today i thought it would be nice to finally bring therese sennerholt’s posters to this feature! therese is a swedish art director that is well-known in the interior design field. she has worked in advertising, editorial, graphic and corporate identity. she has recently started to produce graphic posters with saying and popular quotations that ended up being a success and now you can find them on therese’s webshop, as well as on some retailers. her style is undeniably scandinavian and minimalist, where black and white complement each other, bringing out the best of each colour and the details around.
the reason why i am a fan of these posters is exactly by their simple & minimalist look and quotes. therese made up some of the quotes, as well as used some well-known quotes. i’m particularly fan of this last one about chocolate, because… well, you know, it’s chocolate and why wouldn’t we eat chocolate in rough and good times? it’s a bit like my relationship with wine, it’s good to drink a good wine when times are rough as well as to celebrate!
it’s obvious that i also stand behind this confucious quote about getting a job that we love, as i’ve been doing that for the past year! and wouldn’t it be good if we all loved what we do? wouldn’t this be a better place? wouldn’t we be happier and more fulfilled?
there you go, wine again… and cheese! i’m such a fan of therese sennerholt period! and as you can see, there’s no need for a frame, you can do a great work with some washi tape and you’re good to go!
hello friends, how are you? sorry for being mia yesterday, but apparently there were local technical problems and there was no internet all day long, so i took the day off for a bit of wandering and photo taking on the botanical garden, which is beautiful this time of the year. moving on to our find today, so we have something that has been on my bookmarks for quite a while. we find new projects every now and then, some more interesting than others, and this one surely belongs to the “more interesting” side! but first what is quitokeeto?
“quitokeeto is an online pop-up shop stocked with a short list of items we love – a mix of new, found, and collaborative. the shop is curated by heidi swanson + wayne bremser, and will be open on occasion. we look forward to doing more of these in the future, around various themes – influenced by people we’ve met, places we’ve been, and items we’ve come across.
the vibrant yellow circle pattern of this hand-thrown cookie jar set the tone for the second collection of items. the simple shapes and soft range of blues in thissmall, scandinavian oil painting from the 1940’s loosely inspired the first collection of items which you can still browse as well. there’s a very good chance we’ll restock items from previous collections when they become available, to be notified just include your email below the description of the item you’re interested in.”
quitokeeto is a project by the lady behind 101 cookbooks and so many other projects, as she is a photographer, cookbook author and occasional designer. one of the things i love the most about blogging is the research behind it! and for example, the pleasure of finding out about projects like quitokeeto and then find 101 cookbooks is tremendous!
quitokeeto is made of several collection they launch throughout the year. they have recently launched a new collection two days ago and when you browse through their collection, you find that it’s a very small collection. however the items are really exquisite and unique. you find traditional items like this knife above by opinel made in france, or the modern cake flags by herriot grace.
as usual, i find the photography one of the elements that brought my attention to this project, because it’s so bright and honest and of course, i love when items are shown being used as they are supposed to! my favourites? i have no idea, because i love them all and would buy them all for different friends and family for this holiday season! for me i would probably want this vintage yellow dutch oven casserole! how can i resist to this?!
as it’s quite hard to resist to this wrapping cloth, which serves so many purposes! i love when items have this flexibility! and the stripes? oh the stripes! i want a whole new kitchen to go along with this! ah! that would be a great idea!
and now i might go and delight myself in a very italian way with some fresh bread (courtesy of the inspirational bread photo above!), olive oil, goat cheese, basil and black olives!
hello hello, feeling good today? hope so!! first of all, let me just ask you one thing: are you a fan on facebook? if you are i’d like to thank you on a more personal note for all the support you have been showing since i ever joined facebook, and most particularly since i started the new page in september! i couldn’t feel happier and blessed (huge cliche, i know, but i do feel happy and blessed) for realizing that exactly since september i was able to gather almost 1000 fans. i was close to 2000 on my old page and when i started this new one, i knew that it would be hard! those over 1800 fans wouldn’t magically appear on my new page. it would be starting all over again, though not exactly from scratch.
i feel very happy when i see you interacting with me, that leaves me on the clouds! because posting something just for the sake of sharing is one thing, i’ll expect you to react to that, to click on like, to comment, but i’m not asking for a particular reaction. but what i appreciate the most if when i ask you something, an opinion from you and you take the time to answer it, helping me to make decisions and therefore, as i hope, to better my business. this morning i placed twoquestions as i was having second thoughts on two photos and the editing choices and your answers were pretty clear and helped choose! so thank you so much for that! you guys rock!!
moving on to spectacular things, stylist and very very scandinavian, as yesterday we were on an interior styling mood, let us continue today! today’s find is varpunen, a shop with beautiful baskets made in PVC-laminated white polyester designed by susanna vento, who is the blogger behind… varpunen and a well-known interior designer.
these sacks come in several sizes and i think all of the sizes can have such an interesting use! whether for the kitchen, to have flowers inside, clothing, toys, magazines… you name it. i am a fan of all the designs, but particularly the ones with triangles and more colours. these are an absolute charm, and though so discreet, they do make a bit of a statement as in “i could have had anything else for this function, but i chose this stylish sack!”
suki is also a blogger as i mentioned above and it’s really interesting and filled with pretty things, inspirations coming from the north – finland. it’s interesting how i become even more addicted to scandinavian blogs in this time of the year! winter is so more beautiful there, i guess! they may say the opposite like we are the ones with sunny and bright days, even in the winter. but in any case, you should browse susanna’s blog and shop for some eye candy, during winter or summer! ah!
for more eye candy on interior design, see susanna’s home on design sponge!
and today’s find is a lovely lady with an eye for beautiful fabrics, which she collects on her travels and works with them turning them into beautiful handbags! and i think the idea of traveling with an actual professional reason is also a great thing. it’s like when i imagine i travel the world for picture sake. imagine what would be like to travel around the world just to take pictures of what you find along the way? wouldn’t be great? yes indeed! and though this lady doesn’t travel for pictures, she travels and brings beautiful fabrics that we can wear in these gorgeous handbags! psst, check the photography! oh, this is absolutely great!
aren’t these so elegant and feminine? i love the subtlety of the illustrations on the fabrics. some came from india, others from japan and mexico… allison used sari and kimono silks for these handbags, mixing femininity with utility, with a twist of daydream!
“when i was a child i saw a woman selling dresses made from sari silks at a market in my hometown of victoria, british columbia. i thought this fabric was one of the most beautiful things i had ever seen and it conjured images of palaces and maharaj, smoky mysterious places, exotic smells and foreign music. at that time i vowed to myself that when i was old enough, i would go to india. several years later, at the mature age of 20, i did in fact go to india and returned to canada with a backpack full of sari silk. i promptly started sewing clothing, pillows and bags and selling them at local consignment shops. since that time i have traveled far and wide in search of beautiful and unique textiles to use in my designs, from the thar desert in rajasthan, india to tokyo, japan to oaxaca, mexico.”
“to this day i still lovingly gather textiles from around the world to use in my designs. grace is a collection of accessories made from found, limited edition textiles that have been sourced through my travels. the fabrics i search for are storytellers, they speak of their history and traditions of craft, of adventures abroad, foreign marketplaces, culture and creativity.
though i have traversed down many avenues in the past fourteen years, i always return to this and i know that this is what i am meant to do. after all this time, i can finally call myself self employed.”
so what do you think? are these handbags speaking to you or not that much? my favourites are this one above in shades of light blue and coral as well as the one above with a red flower, that one was made from a girl’s kimono and that pattern is just so lovely!