Design Classics: Rimini Blu by Aldo Londi

Since re-decorating my lounge and dining room in shades of grey and trying to create a cool and calming colour palette of soft greys and smokey blues with white accents, I’ve found myself trying to figure out where to put the colour back in. I love that slightly eclectic ‘curated’ look of homes that are full of treasured finds but I knew that wasn’t a look that was going to come over night, so I have slowly been picking things up here and there. So far we have a new print for above the mantle, a yellow vintage enamel bird and I have my eye on something else that I have spotted along the way and I thought I would share today – this collection of Italian ceramics by Aldo Londi.

Designed by Londi in the 1950’s and 60’s and produced by the Italian company Bitossi, the collection is famous for it’s intricate patterns and the vibrant shade of Rimini blu that it is named after. I fell completely head over heels for the quirky animals in his signature style – some of them are angular and pointed with a modern aesthetic whereas others have exaggerated curves and almost appear reminiscent of Minoan pottery with Etruscan horses and bulls.

Of course, I love the cats, particularly this tall cat so accurately portraying the aloof nature of my favourite creatures, but the birds, elephants and rams or lions come a close second. If you’re not feeling as quirky, then the cylindrical vases have a distinctly mid-century modern feel, and the curved ones again look reminiscent of some kind of ancient water vessel, all coated in the jewel like translucent glaze which smooths over the roughly etched designs.

The best thing about buying something like this is the feeling of timelessness and history you get when you buy a design classic. The pieces are just as relevant now as they were when initially designed which means they will still look special (no doubt in several different rooms) as time wears on.

Do you love these as much as I do readers?


The collection is available at Heals starting around £48 with some of the larger pieces being between £80-150 or The Lollipop Shoppe or SCP (Different selections of animals available at different stores)

Spotted: From Paris, With Love – 91 Magazine

This morning I wanted to share a little treat and show you where you can see more beautiful pictures like the one below. I’ve talked about 91 Magazine before, a crafty vintage style online magazine, choc full of inspiration for DIY projects, food, interiors and crafts. Although I’m not the world’s biggest DIY fan (where does the time go?) I do love unique style. DIY, crafting and up-cycling are the only way to truly get one of a kind touches. 91 Magazine‘s editor Caroline has been kind enough to share an excerpt from the current issue, Issue 3, in this case, the home tour of a ceramicist living in Paris. Expect to feel inspired!

“If you’ve ever dreamed of living the life of an artist in Paris, then step inside the apartment of ceramicist and textile designer Lise Meunier, and get a little taste of this envious lifestyle. Lise’s passion for crafts and found objects is evident in every corner of her spacious, light-filled apartment, which she shares with her partner and two children.”

“Lise’s creative passion began as a young girl in her childhood bedroom, making all sorts of things with found objects. She studied Art History and worked as an illustrators agent after graduating and enjoyed taking pottery classes. But deep down, she knew she wanted to devote more of her time to her own creations. So she quit her job to pursue her creative passions full-time. She currently divides her time between her studio where she can fire her ceramic work and designing and creating from her home.”

Words and Photos by Leigh Metcalf

There’s so much more to see inside this issue of 91 Magazine – head on over and while away your coffee or lunch break flicking through the pages – I’d love to hear which bit you enjoyed the most!


Extract from Issue 3 of 91 Magazine – read more of this article & see more images at

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