Your choice of designer and your choice of design

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

It's a given in the world of design that you rarely go wrong if you stick to black and white. The eye is both drawn to the graphic effect (think printed page) and every punch of colour is given extra value against such a neutral background.

Here is a puzzle for you then. Look at this room setting. 

There's no prize for the correct answer. But you do win a mention on this blog if you can tell me one of the strengths of the room setting as well as one of the weaknesses. Answers to sallycrawfordartanddesign[at]

Monday, 22 October 2018

Welcome to Sally Crawford (& Friends) Art and Design

Bed basics: In praise of 'large single' rather than 'small double'.

Socks that feel warm as soon as you put them on in the mornings and keep your feet toasty all day? 

       If you're a fan of the mathematician character Ian Malcolm in Crichton's Jurassic Park, you can go totally black and never have to match a pair of socks again. Otherwise some nice stripey or starry designs are available, all in man size 8-11 and woman size 4-7. I'm most happy to plug the maker, BAM. And now you have a reason to request socks for krimble.

Waterstones Gower Street, with books designed to please; lots of them. 

Running out of gift ideas or cards? 
Try the Design Museum shop.

Am I the only one who loves the American first lady's conical red Christmas trees? They're striking; they're symmetrical; they're minimalist and just imagine the colonnade filled with folks in sparkling gowns and tuxedos. The trees are also part of a larger theme that matches the colours of the American flag. This is part of a stage set by a designer who thinks big. Well done.
East Colonnade image courtesy of The New York Times

NB since we're on the subject of flags, check out Simon Kuper's FT article on modern America's rising 'European Dream'.