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2007

Contests

Boston Locals: Wanna Party?

November 19, 2007

I’m attending a launch party for Lola (a Boston Globe publication), Boston’s new magazine for women, and I’d like for you to join me!

Boston Locals: Wanna Party?
The event will be held on Friday, December 7th and to quickly summarize, it’s Lola?s official red carpet launch party and a first pick preview shopping event for the SoWa Holiday Market (the market will be open to everyone else on Saturday and Sunday, but for those attending this event you’ll have first dibs!).

The SoWa Market is giving decor8 readers a chance to attend this event – 10 sets of 2 tickets. It’s a great chance to mingle with local industry people – fashion, photographers, writers, editors, restaurant and boutique owners, so dress to impress and bring those business cards! But first, you have to get in…

If you’d like to attend, please comment below with your answer to, “Why do you think shopping indie is so important?”. When you comment, please include a link to your blog or website so I can verify who you are, and your email address. I hope you can join us!

(image from lola boston)






Inspiration

Hello!

November 19, 2007

I’m back from vacation, we flew home from Germany so now I’m blogging live from New Hampshire in our little country home. Everything feels so weird out here after living in a European city for two months, but I’m happy to be home because I missed my stuff! It’s cold here, but sunny, so I thought I’d change the decor8 header to reflect the changing of the seasons from Autumn to Winter and incorporate the color combination I’m smitten by at the moment – gray, white, and lavender. Yes, purple – surprise, surprise. I’m also hooked on metallic silver accents, doily motifs, mercury glass, organic chai tea with lots of milk and honey, and the usual suspects – owls and branch patterns, they inspired the new header. Oh and I’m hooked on Beirut (thanks Ingrid + Gunnar), Dave Gahan’s new CD (thanks Paris, a lucky girl that actually met him in NYC recently), and Paul Oakenfold’s latest. Oh, and I can’t stop listening to Send Me An Angel. So 1980’s.

Hello!
Here are a few lovely photos saved in my flickr faves if you’d like to click on over and view where they’re from, please do. I always see an unplanned theme when I save photos as faves and then step back and look at all of them together like this. There’s always this specific palette in every batch.

By the way, tomorrow kicks off our week of sales here on decor8 where I’ll be posting discounts and offer codes from many of our sponsors shown in the right column, so stick around – you are sure to find some great deals. I’ll also be posting a few home tours and interviews this week, and for the locals, watch for the post announcing your chance to attend the LOLA launch party with me in December. Until tomorrow….






Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me}

November 9, 2007

One big thing that attracts me to Hannover is the progress being made here in many areas, from restoration to building, new cafes and restaurants popping up, and the many indie artists coming out of the cracks to show their faces, their talent, to lend a voice to the growing world community of independent artists.

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me} Beautiful things from Fruehling Bitte.

One voice in this community is Fruehling Bitte, a design studio that caters mostly to kids and the young at heart, with lots of pink and blue and the sweetest accessories including hats that I wish I could get away with wearing (you can order from them online). This is one example of the rising talent here and there’s more… Which I’ll show you when I return to decor8 on November 19th.

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me} Tee and muffins with YippieYeah.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be taking some “me” time off to travel with my family and step away from my computer for about 10 days – I haven’t done this is over 2 years so it’s time to unplug! But I’ll return on the 19th with a full week of sales (remember?) and several atelier tours including a glimpse into the home of YippieYeah, and lots of other goodies – so until then I’m signing off and I’ll be seeing you right here on November 19.

Hugs to you all! xo, holly

p.s. In case you missed it, here’s the 2008 calendar round up part 1 and part 2. There’s a fantastic selection for you, don’t miss it.

p.s.s. Oh, and I really want to get the reader home tours back in action again. We did this in 2006 on decor8 but I put it on hold in 2007. The goal is to get started again in the new year, so if you have a home that you’d like to share with readers, please let me know via email at decor8blogATyahooDOTcom






Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Taj Wood & Scherer {Munich}

November 9, 2007

I’m the curious type. Some might say I’m nosey, but that sounds rather negative, so I prefer curious. :) Anyway, curious Holly here keeps seeing these fabulous pillows in shops everywhere with tiny gray tags that I can’t read. The brand is somewhat of a scribble so I can’t decipher just who makes them. When I ask shop owners, they seem offended that I would want to know or they tell me and I can’t understand the name because well, they say things here in English with such a strong German accent and so quickly that I sometimes get lost. Yesterday, everything changed.

Taj Wood & Scherer {Munich}While visiting with a local product designer at her home, I noticed she had a delightful pillow and yes, it had the gray scribble tag, so nosey me asked what the brand was and come to find out, she worked with this company before — it’s owned by design duo Roger Wood and Christine Scherer) from Munich and the company is called Taj Wood & Scherer. Tah-dah! Isn’t this all so lovely? Aren’t you glad that I asked? Me too. Pillows, lamps, blankets, ottomans, and you can even find Taj in America, just check their store list on their site.

