25 Dec 2010

merry xmas


pachadesign {website}

image: merry xmas 2010 from pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

19 Dec 2010

isabel dammermann

a little selection of some of our favourite pieces from jeweller isabel dammermann. these stunning pieces are from her "treasuries" collection. isabel uses some unusual & beautiful materials for her work: found objects, silver, fake ivory, shibuishi, shells, fabric and even transparent paper.
we love the way her silver pieces look so raw and chalky and unpolished, like the two neck pieces and the two rings below. and we had never heard of shibuishi until seeing her work - an alloy of silver & copper that, in isabel's pieces, produce beautiful colours from blacks & greys to reds/pinks & browns.

1. rings, silver
2. pendant, silver, cotton
3. brooch, silver, shell
4. necklace, silver, ebony, leather
5. brooch, shibuishi, silver, found stone


isabel dammermann {website}

found via the best time of the day - thanks g, you always find the coolest jewellery.

18 Dec 2010



snowy atlas mountains by fionn regan
image: snowy by pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

16 Dec 2010

noma + ditte isager

we always have books on our xmas wish lists and this year noma is one of them. noma: time & place in nordic cuisine is a collection of over 90 recipes created by chef rené redzepi with some beautiful photographs by ditte isager, one of our favourite photographers. we have admired her work for a long time and the images she has taken for this book look stunning. we have only glimpsed a few shots that ditte has on her website but it's enough for us to want this book. so, it's on our xmas list and if we get it, maybe we'll be trying our hand at nordic cuisine over the holidays. some of the recipes sound very intriguing.


noma: time & place in nordic cuisine by rené redzepi
published by phaidon {website}
images by ditte isager {website}

15 Dec 2010

currently loving

it's time we did one of our currently loving collections - this one is all about soft winter light with a little hint of warmth. we hope it's sunny where you are today. info & links below. enjoy.

come darkness, here we are again - photographs & fabrics by maria alexandra vettese for chelliswilson {website}
preciousness of moments - brooch, silver, knitted yarn, natural dye by leila arzaghi {website}
zalm: a collection of naturally dyed scarfs - by loraine (grijs), this one is no5 salmon {website} {blog}
fleurs - beautiful & delicate pieces by artist lyndie dourthe {website}

11 Dec 2010

tredegar house - made by hand 2010

we are a little late with this post .... we came home from last weekend's show to lots of orders so we have been pretty busy this week.

thanks to everyone that came to see us at Made by Hand held at the beautiful Tredegar House in Newport. we had a really good show and, despite the bad weather that was forecast for that weekend, there were lots of visitors - so thankyou to everyone that braved the cold and came to visit. the show hosted a great selection of designer makers from all over the uk and looked beautiful set in the house & grounds of Tredegar House.


images: made by hand at tredegar house by pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

2 Dec 2010

made by hand

hope to see you this weekend.

made by hand {website}
3rd - 5th dec 2010
Tredegar House
NP10 8YW

1 Dec 2010

a few thankyou's

thankyou to everyone that came to see us at the crux craft fair at the weekend and especially to Molly & Mr G ... it was really lovely to meet you both and glad you liked the lanterns you bought from us. we completely sold out of them just after you bought yours.
Molly wrote a lovely piece about us {here} on her blog last week and then came to visit us at the fair. you can read about her day at crux craft fair {here}.

we also wanted to say a huge thanks again to David for including our oak edge & slate dining table in his blog post "portrait of a dining table" .... what an honour! you can have a look at the post {here} and do check out the rest of David's blog Y.H.B.H.S ..... it's one of our favourites so we weren't surprised to see that it was recently included on Remodelista's 100+ must read design blogs!

another big thankyou to Devon Life magazine for including our leaf lanterns in their Made In Devon article about inspirational xmas gifts made by local artists. you can find the article in the december issue.

and finally thankyou to those of you that emailed about the free tickets for our next show Made By Hand - the winner was Stuart from Bristol - your tickets are in the post and we hope to see you this weekend in Newport, Wales.

