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October 2006

Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Vitra Algue

October 9, 2006

Forever fascinated by design inspired by nature, especially the ocean or forest, I loved this window display. I know the algue from Vitra has been around for a few years, but I was excited to see it assembled in the window of Seydlitz*, in all of its green plastic glory. You can snap this fan-shaped seaweed together to form something sculptural for your wall or to create a curtain or even a wall divider – which I’d love to see used in an office space at a creative firm. Each algue is 6″ x 12″ and sold in sets of 6, available in red, green, or white. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see a curtain in a similiar design, only handmade of felt?

Vitra Algue*Seydlitz is a beautiful design store located at Theatrestrasse 15, Hannover 0511/27070712

(image from decor8)






Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Inke – Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)

October 9, 2006

I popped into Von Klein Auf* in Hannover to locate a gift for my dear friend back home and was instantly dazzled the moment I saw wallpaper in animal silhouettes on thier walls, in the most charming vintage patterns ever.
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)These Lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and many other wild animals can live together peacefully in the bedroom of your little one, all handmade in the Netherlands by Inke. I saw the lion silhouette in a magazine many months ago, but only upon seeing them in person did they interest me – they are quite large, and the patterns are in the most beautiful colors, so much prettier in person (in my opinion).

No children? No worries there. Inke also designs for adult decor with a collection of silhouettes of lamps, chairs, plants, and doors. All shapes arrive packaged in a tube with a complete DIY kit which includes a brush, glue, and instructions.

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)If you do not live nearby to a shop that stocks Inke (hard to find in the USA), you can purchase online directly from Inke.

*Von Klein Auf stocks only the animal shapes in-store. You can visit them in Hannover located one block from the Lister Platz u-bahn at Edenstrasse 42. 0511/3970093

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
(images from inke)






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Calling Designers in Portland, Oregon

October 9, 2006

Calling Designers in Portland, Oregondecor8 reader Lise needs your help!

“Hi Holly, I’m writing you with a completely selfish request… You’ve profiled fabulous interior (re)designers who have a modern eye and an understanding of budgets like Julieann from Jace Interiors and Amy Lenahan from design i…and you, of course! But, given that all of you are on the eastern half of the country, I wonder if you can make a request for names of designers who offer similar services on the West Coast? More specifically, I’m dying to find someone in Portland.”

Now it’s up to you, dear readers, to comment below if you can suggest someone, or if you are a designer yourself, engage in as much shameless self promotion as possible, we won’t mind one bit. :) Thank you!

(images from pova)






Fashion + Accessories, Shopping + Products, Travel

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 ’06}

October 9, 2006

Crisp autumnal air encircled me as I window shopped yesterday, coffee in hand, delighted with the carefully arranged displays at coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Whether it’s sharing cake and coffee with your loved ones, visiting a museum, exploring paths in the forest, or strolling the near-empty streets with only a few cafes to welcome you inside, Sunday taps you on the shoulder and reminds you that it’s time to reap what you’ve spent the whole week sowing. So relax and enjoy.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
If you’ve not yet heard of Danish designers Lars and Harald Holstein of Noa Noa, prepare to fall deeply in love with their charming collection. Noa Noa produces two affordable collections every year for women and little girls, along with two smaller collections for Summer and Christmas. I was inspired to see their soft muted tones, emulating the natural beauty of Denmark, from its countryside to coast. Pastel hues of heather, plum, charcoal and pale blue paired with stronger ones in sunflower, fuschia, military green, even a slight appearance by black itself.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Peering into shop windows, I couldn’t help but notice how many outfits can be translated into decor. I imaged the layered scarves held in place by a simple jeweled brooch as multiple flowing sheer panels, perhaps one in pale butter and the other in blue, held by a favorite patterned sash, a delicate brooch of clear crystals to accent.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Using your imagination is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to train your design eye and stimulate your creativity. The more imaginative you become, the better taste you will form. As you start to disect what you see, imagine it used in a different capacity altogether. You can simply edit something with your mind, reflecting on how you’d prefer it to be arranged, allowing your imagination to wander and expand. Freedom comes from frequently training and stimulating your imagination. Consider how creative children are, often is this not based upon thier lack of fear coupled with their rich imagination?

My motto: Look at everything differently – see more than what is simply laid before you. Imagine, believe, overcome, create, expand.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
Noa Noa
Lister Meile 52
Hannover Germany
Tel: 0511/5687422

Partial collection is also available at clothing boutique Ey Linda, Lister Meile 31.

(images from noa noa)






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See you Monday!

October 6, 2006

See you Monday!

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post much today, I had to work on a project all day and lost track of time. I’d like to wish all of you a lovely weekend, I’ll be back online Monday to begin a new week of posts from here in Germany, and to announce our winners of the Fabulous Stationery contest! Also this month, I’ll be hopping on a few trains and inviting you to journey with me to check out design in a few surprise destinations.

Big hugs to you all… See you on Monday!

(image from decor8)






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coffee + cre8tive {oct 6 ’06}

October 6, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 6 '06}
Joanna does Origin! Yippee!

I was so pleased that my blogmate Joanna from Atelier455 took the time to write in today. She hopes you’ll join her as she covers Origin: The London Craft Fair since she’ll be blogging about it over the next few days. Thank you so much Joanna!

About Origin, “Origin is a major new selling event for contemporary craft housed in a specially commissioned pavilion built in the Somerset House courtyard. Over 300 UK and international designer-makers will present their work direct to the public and there will be a rich programme of cultural events and feature areas.”

Ever heard of Adele Thurston? I’m totally loving her handmade ceramic wall plates and jugs right now… Just look at these! Joanna will soon feature Adele on her site (hint hint), so get over there and see what she has to say about this exciting event. I’m drooling already!

coffee + cre8tive {oct 6 '06}

coffee + cre8tive {oct 6 '06}

(images from joanna at atelier455 – top left: karin erikson’s ceramics, top right: adele thurstan, second image: lucy may schofield third image: adele thurstan)






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