Yep, it is September. Can you believe it? And yes, it is almost time to prep for the big gifting season. I know early right?!, but I want us to start a new tradition this year or maybe you are a superstar and you continue a long lasting tradition of shopping and gifting designer-maker / artisan / indie made works. I would like to introduce some fellow designer-makers of mine, who are not just amazing in their own right but all of us a based in Europe, many in the UK, and even in London, like myself. However, quality handmade works which you can often personalise take time to make and that's why we aspire to inspire early this year!
I know what you are waiting for, the freebie or voucher code. Don't be disappointed, I don't have a collection of those for you. It simply does not feel right and here is why. We designer-makers and artist love and live our work, everything each one of us creates is heartfelt, envisioned, crafted with care and each piece is unique in one way or another. Every time we ship something to you we ship a piece of our soul and hope that you will cherish it the same way we cherished every second making it. So all I am having is stories and the hope you will enjoy them, maybe even get inspired by them, feel the urge to shop happiness!
Happiness for you, your family and friends when you tell them about the people who helped making their gift this year. The happiness for you knowing you supported someone who loved creating and crafting for you.
Now, I can't speak for all of us but maybe for some, when I say, that every time you share my work, be it with a like on one of my social channels, contact me, buy something or leave a review - I am excited and delighted, absolutely happy to know that you are there supporting my work, me, one way or another. In fact we are all very grateful and I for one will be showing my gratitude this Christmas with set saver offers, complimentary gift wrap and free shipping options! And I am sure my fellow designer-makers will have similar 'thank you's' in store for you!
So but where and how to find you guys?!
Let me help with that, I am going to feature 18 [+ me] designer-makers and their stories over the coming weeks. The picture on the right has items by all the makers but not all the items. I am very proud they trusted me to style, photograph and talk about their creations. I promise, the stories, gifting inspiration and links will be well worth stopping by!
Furthermore, many of us already have their own website, next to Etsy and so on, and there are special directories or groups which 'vet' us before we get listed, for example Crafty Fox Market or Craft Central. There is the fantastic Just A Card campaign which presents makers on their blog and does so much more - like the 28th is #JustACardDay.
If you like Etsy the London Local Group will help you find makers in London, just check the member list - and yes you will find many of us and me there too. But be sure to check their blogs too! So, that is online sorted but from time to time we do pop ups and markets as well. To find the latest - it is best to either follow the blogs of the designer makers you like or you could check the sites I just mentioned above.
Hope to see you next Wednesday 19.09.18 to meet the first 3 designer-makers and their work within my first 'Christmas' story.
It is about time, I know time goes by way too fast but at long last I put together my first proper concrete diy instructions for you guys!
Since you love Air Plants as much as I do, I thought it would be good to start with a concrete diy which combines the love for concrete, copper and Air Plants which can be decorated all year around. Not to worry I got more diy's coming up for the holiday season, yeah, already excited to share those with you soon too!
As the picture suggests, I have prepared instructions for you to not just create one style but three. So you will be able to create totally different styles for your table scape or indoor-garden, keeping individuality at its best!
We will use recycled moulds, my new geometric plastic reusable mould and something from the kitchen, cling film to create a unique 'tree bark' texture in any mould you fancy!
To start things, check the material list below. Once you have gathered all your materials you will need to calculate about 1 to 2 hours for the wire bending, mixing and pouring. After about 3 hours spare time it will be about half an hour for unwrapping and sanding.
Materials from building depot, craft shop and your kitchen:
gloves, mask and glasses;
recycled mould, cling film, my plastic mould [also made from recycled material];
3mm wire in your preferred colour;
a quick set concrete pre mix;
water and mixing tools [spoon & bowl];
Air Plants or alternative decoration
Bending the copper coloured aluminium wire into Air Plant holder spirals
Let's get the copper wire bend!
To bend an even spiral it's best to bend it over a round object. This could be everything from a thick pen to a piece of a cardboard tube of a finished cling film like I do. You can go as often
around as you like, just try to keep it tight. I stopped after 4 turns as I felt that would be more than enough to hold the light Air Plants I am planning to use.
Once your spiral has taken shape, take it off the tube and cut the end to the desired length, keeping in mind that you need about 3 to 5cm to spare. Bend the arm downwards and form a hook with the ending. That is the part that will be in the concrete, so don't worry about beauty here.
Let's move on - off we go to the moulds!
Preparing the moulds for the concrete cast
Recycled packaging like yogurt cups or Pringles tubes won't need anything, just make sure they are clean and dry.
This is a geometric plastic mould which does not need doing anything to it either but if you like you can add a bit of grease [vegetable oil] as a release agent.
The fun one of this diy - cling film mould to create a unique texture. Cover the inside of your mould roughly with cling film. With this method you can use cardboard moulds in any shape and size.
