Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Happy New Year!

The Swedish way of celebrating New Year's is slightly different from the British way. We wear our best part frocks, have fireworks at midnight and party ALL night long with good food and drink. And good company of course! If our cocktails turn out good we'll post them over at Blossom & Bill's for sure.
Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Christmas is over! Time to start thinking about shedding our clothes and go skinny dipping in lakes and stuff!

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Penguin Splash

This delightful child's loft space was first featured on the blog Ma Cabane Celeste . A splash of ISAK Penguin wallpaper helps to bring the room's personality alive. Clean, fresh and new but also traditional and homely.

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

John Lewis

If you're still looking for Christmas presents - you can now find us in selected John Lewis stores.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Happy Christmas / God Jul!

Merry Christmas everyone from us in snowy Arundel!
A huge thank you to all our customers and supporters and manufacturers! We're looking forward to another prosperous year!

X Nick & Sandra

Saturday, 19 December 2009

ISAK December Press

ISAK received a scattering in the glossies in December. It's always nice to be represented in a Swedish magazine, it's like we haven't been forgotten about back home. Sandra and the rest of the design team should be popping up in another Swedish Interiors magazine next month. Keep an eye out for them.

Last Orders

Hi everyone, hope you are all getting excited about Christmas (or effectively escaping!). Just a reminder that if you need any beautiful happy things to arrive in time for Christmas, then we need your order in by 8 o'clock Monday morning. Whatever you are doing have a wonderful Christmas, make sure to get some rest, get inspired and don't get stressed!

Merry Christmas

Friday, 18 December 2009


It's snowing! Snowmen and snowball fights, children shrieking with joy. Can we dare hope for a white Christmas? It'll be the first one in... forever!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Sunday, 13 December 2009

This is the result!

The boys came back with the most beautiful tree. The baby has already broken 3 bulbuls, one glass heart, 2 vases and a flower pot. Guess there's no surprice what he'll get me for Chrsitmas? :)

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Penguin Blanket

The 100% Norwegian wool blanket has been much in demand over the last couple of weeks. As we only make a few each year, they have nearly sold out. There are a handful of the Turquoise left but the Brown ones have all gone. They may only be around for a few more days...

Christmas tree

If we'd been in Sweden now we'd just go out for the day and select a tree or two from granddad's woods behind his garden. He'd get his axe out and just chop it down. We'd bring it home fresh smelling with creatures and everything! Instead we're going to have a little drive around and buy one today.

Sunday, 6 December 2009


We're leaving the office on a few days sourcing trip to Portugal. Seeing some new factories and hopefully making new friends with them. Throw in a couple of layins and we should be returning very refreshed indeed!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Sing a song or two!

Our Fika Cups...

We promised these would be ready mid to late November. They are still not ready... The samples arrived and we approved them - they looked great! But when the stock arrived... the quality of the print was just not up to scratch. So, we decided to bin them and have the manufacturer make new cups. Quality is extremely important to us and although we hate to disappoint and not to be able to keep our word - we hope that our customers will bare with us. We sincerely apologise.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

The Threee Kings

The Three Preussian Kings? Or Russian? Or... the Three Mogul Kings... Who ever they are they are happy and ready to enjoy the holidays!

Monday, 30 November 2009

Christmas Post

With December being blown into us tomorrow, please note the postage dates for your ISAK parcels to reach you by Christmas Day. Please allow a couple of days ontop of this to avoid disappointment,

UK Standard Post: Sunday 20th December 12noon
UK Special Delivery: Tuesday 22nd December 12noon
UK Express Post: Tuesday 22nd December 12noon

Europe: 10th December 12noon
Rest of the World: 9th December 12noon

UK Special Delivery is by Royal Mail Special Delivery service.
UK Express Post is by UPS next day delivery. This costs £10. Please contact us if you wish to upgrade.

We do wish you all a truly Merry, Peaceful and Loving Christmas.


Thursday, 26 November 2009

S and T...

First abc poster

Our first alphabet poster was the Abc character one and since then we've made at least another seven new designs. But we can't just let these characters go... Any suggestions what we should do with them? Anyone?

Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Went to Sweden for some inspiration. A few days away in a magical winter wonderland... some ice fishing, snowball fighting and mould wine drinking by the fire place...  Right! First of all, the lakes don't freeze over until January. November is mild and rainy... rainier than England in fact! And no one has fireplaces over there! So we cought crayfish in the rain and grilled hot dogs over open fire instead. Kind of cozy... in a cold damp way.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Just for you

ISAK made to order wallpaper in the Emporium section of Junior magazine november issue. We make the wallpaper to fit your wall dimensions to create a bespoke feature wall.


