P R I M O E Z A
Primoeza is a small Australian label created in 2009 by textile designer Elisabeth Yong. Finding inspiration in traditional crafts, the brand focuses on natural materials and their tactile appreciation, handmade techniques and contemporary design. Every piece produced by the label is made in small batches in-house or by some local manufacturers, and is the embodiment of an experimental process with knitted or woven fabrics.
The identity of Primoeza also lies in very subtle and naïve details delicately embedded within the work that gives a touch of nostalgia and rusticity to the decidedly modern look of the products.
P I C K L E S B Y D C
Here’s some news from Norwegian duo Darling Clementine! The dreamteam is coming up with a new collection of lovely products called PICKLES. From dishes to stationery, every items are real little jewels. I like the mix of the tender vintage palette and dark inky hues as well as the charming style of their illustrations.
K N I T W I T M A G A Z I N E
As general interest for crafts seems to grow bigger and slowly but surely making its way to the world of art and design, a new magazine about textile decided to accompany this emancipation of traditional knowledges and to dedicate its pages to textile making.
Knit Wit Magazine is a bi-annual publication about fiber art and textiles founded by friends Zinzi Edmundson and Gigi Jack. With the promise to put a new light on these topics and to reverse long-held presumptions about textile making, the magazine showcases a collection of photos and stories about the people and objects involved in that particular field with a very modern and surprising tone. The specialized content of the magazine as well as the eclectic selection of topics and the accessibility of the articles will please a large public, from the master to the hobbyist or the newcomer.
The first issue of Knit Magazine will be available in November, but you can already order your copy here! I can’t wait to discover more about this project!
F E R M L I V I N G A W 1 4
Ferm Living just launched its last series of wonders! The AW14 Collection is an ode to slow living and contemplation, inviting you to surrender to a more meditative way of living that will makes you strongly aware of your surroundings and will set you in the reality of your home.
What’s a home? A home is made of moments, memories, simple gestures and routines, familiar sounds and smells. Objects become reflections of our life, instruments of trivial rituals, a poetic expression of what dwelling is.
The Danish brand, whose passion for well-crafted objects and everyday aesthetic made the reputation, focused this season on this idea and thought every product of the collection as a sensitive experience.
"The eyes see our design language as graphic, strong and distinct. The hands feel the different textures of honest materials. Hug the mohair throw. Touch the cold marble and brass. Set foot on the wool rug. Drink of the stoneware cup. Smell the leather and wood. All products are brought to life by real hands and we are proud of the story behind and the strong sense of belonging."
Flip through the catalogue here and find out more about this beautiful collection!
M E E R I A N N E L I
F O R L I L L E N O R D
Hi There! We’re finally back from a well-deserved summer break!
Those of you who read the blog for a while may have notice a couple of changes here at Nordenburo. After more than a year posting on the blog, our beloved baby grew up rapidly and it was more than time to update a few things and think about a tiny makeover. Among other things, you can now browse the articles by categories or countries and you’ll find an updated and extended list of links on the related page.
I hope you all had a wonderful summer. I feel super excited to be back on board, ready to start a new round of blogging!
I wanted to share with you the beautiful work of Finnish-Australian illustrator Meeri Anneli. This talented lady has a very distinctive style and a taste for mixing realistic drawings and dreamlike sceneries. Her last artwork for LILLENORD - a Danish magazine about scandinavian design, lifestyle and parenthood - is just so lovely and refreshing.
Thumbs Up Meeri!
G Y P S I A R U G
Gypsia just added some beautiful rugs to their online shop. They’re all handwoven on a traditional loom, and have the most charming patterns and color palettes.
Here's a sneek peek of their nice selection.
P L A Y T I M E P A R I S
Working as a graphic designer and colorist in the kids fashion industry, there’s some seasonal rendez-vous one cannot miss. The Playtime Paris Fair is one of them, and I sure wait for it with excitement twice a year. This meeting of the best of kids fashion is a great opportunity to meet brands actors, discover newcomers, start collaborations with great graphic designers and illustrators, and get the mood of the upcoming season.
This spring-summer edition was no exception and revealed the S/S 15 beautiful and inspiring collections of worldwide designers. I have to confess that my heart mostly (and unsurprisingly) goes to scandinavian names along with some other Belgian and Dutch brands, but I also have my favorite Parisian and Spanish companies.
I wont reveal here what’s precisely in store for next summer as this stays quite confidential, but I’ll give you a little round up of my little favorites and will keep you posted for more.
S C A N D I N A V I A N C R U S H E S
Soft Gallery - a beautiful, fresh and cosy collection that showcases the usual animal themes cherished by the brand with a lovely touch of onirism and melancholy.
GRO Company - From Seed to Sprout - The young Dannish brand creates simple and everyday-life designed clothes that will accompany the children throughout the wonderful journey of their growth. The GRO line was designed for kids (boys and girls) from newborn to 10. This collection is followed by the SPROUT line made exclusively for between girls and that focuses on creativity and on the beautiful and tenuous stage between childhood and teenage years. I love their poetic concept and their efficient design.
