natural fibre that comes from the core of the banana tree. The result is a unique collection with a serious wow factor! Available in Australia at Hermon & Hermon ( a swoon worthy Melbourne institution).
  • Ulrica emailed to introduce StyleRoom. “I thought you might be interested in a new community site for home decoration, which has just been launched in the UK. The site is called StyleRoom and is aimed at people like yourself who enjoy interior design, decoration and like sharing experiences and ideas with others. It’s a community place where you get inspiratio
    n and inspire others by uploading images of your home. StyleRoom was launched in Sweden a year ago and with more than 80,000 home interior photos we have Europe’s largest database of home decoration images.” I love online communities like this. So inspiring!
  • Udessi is a new online gallery offering contemporary Australian art, craft & design, dedicated to showcasing & promoting Australian artists with unique work and products. Brisbane based (yeah!) Kim emailed to let us know what’s new. “Over the past couple of months, a few new artists have joined Udessi and we have added their work to the online gallery, as well as some fantastic new pieces from our existing talent. I have attached just a couple of images of work I thought you might like – these gorgeous abstract drawings are by Melbourne artist Belinda Kemp from Gretchenmist, and we are very proud to now offer her prints through the gallery. To view more of Belinda’s work or find out more about the other artists we represent, please visit our website.”
  • Couldn’t let this WINKS pass without a shout of “Happy First Blog Birthday” to our blog buddy Manvi at Mochatini. You have come so far in such a short time and the blog is looking hot! Keep it coming!
  • Now I have my heart set on this 1930’s fire station that has been semi converted to a house. Up for auction a few days after the other house we have our eyes on. Typical! LOVE this one even if it doesn’t have a fire pole (my husband’s first question). It does have a WWII air raid shelter in the back yard though!

Beautiful Winks!

kim. says:

Cannot wait to get my hands on Pia’s book and cannot wait to find out if Jo will be the proud owner of a fire station!

Anonymous says:

Haha…., oh Jo, you are looking in the same area as us for property. I’ll make sure to email you our house (once we finally find one). In the meantime, here’s hoping we don’t set our eyes on the same one. 🙂

Hi Jo, thank you so much for including Udessi and Gretchenmist’s prints in this fabulous list of winks! Off to check out the other winks now, in particular Pia’s book!

Manvi says:

thank you for the mention. you are the bestest! cant wait to grab pia book and check out the other winks.

Anonymous if you buy my fire station I may have to track you down and do nasty things to your kneecaps:) It’s a good area. Lots of everything you could ever want. I haven’t lived on that side of town for ages … Norman Park in 92 I think. That’s aging me 🙂

Anonymous says:

Hey Jo, i’ll let the fire station be yours :), i enjoy walking…

Good luck with the buying.

Ianny says:

I like that rattan living room set. Very clean design. May occupy quite a bit of space, though.

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