Shop is set up at Inform! Come down to 50 Water St. in Vancouver and say hello!
This monumental pendant by renown designer Kaija Aarikka is Hopea’s latest edition this week. Begun in 1954, the Aarikka brand has evolved into one of the best loved purveyors of Finnish design. Her designs with birch balls and silver-wire are more widely known, but I especially love Kaija’s early work in silver during the 1960s. Her jewelry has a tactile and graphic element that reveals her beginning in textiles.
In 1973, Ricardo Bofill converted this disused cement factory into an amazing head office for Spain’s Taller de Arquitectura. After two years of remodelling, the dizzying maze of silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms were transformed into one seriously incredible space. I love how so many of the original industrial elements have been cleverly incorporated into the design. Check out the rest of the rooms on Arch Daily.
2/ Keepsakes by Kristine Bjaadal. Love the scale of these sweet hideaways. (Via.)
3/ Cropped peacoat by Steven Alan. One of the pieces that I snagged during Steven Alan‘s ongoing sample sale. Can’t wait for its arrival!
Have a great weekend, all!
I’m very pleased to announce Hopea’s return to Inform Interiors in Vancouver, BC. The last show in May was a great success and I can’t wait to be back in Inform’s beautiful Gastown location. The three day trunk show will feature lots of new pieces, many of which are not yet available on Hopea’s website.
If you’re on the West Coast, be sure to pop in! I’ll be in the shop from Thursday, November 29 – December 1. If you’re looking for a special Christmas gift, these beautiful objects won’t be found elsewhere in Vancouver.
Thursday, November 29
Friday, November 30
Saturday, December 1
10 – 6 pm at Inform Interiors – 50 Water Street, Vancouver, BC
New: Gold heart necklace by Björn Weckström for Lapponia. Finland, c. 1975. (Buy on Hopea)
My new “HOPEA” stamp arrived in the mail this week. It really finishes the minimal kraft jewelry boxes that I’ve been using. The bold, graphic logo that Jess of not-static designed continues to serve me well!
Also, until December 15, I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on Hopea’s website. If you’ve been thinking about a specific piece, now’s the time to act!
The holiday season is beginning to snowball for us small business owners. Thankfully the blog world has provided me some respite in the form of these lovely pieces of inspiration. I especially love the handmade lumps of ceramic coal- talk about the perfect stocking stuffer!
1/ Vicarage in southern Sweden (Via.)
2/ From Toast’s new catalog (Via.)
3/ DIY Wrapping Paper (Via.)
High Impact – Photographer Tina Chang and stylist Leah Van Loon team up for a story of autumn looks with a high gloss, modern edge. Models Sam Ypma and Kendall Graham take to the urban streets with colorful ponytails and standout style from the likes of Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang and Paul Hardy. Neon-hued tresses courtesy of hair stylist Kirsten Klontz and berry lips by makeup artist Nickol Walkemeyer create the perfect contemporary beauty look.
Hopea’s pieces shine in this fantastic shoot put together by photographer Tina Chang and stylist Leah Van Loon.
3/ Björn Weckström space series rings.
I discovered this incredible Serbian home through one of my favourite blogs, This Is Paper. “House A” as the architectural project by Autori is called, is an adaptation of the Novakov family house from the year 1925.
The photos of the space are somewhat clinical, as befits an architectural overview; however there is a distinctive cinematic element to them as well. Perhaps it’s the lighting or the subtle film grain, but the images of this beautiful house are captivating.