Easter is a weird tradition that manifests in very different ways around the world. Some people celebrate religious beliefs while others celebrate chocolate being delivered to children by a mythical bunny or sentient bells, as it is in France.
I personally like the nordic tradition of reading and watching whodunnit murder mysteries (Poirot!) as well as the Swedish tradition of dressing as the Easter Witch and collecting sweets in a copper kettle from your neighbours. The Czech tradition of whipping women and throwing buckets of cold water on people doesn't seem quite as charming.
Our year-round tradition is looking for great design and so here are our pâque-themed finds for this week.
Easter long weekend holidays are a great time to get away, catching the tail end of Summer in Australia or the very beginning of spring up north. We can't think of a more adorable way than taking a trip to the beach or the forest with one of these amazing campers.
Jay Nelson is an artist living in California who works with wood to create these beautiful structures that mix dreams with functional design. Check out this short video by Surfer to see more of his projects and hear him speak about his process.
The Easter bells in France are called les cloches de pâques and share their name with the traditional silver cloches that are lifted at the table to reveal the meals hidden underneath them.
There's certainly a trend for glass cloches at the moment but the Breakfast Buffet by De Intuitie Fabriek has integrated glass bell jars into this piece to create a seamless relationship between each element. We love the clean, contemporary lines and the the custom ceramics for each dish. What a perfect way to share an Easter lunch.
This piece was commissioned by the Chateau de la Resle in Bourgogne which looks absolutely amazing and certainly takes its design seriously.
Lino cutting is an astonishing and unforgiving skill, requiring the artist to think in relief while carving permanent lines into the material that can't simply be painted over. When done as masterfully as this Harvest Hare print by Mark Hearld for St Jude's, the results can be striking.
This nature-inspired print is available as a fabric and a wallpaper, both of which have a distinctly English feeling that evokes images of country cottages with thatched roofs and clever, contemporary interiors.
Harvest Hare was also one of the 6 winners in the Elle Decoration British Design Awards in 2012 and we think it's still a winning design that blends the pastoral with the modern. Couldn't you see the fabric being used as the perfect tablecloth for Easter?
David Shrigley is an odd and witty artist well known for his off-the-wall perspective and distinctive comic style. These bizarre egg sculptures were exhibited at the Yvon Lambert Gallery in Paris and seem rather appropriate for Easter.
These wobbly egg forms are reminiscent of another classic piece by Shrigley, the Class A salt and pepper shakers which are labeled using similar black lettering that say cocaine and heroin, you know, so you known what's in them.
If Shrigley's eggs aren't your thing, perhaps one of his other deadpan sculptures could be your golden egg.
Yet again, our favourite chocolatier in Paris has outdone himself with these gorgeous Easter chocolate chooks and amazing praline-covered chocolate eggs. Patrick Roger's creations are all of exceptional quality and he likes to surprise his customers with his flavour pairings and artful touch.
While neither the eggs nor the chickens are cheap (55€ & 65€ respectively) they're small change compared to the colossally expensive 800€ ocean egg from Fauchon.
Beautifully designed delicious chocolate is always on the top of our list for Easter.