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Annette Meurer of Wechselstelle (Hannover)

Annette Meurer is the talent behind Wechselstelle, her amazing design studio based in Hannover, Germany. From there, she creates textiles, art, products made from silicone, and fashion.

I want everything in the above two images, the sofa (love the textile), the dog painted on the wall, the art, all of it. Love this.

Everything has a fresh, happy vibe – I absolutely love her technique, so spirited! I first discovered her at Frau Zimmer last year and have been checking her site for updates ever since. I’m hoping that someday, I’ll see Wechselstelle products available somewhere online or in American boutiques because everything would fly off the shelves – seriously, her work that good.


I love the sporty illustrations, the pugs, the deliciously preppy colors, all I can say is fresh, fresh, fresh! I own a few of her silicone tiles, they look gorgeous pressed against a window where I have mine displayed, and I think I only paid $25- Euro for both. They’re the size of a standard drink coaster, with vibrant colors and the best illustrations ever. Mine have a single face on them, one of a man, the other, a woman. Available as circles or squares, sold as a set of two, in a single box (see below).

Even the silicone oven mits stick to the wall, window, appliances, glass…

You can view her work here, and if you’re a store owner or you simply want to inquire about her work, email Annette at kontakt{at}wechselstelle{dot}de. When I’m in Hannover again this Fall, I hope to arrange a meet-up with Annette because I’d love to see her entire collection and shop, of course!


At this time, Wechselstelle appears to only be sold at Frau Zimmer in Hannover, so if you happen to live there, lucky you!

(images from annette meurer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, textiles, travel on March 14, 2007

Deyrolle (Paris)

Deyrolle in Paris is another source if you’re on the prowl for charts, and I owe a huge thank you to decor8 reader Muse for pointing them out to me. Insects, botanicals, anatomy, they have charts on everything you can imagine and they’re priced between 18- 150,- euros, available for purchase at their store in Paris or right here online.

Here’s a glimpse of their store, have you ever seen so many stuffed animals in your life? And we’re not talking plushies here people…

This place has total taxidermy fever. I don’t know if these animals are completely recreated from man-made materials, or if they’re formed using actual animal parts, but Deyrolle gives me the creeps. I do love the wall color though, and would definitely visit them just for the whole scare factor (plus I love the vibe, it’s cool I think). For me though, I’m sticking with the charts only (wink).
Note: No animals were harmed in the creation of this post. As for Deyrolle, no clue what’s going on there. See no evil, hear no evil… (fingers in ears – la la la la la.)

(images from deyrolle)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on March 13, 2007

A Little Hut *New* Wall Art + Cards

Patricia from A Little Hut wrote in about her new limited edition artwork and I’m so glad she did. When artists write to me asking for their work to be featured, I give them so much credit because I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there before a crowd. It’s scary. You don’t always know how you’ll be received, who will come (if any) once the announcement has been made. I am absolutely flattered whenever someone takes the time to write in to show me what they do, so thank you Patricia.

Patricia’s artwork is completely handmade using an original block print, printed on 100% linen with delicate embroidered details. There are three designs to choose from, all of which you can see on her website. Her company, A Little Hut, also has a small card collection for Spring, shown in the image above.


Don’t you love this, handmade goodness from those that follow their dreams by launching a little business doing something they love? Raise a glass to Patricia everyone :clink: :clink: cheers to your lovely work!

(images from a little hut)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery on March 13, 2007

Freckle Wonder

I *heart* Freckle Wonder. You know that one girl from grade school that you thought was the coolest chick alive? Well, she’s back and she has a website.
Freckle Wonder is a girl that we’d all love to have as a friend. Jenny has style, she’s a woman doing it for herself (small business owner along with her life partner Matt, their fur kids, and their son, Henry), with a gorgeous mid-century retroish home, and she’s so pretty – like a grown up doll. Jenny sells everything from home accessories to shoes and clothes on her website, so it’s a fun browse and worth a bookmark so you can keep an eye on things – she’s constantly updating the site with new stuff.

I think it’s great that she models everything and that Matt is the resident photographer, styling to perfection. I don’t know whether he does this already or not, but I’d love to see Matt sell some of his product shots, I think many of them would be great framed or as greeting cards. Anyway, I’m lovin’ Freckle Wonder and I hope you do too. Great girl, great site.

Psst: She’s a blogger, hurray!

(images from freckle wonder)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on March 12, 2007

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