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15 Jun


Portrait Painting Inspiration

June 15, 2017 | By |

Some fun ideas of what to do with old portrait paintings. Inspiration from Pinterest

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08 Nov


Mix & Match Monday

November 8, 2016 | By |

Our Iceblue Venetian Chandelier featured by VanGoghle’s Mix & Match Monday! Love the combinations! Thanks @Vangoghle!

Read the whole article here!



12 Oct


Scotch & Soda Misguiding Guide of Amsterdam

October 12, 2016 | By |

Picture Perfect Centre – Un-TIP #26 by Casper Reinders – Expensive Small Talk: ‘Get chatting to Michiel {Wildschut}, before you know it you’ll be walking out with something amazing you totally don’t need’. Launch of Scotch&Soda’s Misguiding guide of Amsterdam in our store!  #misguiding

With texts by Fiona Hering and illustrations of Jan Rothuizen. We love this publication!

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A Misguiding Guide? The forgotten art of personal discovery. Find here how to get lost. #misguiding

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14 Jan


Charles Dellschau – Secrets of the Aeros

January 14, 2016 | By |


His story is one shrouded in mystery, almost lost forever, intertwined with secret societies, hidden codes, otherworldly theories and seemingly impossible inventions before his time.

In the fall of 1899, Charles A.A. Dellschau (1830–1923), a retired butcher from Houston, embarked on a project that would occupy him for more than 20 years. What began as an illustrated manuscript recounting his experiences in the California Gold Rush became an obsessive project resulting in 12 large, hand-bound books with more than 2,500 drawings related to airships and the development of flight.

Dellschau’s designs resemble traditional hot air balloons augmented with fantastic visual details, collage and text. The hand-drawn “Aeros” were interspersed with collaged pages called “Press Blooms,” featuring thousands of newspaper clippings related to the political events and technological advances of the period.

After the artist’s death in 1923, the books were stored in the attic of the family home in Houston. In the aftermath of a fire in the 1960s, they were dumped on the sidewalk and salvaged by a junk dealer.

In 1969, used furniture dealer Fred Washington bought 12 large discarded notebooks  from a garbage collector, where they found a new home in his warehouse under a pile of dusty carpets. Art history student, Mary Jane Victor, was scouring through his bazaar of castaways when she came upon the mysterious works of a certain Charles Dellschau.

Victor immediately notified the Art Director of Rice University, Dominique de Menil, Houston’s leading fine art patron, who snapped up four of the books and promptly put on an exhibition at the university entitled, “Flight”. Charles Dellschau, a Prussian immigrant had finally been discovered, nearly 50 years after his death in 1923.

The Wright Brothers wouldn’t even make their famous first flight until 1903, but Dellschau draws dapperly-dressed men piloting brightly-coloured airships and helicopters with revolving generators and retractable landing gear. No records have ever been found of the Sonora Aero Club but Dellschau’s artworks hide a secret coded story. Whatever it was that he had to say was apparently too private even for his own notebooks and even today, much of the mystery has yet to be revealed.

A Mr. Pete Navarro, graphic artist and UFO researcher, heard about the “Flight” exhibition in 1969 and became enthralled. He believed there was a connection between Dellschau’s drawings and mysterious mass of “airship” sightings at the turn of the century across 18 states from California to Indiana. In 1972, he discovered that 8 remaining books of Dellschau were still sitting at the junk shop, unwanted and unclaimed. He bought the lot and spent the next 15 years obsessively decoding Dellschau’s work.

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13 Jan


Inuit Art

January 13, 2016 | By |

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In the early 1950s, works by Inuit artists began to be sold. Since that era, widely recognized as the beginning of contemporary Inuit art, artists have been creating unique artworks inspired by traditional life on the land, the natural and spirit world, lived experiences, stories and legends. They have been experimenting with a variety of artistic media and techniques resulting in distinctive personal styles.

Fabric collage wall hangings emerged during the 1970s. Inuit women adapted their traditional sewing skills and mastery of stitchery to create high-quality artworks from wool duffle or stroud with felt appliqués and embroidery. The artworks depict a variety of subjects ranging from narrative traditional camp life scenes to arctic animals and the spirit world.exhibition_145_media_file_3151Naomi Ityi, Untitled, c. 1973. Wool felt, embroidery floss on wool duffle Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Canada has a large collection to give you some more inspiration.

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08 Jan


Spiegel der Verf Konst

January 8, 2016 | By |

colors-1271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book.

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. The color book was probably intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here.

