I had such a nice exchange with Victoria Cramsie at PaperBoy recently, I have to share some of her wallpaper designs for boys. These papers are made by Robert Hamlin-Wright at his small factory in Norfolk, England and they’re made to order, so after you place your order it will take 4-6 weeks for it to arrive. This hand screen printed wallpaper is FSC accredited sustainable forest paper, in a nutshell this means, “Your paper has come from a forest that is managed to the highest standards to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations“.
Victoria’s wallpaper is geared towards boys, as you can tell, but I still liked it enough to share it here on decor8 despite how little I show kid’s design. These photos feature Victoria and her two boys, Rory and Archie, another sweet thing about homegrown companies is when family members are photographed in some of the product shots, don’t you think?
Here is what inspired Victoria’s line: “Her boys outgrew their nursery style room and needed a place that they (and their mother) could be proud of. So she thought about what made a beautiful house. A place with a few lovely, classic things. A place with designs and materials that sing. That’s filled with colors and shapes that have a sense of harmony and intrigue. That makes you feel somehow calmer, more comfortable. As if the world is really rather fine. Somewhere that might even make you smile. And she thought wouldn’t it be great if you could find designs that did this for the boys? But she couldn’t find any. She was looking for boys’ wallpaper that felt handmade, but wasn’t folksy or whimsical or twee. Something more pleasing than tacky, standard licensed wares. But affordable, too. Something classic, even iconic, but with an edge. Modern, but with room for nostalgia. Enough fun for little kids yet cool enough for bigger ones. And lovely enough to fit in with a beautiful, grown-up design scheme. Well made, slightly subversive. And funny. So she gave up looking and started to create. She liked the handmade look so she drew images by hand. The boys she asked liked ‘edgy’ images, from graffiti to slightly scary skeletons. And more classic images like pets, puppets and dinosaurs. And they responded in a surprisingly sophisticated way to color, simplicity and texture. She came up with designs that would appeal to boys from preschool to teens. Something for after the fluffy bunny stage that would see them through until they painted their bedrooms black.”
Bravo, Victoria! So many successful business are born out of frustration — you can’t find what you want out there so you create it yourself. Then you learn that so many others were in fact looking for the same thing. I guess the moral of this story is to spend less time complaining and more time doing, right? If something is lacking out there, and you are passionate and talented enough to fill it, then by golly – do it!
Congrats on your new line!
My friend Anne (aka Enna) just got back from Lisbon and I can’t stop looking at her photos today! I’m so inspired by Portugal all of a sudden, I’m dying to go there now. Sometimes it takes a good friend to go someplace you’d never in your life thought to travel to — and her visit makes you suddenly think about taking the same trip. We all influence one another in this way, so often, it’s wonderful isn’t it? Friends are so precious in every respect, but when a friend inspires you through her life and what she does with it, it’s a friendship to hold on to I believe.
See this photo above? It’s from Anne’s visit to Portugal. I could have shared with you a photo of a house, the sea, or some food shots that she’d taken but instead I selected this one because it personally gave me an emotional reaction… it’s all I can think about now! This would be beautiful interpreted into art, a pattern for fabric, or even to tile a kitchen backsplash using so many different vintage tiles – I would love to do this.
(image: anne wendlendt)
Have you ever seen a wooden carpet with felt stitched on? Oh no? Oh yes! You are about to… Meet Estonian textile designer Monika Järg who will also be exhibiting this week over at the Lodz Design Festival in Poland. I’ve never in my life laid eyes on anything even remotely similar. I love it. She uses plywood and felt to “stitch on” a pattern creating a wooden rug. Gorgeous!
Now THIS is inspiring and innovative, right!? I am dying to see the entire rug now and wonder how this really works — how does it feel to walk across, where would it be used, etc. If you are attending this fair and you see one, please snap a photo or two for me — I’d love to check this beauty out in situ. Must be amazing.
(image: Monika Järg)
Bogdan Kosak is a ceramicist from Poland that I recently discovered and I felt really drawn to his work because it’s so delicate and precious, and I love how he uses gold as an accent on some of his pieces. I also enjoy how he uses texture here and there, too. Bodgan also takes discarded ceramics and, adding fillers and baking a second time around, he is able to form something completely new. Brilliant, he is really talented!
It’s organic but also technical, if that is even a good way to describe it… but it’s what comes to mind when I examine his body of work. Here, see for yourself and tell me what you think. I can’t stop looking at the porcelain doilies, I would love several of these to hang on clear cord and hang in my kitchen window (at various lengths) this winter!
Psst: He will be exhibiting at the Lodz Design Festival 2009 in Lodz, Poland beginning on Oct. 15 along with many other artists and designers I’d not heard of before — definitely check out the Lodz Design Festival website for more information! Also at this fest will be Peike Bergmans from the Netherlands (amazing lightbulbs) and Pudelskern from Austria with their knitted lights.
(images: bogdan kosak ceramics)