27 July 2009

july 09 newsletter

our july 09 newsletter is now online

read it here

image: sammy

mark borthwick

we need some light

film. light. love. truth. moments. surprise.

this is how we feel about photography.

mark borthwick is one of our favourites - read here.

images: 1 - plazm. 2 to 5 - another mag. 6 - the imitation of christ

26 July 2009

the water

something for you to watch on this rainy sunday

click image


24 July 2009

jerome abel seguin

we have admired the work of Jerome Abel Seguin for a long time.

roots, trunks, branches, vines - roughly cut, polished or bleached
become monumental sculptures and furniture.

1: lontar vases, black teak wood
2: nature console, teak wood

and the house that he built on Sumbawa, using traditional materials, is simply beautiful.

open spaces, tall white walls, only grass shades for enclosure at night


devonlife mag

there is a little tiny bit about us in the Made in Devon section of this months DevonLife magazine - it features our latest coffee table, a low reclaimed oak and black steel table.

we will be showing this table at our studio in 2 weeks time if you want to come & have a look.

p.s. excuse the terrible scan of the magazine page and thanks to Kate at DevonLife for including us in the article.

our new oak mirrors

our new oak full-length mirrors are made up of lots of different pieces of reclaimed oak, different sizes and thicknesses, with some being slightly darker than others and with nice burrs and markings. We select the pieces from off-cuts or pieces too short to use for furniture and they are planed and sanded to fit together perfectly for these mirrors.

if you came to the private view or the first day of The Contemporary Craft Fair at Bovey Tracey you might have seen the first 2 we had made, but they both sold straight away and we hadn't had a chance to photograph them. We have now made another one and taken some images for you to see.

we will be adding them to our collection of accessories on our website soon and will have them for sale at our next event - Welcombe Open Studios 09.

23 July 2009

featured artists: chris taylor

we've known Chris for a while now, ever since he shared a pottery in Hartland and obviously from shows and exhibitions. We really like his work and are lucky enough to own a few pieces - we have one of his lovely vases and a set of mugs too.

his work is made from white earthenware clay & decorated with colourful slips.
We love the simplicity of the markings, the fluidity, the japanese influence.

his range includes bowls, mugs and vases.
you can see more of his work on his new website
(with more images coming soon).


19 July 2009


it feels like autumn here

nils udo

1. birch sticks, fern leaves, ribwort stems
2. root sculpture
3. little lake

16 July 2009

shigeru ban

"I'm only interested in making something different.
I have no interest in following fashion.
And when you look at the history of architecture, when somebody
develops a new type of structure or material,
a new type of architecture emerges.
I like to develop my own structural systems & materials to make the work my own."

- Shigeru Ban

paper house

maison E

wall-less house

villa kuru

curtain wall house

naked house

japan pavillion

maison E

paper - bamboo - wood - glass - material - nature

transparent - open - fluid - elegant


image credits: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 - Hiroyuki Hirai. 2 & 8 - Nikolas Koenig.

14 July 2009

Welcombe Open Studios 09

Our last event of the summer is the much anticipated Welcombe Open Studios 09, now in it's 4th year and with more artists taking part this year than ever before. 9 artists will be opening their studios around our lovely village of Welcombe on the North Devon coast and there will also be 2 mixed exhibitions as part of the event.

This year we have decided to hold the event over 2 weekends: weekend 1 is over 3 days - 7th to 9th August, and weekend 2 is over 4 days - 28th to 31st August. So if you miss the 1st weekend, you have another chance at the end of the month to visit some of the studios. Alot of the artists taking part only open their studios for this event so it's a great chance to get an exclusive peek into where & how their work is created.

The website for the event is http://www.welcombearts.wordpress.com/ and is where you will find all the details you need to find Welcombe and all the studios, open times, artists contact details, etc.

New artists this year include poet & artist John Moat who will be showing collections of his poems, novels, short stories and limited editions, as well as paintings, prints and etchings. Our new neighbour Tom Hyde will have work on display which include his sculptures in wood, prints and silver jewellery. Rick Hall will be opening his studio for the first time as part of the event showing new paintings and work in progress - his beautiful studio is set in a lovely wooded area of Welcombe and is a must see for visitors.

Also new for this year is a mixed exhibition at The Yarner Trust showing work from makers of furniture, paintings & poetry, mosaics, willow & rush baskets and textiles and a creative painting exhibition in the village hall of Rosina Lytton's work and work by her students.

Other studios open are photography by Paul Jenner - paintings, drawings and ceramics by Rebecca Cohen - textiles & paintings by Jean Goodchild - raku & earthenware pottery by David Westcott - oil paintings and watercolours by Wendy Chiles - and contemporary furniture & accessories by us.

We will have furniture on display, mirrors and clocks from reclaimed cornish slate, new oak mirrors, leaf lanterns and gold leaf bowl lanterns, tea-light blocks, ash & oak chopping/serving boards, oak and slate lamps and some 2nd's & old stock at reduced prices. If you are on our postal mailing list you will be getting a detailed leaflet sent to you any day now. If you aren't on our mailing list and would like to be please fill in your details here.

As well as the 11 different studios to visit, Kings Cottage Nursery will be opening their beautiful gardens over the 2 weekends (closed Saturdays) for visitors and plant sales and The Old Smithy Inn will be open for lunch & dinner. There will also be another exhibition in the village hall starting 29th August of Gabrielle Goodchild's beautiful etchings & paintings as part of the Drawn to the Valley open studios event (more details here). And, of course, you must check out the beach at Welcombe Mouth.

Hope to see you in August.
sammy & glenn

welcombe open studios 09, pachadesign, well barn, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
7th - 9th August and 28th to 31st August 09 - 10.30am to 4.30pm

13 July 2009

homes: santiago

beautiful house on the outskirts of Santiago
featured in last months Elle Decoration

lovely photography by Mirjam Bleeker

our kind of place

12 July 2009

risk exposure

Last night we went to the private view of the Latest Risk Exposure, held in the Church Rooms in Hartland. There's some lovely work on display, we especially liked Rose's new paintings and we always like Paul's work.
The exhibition is open from today until the 18th July, showing art by Rose Anderson, Roy Collins, Jay Luttman Johnson, Bill Clark, Paul Anderson, Grizel Luttman Johnson and Tony Haslegrave.

Latest Risk Exposure, The Church Rooms, in the car park, Hartland,
North Devon, ex39 6
12th - 18th july open: 10am to 4pm.

11 July 2009

days like these

days like these
(fog and rain in the middle of our british summer)
we feel like going for tea and cake at baileys

one of our favourite shops

beautifully converted farm buildings,
a mix of vintage and new furniture & accessories,
great lighting & storage ideas, a lovely art cafe,
a good philosophy

baileys, whitecross farm, bridstow, hr9 6ju

9 July 2009

dear and yonder

a few stills from Dear & Yonder
a new surf film by Tiffany Campbell and Andria Lessler

watch the trailer here


image credits: 1 - dave homcy. 2,3 & 4 - tmc. 5 - jimmicane. 6 - andria lessler.
7 & 8 - tmc. 9 - jimmicane. 10 - andria lessler. 11 - john smart.