Some sad news coming out of one of my favourite fashion companies.  The design duo of Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison left their eponymous line earlier this month.  It is speculated that the move was based on the changes proposed to the company's vision and direction by the parent company, Marc Fisher Footwear.  The good news is that Siegerson and Morrison have vowed to continue with shoe design in another capacity, so we'll have to keep a lookout for their return.

Some pictures of Belle by Siegerson Morrison and Siegerson Morrison's Spring|Summer 2011 lines after the jump.

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Montage: island*atelier
I wrote about BD & E's Gable bag here when I thought it was the perfect satchel, but since then I've noticed a number of what I call "wrapped handle" bags popping up in various places.  Cynthia Rowley's latest collection features a number of bags with the style and even Chloe has produced one.  I'm not fond of chains or other hardware as straps on bags, so I like the look a lot.  To me the wrapped handle adds interest and is functional as well as the padding cushions the hand and makes the bag easier to carry. 

Top left and bottom right: Cynthia Rowley; top right: Chloe

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Image: Diet Coke

Here's a first look at the new limited-edition Diet Coke bottles designed by Karl  Lagerfeld.  The three new Love It Light designs feature Lagerfeld's instantly recognisable silhouette and will be sold both individually as well as in special collector's edition boxes.

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I love the idea that as you eat or drink from this whimsical hand-stamped ceramic bowl, the words of the poem by Australian poet and potter Kylie Johnson slowly reveal themselves.

The bowl is one of three pieces commissioned by (and which are currently on sale at) Anthropologie.

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Images: island*atelier
Floral Lane opened at the Masterworks Museum of Art last November and focuses on art in the museum's collection which is inspired by the flora of Bermuda. Some pieces include Georgia O'Keefe's "Banyan Tree Trunk" and a number of Impressionist watercolours of the Bermudian gardens. The main floor is dominated by a whimsical installation: a 1953 Austin A30, which has been outfitted to provide the virtual experience of driving along the streets and lanes of Bermuda long ago.

Floral Lane continues at the Masterworks Museum of Art until the end of summer.

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Image: via Bloesem

I am a big statement bracelet person; give me one item of jewellery and I will inevitably gravitate towards a big, beautiful bracelet and I'm not afraid to load my arms up with them.

So, no surprise then that I love these bracelets from Goldenink, particularly the fact that when stacked, each bracelet works together to make a complete picture, almost as if they were telling a story.  You can see more of Goldenink's pieces including rings, earrings and necklaces here and a few more pictures after the jump.

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Image: Bolefloor
Bolefloor produces flooring which, rather than being cut into regular widths and lengths, follows the natural curving plane of the wood.  In the manufacturing process, Bolefloor's machines scan the wood to evaluate imperfections such as knots and sapwood and ensure that these are near the edges or ends of the planks.  Because of this, each floorboard is as individual as the tree it came from and no two floors are alike.  The manufacturer claims that this process helps to save natural resources, presumably by reducing waste as more wood is able to be extracted per forest.

Being a little bit of a perfectionist, I'm not sure whether I could ever get used to having a wood floor that isn't angular, but the natural curves and flow of the Bolefloor do have some visual appeal.  

See some more examples of Bolefloor in situ after the jump.

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Image: Anthropologie
Love how these orb pendants from Anthropologie are individual enough to add interest, but still manage to be cohesive.

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Images: Swatch
I have always liked the look of a double band on a watch. While not all of us can afford Herm├Ęs' version, this new line of women's watches by Swatch probably would suit most pockets. The Lady Collection comes in lots of springtime/sorbet colours, just the kick a wardrobe needs.

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Images: Green Lullaby
I know I've highlighted cardboard furniture for children on many occasions on this blog and in fact one of my posts on the subject has been trending as number one for more than a month now (and it shows no sign of losing its grip on the top spot) but I wanted to give Green Lullaby a mention. 

I was initially attracted to the cubes pictured above which can be used as stools as well as storage for toys, but what really grabbed my attention was the bassinet.  A bassinet is something new parents love to purchase but it doesn't get much use as a baby grows quickly and is moved to a larger crib. I really like the idea of this cardboard bassinet which is made from recyclable material, lightweight and easily assembled (and disassembled) therefore allowing the new parent to have the child close by in the early stages of life without sacrificing much in terms of storage space and expense.

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Image: Jonathan Adler

The iconic mid-century design house Higgins Studio, known for their slumped glass plates and sublime fused-glass mobiles, has joined in an exclusive partnership with Jonathan Adler to create a special range of mobiles.

The mobiles (which have always been a staple of Higgins Studio) are made by hand from enamel-fused glass strung on mid-gauge piano wire and come in a pink (pictured) and blue.  With their bold colours, beautiful craftsmanship, and crisp geometry, mobiles by Higgins Studio were highly coveted items and the reissue showcase both Higgins' iconic glass-making techniques and Jonathan Adler's signature aesthetic.

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Image: Paul Smith
I apologise for the huge number of posts on children's fashion at the moment, but I keep coming across things I want to write about. Take Paul Smith's Junior line for instance. 

Featuring all the characteristically bright colours, stripes and quality found in his adult lines, Paul Smith has translated his vision perfectly for children.  The result is, I think, sophisticated but still manages to keep some childish innocence.  

