Fergal Smith

 

Fergal Smith grew up on an organic vegetable farm in County Clare, Western Ireland; his whole way of life connected to the earth in a profound way. His family may not have had a lot of money, but with their father always just on the other side of the back door and their plates always filled with fresh food, Fergal considers his childhood to be rich. 

So when he left home to travel the world as a professional surfer, it was with more than his feet on the ground. The simplicities of life - and the beauty within them - were engrained in him in a way many his age were missing. 

In a generation that has an unquenchable appetite for more, Fergal has scaled his life back to the bare essentials. Haunted by the effect flights had on the environment, he stopped travelling - giving up an illustrious surfing career. Instead, he returned home, found some land and started building his own organic veg farm. Not just for himself, but as a place the community could come and learn how to grow their own food.

'Desillusion' editor, Pierre David, spent four days with Fergal, making this film in an effort to dig deeper into what it means to live a truly sustainable and happy life.

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Fergal Smith

The Garden Edit

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001. John Tebbs, gardener and founder of 'The Garden Edit'.
002. Tools to maintain your outside space.
003. Items to bring the outside in.

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A gardener by trade for over fifteen years, London's John Tebbs launched 'The Garden Edit' in the winter of 2013 as a project to keep him occupied through the cold months.

Since his trade would be held hostage by the season each and every year, John began to source a collection of his favourite products that combined just the right amount of utility, timelessness and minimal beauty.

Two years on, The Garden Edit is a hotspot for anyone who either loves their garden or simply enjoys John's eye for carefully curated products spanning craft, print and homewares. 

It's a wonderfully restful space online to get lost for a little while.

The Garden Edit

At Home With Cereal Magazine

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001. Rich & Rosa's Bath apartment
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Crisply minimal. Precisely framed. Their aesthetic is instantly recognisable. Not an easy mountain to climb for an independent magazine brand new to market. But since Cereal Magazine launched in 2012, this unyielding sense of self has sealed a reputation for consistent quality content and a visual persona that has sky rocketed their popularity.

From the pages of their magazine, to their collaborative products, even to their instagram page, everything they do is stamped with their identity - an effortless culmination of founders, Rich and Rosa. But you’ve got to wonder, do their lives reflect their work?

Freunde Von Freunden visited Rich and Rosa in their home in Bath to delve into the people behind the pages, the home behind the travel and what it takes to make Cereal work. The result is a beautiful set of photographs and a generously intimate conversation with the founders themselves. 

We have to say, we’re all kinds of in love with their apartment. 

Freunde Von Freunden