Now it's time to get yourself and your concrete work station ready!
Gather your moulds and the copper wire spirals and sort them to the moulds you would like to use them for. Get your gloves, safety glasses and mask on as well.
My work station has now a concrete quick set mix, the moulds, the copper wire spirals, a plastic spoon, a mixing bowl / measuring jug and a whisk. The wood cut offs are my go to helpers but you can use some clothes pegs as well.
I estimated that about 100ml of water mixed with 4 to 5 cups of premix should be sufficient. However, mixing instructions vary and it is best to check the instructions of your product.
In any case your concrete mix will be nice and good for the project as soon as it is smooth and keeps the form you turn it into and only a good shake will change that.
Get the spoon out and fill the moulds.
Shake the moulds a bit, a few air bubbles will open up and the surface will even out. Find a good place for them to cure, place them there and insert the copper spirals. Insert the hook side of the spirals and move the wire a bit to get rid of the traces. You don't need to insert it any deeper than about 1cm above the hook bending ends.
Use some wood off cuts or the clothes pegs to help hold the wire. The longer the wire spiral the more will that little helper be necessary. Let it cure for an hour or longer depending on your mix. After that you can take the wood / pegs off.
After three hours I am already unwrapping and sanding the concrete copper wire Air Plant holders!
Let me share a little tip with you
- your work is not ready for unwrapping if the mould with the concrete solid is still warm when you hold it - wait a bit longer, the finish will be much nicer!
Well, pretty easy, wiggle the mould a bit to get some air between the mould and the concrete solid. With a bit of luck you will be able to use the mould again! Only the rim edges will require sanding if you prefer a smooth finish.
Cling film unwrapping can be a bit tricky but the texture is well worth it. Take it slow and a bit of sanding paper can be a great helper as you can use it to rip the film off, but be gentle!
Last but not least, the big cylinder from the Pringles tube. Here I did a bit of sanding on both sides but otherwise it felt very smooth.
The wild three together!
It will be best to let them dry a bit further, for about 2 to 4 days before you incorporate them into your decor, especially when you wish to place them on a wooden surface as the concrete needs to dry a bit more. The grey shade will lighten during that process as well and the weight will change too. But no worries you can add the Air Plants already!
Not much left to say besides from happy decorating and on the right my quick instruction pin to keep this diy close!
I hope you enjoyed this little diy and have loads of fun creating your own indoor-garden or table scape of floating plants.
One month has gone by like no other. While working on all sorts of projects I mostly forgot to post and share and set out to challenge myself to do exactly that, but feel invited to read all about it here.
I don't know why but sharing everything online is still hard for me, while talking comes easy to me I am always a bit taken back by the thought of shouting my humble life and work into the world.
I think this is the biggest lesson I learned from this challenge, while I was sorting images, deciding which would be good enough to post, which would show my perspective or vision of a piece best. I decided not to think about the sales point of view but about the fun I had creating it and that it represents truly me. And even though I think I might have confused some of you with so much newness, I also showed a new side and can truly say that this is all me.
Yes, you could say I found a bit of myself and found creativity with it. This energy went into new projects straight away, you know as an artist no time without creating. So I completed the most memorable project for a client who chose my work to remember someone very special to him and his family and friends.
"Antje, I just wanted to thank you for your prompt, hard work, and quality deliverable. The Icosahedrons you created are going to be a gift for each attendee of a memorial dinner this weekend for a dear friend of mine. We chose it because we thought it would be something that people would keep in their homes as a reminder of who he was, perfect and balanced from every perspective. Thank you for making it happen." 14.08.2018
I think everyone will understand why this email made me very proud, emotional even and why I will never forget this dear client or project. Furthermore, I never felt so understood, the perfect imperfection is perfection in all of us.
This month went on and surprised with more amazing things, my Christmas adventure [and yes, I believe in Santa] took shape. Lovely designer-makers agreed to collaborate with me and allowed me to photograph their work in a way I see fit. This is huge for every single one of us, since we all have our own vision of our work to allow someone else to capture it their way is always challenging. I so hope they and you will like my Christmas stories, gift guides and inspirations this year too!
Well, August is coming to an end today, I took my last large scale commission for 2018 this week which is due to be completed by mid September. From there I will be keeping busy with your Christmas enquiries and of course, I will accommodate as many personalisation requests as possible. After all, that is what it is all about.
Thank you for joining me on this journey and your ongoing support, I hope to give back with my little tips and diy's on my blog, inspiration and my love for my work,
Late summer, the perfect time for outdoor birthday parties or weddings, isn't it?! Well, I am not so lucky my birthday is in April but I think we all should celebrate the beauty of late as well as end of summer or the joy of being together. So I styled two tablescapes to get inspired by. Once you have the centrepiece you will have to show it off, wont you!?!
