Mara Skujeniece is a skilled Latvian designer currently living in Amsterdam who creates pieces that have been called, “Honest with a beautiful simplicity.” Which I couldn’t agree with more! Mara’s ceramic work is so lovely, I particularly am fond of her “spool” series of vases that have been made to look like spools of thread and yarn. An arrangement of these on a table with a lovely background of either a patterned wall or a color, like indigo blue or even a mustard yellow hue would really make these stand out so well. They would also look nice collected on a table in front of a window so you can have the sunlight and a mixture of greens from the outdoors beyond them…
Mara’s company name is Studio Skujeniece and she produces all of her beautiful things in house from furniture to interior products and Mara is also a teacher at the Design Academy Eindhoven. You can find more of her work on Zilu, an online shop introduced to me a few times by friends already but today when reader Maltien wrote in to share Zilu yet again, I knew I had to scour the site and find some treasures and the first place my eyes rested was on the work of Mara Skujenience.
(images: mara kujenience)
Ah, Molly Hatch. This lady makes me smile big. What gorgeous work she has produced lately. I remember the first time I spotted her work on Etsy because I fell in love with her finch cups. Her body of work is forever evolving but her unique style is still carried throughout her collections so you can always tell they are authentically Molly.
I wrote about her today on Real Simple, you can see more of her work here if you’d like.
(image: molly hatch)
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)
The work of ceramicist Kathleen Hills is truly impressive. Her innovative ideas, patterns, and overall product line is captivating. She combines both modern design with vintage in her collections of tableware, lighting and kitchenware. Some of my favorites include these gorgeous decanters below with porcelain tops and the porcelain vases with glass tops. Fun!
After graduating from Central St Martins and the Royal College of Art, she established her company in 2002. About her work Kathleen explains, “I have a passion for conceptual thinking and narrative. I’m interested in how relationships are formed with objects within our domestic spaces, my work explores products that may have inherited family tradition and domestic ritual.” This is quite evident as you can see below.
So many beautiful works! Contemporary, organic and somewhat clinical forms are beautifully balanced with added bonuses of traditional patterns applied onto them to bring in a fresh, modern touch. “‘My work often explores emotional attachments that exist with certain products or materials, products that explore inherited family tradition and culture or domestic ritual”, Kathleen adds.
If you like what you see, her work is sold mostly in Europe and the US, so please check her stocklists here.
(images: kathleen hills)