EYE FOR DESIGN | Six skincare at Marionnaud

There are few, if any words, I can add to the bit that The Die Line wrote on Six, this new range of skincare being launched at Marionnaud chemist in France. One of the commenters does point out that there was a similar egg-like design with L'eggs pantyhose (I do remember these), but I don't think it's a co-opt of the design, epsecially after reading why they chose such a shape (to '[symbolize] the cell, rebirth and perfection') to encapsulate a range of skincare products. 

The Die Line says "The concept of this new french line of cosmetic products is based on the idea that beauty has six vital needs: Quench, Nourish, Breathe, Laugh, Dream and Love, so for each need there is a product: a moisturizing cream to Quench, an oxygenating gel to Breathe, a serum eyes and lips to Laugh and so on..."

This is in the same vein as some other amazingly innovative beauty products that have been launched in the last twelve months, completely re-inventing the idea of how we see and use our daily products. Ellis Faas, Fred Farrugia, Le Metier de Beaute are brands of the same innovative ilk.

We hope to see more of this imaginative and out-of-the-box thinking in beauty.

See a gallery of the six adverts for Six skincare.


Beautiful idea and website - About Great People Magazine

Sometimes in life we get bored and uninspired. We accept the status quo without so much as a lifted eyebrow. It was with such a wizened creative wick that I happened upon a site that's the perfect pile of kindling to re-ignite anyone's creative spirit (and just in time, let me tell you). 

To be fair, I met the founder of this online magazine as well, which greatly (as it should) informs my opinion of the site. He is a ball of kinetic positive energy and enthusiastic curiosity, which is reflected in About Great People. He and this site are quite the antithesis of the daily dose of superficial Schadenfreude we all seem to seek in the red tops, the weekly glossies, etc., sneaking peeks of cellulite and botched surgery, private heartache and personal turmoil exposed. Swap out the cultural roadkill for a story on a knitting collective in New York or an interview with an eco-friendly, ethical condom manufacturer. Feeling a bit less one-dimensional already, aren't we? 

It's not just the content that's fantastic (if adorably translated, peppered with little language foibles here and there). The format is totally innovative. The sleek, beautiful cover leads to a minimal index. Click on an article and you're taken to a very clean, readable format with completely new, but intuitive, pagination and copy and images in digestible, design-led layouts. 

If you're looking for something to inspire and beautify you from the inside out, this is a great place to start. Brand spanking new, it's only going to get better.

Read About Great People Magazine

Slowfashionhouse.com builds a new bathroom

Fashion like food, is now fast. The two main seasons are punctuated by micro-trends and mini-seasons (anyone up for the cruise collection? Me neither). Throwaway design is the name of the game. Don't have something to wear out after work? Never fear. Get it on the high street and chuck it away within weeks. It was only a tenner after all, right? It's the fashion equivalent of fast food.

But there's a slow fashion movement being championed by Dane Rigetta in her virtual department store appropriately named Slowfashionhouse.com. And she's just added a bathroom to her house, making it one of the first of the so-called slow beauty stops online. Sure, there are shops in 3-D where you can browse in a leisurely fashion, but this is the internet is still only such place where you can browse without being accosted by a commission-hungry sales woman and her layout (while foreign and possibly hard to navigate for some) is refreshing.

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Eye for design: Cire Trudon bust candles

As a brand, Cire Trudon has history (and style) on its side. Candle maker to Louis XIV and founded in 1643, it has enjoyed a re-birth in recent years, being stocked at Brown's Fashion and always counted as one of the most eye-catching displays in the heavenly beauty department at Barneys (each candle stands alone under a giant bell jar. Beautiful display tactics and a great way to keep the scents separate).

The coolest SKU in the range, though, has to be the bust candles. They're beautiful in a Rococo fashion (wouldn't be out of place in the Wallace Collection). The thought of the flickering glow with a drooping, melting Marie Antoinette has my heart melting along with her... in my mind. Wouldn't it look cool? It's de-constructed art at its utilitarian best - a light-giving objet d'art. Fine, fine, the site says they're for decorative purposes only, but I'd totally take my chances and light one if I had one.