I am pretty sure you know already but here are some hints on how to get it done. The base is the recycled grey paper, I like how easy it creates a wide classy space for the table decoration. I found the birchwood in a park after a storm but I think your local flower shop will be able to help you too. Put this down first and add some Reindeer moss flakes under it and over it. Add some Air Plants but this could also be big leaves or flower heads. I then added the candle holders and last but not least the pale hexagon ornaments as eye-catcher. Done!
What did I use for the style on the right and below?
Tea towel, lemons and lime, mix of concrete ornaments with silver loops, silver wire, birchwood, twine
This tablescape includes the space above the table but to capture it I had to hang it way down, so please put it to an height where it is convenient to see your guests or to easily serve from the buffet. I used twine to hang it but I am sure the wire I used for the hooks would look good too. I love the simplicity this style offers while it still creates a talking point, don't you think?
I am sure you will come up with even more styles, after all one could add different flowers, or fruits, more or less candles and so on so on.... Enjoy late summer,
Bright as summer - a gift wrapping mix of some garden flowers with a mix of different geometric concrete pendants. Maybe just the right way to say thanks!
I love the gift wrap above, which I found on Pinterest, it looks so delicate. While I am not sure where to get the printed Pergament paper - I am already starting to dry some flowers!
A minimal almost masculine way to wrap presents offers the combination of recycled grey or brown paper, dark baker twine and hexagon ornaments.
Well, as they say, diamonds are always a good idea! Above I mixed them with some glitter ribbon and white fabric 'napkin' band and on the right, the wrapping is done with a recycled paper stationery, black twine and a small eucalyptus twig.
The flower diy gift wrap above is just wonderfully easy, don't you think?! I love how the girls form Noordwind completed the vase with fresh flowers and a love ribbon.
Late summer nights often offer a golden light - so why not use that inspiration in our gift wrapping. Above, the option features gold painted dried flowers [by wunderweib] and the wrapping below uses copper coloured twine but you could also use wires.
Like me, I am sure, you are always looking for sustainable options as well. And as practicable and easy going grey or brown recycled paper is as my go to option, it is often hard to give it that luxurious glamour. So I set out and found the delightful alternative
of Furoshiki. Don't ask me how to pronounce it properly but it is an eco-friendly Japanese gift wrapping method. It is more or less founded in the profound need of carrying things from point A to B while wrapping the things to carry in cloths. Anyway, there is no denying it, that wrapping gifts with a fabric cloth makes for an impressive and thoughtful way to present a gift. Below are some instructions by Half Hitched Goods and on the left are some fabric wrapping ideas with the added touch of flowers [first image left by my paradissi] and below the concrete half moon ornament with a bit of lavender.
Cheers to happy gifting!
Please note - not all images in this post are my own, therefore please click the image to be directed to the source. Often you will find even more inspiration. Thank you!
Regardless of what style your room is you can't go wrong by adding a black and white art print. Monochrome displays are not just modern or minimal they can also add depth, warmth and if you choose a softer grey scale print calmness. It is no secret that I am in love with black and white photography but as much as I love my work I think it is best displayed together with other artistic works. Nevertheless, an art wall is to reflect you, to enjoy your likes and fascination, life moments and adventures.
Therefore, first step collect the things you love! Second step choose frames that fit the room interior and if you feel like the images above are your way forward, frames in dark grey, black, natural wood, copper or gold are best. To make it more 'wabi sabi' stick to the suggested colours but choose different frame types and matting options. Don't be shy if you have sculptures, mirrors, wall hangings or empty frames - add them nonetheless!
Before you start measure, create your display on the floor [more starter tips are below] and always allow 'white' space. It will elevate every art work while opening up your room and helping you keep this clean minimal vibe. I always ask myself what I see and feel at first glance - if it is something along the lines of quite simple, free and delightful, I am happy with it - well, I proceed, since I know already the works I have chosen are great in their details and I will enjoy those or might even get lost in them at second, third you know closer look.
Can you believe it - it's August already?!
At least to me this year is going fast. I am working on a lot of new designs as well as unique sculptures. I also took a couple of commissions this summer and as odd as things sound I am working on an awful lot of Christmas - designs, photos, an exciting blog post collaboration and more. But I noticed that my little universe of creating and crafting took over and I am not good with sharing all my work with you. Even worse, I have to admit that I have fallen a bit out of love with Twitter, Facebook and so on but I am so grateful to all of you and your support! So here we go - I am going to challenge myself to a daily post of monochrome sculptural beauty!
I am not sure where this journey is going to take us but I hope it will help me to keep my own sanity in regards to the Christmas planning and hopefully help to rediscover my love for sharing and most important allow me to give something joyful or, dare I say it, inspirational back to you! Wish me luck!
And so it begins!
Traditional, a round summer wreath, don't you think?, yet fresh and different - well, thank you gorgeous!!!
