Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Blog tip

Rakel from Denmark is running this lovely crafty blog:
Check it out!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

An unexpected visitor

We had an unexpected visitor coming to lunch with us today! He poured orange juice down his jumper so had to dine in the nude.

McLaggan Smith collaboration

We'll try and be creative and take some life style pics over lunch time, until then - here are the new McLaggan Smith cups we did!

Monday, 29 March 2010

More cups!

These are the new designs for a series of cups we have done together with McLaggan Smith. What do you think?

Saturday, 27 March 2010

11 o'clock

It's that time of day, and this is just what is needed. 11 o'clock fika with coffee and a snack. Thanks to Monja at Sweet Memories for the pictures.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Mermaid fever...

There's a mermaid fever spreading at Isak! Our newest addition to our mermaid family is Monja. Hello Monja! Monja is representing us over in Norway now, welcome on board!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Art Deco ISAK

Colin & Jools are busy restoring their 1935 Art Deco house in Leeds. The Penguin wall paper was a perfect match to give the rooms a modernist twist. Thanks for the images... and good luck with the restoration!
The Penguin wallpaper was also spotted in the PETA Head Office in Finland... Thanks Saia!

Harvest Wallpaper

Our Harvest wallpaper! Spring is on it's way!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Lovebird cups

We've nearly run out of Lovebird and Leaf cups. But don't fret! We're having more made for the summer.

Monday, 22 March 2010

Isak Sverige/ Sweden

We're now running a Swedish web site and blog in honour of our Scandinavian heritage. Welcome all Scandinavians! And welcome on board Marie!

Owl Wallpaper

Detail from our Owl Wallpaper.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

The trip

Some snap shots while we're compiling the story for you all to read. Top: a bech in Mexico. Middle: a lake in Guatemala. Bottom: an amazing market in Santiago de Atitlán, Guatemala.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Old Birds

Found this when looking through some old files. It's the first rough for our first counting poster back in 2006. It looks like something that's been sitting on a fridge for many years, sun bleached and loved... Like it!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010


We left San Cristobal de las Casas, south on the Yucatan peninsula, early this morning only to be trapped by a protest blockade 3 hours later. All roads in the county had been blocked off in protest to the government. We managed to make it back to San Christobal through dirt tracks after paying 20 pesos to  some villagers who decided to take advantage of the situation. Back in San Christobal we couldn't get back out. 6 hours in the car - a whole day wasted  and still 1300 km to travel tomorrow... On the good side, we did find some very fine coffee beans this afternoon. :)

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

The first coffee bean!

After driving a whole day across Guatemala and then crossing a lake surrounded by volcanoes in an old plastic boat - we finally got to lay our eyes on the first coffee beans. This is how they look! We'll keep you posted on more!

Thursday, 11 March 2010

FIka cups!

This is a great blog, thanks for e-mailing us about it!

Featured on SwissMiss!

Well  done Sandra from Loja de Estar! We ove SwissMiss and this looks great!

Almost back on route

Not so many coffee beans in sight yet but we made it across the Belize border in to Guatemala and the amazing Mayan temples in the middle of the jungles at Tikal. Admittedly coffee wasn't on our minds this morning at 6 am standing  right here listening to the jaguars roaring in the back ground and watching spider monkeys swinging through the trees.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The coffee trail

Hello! First post on the coffee hunt. Five days in and we're been tempted slightly off track but who can blame us - we were just passing Belize and thought that while we're here... it would be a good idea to check out the atolls and the reefs. The Guatemalan coffee tasting has to wait just a few more days because today we're swimming with sharks and sea turtles.

We set out in Mexico to check out some cotton and sample some mole. The best mole, both a green one and a red one, we had was in Tulum, in the smallest and dirtiest street stall anyone has never seen. !Delicioso! Montezuma was kind that day, lucky for us! The drive down to Belize was interesting, the border crossing slightly intimidating. We stopped to climb some mayan runins and to say hello to the noisy howler monkeys then drove through a vast Amish settlement in the middle of nowhere.
We'll keep you posted, when electricity permits!

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Table cloth sample!

Our coated table cloth sample arrived this morning. It's water resistent, look!

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Coffee fever


That's it! Off to Guatemala to source some Arabica! !Hasta luego! !Nos vemos pronto!

Times wrote this aobut us


 Sandra Isaksson, a Swedish graphic designer based in West Sussex, produces ferociously funky printed wallpapers, trays and posters under the company name Isak. She says of her new Fika cup: “Fika means to sit down and have a cuppa, relax, eat some cookies. This is always done at 11 in the morning in Sweden. Then again at 3pm, then again after dinner.” This I’m inclined to believe, but her explanations can be, let us say, folkloric. Isaksson confides of one of her best­sellers, the birchwood-ply Blossom and Bill tray (38cm dia­meter, £25; “It is handmade in Sweden by trolls.” 

What?! They are all handmade by trolls!

  WALLPAPER Sandra Isaksson’s brand stands out for its quirky penguin and owl prints. A family of owls, perched on branches on a turquoise sky background, can be custom designed so that the branches extend around your child’s room (£30 per square metre; 01903 885380,