Detail from the 1-20 Counting Poster Birds. How many Birds are there?

Gift Ideas

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Elle & Olle

Have any of you spotted Olle popping up in the Christmas edition of Elle Deco? And yes he is just in his underpants!

Friday, 13 November 2009

Furnish etc

Hi Emmy! Thanks for showing off our new wallpapers on your wonderful design and interiors blogg, Furnish etc. We know that our Swedish admirers  really appreciate our designs.

Retro to Go

Thanks to the team at Retro to Go for picking up on a few of our hip and retro designs. Spread the love! Note the Blossom & Bill cards are available from our friend James at 1973.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Elle Deco ad

What do you think?!Our latest ad in Elle Deco.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Design Sponge!

Chesk this out! We made it on to Design Sponge! Thank's Grace!

Friday, 6 November 2009


Something old but quite nice. Found this when we were tidying up. They were a series of post cards, rejected by the one who commissioned them. And then forgotten about.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Penguin Wallpaper

The family of Penguin Wallpaper is now complete. The clean, repetitive pattern gives the impression of extending the space where it is hung. First there was Turquoise inspired by the infinite, delicate hues of an Atacama Sky...

Next came reflection Silver. The Silver has some black mixed in for greater contrast, and the colour effect changes with the light in the room...

Wasabi Green was next on our wish list. the colour inspired by the Japanese Horse radish that  will only grow in pure, clean, free-flowing water...

And now to complete the line-up, Plum. A solid, hearty British Plum...

All four colourways were chosen to be neutral and calming, to show-off the Penguin pattern. They are all available from ISAK and selected retailers in standard 10m rolls. £30/roll.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A memory...

Rain makes us nostalgic...  It never used to rain like this... Here's a sunny Swedish memory.

Dad cought the fish, I hawled it in from the back of the boat. Grandad gutted it on the jetty. Mum went for a wee under a spruce. Mormor picked blueberries for dessert and my cousins collected dead wood for the fire. We would eagerly eat the perfectly flame grilled trout handed out to us on paper plates and drink fresh water, straight from the lake. By the time it got dark someone would inevitably have had too much moonshine, stumbled over their clogs and fallen in to the water. Those were beautiful happy days. In the morning we would be awakened early by the birds, crawl out of our sleeping bags and count the mosquito bites. The one with most had to empty the wee bucket. It never failed - it was always me emptying that bucket...

Monday, 2 November 2009

The Last Batch

The Blossom & Bill Classic Red tray introduced the couple as ISAK's global design ambassadors. It has been a very popular and well featured product which epitomises the ISAK design ethic. Clean, fun, vibrant and bursting with life. Blossom & Bill continue on their journey of discovery but The Classic Red Tray is coming to an end. The final batch has been pressed, coated and finished by hand. Each tray made from 7 birchwood laminates from the sustainable forests of Sweden. Each tray part made by Trolls in the heart of the forest. The Trolls are now busy making the Blue Blossom & Bill tray that will continue to be available for a while. Each tray comes slipped into a 100% cotton tote so that you can carry it home or to the dinner party and use the bag to continue carrying your swag wherever you go.

But for now there will be no more red at the factory. Pick one up while you can...

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Starting to think Christmas...

We can't help but to start feeling a little bit Christmassy over here...


What a rainy windy miserable day!  We're going  to make ginger bread men to cheer us up. Now that Halloween is over - we can start making edible Christmas decorations. Finally!

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Lastest news on our fabric

On Tuesday we went to see the first perfect meters of our Familjen fabric roll off the print but oh so disappointing it was... The screens had been made in the wrong order and the print looked diabolic... Nothing else to do but to have new screens made... This is of course causing delay... We'll keep you posted.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Stay warm

Tucked away in the mid-Norwegian hinterland south-east of Trondheim is the quiet town of Roros. It is a small community. A place without pretention, renown or significance. A one-time mining community where copper from pulled out from beneath the old-fold mountains.

When a childless Director of the mine died in the 1700s, he bequeathed his wealth to the local community that had served him and the mine. He set up a foundation to supply free yarn to the community and teach them to weave.

Roros is now listed as a World Heritage Site with over 100 original dwellings preserved and maintained as they were in the mining days. Now the town has nothing to offer but tranquility, beauty and a sense of belonging. On the outskirts of the town there is still a textile plant run by father and daughter Erling and Arnstein Digernes. They still produce the finest lambswool blankets in the world with 100% pure Norwegian wool. Each blanket is inspected by hand and the wool is teased up with needles to give better thermal properties. The blanket will last you a lifetime.

This is where ISAK came to produce our Penguin blankets. Blankets that will keep you warm and carry your memories for the rest of your life.