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Meet le Superflu + Dorlis Meier

Ready to enjoy something fresh and pretty? Dorlis Meier is a jewelry designer that I can imagine seeing in Anthropologie and Liberty. With gorgeous, quirky and very original work, her skill, trained eye and consistent vision make her pieces divine. I especially love that everything is truly one-of-a-kind and made by her own hands. Her brand is called le Superflu, which happens to be the name of her quaint little shop in Hannover where I live. I discovered this hidden gem while out on an aimless Sunday stroll last month and I vowed to return during store hours… I did as I intended and not only did I purchase three exquisite pieces that I’ll forever cherish, but I have a special shop tour and interview to share with all of you.


(a charming video produced by dorlis and her friend.)

But first, isn’t it amazing what a special necklace can do for an outfit and for the lady lucky enough to wear it? It’s the lipstick on your lips, the icing on your cupcake, the cream in your coffee. As a customer and a fan of Dorlis’ work, I thought that I’d set an appointment with her and drop in for tea and a chat to share on decor8 and that is exactly what I did. Dorlis surprised me with French pastries and many stories behind the designs in her display cases. She explained how items were sourced, from tiny glass vintage birds found at nearby flea markets to the metal that she pierces and then, stitches through which takes hours of concentration and skill. Talented Dorlis is completely in love with her craft and combines her finds, whether vintage lace or charms, with her own metal and stitch work along with semi-precious stones to create beautiful works of art that are lovely but not too precious (which I like). There is nothing in her collection that isn’t a labor of love. Some of her pieces are even found in the forest and then recreated into charms and decorative elements layered inside of a brooch or shadowbox-style locket. So imaginative!

Superflu

During our tea and chat, we spoke of many things and then I jumped up, as I felt so inclined to capture the moment, and decided to snap some photos. I saw so many things that I felt you’d love to see, including Dorlis herself shown above. Would you care to listen in on our conversation to learn more about this German designer and what she loves? Of course you would!

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: Why did you choose the name, le Superflu? What does it mean and when did you open up shop here in Hannover, Germany?
Dorlis: My shop is actually called, “le Superflu cést necessaire”, (or Superflu for short) which is French and means that you can never have enough colour, ornaments, gemstones, bows – just anything beautiful! I like to make a little fun of the Bauhaus philosophy and try to not take everything so seriously. I opened my shop one year ago with the idea to create my own world and share it with people who have the same love for vintage finds and colourful gemstones as I do.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: How did you become a jewelry designer?
Dorlis: First I had my apprenticeship to become a goldsmith. After that I went to Hamburg to work at Colleen B. Rosenblat, which was very inspiring. She is known for her huge colourful high class jewellery and an adorable showroom. After a few years there, I decided to find my own style and create something personal. I studied metal design at the HAWK Hildesheim and finished with a diploma. Georg Dobler was a great teacher and is a very popular jewelry designer. I am so thankful for his support.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: When did you know you wanted to turn this passion into your career?
Dorlis: I started making necklaces when I was a little girl, spending all of my pocket change on beads and buttons. One day I took a weekend course at a goldsmith studio and after that I knew that this was my love! The smell, working with my hands — it was and still is a kind of meditation exercise for me.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: What do you consider to be the most important accessory for a woman?
Dorlis: To me a necklace makes a woman even more beautiful. They give me the most opportunities for design to because I am not so limited in size and weight. It is important for me to make my jewelry comfortable to wear and feel.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: Overall, how would you describe German design that you see coming from the independent movement here?
Dorlis: I think it is self confident, not so commercial, simple and focused on creating new functions and in experimenting with new materials.

