Friday, 31 October 2008

Fabulous Fabrics

ISAK has spent the last year developing a line of fabulous fabrics and we have used the designs to produce a range of kiddy and toddler clothes that will be available from January 2009. The fabric designs are; Penguin, Ichi-ni, Geisha, Tokyo and Kimono. The names betray the Far East cuts that the clothes are inspired by. They have been made for comfort, practicality and, of course, beauty!

The patterns will give rise to; Romper suits for babies and baby blankets, dresses for our little Geisha girls, track suits, Kimono dresses and bedding for all toddlers. The woolen blankets feature the Penguin design in Turquiose and Chocolate. We hope you love them as mush as we do.

Keep your eyes on the blog for updates as to when they will be available.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Totally Totes

When you purchase one of ISAK's new range of trays or Breadboards we will provide you with a made to measure 100% cotton tote to carry your gift home. It's convenient and looks lovely. You can also use it again and again, whenever you pop out to the shops. No packaging to throw away.

Large Trays £25. Small Trays £15. Breadboards £25. Totes £0.
ISAK: Accessories for the Modern Home.

Beautiful Happy Things.

Friday, 24 October 2008

More than a Cup

In Scandinavia drinking is a very important social and personal event. Coffee is essential for an event to be "Hyggeligt", meaning to create a cosy atmosphere. We at ISAK believe that putting a handle on a cup spoils its aesthetic. We enjoy a sleek appearance and a cup that can be "cupped".
We have also added an oak lid to the cups to keep warm drinks warm or if drinking outside (as we like to), to keep unwelcome guests out of our latte. The lid also acts as a coaster if required to protect your tabletops. They also make lovely little storage jars.

The cups come in 2 designs; Lovebird or Leaf, to match the Birchwood serving trays. All available from the ISAK shop and selected retailers.

Lovebird or Leaf cup £8. Large serving tray £25. Small serving tray £15.

ISAK: Accessories for the modern Home, Beautiful Happy Things.

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.6

6. Tableware: Kurikyu Magewappa. These exquisitely handcrafted pieces of tableware are made from almost paper-light Akita Cedar. You can see and feel the craftsmanship in each article whether it is a simple rice bowl or a teapot. They look delicate but are robust from the painstaking manufacturing process that can take several weeks. We honestly believe that food tastes better when served from good tableware.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Blossom & Bill Have a Makeover

For the new ISAK range Blossom & Bill have been given a makeover. The Altiplano Blue from this season's palette now forms their patterned backdrop. Blossom tries a hint of lippy!

Having spent the summer traveling, researching new products and trying out new designs, Blossom & Bill are now back in the bossom of ISAK.

We celebrate their return with this new serving tray and a series of 8 festive greetings cards.

Birchwood serving tray £25. Cards £2 each.

Monday, 20 October 2008

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.5

4. Lighting: SNOOPY
design by Achille Castiglioni and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni in 1967.
Classic cool design that just sets off any room. My room-mate at university had one and it made us want to study!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

New Range of Handy Trays

The New Range of Handy Trays will be available from ISAK soon. The Birchwood trays are made in Sweden from sustainable forest. They have a protective coat to be dishwasher friendly.

The three new ranges are; Lovebird, Landsby and Leaf, inspired by nature and community. The designs evolved from a fresh neutral palette.
The trays measure 27cm x 20cm and are suitable as party trays for nibbles, cocktail trays for drinks or any time for snacks, cakes, tea & biscuits.

They're versatile, they look good and being made from wood they will last as long as you need them.

Leaf, Landsby, Lovebird small tray £15 from ISAK.
Beautiful Happy Things.

Friday, 17 October 2008

Blossom & Bill's Places to Visit No.1

BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world

BALTIC is an international leader in the ambitious and distinctive presentation, commissioning, development and communication of contemporary visual art

BALTIC presents a changing programme of exhibitions across 4 diverse gallery spaces. BALTIC does not have a permanent collection.

BALTIC exists to enrich people’s lives with a programme that deepens their knowledge, understanding and love of contemporary visual art while increasing and broadening its impact.

BALTIC presents an increasingly ambitious, innovative and wide-ranging programme, which includes exhibitions by established ‘big name’ artists as well as smaller scale shows which offer opportunities to emerging artists.

BALTIC’s Artist Residency Programme forms an integral part of our activities and is an important element of BALTIC’s role as an originator of new works as well as providing unparalleled opportunities for artists to engage with the local community.

And on top of all these you can pick up an ISAK gift from the shop to brighten up your home.

ISAK: Beautiful Happy Things

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.4

4. Tableware: Warm Tea Set by Tonfisk. We love that Tonfisk take the most basic products and give them a new design twist. The combination of different materials, and solving an aesthetic vs function problem through new design is something we really admire. Tonfisk products are created with a vision of not producing yet another shape but a whole new idea. As Tonfisk say, "We feel that there is in all people an appreciation of creativity and inspiration."

Looks good & works well. This sort of tableware works as table decoration.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Workboard Wall Decorations

Introducing a new product by ISAK. The Workboard Wall Decorations have been designed to look superb on any wall, and also, encourage interactive learning of the alphabet and numbers.
Children can sit with the parent and practice their letters and numbers. The boards can be drawn on with soluble pens or crayons and wiped clean with soapy water before being put back on the wall. They can also be used as workboards for doing homework or drawing.

