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December 2010

Events + Markets

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

December 4, 2010

I’ve been hearing about so many amazing fairs and events all over the world and while it’s impossible to round them all up, I want to highlight some lovely ones both online and off that you may be interested in checking out. So without further ado, here is where I am shopping… or at least in spirit… what about you? See any you love? Going to any this weekend or in the weeks to come? Share! Share! Share! But me first! :)

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Ammiki – A curated art and design site for independent artists – like a blog only gallery style.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Papernstitch – So many lovely finds!

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Poppytalk Handmade Market online.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Blue Caravan ethical design market.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Indie Handmade, also online and lovely.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

DaWanda based in Berlin with artists and designers from all over Europe and beyond, Made It online handmade market based in Australia, Indie Fixx Galleria, Etsy (of course!), Georgie Love out of Australia, Bonanza (formerly called 1000 Markets), Leeloo, Indie, Coriandr, Folksy, Felt in New Zealand, Folksy in the UK, Breslo in Romania, Signerat in Sweden, Artfire.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

Renegade Handmade online shop AND in person craft markets in Chicago this weekend, in LA December 11 + 12 and in San Francisco on December 18 + 19.

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

The Finders Keepers Market in Sydney this weekend…

Where Are You Shopping Handmade?

In Sydney, Mathilda’s Market for kid’s on December 5th. In Hamburg, Germany this weekend is the Holy Shit Shopping event, then it hits Berlin December 11 and 12 and finally Stuttgart on December 18 and 19. Now until December 24th in Boston you can check out the Boston Handmade Downtown Holiday Gallery. Also in Boston on December 11 and 12 is the annual SOWA Holiday Market.

In my city, Hannover, the lovely Sandra is hosting Designachten on December 18 + 19 – I’ll be there for sure! I’m so happy to see a handmade market like Sandra’s here in Hannover. Woot woot!

Do you know of any other online markets or local events that you’d like to promote as a shopping source for all things handmade this month? Please do so in the comments section below. Thank you!

(images linked to their sources above)






Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

December 3, 2010

Are you ready to see some gorgeous photography coupled with inspiring palettes that I’ve put together for your home? I found out about Danish photographer Anders Schønnemann from Charlotte at Rice and now I’m hooked – what a stunning online portfolio! Check out some of these shots (and the styling, great stuff!)… Along with my interpretations of the collaged images that I’ve included from his portfolio below. I combined photos that felt cohesive to form a specific palette taking in mind current trends for interiors and fashion in my part of the world (northern Europe). Though as I look through magazines in Australia and the United States, I see these palettes as well so I think it’s safe to say that you most likely can find objects in your local town to pull together in order to build one of these looks at home for yourself. Enjoy!

Creative Sunday Afternoons

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

Wintery Walks In The Snow

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

Collections From Afar

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

Perfect Palettes + Anders Schønnemann Photography

I gravitate towards the Collections From Afar palette because I love the overall vibe though I’d be inclined to bring in some violet accents and on that gorgeous creamy sideboard with the paper lamp I can imagine my white ceramic vase filled with branches in the winter months and in the spring, pink cherry blossoms as I think pink would be a great accent for the Collections from Afar palette in the spring/summer, moving into the Fall add in some persimmon perhaps and in the winter, violet….

Which palette speaks to you, if any? Why? What feelings does it give you? What do you like about it? What elements can you bring into your own home? What do you already have at home that you could use to build one of these looks, even just in a corner or small room, to try it out?

(images: Anders Schønnemann)






Inspiration

Prop.d Objects For Hire Store

December 2, 2010

I was reading about Prop.d (pronounced propped), a store which specializes in food styling props located outside of Melbourne, Australia and knew I had to share it on decor8. First of all, how cool is this idea? I love the thought of an objects-for-hire store, don’t you? Run by Glen Proebste who is a style director for the beautiful Inside Out magazine, which happens to be one of my top 5 favorite magazines in the world, and his business partner Rachael Hart, their huge and impressive collection of objects makes for the perfect stylist’s prop house and a little something called a dream come true for me. :)

Prop.d Objects For Hire Store

Prop.d Objects For Hire Store

Prop.d Objects For Hire Store

Prop.d Objects For Hire Store

Prop.d was founded by Rachael Hart and Glen Proebstel, two kindred artistic souls who met three years ago at a creative agency where they both worked together on both editorial and advertising projects. With a clever business idea in mind, they left the agency to launch Prop.d and these images are just a glimpse into their wonderful world of props, including surfaces that you rent — all what you can expect to find in their shop.