I was hoping you would think that, I was aiming for something familiar yet with a modern minimal maybe even edgy twist. But it was important too that not much is needed to quickly create this contemporary wreath, for example for an event.
The base is created with a wreath ring, or if you like, you do it like me and use a bit of copper coil. Little tip, before bending it to a loop thread the coil so you can pull together even further after bending it over a round object like a pot or so.
Choose the size to your liking, mine is about 25cm in diameter. The second component is a bit of eucalyptus and third is a set of 3 half moon pendants.
I use a bit of string to firstly add some eucalyptus but any other greenery you fancy will do. I fix it at three points around the loop. That is enough since the concrete ornaments will be fixed around the wreath loop as well.
I choose to fix the 'Half Moon' pendants front facing, which means for this design it doesn't matter if you went for silver or gold loops on the pendants themselves.
I choose three spots to attach the pendants and have to admit that it looked better when placed not too symmetrical. The attachment should be fairly tight keep them facing the way you want them too.
It is always a good idea to lift it up and check if the ornaments and greens stay in the places as you hoped they would once you are happy with the look.
Well, if you like and wish to go really minimal you could just leave it like that. Or you could go on and add some bright spots.
I went for some Lavender and Daisies. The trick is to leave the wreath hanging in its place and to reuse the ornament loops for the added plants. Simply put them through the loop.
What else could you incorporate?! Well, for one you could use Air Plants, wires, dried flowers and leaves, grass or reed for a beach vibe or perhaps other geometric concrete ornaments.
I hope this DiY is an inspiration to you and of course, I would love to see your wreath designs! And just in case you have missed the last wreath diy click here for instructions to a triangular design.
Happy creating and of course a wonderful summer time,
This sketch above is part of her first blog post of her newly opened blog but there is more already and even more to come!
I am so delighted to announce that my dearest and very talented friend has dared a new challenge. She started her own website 'heidimerglarchitect.com' next to her full time job as an architect and being a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Awesome!!
She is planning to have her website show some of her work and portfolio as well as help to keep track of lectures, mentorship and other events. Of course her blog will be used as a design led and architectural think tank for new and innovative ideas but also as inspirational board with room for her creativity.
Well, I am very excited as things are always a process with Heidi and in her mind everything can be made better, more functional, more beautiful. Needless to say, I am very thankful that she is one of the women who helps to shape our cities and surroundings.
Good luck and I, as well as my readers, look forward to hear and see more of you!!
New shapes, new sizes and the choice between generously sized silver or gold coloured wire loops for easy hanging options. It was a joy designing the second collection of my concrete ornaments as I had even more decor ideas and uses in mind. Not to forget your kind feedback!
Let's get started on working with them!
I know the diamond shape is a classic and your favourite so far, well - mine too. I adjusted the design to make them sturdier and even easier to work with. I used the set of 3 concrete diamonds with gold coloured loops for this quick and easy wreath design.
The things we can use are ...
a bit of greenery, the concrete diamond ornaments, copper coloured nylon thread for the copper coil [you can also use a copper rod] and the copper pipe piece. The copper coil is cut to 30cm in length and the copper piece is about 4cm in length with a diameter of 3cm
First we take the copper and thread it with a long piece of string. At the end of this step you should have about 30 to 50cm of string on both ends of the copper coil / rod. The length should depend on you plan on how / where you want to display it.
Now you need to thread the larger copper 'ring' with the nylon string and copper coil.
Tip > You should add all the items you might want to add additionally to the copper 'ring' directly to rot before you knot the string endings together.
Knot the thread endings together. I made a knot that creates an extra loop above the knot for strength.
I pulled a couple of smaller twigs out of the ring to have the option of bending them in different ways and started to simply hang the concrete diamonds.
Success - the finished copper base for this simple wreath design. Let's move on to decorating it!
Make sure you knot the concrete diamond ornaments over the rod and your greenery close to the copper 'ring'. I preferred to hang them in three different lengths but made sure the longest one is not outside the compact bit of the branch.
Take your greenery, this could be anything you fancy - from paper flowers to dried flowers, from sticks to preserved leaves. I used a preserved eucalyptus branch and pushed it through the larger copper ring.
Once satisfied you push the copper 'ring' over the string endings to avoid displaying them and for a nice clean look. Ta-dah - Well done!
I hope this DiY is an inspiration to you and of course, I would love to see your wreath designs!
I have heard about 'hygge' a while back and thought well, fair enough I like to cosy up, get the kettle on and the cosy blanket out. Done, right?!
Well, I went to Copenhagen during spring this year and of course what was the most interesting thing to bring back 'The little book of hygge' by Meik Wiking. I read it and found loads of habits and ideas on how we should make us all feel better. All nice and jolly. Thing is though, recently I came across more and more posts and articles like 'Hygge on a budget', 'Hygge vs Minimalism', 'Hygge for home and work' and so on. And two weeks ago I went to Germany, just to visit family over the weekend, you know the hygge way. At the airport I browsed some magazines and found that they even just published a magazine called 'Hygge' featuring all sort of lifestyle options and what we all should do to feel better.
