I popped into Von Klein Auf* in Hannover to locate a gift for my dear friend back home and was instantly dazzled the moment I saw wallpaper in animal silhouettes on thier walls, in the most charming vintage patterns ever.
These Lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and many other wild animals can live together peacefully in the bedroom of your little one, all handmade in the Netherlands by Inke. I saw the lion silhouette in a magazine many months ago, but only upon seeing them in person did they interest me – they are quite large, and the patterns are in the most beautiful colors, so much prettier in person (in my opinion).
No children? No worries there. Inke also designs for adult decor with a collection of silhouettes of lamps, chairs, plants, and doors. All shapes arrive packaged in a tube with a complete DIY kit which includes a brush, glue, and instructions.
*Von Klein Auf stocks only the animal shapes in-store. You can visit them in Hannover located one block from the Lister Platz u-bahn at Edenstrasse 42. 0511/3970093
Crisp autumnal air encircled me as I window shopped yesterday, coffee in hand, delighted with the carefully arranged displays at Noa Noa . Sundays are especially sacred in Germany because the week takes a well-deserved pause from the 6 busy days that preceeded it in preparation for the next. Sundays here are based on tradition – family, religion, togetherness, rest.
Whether it’s sharing cake and coffee with your loved ones, visiting a museum, exploring paths in the forest, or strolling the near-empty streets with only a few cafes to welcome you inside, Sunday taps you on the shoulder and reminds you that it’s time to reap what you’ve spent the whole week sowing. So relax and enjoy.
If you’ve not yet heard of Danish designers Lars and Harald Holstein of Noa Noa, prepare to fall deeply in love with their charming collection. Noa Noa produces two affordable collections every year for women and little girls, along with two smaller collections for Summer and Christmas. I was inspired to see their soft muted tones, emulating the natural beauty of Denmark, from its countryside to coast. Pastel hues of heather, plum, charcoal and pale blue paired with stronger ones in sunflower, fuschia, military green, even a slight appearance by black itself.
Peering into shop windows, I couldn’t help but notice how many outfits can be translated into decor. I imaged the layered scarves held in place by a simple jeweled brooch as multiple flowing sheer panels, perhaps one in pale butter and the other in blue, held by a favorite patterned sash, a delicate brooch of clear crystals to accent.
Using your imagination is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to train your design eye and stimulate your creativity. The more imaginative you become, the better taste you will form. As you start to disect what you see, imagine it used in a different capacity altogether. You can simply edit something with your mind, reflecting on how you’d prefer it to be arranged, allowing your imagination to wander and expand. Freedom comes from frequently training and stimulating your imagination. Consider how creative children are, often is this not based upon thier lack of fear coupled with their rich imagination?
My motto: Look at everything differently – see more than what is simply laid before you. Imagine, believe, overcome, create, expand.
Partial collection is also available at clothing boutique Ey Linda, Lister Meile 31.
(images from noa noa)
Kanako Yaguchi transforms paper into works of art by using the Japanese technique of Kirigami, the traditional art of folding and cutting papers to produce creative designs and patterns. While studying Space Design at Joshibe University of Art and Design, she first began exhibiting her work with Kirigami. Creating mostly florals motifs, Kanoko uses her delicate blooms as a basis for various works of art applied on canvas and beyond… Bringing them to her creations for fashion and home, from lights and boxes to handbags and shirts.
Kanako comments on her work, “The concept developed out of my first solo exhibition. From this first small step has arisen not only the name of my brand, under which I create all kinds of pieces, but the theme that lies behind all of my work: the happiness that we can all experience. This happiness can take many different forms, and just as each completely unique shape takes form through my hand, each person has his or her own happiness. I hope you can discover your own happiness through my work.”
She continues, “Since taking it up around the age of 20, I’ve been immersed in Kirigami.”
What keeps her going as a designer? “A huge motivating force for me has been the support and cheer of the people around me who believe in me ? the friends who watch over me, customers who attend every single one of my shows, and my family. Without them I could not have continued to create”, she says.
Kanako is part of Funtrap, a group of professionals in the fashion and apparel industry that seek to clue people in as to what’s happening in the world of Japanese design. They offer products and services to buyers, shop owners and store managers in fashion retail and have a new showroom located at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.
California Market Center
110 E. 9th St. C555
Los Angeles, CA 90079
(images from kanako yaguchi)
By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 west coast contributor
I have long been a fan of Heath Ceramics and was joyful beyond words when I realized that they have a factory store in the Bay Area. And, even better, they offer free factory tours.
For those not familiar with the company, here?s a little background info: In 1948, Edith Heath ? an industrial designer and potter ? founded her own ceramics studio. She specialized in tableware and tiles, eventually making her way into museums and stores across the country.
Even after half a century in business, all of the pottery is still made by skilled artisans in Sausalito, Calif., using the methods that Edith herself developed (she passed away in December). About three years ago, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased the company. The husband-and-wife team brought some of Edith?s old designs out of retirement and have managed to maintain her high level of quality as well as her wonderfully simple aesthetic. (We?re talking about pieces that you can pass down from generation to generation.)
The factory tour takes about 30-45 minutes ? depending on how many questions you ask ? and covers the entire building. Since tours are only given on the weekends, you don?t actually get to see any of the work being done, but you get detailed descriptions of how everything works. And you can get up close and personal here; there are no red lines that you aren?t allowed to cross.
It is amazing to me, in this day and age of outsourcing and mass production, that there is still this successful ceramics studio churning out beautiful products that require very skilled hands. Heath actually makes its own clay! And their own glazes! And all of the glazes are sprayed on by hand! That takes a pretty steady hand.
Any pieces that aren?t quite up to snuff are considered ?seconds,? and you can purchase them at the factory. The tour ends in the overstock tile room ? which is filled with firsts and seconds. Heath tiles are only available for purchase at the factory and in Ann Sacks showrooms.
The factory store also offers plenty of tableware, as well as books and textiles (like Lotta Jansdotter aprons). The table pieces can be deeply discounted, and there?s even a clearance section where saucers were marked 10 for $1. Yes, you read right ? 10 for $1!
Since the tours take place at 11am, you may arrive in Sausalito a little hungry. No problem. The staff puts out some tea and light snacks (I think it was a coffeecake when I went). Go ahead and test out that tea cup before you decide to purchase it!
Throughout the entire factory, Heath tiles are all over the place ? as a backsplash, as a decorative work of art ? providing plenty of inspiration for visitors. If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend stopping in and seeing it all for yourself. (In case you can?t, I took plenty of pictures!)