Curious to see more? You can find many inspiring objects on their website, which flaunts a stunning display of wares that you’ll no doubt love. Enjoy!

(images: prop.d)






Objects

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

December 2, 2010

I don’t write a lot about classic Danish furniture but now that I’m friends with our Danish neighbors upstairs, it has been on my mind more than ever before especially since they work in the wonderful world of furniture + design. It’s great to make a meaningful connection since it can turn you on to things you’d not given much thought to before… For instance yesterday they made me a beautiful calender candle in a flower pot with numbers on it that is a very traditional Danish tradition and I felt so touched by this kind gesture. The idea is to light the candle each day beginning December 1st to give a sense of relaxation during a busy season and often it is lit at the breakfast table in the morning. You have to blow it out before the next number, isn’t that a sweet tradition? But back to Danish design, just this past week I was in a showroom looking for lighting and found myself drooling over the PK22 Easy Chair in white shown in the first image below — do you know this chair?

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

It’s quite expensive but impressive as it is very lovely and can fit in a variety of rooms. Truth is, I’ve been dying to own a pair of these babies for years now… though I’m still not sure I can spend nearly 10K on two chairs – eeek! I’m sure you have similar drool-like-a-fool objects on your wish list.You want them but…. And the BUT part is the part that holds you back, right!?

Fritz Hansen, also known as Republic of Fritz Hansen, is a furniture design company founded in 1872. Designers who have worked for Fritz Hansen, a skilled carpenter and designer himself, include Hans J. Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm and Piet Hein as well as contemporary furniture designers like Cecilie Manz (her Essay table shown directly below is a dream dining room table of mine), Hiromichi Konno and Kasper Salto. Speaking of tables, I have to show you the table I bought today for my work area — I’m doing back flips over it, so I’ll show and tell later…

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Inspired By Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen’s collaborations have resulted in some famous, classic icons of Danish Design. You may be familiar with one of the most enduring symbols of the Modernist movement, the quirky Egg chair, designed of all places in a garage over 50 years ago. I just love seeing these iconic pieces in the gorgeously styled environments shown above, don’t you? Gorgeous.

Do you have a favorite design classic? If so, what would you love to own if money were no object?

(images: fritz hansen)






Arts + Crafts

Jurianne Matter Paper Angels

December 1, 2010

I told you about Dutch artist Jurianne Matter in May ’09 but have you been to her site since to see what she’s been up to? Well I have and I found these lovely singing angels that I thought you’d like to see today. They would be so pretty displayed on a branch suspended above a table, attached to a mood board or window, decorating a child’s room, or displayed on a pretty present wrapped in kraft paper. These product shots are so, so pretty, don’t you think?

Jurianne Matter Paper Angels

Jurianne Matter Paper Angels

Jurianne Matter Paper Angels

How are you doing today dear friends? Are you well? Enjoying the season? I am! It’s very cold where I live but all of the outdoor markets with the hot mulled spice wine and hot chocolate and candied almonds and, and, and! Well all I can say is that this is the best place in the world to be cold and outdoors in November/December because the markets run all day, every day and night, until December 24th. It’s such a great time. We walked a few miles tonight in freezing temps but had such a nice time as we enjoyed the sights and sounds (and smells! ah!). If you ever have an opportunity to visit Germany this time of year, do it – go to a city and just enjoy the markets. I heard Trier and Dresden have beautiful markets, but you really cannot go wrong in larger cities like Hannover, Hamburg, and Berlin as well.

I love the four seasons, despite it being so cold and that darkness falls around 4pm each day (we live in northern Germany so we have less light), but at least it feels like winter and so it is really cozy and festive. I went to a nice designer’s indoor “Weihnachtsschau” today at the Handwerksform too, everything was beautiful and displayed so nicely and entry is free so if you are local, you should try to go.

There is another market that will be here next month too, it’s called Designachten and will be more for emerging and established independent artists and designers… I know some of those who will be there displaying their wares and they are really talented and have great stuff so again, if you are local please try to make it to Designnachten because it’s going to be a great time for sure.

What have you been up to? Are you in winter mode yet or???

(images: jurianne matter)






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