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October 19, 2006

We spent the day roaming the cobblestone streets of Hannover Linden today, where I met an old friend who is the largest book seller in Germany, with over 1 million books for sale on Amazon. We browsed his extensive collection on towering bookshelves, all which overflowed with rare titles, mostly published between the early 1900’s-1985.
Random Images to InspireI loved the children’s books I found, and he was nice enough to give me 3 of my favorites, which I happily accepted. Not only do they help me practice my German, but the pretty illustrations and typefaces are so lovely, I can’t stop looking at them. Two appeared as good as new, but it’s the one that is clearly used that appears to me the most. Inside the front cover, there is a handwritten dedication from oma to granddaughter Nadine. Nadine stamped her Berlin address, along with a maus sticker, inside. To think that a little girl from Berlin once owned this book in 1972, a book that now belongs to me… I don’t know, it’s somewhat touching. This story was once read to her and tucked away on a bookshelf… I wonder what became of young Nadine?

Random Images to Inspire
While roaming the narrow halls of books, I noticed an old poster taped to the side of a wooden bookcase, and thought it was lovely enough to capture and share with you. The print was already in sephia, so I think the photo came out rather nicely… Her porcelin complexion and his adoring gaze couldn’t resist my lens. Too bad they’re smoking and not simply about to engage in a kiss.

After visiting the warehouse, we stumbled upon my new favorite coffee shop, Cafe Petit in Hannover Linden.
Random Images to InspireI snapped a few photos while there, and since I’ve been big into sephia shots lately, I thought I’d experiment a little. I clearly need more practice with my camera, but I really like how these came out.

Note: I’ll be returning to Linden on Saturday for a studio tour and to meet a designer that I love, so I will post some photos from that tour on Monday. See you later today with some great design finds! I’m off to dinner, but upon my return, I promise to post some more goodies for you today.

Random Images to Inspire
(images from holly becker for decor8)






Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Vitra Algue

October 9, 2006

Forever fascinated by design inspired by nature, especially the ocean or forest, I loved this window display. I know the algue from Vitra has been around for a few years, but I was excited to see it assembled in the window of Seydlitz*, in all of its green plastic glory. You can snap this fan-shaped seaweed together to form something sculptural for your wall or to create a curtain or even a wall divider – which I’d love to see used in an office space at a creative firm. Each algue is 6″ x 12″ and sold in sets of 6, available in red, green, or white. Wouldn’t it be lovely to see a curtain in a similiar design, only handmade of felt?

Vitra Algue*Seydlitz is a beautiful design store located at Theatrestrasse 15, Hannover 0511/27070712

(image from decor8)






Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Inke – Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)

October 9, 2006

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.
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)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.

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)If you do not live nearby to a shop that stocks Inke (hard to find in the USA), you can purchase online directly from Inke.

*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

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
(images from inke)






Fashion + Accessories, Shopping + Products, Travel

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 ’06}

October 9, 2006

Crisp autumnal air encircled me as I window shopped yesterday, coffee in hand, delighted with the carefully arranged displays at coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}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.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
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.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}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.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}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.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
Noa Noa
Lister Meile 52
Hannover Germany
Tel: 0511/5687422

Partial collection is also available at clothing boutique Ey Linda, Lister Meile 31.

(images from noa noa)






Shopping + Products, Travel

Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap

October 4, 2006

Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap
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
213.622.2339

(images from kanako yaguchi)






Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 ’06}

October 3, 2006

Today is a holiday here in Germany, the coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 '06}You can relax here and enjoy a simple cup of coffee in a most chic atmosphere. Don’t you just love it? I could have stayed for hours, and here in Europe, you can linger at these ultra chic establishments just as you would back in the states at Starbucks.

Notice the chandeliers with shades over them? I especially enjoyed those, along with the wallpaper, which was applied to one wall and then extended onto about 70″ of the ceiling. The rest of the ceiling was white. It looked great, I wish I would have thought to photograph it for you.

Up today… A factory tour of a ceramics company based in California, an interview with a Boston interior designer, and some fresh finds to give you something to spend your money on! :)

coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 '06}(images from decor8, click on them for full size)






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