No need for a frame or mount, the boards can be placed on a lip shelf or hung by a nail.

The Abc and 123 Wall Decorations fulfill ISAK's desire to produce beautiful objects that have purpose and function. We are very happy with them and will add to the range next year.

Wall Decoration 50cm x 35cm. £40 each.

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.3

4. Utility: Pedal Waste Separator by Hailo. Not the most innovative or attractive product but Blossom & Bill like this design because of its form & function. A bin should not draw attention to itself. It should be sleek, unobtrusive and practical.
The Trento® öko 19+11 offers the ideal solution for separating biodegradable waste from the rest of waste. The smaller, green inner bin holds 11 litres - ideal for biodegradable waste. The larger, black bin will even hold up to 19 litres. This is handy if you live on a higher floor. The bins become full at roughly the same time and you can empty both bins at once.

There are more attractive bins but who wants to be aware of a bin?

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Sancta Lucia

The Italian Saint Lucia (light-bearer), who was killed for her faith in 304 AD in Syracuse, is celebrated in the Nordic countries, particularly in Sweden.

Dressed in white, with real candles in her hair, she leads white-clad singing processions in homes, workplaces, schools, churches, clubs and associations. Contests appoint the Lucia of Sweden and of various regions.

Lucia also pays early visits to the Nobel Prize Laureates in their hotel rooms singing about Lucia bringing light to darkness and the hope of a new dawn.

Blossom & Bill Festive Greetings Cards available as a pack of 8 different designs. £10/pack.

Printed with vegetable ink on 100% recycled paper.

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.2

2. Toys: take-g wooden toys. Take-G toy’s is a ‘toy’ maker which mostly deals with wooden crafts hand-made by Takeji (Take-G) Nakagawa. His motto is to bring wooden beauty and quality into life in his own style. In his own words;

"When I think of ‘future’, I cannot help thinking of ‘past’ at the same time. Trees take long time (tens and hundreds years) to grow and show us their beauty . I think that I have responsibilities as a craftsman and an artist of breathing new life into these trees. I have a job to link 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future through my work. This is my values toward my work.
I wish my work, which carries such values, can grab imaginations of children of the past, present and future."

These are quite simply exquisite hand made wooden toys. They contain that sizzle of magic that all great toys have, to feed a young imagination.

Blossom & Bill's Recommendations No.1

Blossom & Bill act as ambassadors for ISAK. They travel the world looking for interesting places and innovative design. Here are 10 of the items they have spotted on their travels to brighten up your home. Number 1 is a minimalist piece of furniture that can be indoors or outside and we think is just lovely.

1. Furniture: The Union Bench by i do design. Each piece is individually numbered and signed with only 100 planned to be made. We think the red looks fantastic. It takes one week to make each piece that weighs in at only 60kg. Made in a small studio in Kalmar Sweden.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Blossom & Bill feature on a series of 8 Christmas inspired cards by ISAK.
It may be a coincidence but Head of Design; Sandra Isaksson, gave birth to a beautiful happy baby boy on 7th October. Congratulations to her, and we are waiting to hear when Blossom or Bill Jr is expected!

All cards printed with vegetable ink on 100% recycled paper.
Card, envelope and sleeve 100% biodegradable.
Blossom & Bill Festive Greeting Cards. Pack of 8 Cards £10. Serving Tray £25. Party Tray £15. Charger £20.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Sandra Isaksson, Head of Design at ISAK, has been selected to be featured in Volume 1 of Print & Pattern. The volume is a spin off from the very successful blog;

The volume will feature all the latest and most talented designers in the realm of graphic design. Volume 2 is already being put together.

Monday, 6 October 2008

Leaf Greetings Card

ISAK steals back into the 70s with the retro vibe of the Leaf greetings card.
Put on some Rubettes or Racey, light up a Panatella and pour a Creme de Menthe or Advocat.
The Leaf pattern invokes the strength and renewal of nature and that the 70s were vibrant, fun and exuberant.

Printed with vegetable ink on 100% recycled paper.
Card, envelope and sleeve 100% biodegradable.
Card £2. Wooden Serving Tray £25. Wooden Party Tray £15. Cup £8.
ISAK beautiful happy things.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

123 Greeting Card

"I love my numbers card because mommy says I can cycle it! My favourite numbers are twenteen and twenty-ten but these are hidden in this card."

ISAK 123 greeting card to accompany the 123 Counting Poster and 123 Wall decoration.
To stimulate learning and interaction, and brighten up any room.

Printed with vegetable ink on recycled paper.
Card, envelope & insert 100% biodegradable.
Card £2. Poster £25. Wooden Wall Decoration £40.
ISAK beautiful happy things.

Thursday, 2 October 2008

Turquoise Penguin Blanket

We are so pleased with the quality of the Penguin Blanket made from 100% Norwegian wool that we decided to introduce another colourway. The luxurious blanket is now available in turquoise and white, as well as, brown and white. The colours have been chosen from the 2008-2009 season palette to blend with the full ISAK range of homeware products. Neutral colourways were inspired by nature to be suitable for any occasion. The blankets are reversible and bordered with contrasting stitching. Inspired by long Swedish winters, wrapped up and cosy, these blankets will remain a comforting companion for many years. We love them, we hope you do to.
Dry clean only 135cm x 100cm. £110.
The Penguin design is also available in high quality 10m wallpaper rolls to compliment any room.