And by using them, you're doing your bit for the arts, because the French museums where the busts come from are paid royalties on every candle sold.

Cire Trudon Bust Candles, starting at £39.00

Concrete evidence of nouveau Brutalism with Alexa Lixfeld

Both Dezeen and The Dieline featured Alexa Lixfeld's wonderuously Brutalist bottle designs this week. How I love a bit of concrete (Corbusier would be so proud)! And it's amazing how much better Brutalism seems to work on a small scale. These bottles are interesting... so textural. The equal ratio of concrete to glass makes this item light and beautiful... not too heavy or dark. Sadly the same can't be said for the post WWII building effort in London. 

No doubt, bigger brands will be snapping up this creative wonder soon.

A bit of beautiful inspiration

Inspired by The Beauty Edit's post on Bou Bou Tea Time (with which I am just smitten... nothing makes me happier than a pretty mood board/collage), I've posted one of the many mood boards I have in my archive. There's nothing to get the creative juices flowing like a jumble of all the things that you're feeling at a certain moment in time... 

Lust-have: Keel's Simple Diary

Do you keep a diary? I sure don't (although I suppose this is a diary... of sorts). It would be lovely to do such a thing. How wonderful would it be to look back at any given day and have an exact record of it? It is your life, after all. Wouldn't it be good to remember more than just the superlative (good and bad) moments? Plus, the 'me' culture that pervades should make it super appealing to folks too. A whole book dedicated to moi (even if it is written by one's self)?!

I'm a huge fan of Moleskine notebooks and day planners, which both my husband and I hoard. At any given moment there are at least two dozen in the house. But the new Keel’s Simple Diary™ from Taschen might start to elbow in on the above obsession. Swiss (of course) artist and author of (unsurprisingly, a book series called All About Me) Philipp Keel has designed the Simple Diary to inspire and promote the maintenance of a daily diary (no matter how mundane) with 'illuminating inspirations, queries and illustrations to enable to reader/creator to explore, navigate and document their daily life'.

Whatever. If it gets me to actually open the book and put something down in it every day, then I'm there... (I mourn the sunken cost of all my half-filled notebooks!).  Apparently, with the Simple Diary, the pressure is taken out of putting down your daily thoughts and observations... distill a little meaning from all that white noise in your life and all that. I'm all on board... as soon as my ear stops humming from having it smooshed against a mobile for too long. Oh, and maybe just one more post first and a tweet or two. 

Keel's Simple Diary by Taschen available on SimpleDiary.com.

Cool correspondence with Snow & Graham

If you're not in the habit of sending hand-written notes and thank you cards, now is the time to start. It's a habit that will never do you wrong. I have not a single doubt that all of the men and women to whom we look for advice on living, alive or not (Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn et al), were die-hard thank you noters. Nowadays, it's the perfect way to slice right through the white noise and electronic haze we live in, thumping us right back down in reality, where people actively create REAL, tangible things for other people. A thank you note is a wonderful way to reconnect on a human level and let someone know you truly appreciate what they've done. How much more thoughtful is an envelope in the letterbox than a beep on the mobile alerting you to a text message? Loads more, that's how much.
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Moo-tastic mini business cards

Moo.com has to be the best printer on this earth. Their site, moo.com, let's you customise business cards, mini business cards, postcards, stickers and various other things with your own designs or a huge selection of cool pre-loaded designs on the site. So they're a bit desgin-led (with their cool branding, boxes, sizes/shapes and general look) and a bit DIY because you can do your own design and use the cards for myriad other things (place holders, gift tags, etc.).

Plus, the price is right at $20 (or quid in the UK as they now have both a US and UK outpost), the quality of the card stock is wicked (thick and matte which is infinitely classier than thin and shiny) and they show up in a beautiful, minimallist white lacquer box so they look beautiful being stored as well. This is my last set of cards before taking my married name, Jessica Teas, and as a mini-wedding gift to myself, I bought one of their snazzy card holders (which hooks right onto your key chain). See my newest set of Moo min cards in this image gallery, complete with card holder, front and back shots and box.