Travel

Funktion Alley {UK}

October 25, 2007

{Update 10/26: Contrary to what their website states, Funktion Alley does deliver to the states. You just have to email them for rates before placing your online order. Yay!}

This post is dedicated to my UK friends, in a second you’ll see why… Funktion Alley is based in Malm? and their mission is to promote Swedish and Danish functional design, particularly in the UK where they have a small store in a design complex called Redbrick Mill not far from Leeds.

Funktion Alley {UK}
From decorative window film (for privacy – complete with birds), to textiles, furniture, and the Knoppa suspended baby cradle (I want one of these when I have babies someday), their site is a terrific resource for those living in the UK since they do not offer shipping outside. That means the rest of us can only look, drool, and hopefully not feel too left out of all the fun. View it as incentive to travel or open your own store selling these things in your part of the world.

Funktion Alley {UK}Funktion Alley {UK}
Psst: Check out Maija Isola’s P??ryn? textiles from Marimekko, they just went on sale. So fresh for the kitchen!

(images from funktion alley)






Objects, Travel

Bantie {Sweden}

October 25, 2007

Bantie is Ulrika Gyllstad and Wilhelmina Wiese, Stockholm-based textile designers with a collection of patterns that definitely scream I am Scandinavian, don’t you think?

Bantie {Sweden}The more popular prints that I noticed around the city are Kokeshi, Paradis, Bubbel and Korall, especially Paradis with the birds and Korall with the organic circles resembling something from the sea.

Bantie {Sweden}Bantie {Sweden}
Click here to locate their textiles, or if you own a shop and would like to offer Bantie to your customers, send them an email to info AT bantie.se. You can also purchase their fabric by the meter.

(images from bantie)






Travel

Ceannis {Sweden}

October 25, 2007

While I’m here in Europe, I’m trying to cover some of the more popular brands that I come into contact with, along with a few of the more out of the way unknown talent that exists. I have been quite busy with family and friends, as our time here is limited so we’re trying to fit in a bit of everything. But I hope you’ve been enjoying some of the coverage I’ve been providing. :) If there’s anything you have questions about or would like to see, you can always ask and I’ll try to see if I can provide some feedback.

Ceannis {Sweden}
Another brand I noticed in Stockholm is Ceannis, Pure and Simple carries lots of their things and I couldn’t stop touching them. This season, I noticed that many stores in Stockholm leaned towards a pale, more subdued palette vs. the bright and cheerful patterns most of us think of nowadays when the word “Sweden” comes to mind. But if you really think back to traditional Swedish design, visions of Swedish Baroque, Biedermeier, and the Rococo periods dance in your head. Pale grey and blue walls, cream painted wood furniture, gold accents, pure linens and 18th century Gustavian furniture.

Ceannis takes traditional Swedish design into modern times drawing on a similar color palette, and in addition to gold, there’s also bronze and silver as accents. And additional soft hues are introduced, like plum. Could be the influence of Asian design in Europe right now, or the Moorish influences coming up from Marrakesh, something that I saw dotted all over the city of Stockholm in fashion and interiors stores.

How I see these things in a space:

I see a living room with lots of texture. Medium grey walls (the color of concrete floors) as an accent with a few hand painted motifs in the top corner cascading downwards, perhaps a large paisley or simple floral pattern, in a lighter tone of grey so it’s a soft accent and not too obvious. I also see an L shaped grey tweed sofa with a tight back and seat, lots of soft pillows (also on the floor), a leather ottoman and a large silver tea tray coffee table — both from Morroco, lots of pillar candles in various metal lanterns with cut out patterns, an ornate framed mirror on the wall with twinkle lights around the top and sides (of course!), fresh flowers in purple tones, and a fluffy white rug and blanket for snuggling on the sofa. Of course, this big silver leather handbag slouched on a chair with some of your favorite magazines peeking out. :)

Oh, and I smell lavender by L’OCCITANE and I think I’d be listening to Ana Caram. I love her voice.

(images from ceannis)






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Email Follow Up Comments {new}

October 25, 2007

Did you notice the new feature blogger enabled yesterday? Follow up comments, yeah! So now when you leave a comment on decor8, if you have a blogger/gmail account, you can check a box asking for follow up comments be emailed to you. This is so cool, as I often forget where I’ve left comments on other blogs and now I can keep track. I think this makes blogspot even more interactive now because when you ask a question and someone answers, you will know via email!






Objects

Emma Gardner Design {Rugs}

October 25, 2007

Get ready to ooh and aaah thanks to Another Shade of Grey and her post on Emma Gardner Design.

Emma Gardner Design {Rugs}

This hand tufted wool rug called Chinese River really works well with the trend we’re seeing for all things Asian, a trend that seems to be hot from season to season lately – have you noticed? In the summer, you viewed more pinks and blues and for the autumn, Asian prints are leaning into the color palette of the season in orange, red, and plum. It’s exciting to view the various modern interpretations of traditional patterns by some of today’s top designers, it’s quite inspiring to be surrounded by so much beauty.

Thanks Another Shade of Grey for always keeping us well informed!

(images from emma gardner design)






Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}

October 25, 2007

I’m obsessed with cooking lately. Perhaps it’s because we’ve been staying in a hotel suite for weeks and the only thing I can make in our room is coffee or tea. I miss having my own kitchen! So lately, anything even remotely related to dirtying up the kitchen interests me like never before. From spices to machines (the silver limited edition Tord Boontje Senseo coffee machine is fun), cookbooks, to Pino funnels. Adding to my list of must-haves is the Larissa Bertonasco cookbook, La Nonna La Cucina La Vita – Die wunderbaren Rezepte meiner Gro?mutter, which I’ve ordered along with her wall calendar. Her illustrative style is fun and colorful, reminding us of the importance to enjoy the whole cooking experience. I applaud her for wearing two hats, she’s both a professional cook and an illustrator. Let’s hear it for doing what you love, right?!

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
If you don’t already know Larissa, she lives in Hamburg and is quite the popular girl here in Germany lately, I see her products in bookstores all over. She even has a new line of paper napkins, cloth tea towels, and other small misc. products for the kitchen. But her cookbook is gorgeous. I mean, worth buying even if you can’t read German because it’s just page after page of large colorful illustrations.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
The recipes are centered around Italian cooking, just like her grandma would make, and the book is 100% illustration so there are no real life settings photographed which in itself is quite unique right? Most modern cookbooks show photographs of actual food.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg}
This hand drawn cookbook is hot here and who would have guessed that it would be so popular being that it’s mostly filled with illustrations and only brief recipe summaries? It’s highly visual in a very unconventional sense without a single food photo. I think people are starving for new formats, clever new ways to deliver information, breaking the mold.

Larissa Bertonasco Illustrator + Cook {Hamburg} I would love to own this cow as a print for my kitchen.

Have a peek at her portfolio here. And if you want to purchase her calendar or book, just go to the German Amazon site. That’s where I ordered mine and it’s all set to be delivered to my U.S. address. Easy.

(images from larissa bertonasco)






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