German designer Jan Kath creates modern rugs that cater to the minimalist in us all. Kath, based in beautiful Hamburg, combines exquisite modern design with traditional Himalayan handiwork resulting in rugs so glorious that you could easily display them as art. View all of Kath’s creations online, or to purchase, visit Carpetti.
(images from jan kath)
More dreamy textiles to ooo and ahh over today. These are from RISD alum Elyse Allen . Her embellished knit textiles take on many forms, from throw pillows to darling fingerless gloves, knit bird masks, and an entire collection of soft jewelry. Using only the finest materials, Elyse knits to transform cashmere and merino wool into gorgeous textiles, embellishing some with crystals and pearlized Italian lambskin. You can find her work at these locations. Be sure to bookmark her site since she’ll be launching an online store in November.
If you’re in Providence in December, stop by the RISD Alumni Holiday Sale on
December 9th from 10-5 at the Providence Convention Center, booth #109, 1 Sabin Street in Providence. I’ll be there to cover the show for decor8, so stay tuned!
Psst: If you’re an Interpol fan, check out some of the costumes that she created for their video “C’mere”.
(images from elyse allen textiles)
A big thanks to decor8 reader Lise for keeping us in-the-know when it comes to reality design television. Being in Germany for the past 4 weeks, I’m a bit out of it when it comes to what’s happening back in the states. I barely have time to blog (though I’m doing my best), nevermind read American news and tabloids.
If you promise not to throw fruit at me, I’ll disclose something else… I have no clue what is going on with Project Runway. I know, I know. I actually forgot all about it until today when I saw Heidi Klum on a poster downtown. In fact, I don’t know who went to fashion week, or what has happened with the season since I left the states in September. All I know is that over here, Heidi Klum is huge. Not only is she butt-naked on Max magazine this month (pop culture mag) and all over Douglas ads, but she has her own spin off of America’s Next Top Model here in Germany called appropriately, Germany’s Next Top Model, hosted by Ms. Klum herself. I digress…
Back to the point of this post, Lise sent me a link to a news story about Top Design, a new Bravo reality show for aspiring designers with Todd Oldham steering the ship and and Elle Decor editor in chief Margaret Russell by his side. I blogged about it a few months back, so consider this a follow-up. The new series hits American televisions everywhere in January. Get all the details here at Radar online. Thanks again, Lise. You rock girl!
Oooh so lush. Design you want to sink yourself into. Mogwaii in Scotland is all about creating tactile home and fashion accessories that combine creative design and art with function and quality. Sculptured uncluttered style. Sophisticated pure wool. Blinds, cushions, throws, lamps, and fashion accessories. Oh-la-lusting for!
I’m especially fond of the butterfly throw, and that you play designer by selecting your base color and the color for accents on each throw. How’s that for chic customization? You have a hand in the design process, which makes them that much more appealing to purchase – they will match your living space to perfection. I love their blinds and lampshades too. I hope you like Mogwaii… I certainly do!
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We spent the day roaming the cobblestone streets of Hannover Linden today, where I met an old friend who is the largest book seller in Germany, with over 1 million books for sale on Amazon. We browsed his extensive collection on towering bookshelves, all which overflowed with rare titles, mostly published between the early 1900′s-1985.
I loved the children’s books I found, and he was nice enough to give me 3 of my favorites, which I happily accepted. Not only do they help me practice my German, but the pretty illustrations and typefaces are so lovely, I can’t stop looking at them. Two appeared as good as new, but it’s the one that is clearly used that appears to me the most. Inside the front cover, there is a handwritten dedication from oma to granddaughter Nadine. Nadine stamped her Berlin address, along with a maus sticker, inside. To think that a little girl from Berlin once owned this book in 1972, a book that now belongs to me… I don’t know, it’s somewhat touching. This story was once read to her and tucked away on a bookshelf… I wonder what became of young Nadine?
While roaming the narrow halls of books, I noticed an old poster taped to the side of a wooden bookcase, and thought it was lovely enough to capture and share with you. The print was already in sephia, so I think the photo came out rather nicely… Her porcelin complexion and his adoring gaze couldn’t resist my lens. Too bad they’re smoking and not simply about to engage in a kiss.
After visiting the warehouse, we stumbled upon my new favorite coffee shop, Cafe Petit in Hannover Linden.
I snapped a few photos while there, and since I’ve been big into sephia shots lately, I thought I’d experiment a little. I clearly need more practice with my camera, but I really like how these came out.
Note: I’ll be returning to Linden on Saturday for a studio tour and to meet a designer that I love, so I will post some photos from that tour on Monday. See you later today with some great design finds! I’m off to dinner, but upon my return, I promise to post some more goodies for you today.