Hand Painted Wooden Leaves

Designer: Julia Jacob

These bright leaves are the summer version of my Brisith Isles and Ireland leaves from the “Native Series”.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

They are a bit larger than you’d expect from seeing these photos, my eyes want to assume that the rings are keyrings, but they’re about half a keyring bigger than that and much nicer – brass! The leaves are being hand painted in block colours on the reverse of the etchings shown.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

They are designed and made in Britain and can be bought online as a set of all six, or as individual leaves (painted or unpainted). The previous, winter version of these leaves are all natural wood, untreated and are on sale.

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

The “Native Series” is going to be ongoing, with each edition specific to a different world region. Sunny Australia has been suggested to me as the next region from a lovely customer living in Melbourne. I think there would be some great shapes there!

British Isles Leaves by Julia Jacob

To me its important to respect and encourage the native species wherever you’re from. I grew up in Ireland and live and work in the Lake District, UK so I started with the trees that I grew up with, know, and love; oak, ash, beech, yew, hawthorn, and holly.

What do you think – would you like to see an Aussie edition? Or where else, are there any cool plants from your country?!

Image Credits: Julia Jacob Designs

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Designer: Martin Hlubucek

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This series of Glass vessels were exhibited recently at Ambiente Frankfurt and brought to my attention by this Design Milk article about the event.

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With their shapely forms I am really pleased that they are more substantial than most vases. The swollen size and beautiful shape of the vases work really well together. This Czech glass artist has used the method of blowing blown layered glass into a rotation mold. They are designed so that the base of the vase floats above the table surface slightly, most noticeable in the pic below, a lovely trick that lightens the load visually.

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The bottle greens (below) and rich blues are really traditional glass colours and are in a completely different palette to the light greens and white glass used to blow some of the pieces. For my own design projects I generally use a couple of choice colours within the same tonal range, but here is an example of how using two extremes of palettes can be really interesting and change the feel of the object completely. The 70’s shapes have launched themselves back onto the high street this spring and by the looks of it it might be bringing the 60’s right along with it.

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Image sources: Material Times / sig in / AD Decoration / Fiera Magazine

 

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