INSPIRATION :: Fold Theory

What happens when you fold architecture with furniture? Melbourne based Tobias Horrocks does just that, combining his architecture and furniture design skills to make bespoke designs from cardboard. Under the name Fold Theory he creates exciting potential for cross-pollination and experiment.

To celebrate the 50th issue of Indesign Fold Theory created a sustainable installation using back-issues of the magazine. The theme of the 50th issue was ‘future of workplace design’ which led Tobias to think about the future of publishing and the fate of printed magazine archives when publications go digital. The ingenious result is a shelving unit built from past issues of Indesign using simple recycled cardboard connectors. The project suggests the perfect way to minimize the waste created by the death of the printed page.


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Images: Michelle Williams via Fold Theory


Genius don’t you think? Fold Theory’s sustainable design and architecture practice encompasses bespoke cardboard design, temporary installation design, recyclable furniture and interiors, flat-packed trade show stands as well as pure architecture. Check out their website to see more great projects.


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Here’s an idea :: pillowcases as gift wrap

I’m very much into using all sorts of fabric for gift wrap at the moment (there’s a twelve page section about it in SCOUT magazine), and it occurred to me that with all the gorgeous bed linen around that pillowcases can be more than just Santa stockings for kids. They’re perfect for wrapping gifts like beach towels, bulky homewares or even a framed print (with bubble wrap too!). The trend for mismatched bed linen makes the additional gift of the pillowcase a bonus.

Use pillowcases tied simply at the top with thick ribbon, add some pom poms too. Or just put the gift inside then fold the pillowcase around it. Wrap yarn or ribbon around several times – easy and effective!

pillowcase wrap via the red thread KIP and Co via the red thread Castle and things via the red thread


Some that I’m loving at the moment that would be so perfect as gift wrap… and on my bed too (top to bottom):

2 x Kip & Co
2 x Castle & Things

I’ll be back in the next day or so with some more gift wrap ideas. If you’re looking for inspiration you also might like to check out my patchwork origami gift boxes and no sew fabric gift bags tutorials. How are you getting on with your gift wrapping? Me? Nothing to show as yet!

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Sharing :: Linking with Love :: Playing Fair

I’ve been busy working on the design and content for the “new and improved” the red thread blog [due later this month -yay!] and part of that includes compiling copyright and usage info for tutorials, free printables and downloads. So I’ve been thinking a lot about how people share and give credit for things they find on the internet.

Have you seen this?

There was a lot of discussion about Pinterest and intellectual property and crediting around the blogs earlier this year. The image above is from LINKwithlove, and it’s part of the Pinterest Project. “A kind social media experiment to reach as many Pinterest users as possible (and Pinterest) to raise awareness about the importance of LINKING to the original source + respecting intellectual property online.”

LINKwithlove is all about creating awareness and being mindful and respectful when we share on the internet – on our blogs as well as on Pinterest or any form of social media. The original source always deserves a credit. It’s not enough to credit an image on a blog as “found on Pinterest”, or the with the word “via” or “neon clutch” or something similar as the link. It’s just as easy and far more respectful and kind for the link to be the name of the artist/ etsy seller / shop, etc.

I recently admired a ring on a blog. The link was “found here”. I clicked through to another blog to find a link with the word “via”. I clicked again. And again. I went through seven different blogs (I’m not exaggerating) and gave up in the end when the link was to the home page of a another blog and not to the actual post. It wasn’t the blog of the person who created the ring. None of the links were to the original source and none of the bloggers named the designer/maker/seller. I don’t know where that blog trail ended, but I do know that it didn’t end in a sale. It was frustrating for me, but more than that – incredibly unfair and frustrating for the person selling the ring. Have you experienced something similar to this?

LINKwithlove talks about sharing in a way that is ethical, respectful, educated and kind. It’s not hard.

Please pin and blog the image above from LINKwithlove. Grab a LINKwithlove button for your blog and show your support and spread the word.

Further reading: a great article on Pinterest from LoveLife blog, and one titled “Pinterest is changing how I blog” from Living Locurto.

There has also been a lot of discussion about Pinterest and copyright implications for users and creatives… that’s a whole other minefield!

I’m currently not on Pinterest – I keep changing my mind about it. It’s like finding someone you’re really attracted to but you just can’t commit to starting a relationship because of niggling doubts!

Edit: I forgot to mention I recently discovered that you can use TinEye to do a reverse search to try to find the source of an image.

Edit (again): I just came across a post on A Subtle Revelry with detailed steps on another way to find the original source of an image.

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Inside Out Magazine :: Lovely Upcycling

The Inside Out 2012 Annual Renovating and Decorating Guide has just come out and it’s chock full of inspiration. As you would expect, there are lots of inspiring interiors, but the thing I’m completely enamoured with are these clever hacks by Tamara Maynes.

Styling: Vanessa Coyler Tay. Photos: Craig Wall.
[these photos were taken by me of my copy of the magazine]

I am definitely going to try these projects. I love the combination of timber and cut glass and the odd shapes in the top image. The centre photo is a side table made from a lamp base and the top of an Ikea Frosta stool. So cool. Do you love them too?

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Stool Before & After

I found this ugly dark timber stool with it’s black pleather top by the side of the road and knew it had potential. With a coat of mint green paint and a quick and easy new cover for the seat I transformed it into something with personality. Then, after living with it for a month or so I decided that it would really look fabulous with a spash of orange paint added to the legs. It probably cost me less than $5 and I love it.

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