Christina Rohde - I recently discovered the work of Christina Rohde via Pinterest and was instantly seduced. Established for about a decade, the brand creates classic and refined styles that mix patterns and textures with taste while remaining adapted to the kiddos life, allowing them to jump, run, dance… well to actually BE kids.
A C R O S S T H E R H I N E D E L I G H T S
Gold Belgium - Although Liz Cormelis and Dirk Goossens - the two Belgian designers behind Gold - work for years in the specific field of Kids Fashion, their last collection was a kind of revelation for me. Their pieces are a delightful combo of simplicity, elegance and refinement with a particular attention brought to details and quality. I like their soft patterns, comfortable fabrics and outfits.
Kidscase - Well, this is one of my must have when it comes to classics. Kidscase creates tranquil, versatile and fashionforward baby and children’s clothes for boys and girls up to 11. Inspired by street and sportswear, their designs are simple yet refined. I like the way they mix colors in their fine stripped patterns and the softness of their fabrics.
Oh My Kids - Oh My Kids is a small Belgian label created by Leez Vanbroekhoven. All garments are handmade and handprinted which makes every pieces unique. The entire SS15 line is very modern, clean and graphic with a straight conceptual look. I also like a lot her well-thought visual identity.
S P A N I S H F A V O R I T E S
BoboChoses - No need to say much about them as their succes has long grown international. Naive, playful and imaginative artworks and patterns, beautiful color schemes, cosy and relaxed designs are the cornerstone of the brand and remains effective in their upcoming collection. Their poetic clothes definitely speaks childrens language.
Nobodinoz - A very beautiful and charming line is yet to come at Nobodinoz. I like the fun mascotes and patterns, their playful strippes and retro accents. A very sweet surprise with this SS15 line.
H O M I E S
April Shower by Polder - Here’s the point where I get a little chauvinistic. Yes, I unconditionnaly love EVERY SINGLE PIECES the two Parisian designers created for this SS15 collection. I would describe their style as Minimal Folk. Madelon Lanteri-Laura and Nathalie Vodegel, the two sisters behind the brand, designs elegant and simple clothes for both women and little girls from age 4 to 14. Their shapes are very pure and all the focus is brought to handmade details, well chosen prints and materials as well as strong and visual color schemes. I simply love them.
Antik Batik - In a more radical way, the Bohemian Chic Antik Batik also offers gorgeous folk inspired clothes for both women and girls. Each pieces is a real jewel of artisanry, richly adorned with handmade embroideries and printed with the traditional technique of Batik or simply hand-dyed.
Soeurs - Maybe it’s because I could easily adopt every single pieces designed by the two French sisters that I always go crazy for Soeur collections. Soeur dresses young girls from age 10 to 18 focusing on the needs of this tricky target that begins to leave childhood and starts to look like grown up persons. Their style oscillates between folk and “bobo” (the french word used to describe the easy-going style and values of the new-bourgeois) with a touch of romantism and some vintage accents.
Well, I could endlessly talk about all the wonders I found during this 2014 Playtime edition but I will end my little round up here. Be sure to check out the websites links for more informations and images about the brands I mentioned.
Working a lot at the moment here at Norden and preparing a well-deserved summer break. Hope you’re all having a wonderful summer!
T O N I O A B E L -
A F A M I L Y A F F A I R
How cute are those traditional Portuguese baskets? Those babies are made with love in the pure tradition of Abel’s family who proudly perpetuates the heritage of the great grandfather, José, who started this basket-weaving business back in the days.
Originally, these reed baskets were created to carry goods from the market place or the farmers meals to the orchards. They were sturdy and made to last, which quickly built their reputation through out the country and made them become part of the Portuguese culture.
The baskets are still made by hand using the traditional weaving techniques passed by the Abel great grand-father and can be purchased via Etsy.
See more here and visit Tonio Abel’s website here.
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S C U L P T U R A L W E A V I N G
I like the latest products of Dutch designer Mae Engelgeer. Her last series was launched a few months ago at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and showcased a range of graphic weaves with 3D effects that gives the entire collection a very tactile and appealing look.
The LIL + LILA set of two woven placemates is so far my favorite. Engelgeer used very soft and neutral hues here - pastel tones and greys - underlined by a touch of copper and orange neon that gives a nice twist to the pieces.
The designer worked closely with TextileLab in Tilburg to experiment new innovative woven techniques and brought a very sculptural dimension to her work, focusing on the concepts of texture and touch.
See more here.
T I G E R P I L L O W - N O R D E N
Experimenting some new stuffs, having a blast doing what I love everyday!
Hope you’re having a great week-end so far, see you next week!
Hand painted pillow case - Chloé Chapeaublanc for NORDEN.