More from Marianne Van Ooij

More from Marianne Van Ooij

One of my favourite New York finds, Marianne Van Ooij, has sent some great news.  I met her last December at the Museum of Arts and Design as a participant in their Open Studio Program. She will be exhibiting work in several places as part of New York Design Week...
Izzi and Popo

Izzi and Popo

Bernadette Wyer is the brains behind Izzi and Popo.  A great little shop selling antiques and specialty items from Belgium.  It’s been delighting locals now for six and a half years. In that time Bernadette and husband Harry Silman have built it into a...
The Yarra Store

The Yarra Store

I’ve been going to the Yarra Store since before I came to live in Warrandyte. Owner, Rosemary Barry has helped me give my credit card a run on several occasions. Linen, local Yarra Valley produce, homewares and ladies clothes are all available here. Aaaaah the...
Oku Den

Oku Den

These beautiful little Japanese wooden name stamps typify what Oku Den is all about.  They sit in an equally beautiful antique Japanese cabinet in the centre of the store. There are thousands of name stamps in all. The stamps were registered and used in place of...
Update on Marianne van Ooij

Update on Marianne van Ooij

Remember Marianne from the Open Studio program at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York?   She designed the gorgeous “Dressed for Dinner” dinner service.  She has just emailed me today to say that one of her other brilliant designs looks set...
New York Lights

New York Lights

The New York collective electricity bill for lighting must be off the scale.  Cruise down Fifth Avenue around Christmas time and you get a sense of it.  These beautiful light fittings and lamps are a collection of the most interesting ones I saw while in New...