I started to feel a bit irritated by the thought of hygge being a decor trend or even a must do now - it's a trend. I understand that we might want to look for beautiful items or cosy items that make us feel good. I am the last one not to understand that, I create and sell beautiful things myself and of course I want them to be precious treasures to you which make you feel good too. But that is just that - to make us feel good!
Well, I read some of those said articles in full and couldn't disagree more. Why should hygge not go with my / your decor. I hope to achieve at least in some areas a minimal life and I think hygge is never going to interfere with that thought.
Let's see, I live in a small studio flat in London. Yes, just a studio. I have to be organised or no work gets done. So everything has its place and gets put away. I don't have things twice and I need to be able to move things around for my photo shoots. If I feel things get to cluttery, you know magazines and books, I put piles together and drop them off at one of the station bookshelf or donate them. If I get something new the old goes. I think all this is pretty normal and very minimal. No budget requirements, no brainers, right?!
Maybe it is just me but one of the 'Minimalism vs Hygge' articles suggested that hygge asked for cosy clutter and clutter never works with minimalism. But I think the opposite is the case. Hygge and Minimalism are describing the urge to only use your most precious things to enjoy and decorate with. Only use the things that make you feel good. Neither, is asking for a sleek gloss white in all things for example. A clean space allows me too breath and feel fresh, even to recharge. So my room decor and surroundings are pretty minimal. However, I chose this environment to be 'hygge' in, if I might say so. I, of course, have good food and friends around to share it with or have a cuppa and a good book and my 'single favourite' cosy blanket in my minimal decorated room. Therefore I think minimalism and hygge both are not a budget thing nor are those two in a way against each other. If anything they compliment each other. To live with less you have to choose well and to keep only things you truly love. I would very well think that is point 10 of the hygge manifesto [picture on the left]. Your tribe, a place of peace and security can only be created with the things you love and have memories with. In a way I even would go so far that it is part of point 7 'Comfort'. Isn't it far easier to take a break and relax in an environment you feel free and home in?!
'Presence', 'Equality' and 'Truce' are more or less life choices and maybe even a choice of the company you keep. It is normal to me to shut my phone off when I am in a conversation and even though I do love all your posts and shares on instagram, facebook and so on, I do not need nor want to check the feed all night long. Although, I am writing loads of 'I' here and I like my alone time - I pretty much think 'we' over 'me'. With 'Truce' I am not so sure since my friends and I love good arguments but maybe I am taking it to literally.
Well, I think no one would say 'no' to good food and appreciation goes with it and all things, well and together - isn't everything better together?! Easy! Although, I am not sure how minimalism goes with or against it but maybe less food, haha.
Anyway, it is pretty much so, that I will keep living by the now called 'hygge manifesto' [before it was simply called 'the rules my mom taught me to be good human' not catchy I know] and will decorate and live as a minimalist. I think both are true parts of me. No budget, competition or any of such sort required. By the way, I think this will also work with other decor styles as long as it allows you to create an environment which makes you happy and allows you to be you.
Maybe all I am saying is totally crystal clear to you and I just got hung up on those posts or I misunderstood - but just in case you feel little like me here
are my thoughts and I look forward to yours.
BUILDING TALL HOME AND ABROAD Portsmouth Architecture School Society
At WilkinsonEyre, Heidi has developed and coordinated the tower and envelope detailing of the first phase of CIBC Square in Toronto. And also led the design team on 18 Blackfriars, London, which was granted planning permission in July this year. During this lecture Heidi will explore both projects in more detail.
Thursday - 19th October 2017 - 5.00pm
1.10 Lecture Theatre Eldon Building
With more than ten years of experience, Heidi has led numerous schemes in the UK and abroad. from early feasibility studies through to completion. She is particularly passionate about construction detailing and maintaining the essence of the original concept of the scheme throughout the project's development.
Heidi studied architecture at the HafenCity University Hamburg and worked on a number of conservation and restoration projects in Germany. Before joining WilkinsonEyre in early 2014 she established her focus on large-scale mixed-use development in the urban fabric. Her experience includes Three Quays, 160 high end residential units next to the Tower of London and Phase 1 of the Battersea Power Station Development containing 750 apartments positioned above a communal podium.
Ticket or Membership Required
Pass Members Free Entry
Non-Members £4 at the door
Refreshments served after the lecture
Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my passion for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too. My articles can be found within the blogs inspirations section or by searching below by my name.
Love your desk. Etsy UK put together the most beautiful collection of journals, notebooks, pencil cases and many more trendy desk supplies for stationery lovers.