Holly: Where do you look for inspiration and what are your five favorite things about living in Hannover?
Dorlis: I love to walk around and go to flea markets and galleries. Very often I take a bike ride and let my mind flow. What I love about Hannover is the Eilenriede forest, Herrenhäuser Gärten/Gartentheater, Cumberlandsche Galerie, Scilla-Blüte am Lindener Bergfriedhof and Lindener Marktplatz on Saturdays.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: What are some of your current favorite trends that you see in fashion and for the home?
Dorlis: I adore the fifties-style, especially from Scandinavia and the range of colours from mustard to curry and amber. My favorite Wallpaper is “Woods” from Cole & Son. I also love the cozy “knit” trend using accessories made from yarn like rugs, cushions and bed covers…

Holly: What are some songs/artists that you enjoy listening to while you work?
Dorlis: Emiliana Torrini: Birds, Stacy Kent, Motown Funk and Soul, The Beatles

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: What is your favorite city and why?
Dorlis: I love Amsterdam! The product design, the architecture, the canals and bridges… It is just the right size to explore everything by foot or bike. There is a very inspiring jewelry scene there such as Galerie Ra, the Sieraad jewelry fair

Holly: If money grew from trees, what one thing would you buy?
Dorlis: A big old Victorian house at the seaside with a pony, donkey and rabbits in the backyard. Furnished with all my favourite design classics, of course.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: I love Sundays in Germany because almost everything is closed except for cafes and museums. What do you love to do on Sundays?
Dorlis: I like to take a long walk in the forest with my family, where I look for nice branches, flowers, bugs and butterflies. After that, I end my day with a big plate of vegetarian Thai food – gorgeous!

Holly: For those visiting northern Germany, what are your favorite flea markets around here?
Dorlis: In Hannover – Leineufer, in Hamburg – Lehmweg and Turmweg and in Berlin – Arkonaplatz and Boxhagener Platz.

Superflu

Superflu

Holly: What about German life and culture do you appreciate and value most?
Dorlis: To me the Adventszeit is nice because it is cosy with all the candles, cookies, crafting and knitting and the good smell everywhere! I love the smile on the face of my son Jacob when he opens the door of his Adventskalender! In summer I love BBQs at the Schrebergarten with good friends.

Dorlis, what a pleasure to know of you and your creations and decor8 readers, I hope that you’ve enjoyed this peek into the world of a local designer who lives in my city! Thank you Dorlis for allowing me to explore your atelier and to learn more about what you do!

Psst: If you like anything shown, you may order from Dorlis directly or ask her to custom make something gorgeous for you. You may also order things directly from her DaWanda shop here. If you happen to be in Hannover, you can see her work and buy it at the upcoming craft show over at the Handwerkskammer Hannover from November 26 – December 18 or at our annual indie craft fair,Designnachten, in Hannover on December 17 & 18.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in fashion + accessories on November 16, 2011

Spotlight On: Silken Favours

Okay so here is the designer in London that I told you earlier about — I am so completely inspired by British textile designer Victoria “Vicki” Murdoch of Silken Favours right now! Seriously, the lady walks on water. Do you know her? She creates hand-drawn silk scarves inspired by nature and they are available exclusively at Liberty. You have to watch this video, she is positively lovely!

Silken Favours

Silken Favours

Silken Favours

I’d love to buy a ton of them (I wish!), sew them together, and create a gorgeous curtain for my guest bedroom or stitch them on top of a quilt for duvet… Imagine? But I think I may just buy one and frame it for my bedroom…

Her designs could so easily work in the home — throw cushions, shower curtains, I see a big future for this lady! I love the cushion that she made for one of her clients shown above. So sweet!

Here is a great article about her as well in the Daily Mail and this video shows her modeling for L.K. Bennett as part of their real women campaign. Gorgeous!

(images: silken favours)

Posted in fashion + accessories on July 27, 2011

Spotlight On: Noa Noa For Fall 2011

Today’s spotlight is on Noa Noa and later on, I’ll post a fashion accessories designer in London whom I’m just nuts about at the moment. Why fashion on a design blog? Why not? Fashion and interiors go hand in hand, one inspires the other. I encourage you to check out Noa Noa for Fall 2011 and visit their new website and blog.

Noa Noa Fall 2011

Noa Noa Fall 2011

Noa Noa Fall 2011

This Danish brand is a favorite of mine and with their shop around the corner from my house, you know where I go for inspiration. I appreciate their sense of style, gorgeous color palettes, how well the clothing is made and their attention to detail from trims to sequins and beading. It’s divine.

