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coffee + cre8tive [mar 6 '06]

My inspiration of the day, a solvent transfer and fabric collage on paper from artist Robert Rauschenberg from the permanent collection at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO.

Like? Dislike? Your thoughts?

By the way….happy Monday!!! :)

(photo: artwork by Robert Rauschenberg, photo from the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art)

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Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2006

Bill Zendel Art

Spotted some fun retro artwork by Bill Zindel via the Mateo Ilasco blog. Meg has such great taste; I’m sure you’ll love her new blog. Enjoy!

(photos from bill zendel. post idea from miss meg ;) who has a great blog.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

Everything Swedish…

It’s time to post more pretty things that we can’t yet purchase here in the states. At least we can browse so that if they do drift to our shores, we can show how design savvy we are and say in a most nasal snobby voice, “Oh sweetie, I’ve known about them for years“… (dragging out the word ‘years’) So! onto fresh finds from Sweden, shall we?

decor8 reader, Husmusen, just sent me a link over to her Swedish design blog and wow, amazing finds! For obvious reasons, it’s in Swedish, but I still was able to navigate myself through it to find some great links to share with decor8 readers. Question: Does Husmusen mean house mouse? I’m thinking it does because it reminds me a lot like haus maus (German). Just wondering…

So, First up from Sweden, Spira! Textiles in bright crisp floral patterns, punchy and contemporary, fun, fun, fun! Bedding, aprons, plates, lamps, hand towels, curtains, all with zing! Spira had a space at the Stockholm furniture fair a few weeks ago, can you even imagine attending that? The hairs on my arms stand up. Something for me to think about for 2007, perhaps. How delightful to visit postcard-pretty Stockholm and attend a furniture fair. Ahhh, one can dream, can’t I?

SPIRA
Maybe these vinyl decals for walls and windows tickle your fancy? Fresh from Form and Function, a Swedish company located in Stocksund (a suberb of Stockholm). More amazing design, love those Swedes!

FORM + FUNCTION

If you’re not up to vinyl, then visit Cult Design. They carry lovely porcelain and many fabulous wares from designers Bjorn Nilsson, Marita Lord, Monika Ofverstrom, Marianne Abelsson and Ami Matz. I’ve got a crush on cult! I want everything!

CULT DESIGN

I’ll wrap up with a few more fantastic mentions, visit Form Design and Inreda, for Swedish home accessories and more. Just in case you’re interested, I found a good read on design hotels in Sweden that I enjoyed, click here.

Hope you enjoyed a touch of Sweden, friends! I promise, next post will be all about products we can actually purchase online or here in the states. You have to admit, peeking in on our friends over in Sweden and earlier today, in Denmark, is quite fun. Problem is, now I have an insane travel bug, how about you? Any travel plans this year that you’d care to share with us? Comment, we’d love to hear from you…

(photo credits: top photo from cult design. next up, photos from spira, next grouping from form + function, last two from cult design)

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Posted in uncategorized on March 03, 2006

Lene Toni Kjeld

More to drool over from Denmark. This time, we’re back on wallpaper, but I can’t resist because these patterns really speak to me. What do you think?
They’re from Lene Toni Kjeld’s ‘Wall Decoration‘ collection. These beautiful patterns are putting me over the edge today, I mean, how much can a girl take of a good thing? Answer: Never too much!


(photos from Lene Toni Kjeld)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on March 03, 2006

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