This week’s good stuff on the internet

Image via Wee Birdy

Wee Birdy features the best of non-tat Olympic souvenirs, including a lovely Track Print by Julian Shaw, some printed postcards by Custhorn and even a pair of Stella McCartney knickers if you’ve got a spare £30.

Eames House of Cards Image: PR

I’ve been a fan of Charles & Ray Eames for ages. One day I’d like to take a trip to California to visit the Eames House.

The Observer this week featured their pick of 10 of the best Eames designs.

My favourites of this list are the storage unit ESU 426-C, the house, and the House of Cards.

Image: austinkleon.com

If you’re feeling you need a creative boost this list of books on MyLife Scoop might help. I’ve seen Steal Like an Artist recommended a few times, I must take a look at it. Freedom is Blogging in your Underwear, according to Hugh MacLeod. Rest assured though, I have not followed that piece of advice yet!

Designing Women – exhibition visit

I went last month to a really nice exhibition at the Fashion & Textile Museum in London. Designing Women, Post-War British Textiles, showcased work by 6 wonderful designers working in post-war Britain.

Their work shows the radical changes which took place in design in this period, with bold geometric and abstract forms and an embracing of a new, modern look. While much of their work looks ‘retro’ to us, I think it has an energy and freshness that still feels relevant today, and will always be exciting.

The most famous of the group is probably Lucienne Day. Many of her designs are now classics, and you can see them all over the place these days. The other designers featured in the show were Jacqueline Groag, Marian Mahler, Paule Vezelay, Mary White and Mary Warren.

Here are a few pictures I took at the show – all on my phone, so the quality isn’t amazing, but the work looks pretty good still!

Designing Women

View of the main gallery

Lucienne Day

Marian Mahler

Mary Warren

Mary White

Another view of the exhibition – the museum is a great space.

Oops can’t remember who this one is. If you know, comment below!

Lucienne Day

Lucienne Day