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coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 ’06}

Crisp autumnal air encircled me as I window shopped yesterday, coffee in hand, delighted with the carefully arranged displays at Noa Noa . Sundays are especially sacred in Germany because the week takes a well-deserved pause from the 6 busy days that preceeded it in preparation for the next. Sundays here are based on tradition – family, religion, togetherness, rest.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Posted in fashion + accessories, shopping, travel on October 09, 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)

Posted in uncategorized on October 06, 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!

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

Posted in uncategorized on October 06, 2006

Ritzenhoff (Germany)

I first discovered Ritzenhoff in the mid 1990’s while at an airport, I think it was in Frankfurt while shopping duty-free. I still remember how excited I felt when I laid eyes on a gorgeous display of contemporary beer glasses. I immediately purchased two, each boxed in a decorative tube containing a complementary set of coordinating coasters, and carefully tucked them into my carry-on bag. I guarded them with my life as I traveled back to Boston, terrified they might break, determined to get them back in one big beautiful piece.

The story of Ritzenhoff goes something like this, “In Marsberg in the Sauerland the tradition of glass-making has been cultivated for centuries. The workers are familiar with the secrets of mouth-blown glasses and are able to impart all colours and forms to shapes and to decorate, gold-plate, smooth and polish even the most delicate of glasses. In order to express these traditions with modern, contemporary products, they commissioned the creative minds at sieger design to find new shapes for mouth-blown glass ? and the Sieger collection was born.”

Fact: Shortly after launching their collection of beer glasses in the mid 1990’s, Ritzenhoff quickly exploded into one of the largest producers of beer glasses in Europe.

Ritzenhoff designers thought beyond the beer glass though, with dishes, teacups, vases, and beyond. Boasting over 280 designers based worldwide, from architects to product designers, artists, comic illustrators, advertisers, illustrators, interior designers, set designers and sculptors, each contributes their own unique style and differing work methods resulting in an endless variety of ideas and products.

From beer glasses to porcelin containers, egg cups, piggy banks, candles, salt + pepper shakers, and so much more, every home needs a little festive punch of porcelin and glass!

(images from ritzenhoff + decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on October 05, 2006


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