24 Nov 2010

made by hand show 3rd - 5th dec + ticket giveaway

our last show of the year is in a couple of weekends time: Made By Hand is a brand new craft & design event for xmas and will be held at the beautiful Tredegar House in Newport, Wales. you can buy direct from 140 of the UK's finest designer makers: furniture, ceramics, glass, textiles, jewellery, silver, leather, metal, fashion, wood, interiors & more.
over the 3 days there will also be workshops & demonstrations including children's crafts, family entertainment & live music and delicious locally sourced food. the parking is free and an adult day ticket for the show is £5 (there are concessions & 3 day tickets available too - accompanied under 14's get in free).

it's going to be a beautiful show and we really hope to see you there. we have a pair of free tickets to giveaway each admitting one adult - all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning both tickets is to leave a comment on this post before this sunday evening (don't forget to leave your email address so we can notify you if you have won). the winner will notified on monday 29th.

here is a little selection of some of the beautiful work you will be able to see & buy at the show (details & links below):

pachadesign, anne morgan
jennifer collier, ruth green design
laura thomas, mark hilde
stephanie ray, sarah malone
daniele geargeoura, pachadesign
becky adams, ecoh by eiko yoshida
peris & corr, sarah malone
ruth harries, anya keeley

Made By Hand {website}
3rd - 5th dec 2010
Tredegar House
NP10 8YW

good luck with the ticket giveaway & we hope to see you at our last xmas 2010 show.

20 Nov 2010


it really feels like it today.
fresh & blue but with an icy chill in the wind.

and we have neglected our garden for a little while now.
it's covered in autumn leaves .... but it's still there.

think we may have some more collections coming up soon.

enjoy your weekend.


image: dead flowers by pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

19 Nov 2010

our next show: crux craft fair - 27th & 28th nov

the next show we will be exhibiting & selling our work at is crux craft fair in rattery, south devon on the 27th & 28th november. it's a lovely little fair with some great designer makers from devon and the crux cafe serves the yummiest food & cakes. it will be the perfect place to buy handmade gifts for xmas and a chance for you to meet the makers themselves.

here is a little selection of work you will be able to see & buy (details below).

top: yamato nadeshik, pachadesign, heather williams
middle: the inky otter, iris milward, sarah scott
bottom: fluxplay, deborah jones, hilary burns

crux craft fair {website}
27th & 28th nov 2010
10am - 5pm
rattery village hall
rattery, south devon, tq10 9ld

our solo exhibition

our solo exhibition at makers gallery in taunton has finished now - we have left a few pieces for sale in the gallery for their xmas exhibition so you can still pop in and buy our work if you didn't get to the solo exhibition.

thanks to everyone that went to see our display, we had such lovely comments in our comment book which makes all our hard work setting up the exhibition worth while. thought we'd share a few of the comments here for you. there are more images from our solo exhibition {here}


pachadesign {website}

image: pachadesign solo exhibition comments 2010 copyright © pachadesign 2010

18 Nov 2010

billy bride

we spotted one of these beautiful rings on the man make home blog and had to investigate further. these stunning raw crystal rings are made by renee warne as part of her billy bride jewellery collection. all pieces are made in australia using indigene australian materials.

we think they are beautiful and we love the way she is passionate about keeping the stones so raw so as not to distract from their natural state.

there are more lovely rings on her website and do check out her blog too (details below).

lita - pyrite, energy & fire, boosts confidence & communication and overcomes indecision.
orin - smokey topaz, a divination stone, brings heightened awareness & clarity of mind.
ieke - clear quartz, a harmonizing stone, to amplify energy & thought.
issa - lapis lazuli, truth & protection, brings harmony & self knowledge, stimulates objectivity.


billy bride {website} & {blog}

17 Nov 2010

thankyou for coming to see us in hereford

we are back from the hereford contemporary craft fair and want to say a huge thankyou to everyone that came to see us there. it's such a lovely show to take part in and it's always nice to catch up with our customers in that part of the country.
if you didn't make it to the show (or you want to come and see us again!) hopefully we'll see you in a couple of weeks time at made by hand in Newport, Wales - more details about the show coming soon with a little ticket giveaway too!

thanks again for coming to see us at the weekend & for buying some of your xmas presents from us ..... we totally sold out of our leaf lanterns again but will have plenty more made in time for made by hand (3rd - 5th dec).


pachadesign {website}

image: leaf lanterns by pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

9 Nov 2010

hereford contemporary craft fair this weekend

our first xmas show of the year is the hereford contemporary craft fair this friday, saturday & sunday (12th - 14th nov). the show is held at the courtyard centre for the arts and showcases 58 of the finest makers in contemporary craft - jewellery, furniture, textiles, ceramics, glass, stone carving, basketry, porcelain, fashion, metal work, sculpture & more.

we will have a range of work for sale at the show including furniture, large sculptural mirrors, a range of clocks, oak & slate lamps, leaf lanterns, our new slate sushi plates & coasters, a range of different size mirrors & our oak chopping boards.

we hope to see you at the show.

pachadesign {website}

hereford contemporary craft fair
courtyard centre for the arts, edgar street, hereford, hr4 9jr
12-14 nov (fri & sat 10-6, sun 10-5)
for more info: www.h-craftfair.co.uk

wo & wé collection

we had a lovely email the other day from Olivier at wo & wé collection telling us how he liked our work and asking us if we would have a look at his work. so, we had a look and we loved it and we thought we'd share it with you.

