Heard of NICE Magazine? Produced by Nice Work up in Johannesburg, it’s a free online mag which spreads the word about local talent and international creatives and their work. Every issue has a specific theme to direct the curating and design process of the content. The latest amazing issue #7 is created around the Handmade theme and is packed with visual inspiration from across our globe.
A few articles caught my eye:
Varpunen is creation of Finnish couple Susanna Vento and Jussi, and named after their daughter which, when translated, means small bird. Their storage containers feature bright graphic patterns and are made from durable PVC-laminated polyester. Varpunen storage is perfect for busy and active families who need aesthetically pleasing containers in which toys, clothing & washing can be dumped:
Artifact is a range of American waxed canvas and leather bags by Chris Hughes from Omaha, Nebraska. Elegantly designed, the bags are carefully constructed using hand tools, vintage industrial equipment and age-old techniques. With a bespoke attention to detail, Chris has revived the techniques and processes of traditional craftspeople in the leather and textile industry:
Honest Chocolate from Cape Town will have you melting with their organic, handcrafted chocolate. This pure tasting dark treat is made from the finest raw, organic Ecuadorian cacao, giving the chocolate a distinct flavour. Adding to their unique approach, Honest Chocolate commissioned South African artists to illustrate their chocolate wrappers:
In Haus Press is a small letterpress studio in San Francisco specialising in custom and ready-made paper goods, all printed by hand. The name is aptly in line with their studio’s ethos: everything is lovingly designed, printed, photographed and packaged in-house. Quite amazing for a 2 person team!
Another local favourite, this time from Muizenberg, Cape Town, is Skermunkil. Husband & wife team, Rory and Marietjie, make striking, sophisticated and contemporary jewellery which has a signature, handcrafted aesthetic. Their latest collection takes inspiration from simple lines and strong geometric shapes & patterns:
The contributors of NICE Mag also created a collection of objects which explored the handmade theme of issue #7. These 2 collections caught my eye: