A Riot of Roses

Japanese sculpture artist, Makoto Egashira is a man of many blankets. The fluffy flowery blankets so commonly seen in Japanese homes, to be precise. He covers everything in them, resulting in the most charming overload of chintz, and I love it!

Born in 1986 and a graduate of TAMA University, Egashira first started using the Rococo floral blankets in his work after a friend told him they were the only uncool thing in his apartment. His rightful rebuttal was to take all the blankets he could, and run with them. Like, really run with them. Proving his point perfectly that they are in fact, very cool in their chaotic kitschiness. Popular in Japanese homes after the Second World War, these brazenly bold blankets were not the typical style of Eastern interiors, yet they suggested a fascination and love for Westernised aesthetics. Egashira enjoys the clash of cultures in his work. We see traditional Eastern neatness and formality (and popping your slippers by the door) contradicted with showy-offy loud prints and palettes. His sculptural installations also offer us a colourful collision of soft versus hard. The plush fabrics offering a feminine gentility to the hardness of everyday domestic items such as wooden chairs and…a toilet. FYI I’ve added the toilet picture to my inspo images for interiors, I would adore to have a bathroom that looked like Granny had gone bonkers with a blanket project. I like opposite ends of the scale when it comes to style. I enjoy mute minimalism, or over the top too-muchness. It’s the midway stuff I like less. Choose a style and do it to the fullest. Egashira’s artwork takes that lead, with a total committal to its style. This is maximalism in full bloom, and it sure works well in my eyes.

I’m off to search the internet for old blankets.

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Hittin’ Me Straight In The Heart

Well, would you believe it? Sometimes things are just perfectly timed and, as that big ole’ heart shaped 24 hours called Valentine’s Day is nearing, well, I just happened to fall SLAP BANG IN LOVE! Whooosh, totally floored with affection, can’t suppress the butterflies in my belly, can’t take my damn eyes off the beauty of it, the cutest thing I ever saw; BANDO!

Flitting around on Instagram as I do, my big ole eyes came across @shopbando and my heart went boom! Bando is a super cute LA based brand selling gifts, stationery and fashion accessories, and it is awesome, totally flippin’ awesome. Set up by a group of girls, they say they are ‘Serious about Fun’ and oh my, their ideas and style are pure brilliance, absolutely up my street. With pops of confetti colours, neon brights, bold graphics, mirror balls, disco glitter and kittens and hearts as regular themes…well, it’s no wonder I’m so head over heels!

I was sure enough jumping for joy when I saw that they now have a concession in Selfridges so that us Brits can get up close and all touchy with their stuff on these shores, HURRAH! I will be spending many glorious moments canoodling with their ace website where you can shop online, and you’ll regularly find me with heart shaped eyes gazing into their Instagram feed which you can see images from below.

Mmmmm….. such pretty things.

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