I am constantly searching for the expertise of trades sometimes forgotten or lost over time as handmade became machine made and mass produced. So I had no idea that when I met Saul of Coloforge, with a deep knowledge of techniques and skills of a day gone by, I had found what I was looking for. Saul works with zinc and steel and other honest materials, and now collaborates with me on all sorts of projects including commercial spaces and my shop.
I was lucky enough to visit his home and forge over the weekend (which he built himself!), and discovered a magic place, which I can only compare to something from Peter Pan. Saul is soulful and a free spirit who has made an honest living for himself that goes back to the basics; reverting to a time when furniture was bent, or whittled, or sanded with bare hands.
It’s finally that time of the year again! The Virginia Creeper is turning and it’s time for an early morning, hot coffee in hand, jaunt amongst The Society inc. fleamarket. Before Winter sets in for good, come and discover oddities & curiosities, fresh herbs & seeds, handmade treasures, knitted textiles for rugging up, shibori dyed cushions, ceramics & lots more.
As usual, our stallholders will be selling their wares from 8AM – MIDDAY. I’m all about treasure hunting, upcycling, passing on, lo-fi and of course, collecting, styling, new mementos & memories once home. See you there!
Saturday, June 1st
The Society inc.
18 Stewart Street, Paddington
NSW Australia 2021
I had such a great time this morning at the On Collecting panel for the Sydney Writer’s Festival! I’m so looking forward to my in-conversation with the amazing Karen McCartney tomorrow at The Mint. We’re talking all things collecting, styling, and Bowerbird.
Come – it’s free! I’m signing books afterwards and would love to have a chat.
It is easy to spend days walking the streets of old town, Hanoi. Cruise Noodle & Potato Streets amongst all the other specialty streets. I was looking for handcrafted bits’n’bobs to put in my October container sale for One Kings Lane. I found giant hanging incense, handforged scissors, bamboo birdcages, feather shuttlecocks, handcarved stamps, and even bamboo bicycles!
A pitstop whilst shopping in Hanoi took us to uber cool cafe, Cong Caphe. You enter through a green door into a simple, yet perfect interior. Wooden floors & tables of soft mid tone browns, surrounded by antique wooden & found chairs, padded with chinese cotton print cushions. Lounge chairs are also in the mix, both upstairs & downstairs, & the light throughout is gorgeous.
The kitchen is teeny tiny with no cooked food on the menu, but plenty of yoghurt drinks, crossiants & other delicious things.
Check out the menu, beautifully handwritten in hardcovered old books. The tables are adorned with stenciled enamelware, fully blown roses against a backdrop of army green walls & exposed brick.
There are 2 locations in Hanoi (&rumour of opening in London)
152Đ-Triệu Việt Vương, Hai Bà Trưng
32-Điện Biên Phủ, Ba Đình