Olivier is a light "creator-assembler" and makes the coolest adjustable vintage lamps, restored & re-assembled from industrial components. He is based in Lyon, France and has been creating, restoring and assembling his pieces over the last four months.

we think they are very cool. we love where he photographs them too. hope you enjoy looking at his work as much as we did.


wo & wé collection {website}

images: copyright © wo and wé collection

3 Nov 2010

surf jumble & board swap

there are lots of events happening this xmas but we think this one is a little different. a mix of surf related jumble, a bit of lovely art, yummy cakes & tea and the place to swap your board with someone else. {read more here}

our mate cai, over at gul bude, sent us this lovely poster with all the details. if you are interested in having a stall contact cai at gul (details on poster) and maybe we'll see you there.


gul bude {blog} & {twitter}

1 Nov 2010


hope you all had a wicked halloween. we spent ours at a great little gig watching these guys. last night was the first night of their euro tour - catch them if you can {here}


midlake {website}

30 Oct 2010

studio mumbai

we've been enjoying looking at the work of studio mumbai based in india (found via one of our favourite blogs - the best time of the day). beautiful use of wood, glass, stone, water, fabric, with beautiful shapes that play with light & dark. we love the wooden slated screens that occur in many of their projects and the use of agricultural shade net that wraps the structure of the reading room project to let in light & air.

"The essence of our work lies in the relationship between land and architecture, it requires coming to terms with the presence of the environment through the succession of seasons. Projects are developed through careful consideration of place and a practice that draws from traditional skills, local building techniques, materials, and an ingenuity arising from limited resources"

studio mumbai


studio mumbai {website}
all images from studio mumbai website

29 Oct 2010

busy + work in progress

we've been pretty busy over the last couple of weeks .... hence our lack of posts lately. lots of orders made for shops & galleries ready for xmas and we've been working on two large scale pieces that will be finished very very soon (all will be revealed soon).

I've been making lots of our leaf lanterns but still have to make more for xmas shows we have coming up. we'll be posting details about the shows & exhibitions we are doing this xmas soon.

work in progress: metal & oak for the two pieces we are working on at the moment. we are really looking forward to showing you these when they are finished.


pachadesign leaf lanterns {here}

images: leaf lanterns + work in progress by pachadesign copyright © pachadesign 2010

16 Oct 2010

happy weekend

the sun is shining today and we are off to the beach for a little surf competition.

enjoy your weekend.


image: beach 1 copyright © pachadesign 2010

11 Oct 2010

story + deli

story has always been one of our favourite places - it's such a beautiful space and ann shores styling is perfect. we went to the story deli for pizza twice while we were exhibiting at Origin - if you haven't already been, we think you should.

story {website}

10 Oct 2010

assemblage 1 by studio toogood

studio toogood can do no wrong in our eyes - we were so gutted to have missed the debut during the london design festival of their 1st collection of objects (the project called super natural was on at the same time as we were exhibiting at Origin, so we couldn't go).

the collection, titled assemblage 1, features furniture, lighting & textiles of simple geometric forms from wood, stone & brass. we think the collection is beautiful and, as always with studio toogood, the styling of the project is perfect. our favourite pieces are element table, element light in stone, mobile and diagonal textile 1.

to see more: assemblage 1 {here} & super natural {here}


studio toogood {website}

9 Oct 2010

stuff we liked at origin 2010

as promised, a little selection of more stuff we liked at this years Origin. if you missed our other post of things we were looking forward to seeing - click {here}.

derek wilson's stunning ceramics {website}

laura bennett's lovely fragile jewellery {website}

kaori tatebayashi's beautiful teapots {website}

claire loder's cool & always so perfectly titled ceramic heads {website}

gary allson's beautiful tactile plates & bowls {website}
p.s. don't forget to vote for gary's work at the british design awards {here}

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