Sunday, June 12, 2011

Simplicity is beauty

Absolutely love the simplicity of this logo.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Abigail Brown

Stumbled across these gorgeous handcrafted birdies by Abigail Brown on etsy today and was simply taken away. Each item is painstakingly detailed with layer upon layer of fabric scraps and tiny hand stitches.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wear Sunscreen!

It has been an incredibly busy month in April for me and I have not had the chance to post as much as I would like to on laissezfaire. Anyway,been missing everyone on this blog and thought I will do a quick one and share this amazing video. I saw this a few years back and forgot all about it. My favourite piece of advice from this song has got to be:

"Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40; maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's.

Dance...even if you have no where to do it but in your own living room."

The rest of the lyrics to this song can be found here. Enjoy! Dance!

x Su Ling

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Easter Egg Project

What a wonderful Easter Egg project. For the full tutorial, click here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY Modular Storage

I am a box junkie, I admit. And I simply love this idea of turning a bunch of ordinary crates from Ikea + some brightly coloured paint into a design masterpiece.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fortune cookie coin purses

These fortune cookie coin purses literally holds a small fortune. Each purse comes with a dust bag, laser etched ID number and printed fortune inside.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What Wood you Say

If you could carve a phrase or sentence into one continuous strip out of wood, what would you say? What Wood You Say is a project developed by artist Sighn who has made it his life's mission to handcut one million limited edition pieces. More of his work can be found here and purchased here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Domestic Vacations

Captivating photography by Julie Blackmom. I particularly like her work entitled "Domestic Vacations" (seen below).
The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire Julie's work.

Julie is the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three. The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issues that Julie explores in "Domestic Vacations".
"We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.” The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs. I believe there are moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring sanctuary. It is in finding these moments amidst the stress of the everyday that my life as a mother parallels my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of family life throughout time seem remarkably unchanged. As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos."

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Illustrations in styrofoam

Amazing illustration by Cheeming Boey, a computer techie by day and artist by name. Now this is a disposable you wouldn't want to dispose of! Read his interview with Don't Panic here.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bunting stamps

Adorable bunting rubber stamps by Olive Manna. The fastest way to a handmade party invitation or personalised giftwrap, I say!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! x

This may come a little late but I would like to wish everyone a belated and blessed Christ-mas with your family and friends and a very wonderful New Year ahead! Looking forward to sharing more inspirations here on Laissezfaire in 2011!

xoxo Su Ling
(image above from Martha Stewart Kids. A wonderful idea to turn missing socks to good use!)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Packaging that Pop

Beautiful food packaging by Fontos Graphic Design. Seeing this on any supermarket shelf would definitely make me want to buy it, if only just to keep the packaging. Love the colours and modern fonts!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tea Bag Coffin

An ingenius way to bury your teabags. (via yanko design)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Stump stools

These stools were made to resemble snow on forest stumps were harvested from a fallen maple tree on the forest floor. The upholstery is white leather and copper tacks over sustainably-harvested-latex foam.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fun drinking fountain

Tapi by Australian company Dreamfarm is a clever invention that turns your ordinary faucet into a fun drinking fountain. Simply press the bottom of Tapi to change the flow of water. What better way to make brushing teeth more fun for kids! (via Designmilk)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Knife Lid

Who needs a spreading knife when you can use the lid? Perfect to your sandwich on the go! (via thedieline)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Make your own doll face

This tutorial on how to make a doll face with a ball and some paste certainly got me intrigued....

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pretty Downloads

If you are fan of all things pretty like us, then you would love these printable wrapping papers and pretty pastel desktop wallpapers with calendars. Free to download from here. All these are designed by Mae, a wonderful brand of wall decal we carry in our store. Thanks Mae! x

Monday, October 18, 2010

Chalkboard calendar

I am absolutely in love with this chalkboard calendar decal by Ferm Living. Just the perfect proportion to frame a yellow post-it note for a very special date.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Hand Cut Leaves

Gorgeous handcut leaves by Owen Gildersleeve for Poogla. Doesn't it set you in the mood for Fall? via Debi van Zyl

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Send a Vintage Telegram

How about adding a touch of vintage to that exotic holiday by sending a telegram back home to your loved ones? For under $6, you can hop over to Telegram Stop and arrange for an official-looking telegram to be sent to any address in the world. How fun is that?

If you plan to use this for invitations (perfect for weddings), you can opt to pay a little extra for that oh-so-lovely vintage luggage-tag style RSVP cards too!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Don't you geddit?

I could not resist posting this mug shot of this handmade bunny by Malaysian designer Evangelione. I simply love his bored "don't you geddit?" expression. Available here!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Papier series

Designed as a collaborative project between Saskia and Stefan Diez, this “Papier” series started out with the basic requirements of a travel bag – durability, protection and light weight. Made of Tyvek®, a synthetic recyclable paper that is extremely lightweight, water and tear-proof. Available here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Help Remedies

Lovely and environmentally-conscious packaging design desing by Minimalissimo for Help Remedies. Their simple and cool design is made primarily from molded paper pulp and bio plastic made primarily from corn. I particularly like their "Help I have a headache" pills (below).

Monday, September 6, 2010

Measuring Dolls

These adorable Russian dolls double up as measuring cups. Which kitchen wouldn't want this? Available here.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Wooden laptop case

ooh...what a wonderful laptop case design this is! I love it when old school meets high tech. A practical design too since this case can be used as a stable base for your laptop (that keeps the heat off) when working off your lap. Designed with a sleek leather lining.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Birds and Bees

I have long been a fan of Linsey Adelman's organic hand blown light pieces and it seems like she has outdone herself again with these birds and bees sculptural table light pieces.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Friendly Reminder

Brilliant ad by colgate!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Wallpaper Art

I am completely mesmerised by the work of UK artist Claire Coles. Claire works using fragments of hand-sourced vintage wallpapers with silks and leather. These elements are layered and intricately embroidered to create a range of different scenes, patterns and illustrations. Each design plays with texture and scale to create a rich and dream like quality to the space. All wallpapers are made to order and designed specifically for the client’s space. I really like this commercial project she worked for Blooming.
You can also purchase Clare's work from her shop here.