I was pleased when Julia Rothman wrote in earlier this week to tell me about her wallpaper. I’ve been very busy over the past few days and haven’t been reading as many blogs as usual so I’m not sure if this made the blog rounds already. If so, my apologies for repeat content.
I’m so proud of Julia as I think her eye is outstanding and her style is superb, I think she is one of those designers who is very blessed with not only listening to her own voice and acting on it to pull together her patterns, but her designs just so happen to be extremely marketable. Isn’t this what every creative person hopes, that what they see in their brain that is then translated into a product will be something others will potentially buy? Julia is very lucky in this way and I feel happy to watch her growing as a designer all of time thanks to determination and hard work. Her latest project happens to be hand screened (made in Chicago) wallpaper, no longer do you have to dream of having her patterns cover your walls as it is now a reality. Aren’t these drool inducing? Learn more about them and see all of the colorways and patterns available at Hygge & West for $125 per double roll.
By the way, have you heard of Hygge & West before or is this the first time? For me it is the first time so a special thanks to Julia for the introduction. They have products from many other talented designers as well, here are a few that I enjoy.
1. Wallpaper ceramic votive set by Jeanette Hiiri, 2. Casalinga birds (they look like my vintage birds shown here in my living room), 3. Fiducia set designed by Louise Campbell for Kahler, and 4. Rachel Pearson candles.
Visit Hygge & West here to see more wonderful things for the home (click on the designers names on the right side of this page.)
(images from julia rothman and hygge & west)
I’m always happy to hear from Fabien & Fr?d?rique of Harmonie Int?rieure, a French company that I’ve written about before who specialize in wall decals. I know, I know… wall decals. Ugh. They’ve been done to death. I have to agree BUT I think that the number of paint colors, wallpapers, and fabrics can be a bit overwhelming too. When you see 10,000 of anything you can get worn out. I know I do.
Only the special, only the unique end up really standing out — it’s the only way TO stand out in such a competitive market. That’s why Harmonie Int?rieure is more than worthy of a mention and of your time today. Their designs are simply gorgeous and very far from being tacky or boring. What I love is that they are very in tune with current trends but at the same time they’re true to their own vision and their love for dynamic graphics that look more like art than some trendy, silly sticker. I’m sure you can see that from these photos. Stunning, huh?
I absolutely swoon over their work and would like very much to own something from them in the near future… Lovely!
(images from harmonie int?rieure)
I found Pixie Blossoms by clicking on her ad over at Creature Comforts, I don’t think I’d heard of this shop before so I was excited to find it. It features the work of self taught seamstress, crafter and photographer Zee Longenecker who currently lives and works in Arizona.
I have one of her gorgeous postcards (this one) but I could not recall where I got it (I think it was a gift). But I have always wanted to purchase more so when I found her shop, Pixie Blossoms, I was quite excited that I connected the dots without even realizing it! You must also check out her Red Bubble portfolio – you’ll love it and you can purchase the photos directly from that website too.
If the above links weren’t enough, Lee has a gorgeous blog to completely blow our minds, too.
(images from pixie blossoms zee longenecker.)
I was completely blown away this morning when I started to research the portfolio of 32-year-old Heisuke Kitazawa, also known as PCP, his surreal vivid work has been picked up by large clients like Sony Music and Honda, along with Kenzo (he designed the packaging for L’Eau Par Kenzo Homme) and in ’07 he designed the interior murals for San Francisco-based Hotel Tomo (large collection of photos here). One piece of his work that I must briefly highlight today is his CD cover art and website design for San Mateo, CA indie band Her Space Holiday. (They are also on My Space if you’d like to hear their music.)
The design for his own website is completely imaginative and gorgeous but the works he has recently done on the Her Space Holiday band site is just super. Make sure you view his online portfolio because I think you will really like it!
Hotel Tomo in Japantown San Francisco, CA. A great space for J-pop style! I love seeing hotels commission work like this. And to think that this is a Best Western hotel really blows me away. I’ve already asked my husband is we can stay at this place since we’re due for a visit to San Francisco next year. :)
Three original watercolors for the Tree show at Giant Robot from this past summer. Not bad for first time watercolor paintings, Heisuke!
He also designed the CD cover art for Japanese solo artist Kushibiki Sayaka (available here on Amazon Japan). I think combining photography with illustrative work has to be my favorite form of contemporary art at the moment.
A snippet of his work, “The end of ICO is beginning of another”, inspired by one of his favorite PS2 game called ICO, currently on display at Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA.
If you’d like to view his work live, he is currently taking part in a really cool art show in San Francisco called Game Over, a show featuring artwork inspired by video games (love this theme, don’t you?) now until October 29, 2008 @ Giant Robot located at 618 Shrader Street.
You can also purchase some of Heisuke Kitazawa’s drawings, prints, books, and wallets in his store right here. Fantastic!
(images: heisuke kitazawa)
I was out last night with a group of 11 creative women here in Hannover, all independent artists and designers who sell on DaWanda, and we met at this charming 100+ year old tea room called Teest?bchen in the old part of the city to discuss art, design, travel, you know… Girl talk! We had a really nice evening. One designer there asked me what my thoughts are on wallpaper border as she was thinking about making and selling some borders with her gorgeous illustrations on them.
My first reaction was No! but then as I was talking to her I realized that we cannot always do what is popular, we must sometimes do what we simply like and see what happens with it after we send it out into the world. Thing is, I do not like wallpaper border so my opinion of it was a bit negative and though I felt bad being so honest to this lovely lady, she did ask me for my opinion and I told her plainly that I did not like them at all.
Wallpaper border is in NO way a new concept, it has been done before and most of us dislike it because we still have visions from the 80s and early 90s when EVERYONE HAD IT in EVERY SINGLE ROOM sporting motifs that ranged from trains to roosters to mauve flowers. I think we associate it with tacky interior styles of the past (at least in America) and the rather tasteless ones found today in stores like Home Depot. Then again, years ago before Domino and Kelly Wearstler many of us HATED WALLPAPER WITH A PASSION. When I started blogging nearly 3 years ago, I remember writing about wallpaper and readers hating its comeback and commenting rather nasty things about it and now it’s trend and most people LOVE it.
The point is, do you think wallpaper borders could in fact make a comeback as wallpaper has? Do you hate it? What do you hate about it? How do you see borders being designed so as to have a positive response? I’d love to hear what readers from all parts of the world have to say on this topic so please voice your opinion!
And if you have no clue what wallpaper borders are, click here to see some…
(image from Flickr via Ellenspenellen)