Northern Ireland

Touchy! by geraldine kane

Who said concrete has to be boring? Today's pins are from Belfast-based Tactility Factor, who combine textiles and architecture to create beautiful and surprising results.

All photos from

Above left: Crystal Concrete 

Above right: Stitched Linen Concrete

Above left and right: James Street South, Belfast 


I know who I'll be calling when I finally get round to my Grand Designs project...


R. Croft by geraldine kane

One of our favourite painters, Richard Croft, is based in County Down. His still life paintings of fruit and pieces of paper are delightfully simple and elegant with a graphic edge. The main thread throughout Croft's body of work that inspires me most is his colour palette.  Croft really knows how to use accents of fresh citrus to cut through creamy, purple-tinged neutrals.

In design, the simplest things are often the hardest to achieve.

I feel a project coming on...