Thursday, 30 April 2009


Copenhagen is a Mecca for Design Tourists and a fantastic city to visit any time of the year. Tine at Girlie-Hurly has a lovely little boutique tucked away in Istedgade on the west side of the city. She has a panchent for anything 50s and anything pink! The retro feel of some of ISAK's range fits very well amongst the"lyserød lollypop, plastikpjank, fis og ballade."
Take trip into the past with some very contemporary design accessories.

Girlie Hurly
Istedgade 101
1650 København V

Opening Times:
Mon-thur 11.17.30, fri 11-18.30, sat 10-15.

Contact information:
Tlf: 33 24 22 41
fax: 33 24 22 51

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Gotta Scoot!

Wooden bicycle rims have better elasticity properties, particularly over long distances, and provide better braking performance. And if you make them out of the best Slovenian Beech then no knots means no weak points. Fiorenzo Magni won 3 Tour de France on them. So if you fancy doing a few miles on two wheels, send an order form to Cerchio Ghisallo where these beautiful products are hand crafted. We have our eyes on a scooter, who wouldn't want to go to work on one of these?

Friday, 24 April 2009

Bind Weed

For those of you wondering what happened to the ISAK allotment; Imogen has been very busy with the boys from the estate. The ground has been cleared and leveled and dug, then dug again. I'll let you work out the BEFORE and AFTER shots.
We are very sorry to the host of field mice and slow-worms that we were forced to evacuate. We are now waiting expectantly having planted potatoes, sweetcorn, chard, carrots, beetroot, broccoli, peas, runner beans, onions, parsnips and variations there of. Unfortunately all that seems to be growing is bind-weed...everywhere.
The shed hasn't changed and is home to the displaced fieldmice.
The ISAK office rest area has been cleared, but is still not quite ready for the conference calls. We have to admit to being quite enthralled by nature and humbled, it's all rather exciting.

Monday, 13 April 2009

Birdsong & Babytalk

Birds don’t sing. It just sounds like that to us. Birds talk to each other. They learn how to do this from their parents. There is only one other species who can do this; humans. Just like us, most birds are content with talking about their homes and chatting up good-looking birds for some flocking together! However, songbirds, parrots, magpies and hummingbirds have huge vocabularies, including mimicry. You will often hear Starlings mimicking machinery, car alarms or whistling. Before you use the term birdbrain try and mimic a Song Thrush. You can’t because a bird’s larynx, called a syrinx, is located closer to the lungs, and allows two notes to be made at the same time. Springtime is heralded by the dawn chorus, but no-one knows why. I think it is just because the birds are happy. In the autumn you will hear baby Robins and Blackbirds talking to themselves as they learn how to talk. Think of that the next time you hear your baby babbling to his self in the nursery.

This is merely a long-sleeved t-shirt and doesn’t talk at all. We just think it looks nice.

Sumo T-shirt, £18.
Sizes 0-3months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 1-2yrs, 2-3yrs, 3-4yrs, 4-5yrs

Available now from ISAK: Design for the Modern Home
Beautiful Happy Things

Monday, 6 April 2009

Chalet & Abode-New York

Welcome to the latest members of ISAK stockists. Chalet in Bakewell is a beautiful, hidden gem of a shop. A lovely collection of interior specialities, mainly sourced from France and Scandinavia.
Rustic, homely and quirky. If you are taking a trip to Derbyshire, be sure to pop in and see Lou and browse her collection at 1 Kings Court, Kings Street.

On the other side of the pond our "special relationship" with the USA is growing with our first stockist in New York. Tony & Brian run Abode-New York in Brooklyn. They aim to stock "unique and contemporary home furnishings for the urban dweller".

If you are planning to take a bite of The Big Apple, drop by, say hi and find some NY style to take home with you.