Onszelf (Ourselves) is a lifestyle brand founded by Astrid Nieuwenburg and Claudia Drübe, two Dutch designers who grew up in Amsterdam. I first heard about them when I was visiting Charlotte who founded the Danish company RICE – she gave me a personal tour of her company and showroom when I was recently in Denmark and a sneak peek of their outlet sale – which was amazing (I found the cutest crochet vest!). Charlotte had Onszelf wallpaper in her building and immediately I asked her where she got it because it was so unique and looked as though it had been illustrated by hand. It was from Onszelf.
About Onszel, Astrid attended the Amsterdam fashion academy Vogue and then she became an interior stylist and her last position before launching Onszelf was when she worked with Eijffinger, a renowned wallpaper and fabrics supplier.
Claudia completed her training at the College for Wood and Furniture in Rotterdam. After a short career as a window dresser at Bijenkorf (large department stores) she also started working at Eijffinger. Then they left to form their own company three years ago creating mostly wallpaper and linens for the kitchen.
If you live outside of the Netherlands you can order the wallpaper directly via Janoli Design Store or by sending an e-mail to info AT janolidesigns.nl. They are the official exporter of the brand Onszelf.
Thank you so much Charlotte for telling me about these talented ladies!
Don’t you adore the idea of having a custom calligraphy stamp to press on all of your envelopes before popping them in the mail? I do. I came across these recently designed by Patricia Muman for Primele and I heard my credit card squeal in delight followed by a brief happy dance! Credit cards love to come out and play, don’t they? It’s hard to keep them contained, they are such social little creatures! :)
Patricia also does custom work, which I think is divine and perfect for a special event! I particularly adore her Thank You flat note set for only $18.
Do you remember the gorgeous shop tour of Bison that was featured here on decor8 in December? If not, click here to indulge yourself — especially drool-worthy if you have a thing for gorgeous ceramics!
Well today on this bright and sunny Thursday (at least here where the weather has been like a dream all week) I have good news for you! Bison creative director/designer Brian Tunks wrote in to let decor8 readers know that they now have a small online shop and ship worldwide. Yay!
About the shop Brian says, “We make 140 shapes in 28 colours so we had to limit the online pieces (normally 2 week turnaround) but we can also ship internationally and customers can order anything from the collection (not only the range that they see online) but it can take between 4-6 weeks for us to hand-craft the pieces. We encourage people to contact us directly by email for custom orders.” You can contact Brian at brian AT bisonhome.com. I also want to note that there is a AUD$100 minimum for ordering online.
I really like the small and large mixing bowls and the pinch pots! Do you spot any that you like?
(Photos: Jillian Leiboff)
I have a growing wish list of books that I can’t wait to get my hands on from crafting to interiors! I thought I’d round up a few today in case you are interested in seeing what good things are soon to pop up at bookstores near you!
Paper + Craft, 25 Charming Gifts, Accents, and Accessories to Make from Paper by Minhee and Truman Cho.Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage by Meg Mateo Ilasco. Creative, Inc.: The Ultimate Guide to Running a Successful Freelance Business by Joy Deangdeelert Cho and Meg Mateo Ilasco. Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day by Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle and Shana Faust. A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life: Creative Ideas and Real-life Tips for Making Your Home Lived-in, Warm, Welcoming and One-of-A-Kind by Mary Randolph Carter. Tricia Guild: Colors, Patterns, and Space by Tricia Guild. Life and Work: Malene Birger’s Life in Pictures by Marlene Birger. Romantic Style by Selina Lake. Details: A Stylist’s Secrets to Creating Inspired Interiors by Lili Diallo. Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living: A Fresh Take on Scandinavian Style by Lotta Jansdotter. Amy Butler’s Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags by Amy Butler.
Out of the covers/titles above, which ones interest you? I want them all but I love the covers for Amy Butler, Handmade Weddings and Paper + Craft because they are clean and gorgeous — they lure me in and make me want to own the book. It’s important to have a cover that calls out to people from the shelf!