Tas-ka is a home & fashion accessories company in the Netherlands with a name meaning handbag in Czech since at the beginning they made only handbags. They’ve been in business for over 6 years and so they’ve evolved and expanded quite a lot to include products for the home but still feel their name is still applicable since handbags is how they got their start — it has special meaning to this independent company owned by Jantien Baas and Hester Worst in The Hague.
Tas-ka is sold all over the world but mostly in The Netherlands and Belgium. They are inspired by Marimekko, Dutch stylist Frank Visser of Studio IJM, Apartemento and Milk magazine and additionally Paumes books that they sell in their webshop.
When I contacted this design duo via email recently, they told me that Tas-ka products are produced and made in the Netherlands — their fabric is screen printed there as well. “We think it is our responsibility to be sure that our products are made in good working conditions, we also think is important to stimulate local economy.” They also said something else about keeping their production local that I found quite interesting, “We try to support old craftsmanship as much as we can so there will be a new generation of people to transform traditional crafts and so the crafts will stay.”
Heather Lins Home has bold contemporary designs for the home that I’m guessing you’re going to like if you’re a typography fan. Heather is a graphic designer in Madison, WI who decided to give screen printing a whirl and launched a home accessory collection a few years back that is both modern and classic — so crisp!
Heather’s background as a graphic designer is very evident in this line — my favorite is the numbered edition collection with a ruler on the placemat and numbered napkins and coasters in cream and black. I also like the speech bubble pillows – that’s another popular motif (the speech bubble) and typography motifs are still all the rage… Love them both!
(images: heather lins home)
I’ve been dying to get my hands on some fabric for Spring and though I have no clue what I’ll do with any of it I went on a bit of a spree a few days ago online at Volksfaden. This is a web-based shopped owned by an American living in Berlin and so that is where I usually go for fabrics when I’m looking for ones from American designers. I guess I needed a little fabric fix from the mothership. Here are the ones I had to have… they made me feel so Spring-y. And I’m on the whole chevron bandwagon with the rest of the blog world, so of course I needed to add a few of those to the pile. Here’s a glimpse of what was inside of my little magic package that arrived in the mail today. Spring in a box!
- Arabesque Ivory by Amy Butler
- Sun Spots Turquoise by Amy Butler
- Water Bouquet Mint by Amy Butler
- Fresh Poppies Sky by Amy Butler (sorry, sold out)
- Chevron Black by Paula Prass
- Chevron Yellow by Paula Prass
- Damask Grey by Dena Designs
Baby Paisley Taupe by Prints Charming
- Toadstools by Cloud9
I’m sure I missed some, but you can have a look around the Volksfaden site to find some favorites of your own. If you live in Germany, or the EU, this is a great way to get fabric from the states I think as shipping can get quite expensive if you’re ordering a lot from outside of the EU.
8 prints in blues, greens and yellows. So fresh and ready to be transformed in pillows. I’m been dying to get rolling on some of my Amy Butler patterns.
These remind me of the coast and I imagine how nice they’d look on a covered balcony or patio.
I like these patterns because together, they remind me of a sweet little baby. Many of my friends are pregnant or have little ones and when I added just a few cute accents to the mix I noticed how perfect these patterns really would be in a baby’s room.
The wavy pattern is so versatile, it goes great with almost all of the patterns that I purchased.
I dream of someday owning a new pale blue or white Fiat. I’m just crazy for them. I love the vintage ones too, but I think a new one would be better for weekends up on the coast. My neighbor has a pale blue fiat and I have had my nose to the window more than once inspecting the interior. :) Last year I bought myself a toy Fiat that I display in my cabinet as a reminder of my dream. And aren’t these sweet prints so playful, I just adore the mini trees and the kids with the umbrellas.
(images: holly becker for decor8)