Isn’t the children’s clothing just darling? The layering of patterns makes me think of doing something similar on a daybed or sofa. Also notice the colors and think of ways you could introduce a few of them into your Fall room scheme.

Enjoy!

(images: noa noa)

Posted in fashion + accessories on July 27, 2011

A Alicia + Styling Ideas

I was out in twitterland chirping from my nest when I heard a distant tweet from blogger Erin at Kind and learned about A Alicia Handmade. This eco fashion and home brand is small and sweet, and though I’m not turning into a fashion blogger anytime soon, I do love to share what inspires me outside of home decor from time to time because so much of this fuels my passion for interiors even more.

a alicia

The things I see in the fashion world tend to creep into my home in other ways, for instance a skirt may inspire an idea that I have for a patterned shower curtain in my bathroom or the trim on a sweater makes me think of how I should add some trim to my guest towels. I would love to execute more of my creative ideas at home for this year, it is part of my resolve as the clock struck twelve on January 1st. So far, so good — I made a curtain for my office out of Liberty fabric and I am soon to wallpaper my hallway. I also bought a ton of beautiful beads from my last two trips to Morocco and Turkey and now they are displayed on gorgeous hooks on the wall because jewelry so beautiful shouldn’t be hidden away in a drawer and most of these necklaces I won’t wear on a daily basis (especially the large felted beads from the medina in Marrakesh).

Displaying fashion and accessories in the home is also a huge trend in styling and has been for a long time now. You must notice the occasional flowy dress hanging from a closet door or the beads on hooks in some of your favorite books and magazines? Of course, a handbag over a chair and high heels on the floor are common styling tricks of the trade as well.

Why?

Because they warm up interior photographs and bring a certain feeling of home to a shot. You frequently see these tricks more in magazines than in books though but they’re still there and if styled casually they can add warmth and life to a room. If styled perfectly however, they can make a shot seem lifeless because then the room looks like a catalog or the focus can be on the items and not the room, giving the appearance of a product shot.

You see, styling is an art just like anything else and though I do not consider myself an expert in this area I did learn quite a bit last year while I was traveling around styling rooms for my book. One thing I learned is that to make a room come to life — well, it requires a special awareness in my opinion at least — for instance, when you style a room for a book you have to not only think of the editorial angle but also what feeling you want to bring to the reader while still making sure that home reflects the personal style of its inhabitants. You have to consider the senses and how you can help the reader to tap in to some of them. Food stylists know the art of making the viewer’s mouth water because they introduce certain elements to a shot — steam, the bubbles in foam, drips, smears, all done expertly to make you crave what you see. You have to capture that same craving with the photos that you style for interiors — the viewer should want to live there.

But back to fashion and accessories to use in the home as decor. Yes, it’s a great idea and an affordable way to change up a room – your coat rack in the hallway, if better organized, could serve as a beautiful display of coats, bags and scarves in addition to providing a practical storage space. Why not pretty up functional storage areas in your home so that these otherwise mundane areas can look nice and inspire you?

Now back to the talented A Alicia. About A Alicia her bio says, “Anna Alicia took a round-about route to accessory design, via a degree in Art History at the University of Kent and an MA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, London. Her background in Art History and her practice as an artist play a huge role in inspiring her collections, as do the travels of her childhood, and the buzz of living and working in London. Alongside these influences, Anna Alicia also explores a fascination with historical craft and particularly Japanese craft and design. Ethical and environmental concerns are central to her collections – all A Alicia accessories are made by hand in Anna Alicia’s London studio, using fair trade organic cotton and vintage elements wherever possible. Far from finding it restrictive, Anna Alicia feels that working with limited materials inspires her to make the most of their possibilities.”

Psst: She has a second shop for wedding accessories and she is on Etsy.
(images: Anna Alicia)

Posted in Decorating Tips, fashion + accessories on January 26, 2011

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