Paul Smith Junior has been available since September 2010.

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Image: Petra Bindel via Dwell
Dwell showcased a really gorgeous, small apartment recently.  The entire flat has been really well done, but I particularly like the fact that they have the lamp which I wrote about here.  It's the first time I have seen it in a real setting.

You can read the article and view the slideshow here.

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Image: Target
To celebrate the fifth year of its GO International designer collaborations, Target will re-issue 34 of the most popular dresses by Rodarte, Zac Posen, Proenza Schouler and more.  The dresses go on sale from tomorrow, March 13, and will be available for one month at most retail outlets and online.

A few more of my favourites after the jump.

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I have been meaning to highlight some of my favourite looks from my perennial favourite collaboration, Uniqlo and Jil Sander, for quite a while. Here are a few of my favourite items from the spring and summer 2011 offering. I have yet to be disappointed with this collaboration. It works so well on so many different levels. I love the interesting cuts, clean lines and modern silhouettes. I think you can't go wrong at this price-point for a Jill Sander designed garment even though it's produced in combination with Uniqlo. A worthwhile investment indeed.

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Images: Anthropologie
Unfinished wood is given a starring role in Anthropologie's Spring catalogue.

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I was lucky enough to be able to have a look around this building a few weeks ago.  There aren't a great many examples of modern architecture here, or at least not obvious ones however this property is on a major thoroughfare and so it is one of the more high-profile modern properties that have been built in recent years.  I watched with great anticipation when the building was being constructed and originally thought it was going to be a residential property but it is currently being used as offices for the architectural firm that designed it. 

While it is situated on some prime real estate, the plot is small and has several limitations; on one side it abuts a major road and on the other there is the water.  Given these drawbacks, the architects have done a great job with what they had and to work with and the building cleverly mixes traditional (such as copious uses of cedar and the second floor's beamed ceiling) with nautical elements (via the hardware and fixtures which give a nod to the building's location on the side of a major inlet).

Some highlights include wonderful light from the floor-to-ceiling windows which also serve to make the beautiful views a feature, the use of lots of gorgeous glass inside the building as well as without, and the staircase, one of my favourite features, which curves upstairs to the second floor which gives the illusion that it is floating on air.

See many more pictures of Westcoast after the jump.

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As a fan of Marc Jacobs and his various diffusion lines, it comes as no surprise that I am also a fan of Little Marc, his line of clothing for children.

Primary colours, simple shapes and interesting graphics elevate the clothes and keep them interesting.

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Image: Goodbyn
Image: via Macy's

A couple of weeks after the school year started I grew tired of trying to cram various mismatched plastic containers into my daughter's lunchbox and decided to hunt down the perfect Bento-style container.  I managed to find a couple online but nothing I was happy with.   Eventually I found one for less than five dollars while I was browsing at Macy's.   The Macy's version is branded under Martha Stewart's name, but the product is actually manufactured by Sistema, a New Zealand company.  The Lunch Cube has three compartments big enough for a sandwich and sides.  I love the fact that it saves space by stacking on top of itself, a feature I'd never seen before, which ensures a great fit in her lunchbox.  A couple of months later I came across Goodbyn in a local store.  Goodbyn takes the Bento concept to the next level as the entire lunchbox is compartmentalised. It's easy to carry, easy to open and comes with its own bottle and stickers for added personalisation. 

I think a Bento box makes getting the school lunch together so much easier.  Having a lot of different compartments allows you to pack many different items, whether wet or dry, into one container which is then fits perfectly into the lunchbox.  Goodbye missing tops and plastic baggies!  Both the Sistema Lunch Cube and the Goodbyn are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. 

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Image: Anthropologie
La Versha chairs from Anthropologie.

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Image: via Coolhunting
Love the graphics on these cans of Bos tea made with ethically sourced Rooibos.

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Images: Anthropologie
Not a whole lot of favourites in Anthropologie's just released Spring catalogue, just the Land of Springs and Fountain of Youth dresses (top and bottom respectively), and unfortunately the former has already sold out.

I do love the locations in which the fashion was shot.  From the waterwheel, it appears to be an old sugar cane mill, but I can't find any information on where it is exactly. 

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Image: Chance
Hats are an integral part of summer here; they provide protection from the sun and camouflage for those inevitable bad hair days.  A couple of years ago the trend was for straw cowboy hats but recently the fedora has taken over.  While the Fedora does not have as as big a brim as the cowboy hat, I prefer its shape and packability.  I like this "scribble" fedora from Chance as a great modern take on an old staple.

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Images: Tian Tang Design
I love when great design and practicality combine. Inspired by graffiti of all things, the Come and Draw table by Tian Tang Design is beautiful to look at of itself, but it is designed as an art table for children with a stack of colourful craft paper around a central peg.  The circular shape encourages sharing and collaborative art.

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Image: The Little White Company
A couple of days ago I wrote about heritage brands and here's a perfect example.

Although they have been around for years, Hunter wellingtons have become the bad weather boot to wear (for which I blame all those summer festivals). You see them everywhere now including magazine editorials and on the feet of celebrities.  I particularly love these silver ones which are available from The Little White Company.

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