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Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}

I spent lots of time today out enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather here in Germany, and my travels around the city brought me to Hannover Linden to visit a few creative locals with shops that I really enjoyed visiting. I’ll introduce you to two that I found quite inspiring. First up is Gross Stadt Rekorder, a store and gallery that I liked very much.


The fashion designers sharing the space invite artists in for mini exhibitions, something I’m a huge fan of – the promotion of artists that I may not have heard of otherwise. Gross Stadt Rekorder current features the work of 25-year-old Hannover-based artist Evelyn Hahn, the exhibit is called “Dream A Little Dream” and I liked it so much that I asked if I could take photos to share with you.


I really enjoyed Evelyn’s work and especially how it was installed, so creative! And all of the various surfaces she works on from wood to paper, canvas, even small stones, I liked the variety very much. Her edgy illustrative work is so interesting, so urban, her distorted characters and heavy lines in mostly black and white held my interest for quite some time, some pieces I couldn’t take my eyes off of. I hope an American gallery will pick her up because I think her work needs to be seen in the states because I think people would respond to it — and I like art that creates a reaction and makes one step back and think. I just loved how her art was displayed on this wall below in all the mini antique frames, from ovals to squares. Great idea for art arrangement in the home I think. The center piece was a small wooden chalkboard with Liebe Dich written on it and a small piece of chalk suspended from a string. It was really sweet. Some of her work was altered images, for instance a vintage portrait of a lady with a new head – a head created by Evelyn, popped onto the body. Or an illustration on a lace doily on a painted board. You can click on the images to see larger views to check out some of the details. Perhaps it will get your creative wheels turning for your very own art project.

Interesting mobile in the corner.

One thing that I love about northern Germany, from Hannover to Hamburg and especially Berlin, is all the raw indie talent that exists over here, it’s all very inspired by life in Germany, the history of this country, their culture, and the future that these talents young people hope to build here. It’s edgy, there are messages woven into their work, and it’s unique and very authentic, something I appreciate so much.

Pictures climbing the walls onto the ceiling, I loved this network of images. Amazing!

Gross Stadt Rekorder is located in Hannover Linden at Deisterstr. 77. Evelyn’s exhibit will be on display until October 31, 2007. And pay special attention to their fashion, the clothes are amazing. I think ‘Little Red Riding Hood makes a life for herself in Berlin’ sums up the style to me. :)

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, designers, Shop Tours, shopping, travel on October 16, 2007

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID

Kishani Perera and I have exchanged quite a few emails lately and I’m so excited to share her work now with all of you. This is her latest project, a loft for Molly Sims in New York City. Impressive!

As lead designer of Fuse ID, a Beverly Hills based interior design firm, Kishani has worked with celebrities like Ben Stiller, Molly Sims, Kate Bosworth, and many others.

Molly Sims

She recently completed a project in NYC featured on the Fall/Winter ’07 cover of InStyle Home, the SoHo loft of American actress/model Molly Sims that was shopped completely via Parisian flea markets and eBay! I’m so happy that Kishani sent over before and after photos of this project, so sit back and check it out.

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If you have any questions for her, please comment at the bottom of this post and I’m sure she’ll follow up.

(images provides by fuse-id.)

Posted in designers on October 16, 2007

New Designers Online

I stumbled upon a most informative UK-based website called New Designers Online, a comprehensive guide showcasing new design talent mostly from Europe, much along the same lines as Trunkt here in America. It’s a site you’ll want to browse because the talent featured is phenomenal – so fresh! And talk about inspired design… I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites, all of whom I’ve written to requesting more information and imagery, with hopes that they will write back and I can feature them again in the future. I’m especially smitten by the work of Heidi Turner and Matt Smith. Wow. Impressive.

Heidi Turner – “Contemporary, embroidered and embellished designs with a bright folkloric feel, inspired by nature and environment on natural fabric.” – New Designers Online.

Loretta Harmer – “Loretta’s distinct style is inspired by her dual love of nature and textures, evident in her creations which include silver seed pendants, poetry bangles and pine cone table sculptures.” -New Designers Online. Loretta also has a website called Natural Impression.

Katja Behre – “Katja creates distinctive neo-romantic designs with consideration given to colour, shape and theme, manifesting itself as wall coverings and textiles for furniture, drapes and fashion.” – New Designers Online.

Matt Smith – “Matt juxtaposes the permanence of clay with the fleeting coincidenses of day dreams to produce charming and whimsical vessels and wall pieces.” – New Designers Online.

Helen Gallogly – “Helen produces highly decorative, hand drawn and embroidered textiles, inspired by 17th/18th century wallpapers and botanical illustrations. Products include, furniture throws and bespoke chair coverings.” – New Designers Online.

(images from new designers online)

Posted in designers on July 31, 2007

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles

I’ve been a bit on a textile kick lately, so when Caroline from John Stefanidis Design contacted me out of the blue with information on Stefanidis fabrics (based in London), one look told me that you’d enjoy his collection, too. Of course, you simply must take a moment to view his intoxicating portfolio. Browsing beautifully decorated rooms is always a treat. The Stefanidis rooms will have you longing for your next vacation. You may even start turning thoughts over in your head about owning a second home in some exotic locale.


Here’s a glimpse of rooms designed in some amazing locations, from the West Indies to Turkey. I’ll take one in Istanbul (one of my dream destinations) and another someplace very tropical and secluded, please. Perhaps a beachfront abode in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve had my eye on visiting there for a few years now… Or perhaps a spot in Marrakesh so I can run wild with the amazing Maryam, shopping the souks and carrying her luggage as she hops from one country to the next for her job. I would carry her bags and cook her meals and I’d even consider trimming the toenails on her peacocks if I could somehow be lucky enough to experience the world Maryam style. If you don’t already read her blog, drop everything, she’s an American living in Marrakesh and her stories are fascinating. I digress…

Back to John Stefanidis. I love looking at how he arranges things. Some of his clients seem to fancy colorful glassware and he’s certainly not afraid to show off their collections by utilizing every square inch of a space to incorporate their possessions, is he?

The chair in this bathroom is perfect as an unexpected touch. And with wall colors so rich and gorgeous, who needs art? Well, in the red room above, I guess they needed it, but in the images below, sometimes a simple mirror is all you need when your entire wall is a glowing canvas of color. The hot pink piping on the canopy bed paired with the yellow floral wallpaper has to be one of my favorite color combinations. If it could have a taste, it would surely be raspberry lemonade.

If you could pick a place to set up a house, or at least a second home, where would it be and why?

(images from john stefanidis design)

Posted in designers, textiles on July 05, 2007

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