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March 2006

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decor8talk: Meet Camilla Engman

March 22, 2006

decor8talk: Meet Camilla Engman
decor8talk: Meet Camilla Engmandecor8: Hi Camilla. First of all, I love your work, especially your paintings and the adorable crochet animals that you make. Can you tell decor8 readers a little bit about yourself?

Camilla: Sure. I’m Camilla Engman and I live and work in Gothenburg, Sweden.

decor8: What do you like about Gothenburg?

Camilla: I like that the four seasons of the year are so different, although I’d prefer if the summer season was a little longer. I love the nature and the easy access of our nature.

decor8: Same here in New England, summers are too short. Tell us, what is your business and how did you get started?

Camilla: I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, artist. I’ve always made pictures. I attended art school for two years, and then spent five years studying Graphic Design at the HDK School of Design and Crafts at Gothenburg University.

decor8: Do you sell your items in any stores online or in the USA?

Camilla: Yes, at different places. I’ve sold my calendar at Moca, calendar and
prints and other stuff at ArtStar Philly, Paperboat Gallery, Reform
School, Compound…. Also artwork at Magpie, Junc Gallery. ArtStar is
the only online shop, I think.

decor8: I love artstar, it’s such a neat shop. Where do you find inspiration? Other artists? Places? Websites?

Camilla: Nature. The past. Galleries. Books. Internet. Different artists in different
moods.

decor8: What are the main characteristics of your work and your work
method?

Camilla: It’s like a snapshot, something is going to or has already happened. A
story interrupted. I don’t have a particular theme that I work with, I just have my ensemble that appears in different shapes.

decor8: How does your work reflect your personality?

Camilla: You can see I’m a very kind person ;)

decor8: Out of all the places you’ve seen in your life, where would you live if money were no obstacle and why?

Camilla: In the swedish summer.

decor8: What are ten things that you can’t live without?

Camilla: Paper, pen, my computer, chocolate, coffee, wine, a sofa, my camera,
my Teva sandals, nature and sun.

decor8: Thank you so much Camilla for taking time to tell us about yourself. Please keep in touch and we wish you the best of success. May your days be creative and your summers, much longer!

You can view Camillia’s website decor8talk: Meet Camilla Engman
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(all photos are from camilla engman)

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Boy Girl Party

March 22, 2006

Boy Girl Party
Sometimes you need a really cute wallet. Or some great postcards to frame or pin to your inspiration board, maybe to even collage in your journal. Susie over at Boy Girl Party is your new best friend. She has the sweetest paper goods and carries a lot of other miscellaneous goodies, too. Her new poketo wallets are only $20 and these sugary sweet postcards are only $8 for a set of ten. Susie also added a new ‘about‘ page so you can learn all about this talented RISD alum.

Boy Girl Party

(photos from boy girl party)

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TwentyTwentyOne

March 22, 2006

TwentyTwentyOne has so many innovative and interesting designs, it’s hard to pick favorites over there. I’m voting for the ladrillos, with its whimsical shelving units designed by Javier Mariscal. It’s a fresh and terrific example of functional design that can also be very young and fun, playful. I like that these can be stacked in any arrangement, each shelf has the option of using 8 different styles of shelf supports.

Over at The Design Blog this morning, I found another twentytwentyone table that I’m crazy about, the penquin donkey. Great design. Stores magazines, up to 80 books, super attractive, great curves, all in a sturdy birch. There’s also the penguin donkey3 with a smooth flat top, which would be a better choice if you’re shopping around for a table that you can arrange things on top of — rest a beverage, place a vase of perky tulips, etc. This table wasn’t built to store books, but CDs, instead. I think the perfect table would be the penquin donkey3 with the same storage capacity for books as the original model, but that’s just my opinion. I have wayyyy too many CDs and I tend to store them together, alphabetically, so I wouldn’t want to split them up by storing a few in some random table.

Both are available at TwentyTwentyOne. Such a great place for super slick furnishings that serve an actual purpose other than simply looking good. Kinda like you, huh kiddo?

TwentyTwentyOne(photos from twentytwentyone.)

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Turtle Papers

March 22, 2006

Turtle Papers
Sweet new finds at Turtle Papers – hot off the press! Heart shaped note cards in a pretty tin and four new card designs (shown above) packaged in a box of six cards with six coordinating envelopes. Super sweet.

If you missed the interview I had with Jennifer at Turtle Papers last month (2/22), click here.

(Photo from Turtle Papers)

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Bathroom Mania!

March 22, 2006

Uh huh. That’s what you think it is. Spotted this one in Daily Candy today. Couldn’t resist posting it because I’m always asking myself ‘what will they think of next’ and I guess this answers my question.

Meet bathroom mania, bizarre urinals and quirky tiles designed by Dutch designer Meike van Schijndel. As for the first concept, I simply don’t get it, maybe one of you can enlighten me? Disgusting or funny? What do you think?

I do like their cute mosiac dreams tiles – art for your bathroom! Those aren’t nearly as offensive to me and actually could be somewhat cute for the right person.

Bathroom Mania!

(photo from bathroom mania)

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Cherry Blossoms a Bloomin’

March 22, 2006
Cherry Blossoms a Bloomin'Life is a bowl of cherries, and I’m completely thrilled to see delicate pink and white cherry blossoms influencing design. From bedding to dishware, they’re popping up all over! Maybe it’s not just a coincidence, given that cherry blossom festivals are in bloom worldwide. In fact, the national cherry blossom festival kicks off in Washington D.C. in just a few days. (Learn more about these graceful trees here.)
“The blossoms usually only last about a week, and that’s what we as Japanese find so beautiful,” said Reiko Hirai, special events coordinator at the Japan-American Society of Washington, which is involved in organizing the National Cherry Blossom Festival (also called Sakura Matsuri) in Washington, D.C., starting March 25. “Our tradition is to go underneath the tree and sing and dance and drink and eat. In this country, it’s more cultural.” – Quote from this article.

Enjoy hints of cherry blossoms in your home this season with these delicate accents.

branch bedspread at urbans, $32. jardin celeste sugar bowl from devine, $125. hand painted bone china from Big Pagoda, $45-255.

Cherry Blossoms a Bloomin'

paper source album, $36. blue plum blossom bowl from big pagoda, $90. custom wedding invitations from hello lucky, prices range.

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aviary cards from jack + lulu.

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birdcage panel, $28. martini glasses, $7.99. panel, $28. sheet set, $36-50.
All items below from urban outfitters.

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cherry blossom stem from crate + barrel, $7.95. Aunt Sadie’s candle, $19. crochet pillow by etsy seller lindamade, $100. ring by etsy seller tigerlillyshop, $5.

Cherry Blossoms a Bloomin'

(all photos from companies linked above. Top photo from bath + body works)

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