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January 2010

Objects

Erin Flett Textiles

January 13, 2010

In case you missed it, I wrote about Erin Flett recently over at Real Simple and since, she’s sent over some new colorful photos of her work that really caught my eye on this gray and snowy Wednesday.

Erin Flett Textiles

Erin Flett Textiles

Erin Flett Textiles

Erin is a graphic + textile designer in Maine who just launched a line of hand silk screened pillows that she hopes will speak, “to the stylist soul”. I don’t know about you, but that squirrel is totally speaking to me. He is saying something like, “buy me, dude”. He’d be perfect for my friend’s new baby boy!

More about Erin and her work can be found here.

(images: erin flett)

Handmade

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

January 13, 2010

Swedish ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld in Stockholm has some serious style going on! Up until now Gustaf’s work has been purely conceptual but now there are a very limited number of unique one-of-a-kind pieces sold in his web shop. Want to see? I know, I had you at Swedish and Ceramicist. Sure you want to see!

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

R.p.m candlestick in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Mallrik, candleholder in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Quake, hand thrown and shaken (not stirred he he) mug in porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Fable, butter knife holder in colored porcelain

Ceramicist Gustaf Nordenskiöld

Grab (mini hook) porcelain.

About his work Gustaf says that he is trying to, “counter conventional ideas of beauty by making intriguing and sometimes grotesque works with naturalistic power and personality.” He further relates, “This aesthetic and philosophical idea differs from the accepted parameters of Swedish studio ceramics and the result questions the Scandinavian minimalism.”

These are all a delight to look upon, the candle holder really caught my eye. What about you?

(images: Karin Björkquist – check out her online portfolio by the way.)

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Where’s Tuesday?

January 13, 2010

Oh I have so many things to share with you but first I must give a big apology to the world wide web for a boo boo that I made. I totally, 100%, absolutely positively forgot to post Etsy Take Five Tuesdays yesterday for a simply fact – I forgot that it was Tuesday. Seriously people, who forgets weekdays? I mean, it’s not like I don’t have outside appointments and daily to-do lists and daily tasks around the home — so where the heck did Tuesday go? I’m still shaking my head, it seems like this week has been Monday and Wednesday so far for me.

Where's Tuesday?

Am I really getting old? Am I stuck in a total freelancer bubble? Why yes. Obviously. So there, I’ve admitted losing Tuesday (is it under the sofa? In the closet? I feel this post taking a strange Cat In The Hat turn) and I’ve admitted to forgetting to post Take 5 Tues. and with that I’ll simply say that next Tuesday I promise to not only remember it’s there but I’ll post my etsy finds and get back on schedule! Hurrah!

xo

(image: the amazing corid)

Objects

Nook Stool by VIAL

January 13, 2010

I just heard about the newly-founded German design studio VIAL namely because of NOOK, their new stool made from a single piece of an innovative material called VarioLine. This material is an extremely sturdy and weatherproof plastic designed by Patrick Frey of Patrick Frey Industrial Design.

Nook Stool by VIAL

Winner of the iF product design award 2010 just a few weeks ago, it is an attractive piece indoors or outside in the garden, perfect for all seasons. I’m counting eight colors on their website, though there could be more. I’m a big fan of the white, beige and gray stools and can see them fitting in perfectly in a living or dining room area, but also in a child’s room or on the patio.

Nook Stool by VIAL

About VIAL, “VIAL is a family-run company headquartered in Aachen, Germany. Its founders, Wolf, Julia and Bernd Hoesch-Vial, were inspired by the idea of designing beautiful products by harnessing the technological benefits of innovative materials and the novel creative opportunities they present.”

What do YOU think of the Nook stool?

(images: VIAL)

Home Tours

Lillian’s Diary House Tour in Vienna

January 12, 2010

I need to take a break from reading and approving contest comments to sink into a lovely little home tour for some inspiration. Are you with me? Good. So let’s visit the home of Katrin who is known online as Lillian’s Diary — she has a Flickr page where you can follow her as she shares her home and inspirations. I found her via Flickr recently so I contacted Katrin to see if she’d like to share her home on decor8 because it’s a small space and so very charming. I’m happy that she has given me permission to share her warm nest with you — it’s too cute!

Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

I took a moment to have a rather informal interview with her as well and it really helped me to understand her style a little better once I learned more about how she approaches decorating. Are you ready to visit a sweet spot in Vienna, Austria today? Let’s go!


Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

Katrin is a PR spokesperson who, like most Europeans, speaks more than one language — she knows German, English, and basic French. She has lived in Austria for 4 years now with her fiancé Moritz (they are both German) and has rented the 1950s apartment shown here for 3 years and it is 60 qm (which translates to approximately 650 square feet). It has 3 rooms if you count them the German way (a kitchen and bathroom do not count as a room). Together with 2 cats Marlene and Lulu, they have a kitchen, living room, small office, one bedroom and a garden.

Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

What do you love about your city? Everything in Vienna is old/historic. When we first moved here we used to say that Vienna is an open air museum. I still love that about Vienna.

Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

Favorite vacation spots in Europe? The Northern part of Portugal. It’s beautiful, incredibly inexpensive and more or less undiscovered by tourists.


Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

Please tell us about your decorating style: So hard to answer! I just pick what I like! :)

Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

What inspires your decor? Design blogs (like decor8!), Magazines (love Living Etc.), people and their spaces on Flickr.

How would you define your style in 3 words? Colourful, clean lines, cheerful.

Where do you shop for your home items? IKEA, Habitat, eBay… and Etsy mostly for art. I love Etsy.

Lillian's Diary House Tour in Vienna

What are 5 decorating tips that you’d like to share with decor8 readers?

  • If you can’t afford something, try a DIY version. Buy a sewing machine. Try stencils on a wall. Spray paint lamps. Don’t be afraid.
  • Paint is a cheap but very effective way to transform spaces. In my opinion you don’t need outstanding furniture if you have the right paint color on your walls.
  • Don’t be afraid of big furniture pieces in small rooms. Our huge gray chair is working well in our small office. You don’t necessarily need tiny furniture for tiny spaces. (Restrain to one big piece though).
  • Pare down. Everyone who visits our house asks me where our “stuff” is. Seriously, you don’t need “stuff”.
  • Keep everything organized. This is key especially when living in a small space. All our storage spaces are neatly organized and everything has its place.


Thank you so much Katrin for sharing your decorating tips and your pretty home with us today!

So tell me friends, after careful inspection of her little nest, what did you find personally inspiring? Did you notice the kitchen wallpaper? It’s not wallpaper! It’s stenciled by Katrin. And did you see that she also painted her heat radiator in her kitchen navy blue? I love that touch. Her kitchen is so charming, I like how it is very functional and everything is out in the open yet it looks so neat – really, really great.

(images: lillian’s diary)

Bloggers

Uniform Studio Blog

January 12, 2010

Martha McQuade has such a lovely new online space called MWM Workbook that I thoroughly enjoyed browsing today and I believe that you’ll find inspiration from this as well. Martha is the designer behind UNIFORM Studio in Minneapolis where she creates ethically made clothing and accessories. From her bio, “Trained as an architect, Martha McQuade lives and works in Minneapolis, MN where she teaches architecture, designs clothing, makes buildings, takes photographs, writes about process + design, and is always looking for phenomena + beauty.”

Uniform Studio Blog

Her new website, MWM Workbook, will function as both a portfolio and a blog where she’ll write once weekly on topics like design, process and inspiration. It also has slideshows featuring photographic studies, her studio space, previous collections, and a sketchbook gallery along with other bits of her work life such as news where she’ll post about upcoming collections, shop updates and shows.

Uniform Studio Blog

I love the new format and think that it’s refreshing to see a site that is a bit of a website and blog combined, it’s innovative and starting to pop up around the web as some artists aren’t interested in the daily exercise of blogging and would rather have a simple space to show up once weekly to update — it’s more dynamic than a static website but less hectic than maintaining a daily blog (Martha’s site is by Cargo Collective.)

Uniform Studio Blog

Let’s face it, with the speed of the web these days a full-time artist or designer who is unable to blog for several days in a row often leaves fans feeling a bit neglected and this can cause guilt. It’s true, they can start to miss you and wonder what’s wrong and often this can be hard for creatives to manage — the constant interaction with their fans and need to post, post, post! The inspiration they draw from having fans is a blessing but so often it can be the same joy that ends up depleting them of their creative energy because it’s so much work to maintain a daily blog. The MWM Workbook format is a lot less pressure but also very creative and can still be subscribed to via RSS so Martha’s fans always know when she’s posted something new. Lovely work, Martha.

What do you think of this format? Any thoughts come to mind? Would you try it?

(images: martha mcquade/uniform studio)

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