Nothing brings joy to a dull day in the office like a little desk candy. All items are exquisitely designed and often crafted by talented designer makers.
With summer on the way - now is the perfect time to indulge a little and to show off your stationery fashionista while making sketches, notes and lists in the park or coffee shop.
The photographic work is by Alexander Edwards and the beautiful styling is by RebeccaNee.
Header Set - Concrete Copper Air Plant Holders, The 'Mix it!' Set
These first two parts showed that the connectivity of spaces and their arrangement in plan is key to the user experience. When Wright got the opportunity to work on a museum for Guggenheim he proposed a fluid flow of exhibition spaces. These were arranged along one ascending spiral ramp around a central atrium. Visitors would take a lift to the top floor and experience the exhibits along a continuous journey without the need to retrace their steps to find the exit.
Fun fact - Wright was filled with dismay when the owners moved into their new home bringing along some of their old furniture which quite often didn't fit in so that Wright started taking matters in his own hands by not only providing the architecture but also the interior design, built-in furniture and free standing pieces. He also provided landscape proposal surrounding the house to achieve the desired unity of design.
Fallingwater, by many considered his masterpiece, is next on my list for a visit - hopefully soon...
Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my passion for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too.
Greens, stone, wood and copper an unbeatable beautiful combination.
I love how each material ages, on its own or together. The rustic charm and the interesting textures are wonderfully warm, industrial as well as natural and inviting. I am the kind of girl who
likes aged copper more than the polished kind but I guess that is just a thing of taste and I won't judge you if you don't judge me.
Well, I think - all I need now! is the space to make my rustic coppery industrial dreams come true.
Header Set - Concrete Copper Air Plant Holders, The 'Mix it!' Set
What about you, what is your favourite material or source of inspiration?
In any case, feel invited to comment below and it's lovely to have you,
Yes, it's time for some family time and - oi - is my studio a mess. My baby sister is coming for a visit soon and it will be the first time for the kiddos, so I hope to create a little indoor as well as outdoor area. So many ideas are out there and I won't make my studio any bigger but lucky me, I've got a few more weeks to change things around.
Just in case you are up for an even bigger family event - some inspiration for a festive table setting ...
11 simple ideas to decorate this Easter.
I always feel drawn to natural earthy tones and enjoy the light of pale shades of grey and whites. So here are some ideas I will draw inspiration from for my table setting this Easter.
The son of a minister and teacher Wright was brought up with literature by Emerson and Goethe and music by Bach and Beethoven. As a result he placed man in the centre of his buildings with human values always being the first consideration in his design process and the industrial revolution gave him the tools to realize his imaginations. Besides his well-known domestic architecture Wright had a great impact on building typologies for other uses including offices, factories, worship and exhibitions.
The Larkin Building was one of the first open plan office buildings where the employee was no longer separated from the employer creating a unique sense of family within a cooperation. This was partly achieved by the simple architecture without the need for any decoration and the arrangement in plan. All back of house areas including stairs were allocated in the corners of the building and structural supports were associated with internal or external screens. Therefore the internal space was free for use.
One more part to follow, join me for the grand finale!
Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my interest for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too.
If you are little like me you will feel happier with pops of green around you. I am a huge fan of Air Plants and prefer succulents and cacti to most plants but I think it doesn't matter which type of plant you are into - we all like to nicely display our beauties, right?! Here is a collection of display options I have recently been inspired by. I like the idea of a jungle wall like the one on the left but feel even more drawn to the discipline of the display above. Well, below is how my shelve looks today but I think I am ready to mix it up a little.
I think I have to work on more hanging Air Plant holders as the ones above are really intriguing and maybe I will add some copper 'bling' vessels to my display as well. I guess you will know
soon, as I am sure, I will at least manage to post snappies on Instagram.
Cheers to our little indoor jungles,
It is always good to wear a smile - let's make todays smile contagious! Happy Happiness Day!
Since I visited some of his buildings in and around Chicago a couple of years ago I am especially touched by the Robie House in Chicago’s Oak Park. It’s horizontal emphasis, use of materials and custom design ‘from tip to toe’ make it something very special. The main space is one open plan living area which was revolutionary at the time and Wright applied his previously established principle of using screens. Rather than creating a space as a box with walls all partitions are architectural features like the large fire place in the centre of the space. This way Wright achieved the "destruction of the box" and noted "now architecture could be free".
Wright designed numerous houses over his lifetime, first responsible for all residential commissions at Adler and Sullivan and from 1893 with his own firm. All of them applied or developed in one way or the other the above principles and were designed with the Midwest prairie around Chicago in mind. Influenced by his early childhood years which he spent working on his uncles farm in southwestern Wisconsin Wright developed a deep love and respect for nature. In his opinion all buildings should be connected to the earth and grow out of the ground using gently sloped roofs and horizontal planes. This also felt most appropriate for the beautiful landscape surrounding the buildings while his designs raised the ground floor level slightly to improve the view out into the prairie.
