Saturday, December 15, 2012


Umhlanga has a brand new design store, Catalyst, and we are so excited that they are keeping our ceramics!  This great new shop is a colaboration between owner David and interior designer Gareth Henderson (GIH design).  Definitely worth a visit, as they have a wide range of great south african products.  See more via Visi's article on it here

Friday, December 7, 2012

the holiday cards

As Christmas and the holidays rapidly approach, I was asked to make a batch of holiday cards for a corporate client, after the cards which I made last year.  It was a tricky theme, but keeping it simple helped, and they were a hit.  Their message was a good one, given that its easy to be caught up in the commercial nature of Christmas if you let yourself.  Here is a picture of them stacked, waiting to be assembled that I took on instagram.  Not long till the holidays now, I'm looking forward to the break.  

Monday, November 26, 2012

the newest pieces

As promised, I'm building up the collection and received these new pieces last week, delivered straight to the show.  Talk about cutting it fine.  The bowl and the platter are both faceted.  I love the underneath of the bowl so much that I keep wanting to leave it upside down on the counter.  The fat mug is a happy addition to the candy range.  Here are a few snaps that I have just taken of them,  I can't wait to do a proper shoot... now to find the time.

Friday, November 23, 2012

at last, we are ready

Its been an incredibly busy week setting up for food wine design, but we have made it!  There have been late nights, laughs, anxious moments, lots of packing and stacking, and a good dose of fun.  Mia and I have so enjoyed working with Andrea and Meg of Anatomy design.  Andrea kept us focused and made sure all of the pieces had the correct bar coded tag, super efficient, while Meg kept everyone organised.  Here are a few photos of the stand going up.  We are at foodwinedesign all weekend, so we'll see you there.


Monday, November 19, 2012

a few more

At the moment we're busy preparing for foodwinedesign, so in between choosing paint colours for the stand, organising the display, printing things and checking stock, we are fitting in the rest of the work day.  Its a busy time.  I thought I'd quickly share a few more pictures that we took recently.  Love those white tiles in the background, sadly they are not in my house, wish they were.  The gorgeous painted ceramics are by mia widlake, don't they make you want to cook up a breakfast right away.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012


We are almost ready for foodwinedesign next weekend, and are very excited to be partnering with Anatomy design this year.  You remember the gorgeous lab light of course, and their latest offering, the bankie.  Here is a snap of what else you can expect to find, so we hope to see you there.


Excuse the blog silence, but I've been away and then once I was home there was no rest as it was straight back into work as soon as we landed.  That is what happens when you go away during the busiest time of the year.  However, to make up for it here are a few of my favourite instagram snaps from our trip to the UAE.  I think my favourite things have to be the coffee cups, handle-less of course, and the falcon.  You can follow me on instagram at kate_gj.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

working it

since we spend so much time at our desks, well some of us do anyway, I thought a little inspiration wouldn't go amiss.  Here are a few of my favourite workspaces...

Found here
1. emma
2. niceroom
3. klikk
4. lily
5. interior
6. sfgirlbybay

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

concrete floor

This floor (and home) of Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm architects is just magic.  Understated furniture allows the existing features to retain their prominance.  Simply done, with a lot of thought.  Found here

Monday, October 29, 2012

dots and stripes

Some of you will be well aware of Luli Sanchez, the inspiring fabric designer.  Her hand painted dots, stripes and geometric patterns are a favourite of mine.  Apart from these she has a wealth of other works.  I would love to create a range of fabric designs, all hand drawn.  Here are a few of my favourites, but a visit to her site is a must to see more of her work.  Click here.

Friday, October 26, 2012

rotary mechanical

Coming full circle, this phone cover by industrial designer Richard Clarkson marries mechanical and digital technologies to construct a case reminiscent of the origins of the phone.  It is beautiful to look at with its steampunk edge.  Unfortunately it only seems to be a prototype though, lets hope they go into production.  I think I could give up my touch screen for a dial.  


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

olsson & jensen

A quick share, as I should actually be on my way out to a shoot already (very exciting, will tell you more about it later).  But I had to first show you this gorgeously styled collection of items.  They are from the catalogue of Olsson & Jensen inredning, found via the CaledonianMEC