Taj Wood & Scherer {Munich}
Have a look at their wonderful website, you’re sure to fall in love. And after googling them I found that my lovely fellow blog friend Imelda wrote about them in August on her Singapore-based blog, Taj Wood & Scherer {Munich}
Drool…

(images from taj)






Etsy Faves

3P-3 {sale}

November 9, 2007

I want to quickly announce the sale 3P-3 is having over in their etsy store, thank you so much Giselle for the sweet email and notification! (darling tea towels, by the way…)

3P-3 {sale}3P-3 {sale}
See you in a few moments with more good stuff. For now, please go visit 3P-3. :)

(images from 3p-3)






Interviews, Objects

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}

November 8, 2007

Korpi & Gordon is husband and wife design duo Maria Korpi-Gordon and Adam Gordon who design and print textiles for the home since 2000. Based in Finland, they produce their kitchen items and samples in their studio and outsource all the other products (laminate trays, trivets, cups, metered fabric) in Sweden and Finland. They met through a mutual friend, textile designer Nigel Atkinson, and in addition to sharing a business, they have 3 children. I recently had a chance to interview Adam, one half of this creative team, and would like to share our chat with you along with some photos taken at their studio in Mariehamn, Finland.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}
decor8: Hi Adam. Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me about Korpi & Gordon. I gave readers an overview of your company, so maybe we can start with a question I always like to ask, what is your background in textiles (Maria, too!)?
Adam: Having studied Fine Art and printmaking at Winchester School of Art (UK), I always kept drawing and looking, in addition to being employed in design-related companies; such as Zoffany UK (wallpapers & fabrics) as a colour mixer and at Environment (Italian furniture importer). Maria studied textiles in Finland and has worked for Nigel Atkinson Textiles as Production Manager and freelance; with designs in production for Ljungbergs/Svenskt Tenn, Perry Ellis, etc. Maria has over 20 years of experience in the business.

decor8: Wow, impressive backgrounds. This leads me to wonder with so much talent between the two of you, what are your individual roles?
Adam: Well, Maria is quick to realise a design into print and make a repeat work. I am strong on drawing by hand and developing products.

decor8: How did Korpi & Gordon get started, from idea to execution?
Adam: It was around the time of having our first child, Samuel, in London. At that time we both wanted to work creatively, concentrate on a family and get out of the big city. Maria still hired the studio in Mariehamn so we initially moved to Stockholm where we researched the market to locate shops we liked and to work on our sample range to present to them. Our business grew from there; with us naturally spending more time in the studio, to eventually setting-up home on ?land. Will still have the flat in Stockholm though and visit roughly once a month.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}
decor8: What are the main characteristics of your work and how does this reflect your personality?
Adam: We create designs that are not determined by season. Eclecticism: We like old and new things combined and are not afraid of going against the trend: Strong contrast in colour and line. Functionalism: We dislike purely decorative things: everyday kitchen utensils are often source material.

decor8: What was your first success?
Adam: Selling our first sample range of kitchen products to the Carl Malmsten shop in Stockholm.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}
decor8: What difficulties arise and how do you overcome these?
Adam: Balancing business and family, still learning! :) We always have breakfast and dinner together as a family, often sharing dinner parties with our friends and their kids on the weekends. We try to show our kids what inspires us by visiting museums, showing them buildings, cultural aspects to holidays like street markets and craft fairs.

decor8: Do you have any advice for new business owners?
Adam: Follow your instincts and never give up if you believe in what you have.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}
decor8: How do you market your work and what avenue has been the most successful?
Adam: We use a lot of tactical PR, trade shows, publicity via collaborations (such as “Gunnel” collection for IKEA in May ’07), in-store “mingle” events, and our website. The website has pulled-in a lot of high-end retailers.

decor8: What inspires you?
Adam: Creative people with great companies, products & ideas.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}Maria Korpi-Gordon

decor8: Can you tell us about future projects?
Adam: Yes, there’s the David design furniture collaboration (Feb’08), art card set with The Art Group UK (Autumn ’08), and Wallpaper with a Swedish company in ’08 (tbc).

decor8: I love knowing what designers listen to while they work. What’s coming out of your speakers?
Adam: Lots of Soul and Disco, 70’s rub-a-dub reggae from Studio 1 & Gilles Peterson show every Sunday from Radio 1 UK.

decor8: And your favorite websites are…
Adam: Asplund, Bendrik, Claesson Koivisto Rune, Design TV, Funktion Alley, Japanese Guest Houses, Normann Copenhagen, Soul Jazz Records, Tablet Hotels.

Meet Korpi & Gordon {Finland}Adam Gordon

decor8: And finally, what magazines do you swear by?
Adam: Elle Interi?r (Scandinavian), Interni, Living Etc, Wallpaper, Frame.

Thank you Adam, so nice to meet up with you here on the web and thanks for giving decor8 readers a glimpse of your world.

If you have additional questions for Adam, please ask in the comments section below. Thank you!

(images provided by korpi & gordon)






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