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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

Mexx Bedding (Germany)


Mexx is another brand I like for bedding here in Germany, and like Esprit, they are primarily a fashion label that expanded into the home for bed + bath. Mexx is youthful and fresh, some prints lean more to the masculine side, and others, flirty and feminine. I’m loving all of this color, aren’t you?


(images from mexx)

Posted in uncategorized on October 05, 2006

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