Looking to the Stars: A Constellation Trend

Constellation Cookies, seen on French Food Blog Carnets Parisienses

Maybe it’s the Mars Rover landing, or the amazing space jump by Felix Baumgartner but I feel like this year everyone’s been looking to the sky and the elements for sense of connection to the unknown.

I’m obsessed with Constellation and Zodiac inspired anything right now and have been seeing the pattern/theme everywhere – on homeware, jewellery, artwork and food. Here’s a round-up of some of the starry loveliness I have seen.

Fabric Wall Hanging, The Apiarist on Etsy

Galaxy Cat Print, Society 6

Embroidered Constellation, Miniature Rhino

Brass Star Cluster Necklace, Julie Nolan

Constellation Bears Cake Toppers

Constellation Clutch, Anthropologie [spotted in-store, but alas I cannot track it down online]

Stich The Star’s Calendar, Heather Lins Home

Constellation Cheesecake Tarts seen on Diamond’s for Dessert


And making the intangible almost tangible London architect and writer Sam Jacob put forward a magical proposition this November to transform St Pauls Cathedral in London into a live map of the Moon with the use of a spotlight rigged up to track its phases.

He says “The dome of St Paul’s is arguably the most important object in London: a lead covered baroque sun around which the rest of the city revolves. And perhaps its not so strange to think of this hemispherical thing as some kind of celestial body.

After all Christopher Wren was as much an astronomer as he was architect. The cathedrals dome and the moon would hover over London as though it were a city on a planet with two moons. St Paul’s becomes a secular device linking our earthly concerns with the heavenly realm.”

So, so lovely.

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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