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Karin Eriksson & Visiting Overjarva

With so many technical issues today I was unable to write about this earlier so perhaps it’s been blogged ad nauseum by now but I have to say a little something anyway. I’ll add a twist to make it more interesting just in case you have heard about Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson’s new products on other blogs today. I’ve decided to highlight her art studio and retail space located at a charming country space just outside of Stockholm. It’s very transporting, I’m sure you’d love to visit. Here’s a glimpse of some of her new products available in the online version of her retail shop Manos.

But there’s more… If you ever find yourself visiting Sweden, Karin has a brick and mortar store which doubles as her work studio in an old glasshouse near Stockholm in the countryside. It is located within the Överjärva country estate in Solna. I would love to visit Stockholm again and see the Överjärva estate for myself because, imagine this… it has a cafe with fresh baked goods, environmental trails, farm animals, courses in sheep-farming and wool craft, and a stable with horses and ponies for hire. There is also an antiques shop, compost center, weekend events for all ages, and so much more. I love the concept — being surrounded by nature, comfort food, enjoying the animals, and visiting a few lovely shops for inspiration and an introduction to new things. Karin’s shop, Manos, must be a lovely addition to the whole Överjärva experience. I imagine Överjärva to be a little bit like the Rosendal Garden Kafe in the Djurgarden, a most beautiful place in the center of Stockholm that I’ll never forget. In addition to Karin’s work, Manos carries a selection of handmade objects from Sweden and abroad.

I notice she even stocks the fantastic German tea Samova from Hamburg, I had a chance to visit their shop in the Stilwerk in ’06 and really liked the tea and the cafe experience. My husband would love Överjärva, maybe we can visit this summer. :) Manos is open Thursday-Sunday 11-3 pm. Closed in July.

(images from karin eriksson)

Posted in ceramics, travel on March 02, 2009

Julia Rothman for Hygge & West

I was pleased when Julia Rothman wrote in earlier this week to tell me about her wallpaper. I’ve been very busy over the past few days and haven’t been reading as many blogs as usual so I’m not sure if this made the blog rounds already. If so, my apologies for repeat content.

I’m so proud of Julia as I think her eye is outstanding and her style is superb, I think she is one of those designers who is very blessed with not only listening to her own voice and acting on it to pull together her patterns, but her designs just so happen to be extremely marketable. Isn’t this what every creative person hopes, that what they see in their brain that is then translated into a product will be something others will potentially buy? Julia is very lucky in this way and I feel happy to watch her growing as a designer all of time thanks to determination and hard work. Her latest project happens to be hand screened (made in Chicago) wallpaper, no longer do you have to dream of having her patterns cover your walls as it is now a reality. Aren’t these drool inducing? Learn more about them and see all of the colorways and patterns available at Hygge & West for $125 per double roll.

By the way, have you heard of Hygge & West before or is this the first time? For me it is the first time so a special thanks to Julia for the introduction. They have products from many other talented designers as well, here are a few that I enjoy.

1. Wallpaper ceramic votive set by Jeanette Hiiri, 2. Casalinga birds (they look like my vintage birds shown here in my living room), 3. Fiducia set designed by Louise Campbell for Kahler, and 4. Rachel Pearson candles.

Visit Hygge & West here to see more wonderful things for the home (click on the designers names on the right side of this page.)

(images from julia rothman and hygge & west)

Posted in ceramics, walls on November 26, 2008

Be Made Ceramic Works

Have you heard of Be Made Ceramic Works? I was reading the Turkish Elle Decor a few nights ago and found them there for the first time. Wow, beautiful, modern, quirky, and not what I’d expect coming out of Istanbul as when I think of Turkey I usually envision very ornate and colorful objects. Clearly I need to start reading Turkish Elle Decor on a regular basis!

Be Made Ceramic Works is a young design duo, Ekin ?zbi?er and Berra Alkan, graduates of MUGSF (Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts). I really like their bowls with the town along the rim, especially the way it must cast shadows on the wall… So beautiful to look at. I think we aren’t exposed to modern Turkish design in the western world as much as we should be.

This makes me laugh. You can serve your ex-boyfriend his tea in this mug. Or your Devil Wears Prada boss.

In addition to the bowl, this ceramic conversation bubble for the wall has to be my 2nd favorite. I absolutely adore it.

My friends from Istanbul and those who have visited there tell me there is quite a scene of emerging young talent there which makes me what to visit even more. I’d really like to see Be Made Ceramic Works up close and personal… but for now, blogging about them will have to do.

(images from be made ceramic works)

Posted in ceramics on October 29, 2008

PIP Studio

Pip, pip, hurray! I briefly mentioned PIP Studio on Monday when I shared a fun folksy notebook I picked up from the local stationery shop. I’m so glad that I took the time to click around on the PIP website because I found a bunch of beautiful products — PIP Studio is more than paper goods that is for sure! Bold saturated patterned wallpaper in feminine florals (sold by Eijffinger), school supplies, bedding, porcelain, handbags, etc. YUM!

The lady behind PIP is Dutch product designer Catharina who has had the nickname PIP since childhood and who obviously loves red, blue, lace, and fun decorative interiors! If you live in Germany you can go to eBay.de and find tons of lovely PIP Studio things for your home (click here to see). I’m not sure where they are sold in America or elsewhere, but if you write to Catharina or sign up for her newsletter I’m sure you can find out. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Anthropologie picks up some PIP things…









These rooms are so playful and bright. Who wouldn’t be happy surrounded by all this pattern and color — this is definitely anti-depressive living!

(images from PIP Studio)

Posted in bedroom, ceramics, stationery, textiles on October 01, 2008

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