These days, if I venture into Newcastle city centre I visit Fenwick's amazing Food Hall which was completely redone a year ago (if you have not been, I can recommend that you do). Honestly, I could move in.
(photo source unknown)
It is full of food and drink that you won't find anywhere else. I was about to buy some Christmas mince pies for my husband when I was almost knocked flat by the sight of a stack of panettoni from G Cova & C of Brera, Milan. It was the packaging.
The same style and print used in 1930 (the same recipe too). I was seduced and decided that my husband really wanted a panettoni for the Christmas season (even though he has never had one before). The ones wrapped in paper were divine but then I spied the ones in boxes. Needless to say, one is now sitting on top of the microwave in my kitchen. The more I saw it, the more I started to think about the graphics and colours of the packaging and how amazing they would look on the walls of my tiny kitchen. It is the combination of cornish blue, orange and cream that is setting decorative plans in motion. And then the art deco graphics, the angular and linear shapes (which you can really see in the cafe photo). A similar vibe can be created with stencils of course and we have similar designs in both our Art Deco and Modern Design ranges.
(photo from postcards from milan, photographer unknown)
So I decided to write this post just to say that inspiration can really come from anywhere. In the course of finding some photos, I found the site of the G Cova & C. that makes these panettoni (and more). And then I really thought I had died and gone to heaven. All the products are wrapped in the most amazing art deco papers in beautiful colours.
Fuschia, red and off white.
Chocolate brown, taupe, grey, burgundy.
Orange, red and gold.
I want them all! Just to look at. And then I could decorate and stencil an entire house using the colour combinations and art deco graphics for inspiration. Yummy in more ways than one.
Meanwhile, my box with its panettoni sits on top of the microwave oozing inspiration (slightly in the dark in this photo).
I don't know where it will take me yet and the kitchen is not an immediate project so it might be a while before there are any results to show you, but you'll see it here first.
(all photos G Cova & C unless stated, except the last which is mine).