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08 Jan


The Cyanometer

January 8, 2016 | By |

cyanThe Cyanometer Is a 225-year-old tool for measuring the blueness of the sky. It was invented in 1789 by Swiss physicist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure and German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt who used the circular array of 53 shaded sections in experiments above the skies over Geneva, Chamonix and Mont Blanc.

The Cyanometer helped lead to a successful conclusion that the blueness of the sky is a measure of transparency caused by the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.

Source: This is Colossal

23 Dec


40Winks – The most beautiful small hotel in the world

December 23, 2015 | By |


If you need us this Christmas, you can find us at 40Winks.

Brainchild of acclaimed interior designer David Carter, 40 Winks offers a truly unique experience of London’s East End. An intoxicating mix of old and new, 40 Winks has an atmosphere and ambience unlike any other. 40 Winks is regularly used in fashion shoots – and with one glimpse of the interiors you will see why.

Once you will reveal the correct answer to the secret riddle (you will receive it by email a few days earlier), the eccentric proprietor will usher you upstairs to join a bunch of strangers for cocktails and canapes whilst being read scary stories. Oh boy, yes!

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40 Winks is situated in an elegant Queen Anne townhouse built in 1717. With just two gorgeous rooms, it can either be considered a very tiny boutique hotel or a wonderfully lavish B&B. The interior is a real mixture of old and new, full of antiques and Bohemian decor, whilst exuding glamour and decadence with a large dose of Mr Carter’s very apparent sense of humour: Jesus wearing red slippers and a top hat, mannequin hands in a fruit bowl, interesting wall murals and a crown-toting ornamental dog. These are just a snippet of the curiousities that fill this wonderful house. There is even a sweet little courtyard garden full of greenery, where you can sit and sip tea and cocktails.

109 Mile End Road
London E1 4UJ
020 7790 0259
Nearest station: Stepney Green
Bedtime Stories £25 per head
To book, please email





22 Nov


Heurtault’s Parasolerie

November 22, 2015 | By |

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 17.37.20Parasols & Umbrellas – from everyday object to work of art – Michel Heurtault’s museum pieces from 1750 to 1970 and his latest creations

The whole world is overwhelmed with cheap umbrellas from Asia with only a small artisan business being undertaken in Paris. With specific materials and a unique know-how the small shop offers parasols and umbrellas for all weathers and every occasion. They can be designed for protection against the rain or sun, for a wedding, a historic movie, a haute couture show or for a very particular special exhibition. This is the world of Michel Heurtault. He is Parisian by adoption and has gained an incredible knowledge on umbrellas – as well as acquiring the art of restoring historic umbrellas. Today his skills are deemed to be unique and have led to a worldwide reputation and to various awards, among them the Maître d’Art.

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The exhibition will display more than 400 museum pieces from bygone days as well as his latest creations. On display will be the various components of a parasol or an umbrella from the handle being in ornate shapes such as that of a dog or cat, old lace by the yard or historical embroidery and the framework made of various materials such as whalebone or metal. Parasols and umbrellas can enable us to look back to an evolving history of more than 4000 years. The oldest piece in the collection was manufactured by Jean Marius. At the beginning of the 18th century, Sun King Louis XIV granted Marius, the inventor of the three-way collapsible umbrella, a five-year royal monopoly on the manufacture of folding umbrellas.

On show at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel – 24th October 2015 – 3rd April 2016

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18 Sep


House of Hackney & William Morris

September 18, 2015 | By |

HofH_shop-2-2_633For Autumn / Winter 2015 House of Hackney reimagines William Morris with a psychedelic trip through his archives. Morris classics such as ‘Peacock & Dragaon’, ‘Hyacinth’ and ‘Blackthorn’ are reworked for a new generation. The House of Hackney print, ‘Artemis’, an ode to William Morris, completes this stunning collection.

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House of Hackney was founded in London in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Javvy
M Royle and Frieda Gormley. Originally founded as an interiors label, the founders’
quest was ‘to take the beige out of interiors’ with an emphasis on quality, design and Made in England.

After a decade of bland minimalism, the brand captured the zeitgeist with its collections of British-made collection of prints and products that are steeped in tradition, but are bold and subversive for a truly modern statement.

Today, House of Hackney has evolved into a successful British-made brand incorporating interiors, fashion and lifestyle divisions. House of Hackney has achieved cult status amongst its loyal customer-base of tastemakers, celebrities and interior designers, and has become the go-to British brand for its iconic printed collections.