Over recent years East London has emerged to become a real creative hub. With business’ from start-ups, to artists and artisans all making this vibrant up and coming part of the capital their home. London Fields in particular was a source of inspiration for me when designing our most quirky frame (London Fields).
This is supposed to be the time in the calendar where we prepare for British Summer and the weather is usually getting milder and sunnier. This year however, I am sitting inside while 'The Beast From the East' is apparently returning for a third time.
Our mission at MONC is to create products that support true craftsmanship and quality, for people who appreciate the design process. In this Journey post we wanted to highlight the values that MONC was created upon.
For our latest accessory, the Eyewear Travel Case, we want to elaborate on what it means to be transparent. Our World is full of uncertainty, especially in the things we consume... and use daily, and at MONC we set out to reveal the journey that products go though before they eventually get to the user.
Beth approached us about the concept of Studio B in June; a curated selection of brands which present high quality, ethically produced items collated on one platform. With first hand experience working with Mulberry, Matches Fashion and Anya Hindmarsh, Bethany has turned her focus to present a selection of brands to customer's looking for products of substance and longevity. Since launch in September, Studio B has been building a reputation for its playful yet curated selection of niche brands. We sat down with Bethany to find out more about her idea of the perfect marketplace.
To capture the vibrancy of each neighbourhood and further tell their stories we collaborated with artist Elsie Evans, to create a series of paintings which are captured on each micro-fibre cleaning cloth that accompanies every frame purchased. We talked to Elsie about what first inspired her as an artist, her daily paintings, and how she established The Elsie Evans Art Retreat which opened this year in her ex-pat home, Thai Land.
Helsinki is known for its hard-working residents, amazing design culture and variable weather patterns…I arrived in Helsinki in the evening to glorious sunshine and a bitter cold spell in the middle of April. In the morning I woke up to explore the city and opened my curtains to be greeted with a snow blizzard – not typical discovering weather. But the next two days were for exploring the 2012 ‘World Design Capital’