A little insight into the thinking of the big master...
See you soon for part two!
Hello - my name is Heidi Mergl, I am a London based Architect and I am a guest blogger for pasinga.com. Antje and I go way back and we share my interest for modern design and architecture. We often feel inspired by the same things and we hope to inspire you too.
7- maybe 8 - spaces that are looking pretty good with a touch of blush. Soft or dusty pinks as well as copper tones are on trend but no wonder look at these places how welcoming and fresh they are. From chair to rug, paint or brick wall it is an easy add and a delightful hue to lift the spirits for Spring.
Do you have a favourite? - I like, when it is just touches and accessories, easy to change and offering endless options.
... Do[n't] go overboard .... !?!
Loving the contrast and how easily eye-catching highlights are being created. I think it doesn't matter which style of artwork you add, it always looks elegant, calm and sophisticated. Personally I am preferring a chalkboard or dark blue black but I am not decided yet. Anyways, just daydreaming of a new studio / workshop space to display my work in different ways.
So calm and so inviting to relax and breathe - cozy greys.
It doesn't matter which shade is for you as the calmness of grey always compliments your lifestyle. To me a dark grey is the best fit for spaces to rest and cuddle up and a lighter shade works better for a living or dining room. Mmhhhh well, I am in love with everything grey scale, it's timeless, elegant, simply beautiful but I guess, and since you know my work, you knew that already.
Anyhow, I can imagine it to complement a gallery wall of monochrome art prints as well [uuhhh - I think a new gallery wall post just came up] or to help a room with bright and colorful
treasures to calm down.
Magical grey inspirations,
When I look outside I see the leaves still turning into lovely brown and golden colors. Only from time to time there is a proper fresh winter breeze but I feel Christmas is coming and the
cravings for hot cocoa and chocolate cake are bang on time. You know what I mean - don't you?! So it is no surprise that I feel drawn to and inspired by the pallet of dark to golden brown colors
Joyful inspiring Friday lovelies and I hope this warm 'wintery' feeling is contagious,
Time to dream - Halloween has gone by, the first lights for Thanksgiving and Christmas appear here and there and Bonfire Night is coming up this weekend. Altogether, the warm green and brown
colors outside as well as the shiny golden lights invite to relax, make notes, sketches or to read.
Happy day and inspirational dreams lovelies,
This collection is curated with images found
via Pinterest and PASiNGA.
Find all images on my pin board and
the Mix it! Concrete Copper Air Plant /Tealight Holder Cups are available on this
Autumn is finally here and everything feels cosier, chocolate tastes better and the early evening candle light is a joy for my soul. Yes, that’s right I don’t have a fireplace but a girl can dream, right?! Anyway since candles are my thing right now I created new concrete shapes to hold all
sorts of candles and most of them double as Air Plant holder as well, happy browsing!
I am looking forward to a Saturday full of work and a Sunday afternoon with my family. Happy weekend lovelies, see you,
Summer time is the time to design and craft new things, test new combinations and find inspiration. I'm drawn back to one of my first concrete designs as well as to
one of my new greeting cards. Not sure what it is but something about the contrast, the difference between or the possible combination of them that inspires me for more. So more is to come and
the preparation for TENT will begin this weekend - Excited!!
I hope to welcome you to my journey!
A creative day lovelies,
It has been such a crazy, exciting as well as feel good exhausting week that this typographic print spoke to me this morning like no other. I look forward to some rest at home, homemade frozen yogurt and some inspirational work.
I will be posting more about the things coming up and the things I worked on this week soon but for now let's enjoy a peaceful and restful weekend together.
Lot's of love,
The combination or contrast of black and white can be dynamic and powerful as well as calming. I am not sure what it is but the elegant monochrome shades of black and white fascinate me not only
in design, home decor and fashion but in life general. May this board inspire and reflect,
Lot's of love,
It was an exciting 2nd day at the biennale. As you may know the main topic is how to cope with refugees as well as to make cities more flexible and therefore architecture and design. In my humble opinion there are only few really good starting points like giving people first of all a roof (Finland). It is basically the idea to provide a proper pitched roof structure for people rather than a tent and the other floors of the house are being built once the refugee feels to be at home. Others create opportunities by building a 'basic house structure' and the new owners fill it up, design and build the rest to their liking, .... One last interesting idea which stuck with me, maybe because I am an artist, is from Japan. Imagine a cube like house, each corner has private rooms for at least a student but can be for a whole family. In the centre of the building at ground floor level is a common ground, community area if you like, to meet, explore and adventure together.
Well, from regeneration of the traditional to new ideas only time will tell if any of these, or maybe all of them together, can make the difference.
Enjoy the snappies and have a great Sunday.
See you back from London, Tuesday will be all back to normal!
Welcome to Venice in Italy where every other year architects from all over the world gather to exhibit theme specific works. This year's exhibition is curated by Alejandro Aravena under the title reporting from the front looking at some of the key challenges our society is faced today and how these can, at least partially, be addressed by architecture - housing, migration, recycling ... but that's it for now. More to follow in the coming days.
After a wonderful long breakfast and writing this post we are on our way to the one and only train station in Venice. If wifi is a available I will be sharing live from Villa Capra "La Rotonda" in Vicenza. In any case have an amazing day and I will see you tomorrow, breakfast time, for my next post!
Our long bank holiday weekend is coming up and I will use the time not only to finish open orders and answer request but also to prepare my short trip to Venice, Italy.
The Biennale of Art and Architecture is taking place and I hope to visit Villa La Rotonda as well.
I can't wait to take it all in, feel the creativity, the energy and breath in the salty air while enjoying wonderful Italian ice cream.
I will be sharing some of the things I see and feel inspired by here and on Instagram!
Meanwhile in the Studio
The studio will be answered for mail and similar by my dear friend Andrea.
However emails and requests will be forwarded to me. Therefore please allow 48 hours for me to respond.
Charming, isn't it?!
... an instant feeling of home, embraced like a hug, through warm inviting natural materials, colors, vintage finds and playful modern concrete vessels.
Lot's of love,
Green is a happy, hopeful color but add the twist and warmth of copper or rose gold, it's magic ....
... pure elegance and glamour.
Lot's of love,
April is working hard to feature all the weather changes you could ask for. It is still cold outside
but it is the end of April and everything inside me wants to feel, see and taste spring ....
... so here we go. Fragile flowers, soft pastels of rose and grey combined with a warm touch of copper and wood. Delightful minimal lines and whites clear the mind
Lot's of love,
The greys of the fog, the industrial beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge and the salty air
... it was pure and magical day.
Keep on dreaming, remembering and creating,
My trip to New York during Spring last year ...
... was the inspiration for this visual board. Not only were we lucky enough to have blue skies and sunshine but the city itself offered this pigeon blue note
within the streets and stunning glass facades. Well not to mention the fashion sense all around us ...
Lot's of love and a blue sky for the weekend,
Soft pastels, watery hints of life and new beginnings ....
... it's time to wander, take deep breaths of fresh spring air, look out for the first beautiful signs of spring and of course Easter will be coming up soon!
Lot's of love and a bright magical day,
A strong and bold contrast ....
... organic beautiful soft lines of plants and trees, copied in fashion and illustrated with stationery. Dream up your next adventure, and don't forget to be wild
Lot's of love,
Just A Hint ....
of mint, of green, of spring. A peek around the corner, a little adventure, finding the new, exploring the wild, finding the beauty, mixing vintage with the less,
just a gentle touch, seeking inspiration .....
I am sharing today my absolutely well kept secret with you
- I Love Monochrome!
Okay, not really a secret but truly my passion and how I would like the world around me to be.
Let's adore the contrast and dynamic together!
Lot's of Inspiration,
Indeed - Good Day Lovelies!
February is here and the first flowers and green leaves starting to show themselves. Although spring sunshine still feels a bit like a dream as it is rainy and stormy right now, I am sure it will arrive. Until then, visual boards, friendly greetings and happy lifestyle accessories will provide inspiration.
Lot's of Love,
[ Breathe ]
As you may know, due to my other social media posts, I have been struck by a bad cold this week. No need to worry - I am alive!
Although a bit slower than usual and now in need to catch up with a lot of things, it gave me at the same time the inspiration for this visual collection.
I hope you feel calm and relaxed already.
I just felt like gold after this exciting week. I got lots of inspirational input from other artists, worked on new designs, finished custom pieces and had most of
the time black hands. Loving black pigments and all the shades of grey coming with it! So here we go.
... and to finally start thinking about those holiday decorations.
Here are some of my minimalist favorites. What do you fancy?
Oh I can't wait to put my feet up, have a wonderful white cream topped coffee and enjoy the glistening lights.
Lots of love,
In love with white.
It's minimal, bright and like a breath of air.
Add a few shades of concrete grey, allow the sunshine to work its magic and fall in love with calm and clean, nevertheless cheeky lines.
Have a fab day and lot's of love,
As you know I am from Germany and this has not been a Holiday to celebrate in my childhood this celebration is still a bit odd to me. But who doesn't like a good dress up and I am always happy to decorate my home. No reason too little to get that started - so here are my simple black inspirations for this spooky black orange weekend.
Fresh and Bright ...
beautiful lines of nature and geometry.
Sophisticated, elegant yet joyfully playful.
Can't help it, this combination makes me smile.
Lots of love and a wonderful day!