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September 2006

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coffee + cre8tive {sept 28 ’06}

September 28, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 28 '06}

Since the beginning of time, people have tried to communicate through drawings on walls. Fast forward to the 1960’s, and east coast American cities (mainly Philly + NYC) started to show signs of a new trend – urban expressionism on walls which mostly consisted of the name of the person with spray can in hand. As pictureesque as European cities may be, there exists a historic graffiti problem here, too. Urban youth, who were once content to simply spray their names to mark their territory or that of their gang, are now creating colorful, imaginative works of art. As time marches forward, graffiti continues to grow into much more than simply spray painting a name, and certainly isn’t all about gangs, drugs, and crime… Many talented young artists use it to make a public statement, a way to express themselves. Some are selective about location and others simply are not, using private residences, government buildings, train stations, etc. to leave their mark, ruining the facades of many a beautiful building. This is where the problem lies, at least in my opinion.

As is the case for most cities worldwide, there often exists a greater need of preservation than of rebuilding, especially when a building is in good overall condition and simply needs the facade renovated (painted, cleaned, blasted, etc.) In New York and Boston, you see scaffolding on many buildings, owners work hard to preserve their precious real estate (and for good reason). In cases where buildings fall under the protection of a historical society*, the pressure to preserve a building is of upmost importance of both the owner and the city. Here in Europe, where most buildings you see date to over 150+ years old, seeing a building become a canvas for graffiti raises the blood pressure of many.

On one side, I think graffiti can be interesting and even attractive if done on the right “canvas”, but on the flipside I’m a bit upset by it, especially when the selected wall is a historical building or monument with a porous surface, like brick or stone (hard to clean). It can be quite a process (and expense) to remove it, and can result in the artist returning to leave his mark all over again.

The goal here in Hannover has always been graffiti eradication, but the reality is that it will most likely be a problem for many years to come, or until law breakers suffer more extreme penalties. Either that, or when graffiti is no longer dubbed as cool or being independant. But I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

As someone who works hard to create positive and aethetically pleasing interiors, I am bothered when buildings aren’t shown due respect. A defaced building looks lonely, unloved, and messy. So many great minds poured their energy and resources into a structure, only to have the facade ruined by a stranger calling their creation art, giving a crime a dose of prestige. Placing the moral bit aside however, when a great display of creativity is shown, either through color, detail, or the expression of social and economic issues, I can’t deny that graffiti is somewhat appealing and of interest to me if in a designated area, perhaps a section of town that is otherwise boring and ugly (an overpass or near train tracks). A city could even designate a zone especially for graffiti artists to do their thing. I think that would be fair. Question is, where to draw the line?

Since we talk a lot about design here, I wondered if you cared to explore this topic a bit with me. What is your position on graffiti?

* In Germany the protection of historical buildings, districts and monuments is the responsibility of the states.

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Lisa Stickley

September 27, 2006

Lisa StickleyI first heard about Lisa Stickley some time ago, but only recently did I have a chance to view her wares and learn about her online store, where she offers her newly expanded line to include zippered pouches, totes, laundry bags, and other useful goods. Lisa takes traditional English imagery and breathes her flirty style onto a solid background (mostly crisp white) adding a dollop of color and lots of charm. Her prices are very affordable, and you can purchase them all online right here.

Enjoy!

Lisa Stickley
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Zimmer + Rohde Textiles

September 27, 2006

Zimmer + Rohde TextilesIt’s impossible for me to stay indoors with such beautiful weather, so I went out today for more shopping + eating, and of course, a walk in the Eilenriede (it’s a good place to rejuvenate). While out, I checked out a few of my favorite design stores over on Theaterstasse, one is called Seydlitz, who pulls out all the big guns with names like Designer’s Guild, Vitra, Bootnje, Hirche, Eames, and dozens of other major lines. Even though the Danskina rugs have been out for awhile, I’m still in love with their thick dreamy pile and that great foot massage you get everytime you step on one. Seydlitz also carries the Fortuny Ornaments floor lamp, it’s a real beauty. This is most definitely a store that I would shop at for that one special designer piece, but I certainly couldn’t afford to outfit an entire space there. The showroom is huge and is worth a visit if you’re ever in Hannover – only a block from the main station, the “center” of Hannover where you can connect to trains that take you all over Europe. While waiting for your train to Prague or Berlin, visit the shops on Theaterstrasse.

Fortuny Ornaments floor lamp
Zimmer + Rohde Textiles
Pro Office
Zimmer + Rohde Textiles
Another store I popped into while on Theaterstrasse was Zimmer + Rohde Textiles
Zimmer + Rohde – Weekend Textiles Collection
Zimmer + Rohde Textiles
Of course, these two stores are only the tip of the design iceberg in Germany, Hannover has many other stores, as does the rest of this fascinating and beautiful country. I can’t wait to show you more! I’m off to see my friend Angie, but I’ll be back a little later on with a few more posts before I wrap up for the day. :) Bye!!

Zimmer + Rohde – Weekend Textiles Collection
Zimmer + Rohde Textiles
Zimmer + Rohde – Weekend Textiles Collection
Zimmer + Rohde Textiles






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Help!

September 27, 2006

Help!

I was out and about today and spotted this… Anyone know the artist? I’ve seen this work in several design magazines and books, in various sizes, a collage of images with a single bloom (red/green) always at the focal point. However, I’m not able to recall who the artist is. Can someone help me?






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Have You Entered?

September 27, 2006

Have You Entered?
Don’t forget, the Fabulous Stationery + decor8 Workspace Contest is fast approaching deadline. Have you entered? Our deadline is 5 p.m. EST on Friday, September 29th – just two days away! Three entries will be chosen to win prizes, click here for details.

Speaking of contests, have you entered Jena’s contest over at Modish? One lucky Modish reader will win a collection of handmade items, all from her sponsors, valued up to $400! For details, click here. Deadline is October 7th! Nice contest, Jena! :)

Also, don’t miss Apartment Therapy’s I’ve Got Color? Contest, all entries should be received no later than Monday, October 16th. This contest not only has a great theme (I can’t wait to see the entries), but AT and CB2 are awarding some amazing prizes – the 1st prize is a $2,500 gift card from CB2. Not too shabby! Click here for details.

Did I miss any other design contests out there? If so, please fill us in with nuggets of wisdom by commenting below. :)

(images from decor8)






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coffee + cre8tive {sept 27 ’06}

September 27, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 27 '06}
Happiness is… A big German cookie! This is a mandelhoernchen, an afternoon snack that we enjoyed yesterday while strolling around. I keep telling myself that I’ll only eat like this for a few more days, then it’s back to salads and grilled chicken and fish again… There is no way I can eat like this for two months straight. We’re purposely not renting a car for this reason, so we can walk and eat. :)

A woman who lives directly across from us, she is also on the 4th floor, has a fitness studio in her flat. Each day, I see her stretching, drinking tea, and leading group classes in her gigantic flat. It looks like they are doing pilates. Hmmm. Maybe I should go over there take a class with her. It certainly would help curtail my chances of growing out of my clothes while I’m here. :)

Back to happier thoughts… Like eating mandelhoernchen.

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