One of the best things about the internet is the proximity it creates between makers and and the people who covet their products. Hundreds of thousands of miles are almost magically reduced to a series of clicks, so that you can easily bypass mass-produced products and go straight to the source, to own the original inspiration behind some big company’s designs.
Miramika is a lovely example of a company making this happen. An online store based in Kuala Lumpur (the capital of Malaysia, if you too were about to go off and google it), it supports artisan jewellery design by making it accessible all over the world. The pieces they sell are unique, diverse and carefully crafted in places from Australia to the U.S.A. and Europe, and all bear that undefinable but inimitable stamp that comes from being handmade. Using semi-precious stones from turquoise to coral, weird and wonderful forms set in resin, and silver and gold pieces complete with their naturally-occurring flaws and imperfections, these designs are the kind that can’t be found anywhere else.
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich