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43 posts categorized "Face to Face"

Carmen Von Trueba

Bloesem living | Get to face to face with designer Carmen Von Trueba

Early last year, we started seeing alot of amazing poster and prints online and we even shared one such collection. Remember the Veggie collection by Von Trueba? Yes the ones with the amazing leaves that have been a hit everywhere.. people are really loving the leaves nowadays. Of course flowers are classic but leaves are a nice change.. but before we get too carried away.. we thought we'd introduce you to the young talent behind the Von Trueba prints, Carmen. 

Hi Carmen, tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Murcia (Spain), and after years drawing and traveling I decided that Architecture could be my thing. I graduated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, where I also won awards and prizes for design, art, and innovation.

Nowadays I am based in London, and have several platforms where I show my designs (inspired by geometry and materials), and illustrations.

Could you share with us 3 of your favourite spots in your city?

 My favourite spots in London are: Shoreditch, Southbank and Kensington gardens.

Are there any design hangouts or places you can go to meet other creates where you live?

Here in London it is rare not to always have something to do or somewhere to go to. You have to be tuned in because there is always something going on, sometimes is stressful because I dont want to miss anything.

More about Carmen after the cut..

Bloesem living | Get to face to face with designer Carmen Von Trueba

Bloesem living | Get to face to face with designer Carmen Von Trueba

What is one important lesson you have learnt on your creative journey?

Trust yourself, at the end, everything that comes out from you in a natural way is good, you have to trust, and do not ever think about whether people are going to like it.

Is there a piece of advice you would share with budding designers who are still in school or thinking of quiting their day job?

The same as I told you before. Everyone has something to offer, and that is the best part. Trust your feelings and your creations, let them be. 

Do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to do what you are doing now?

Not really. I think I have always loved to "create". No matter if it is a building, a print or a store window. Design has always driven me happy.

Where do you find inspiration? Perhaps a favourite blog or website?

 I find inspiration in nature, in geometric forms, pure forms. I love nordic design, textures.

Finish this sentence -- "if i could, i would..."

If I could, I would ALWAYS.

Bloesem living | Get to face to face with designer Carmen Von Trueba

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Bloesem living | Get to face to face with designer Carmen Von Trueba

All images courtesy of Von Trueba.

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Jujumade

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

You should know by now that we, at Bloesem love all things ceramic..so we were so thrilled to discover Juliana Hung,  the creator behind Los Angeles-based Jujumade, and her lovely line of hand sculpted ceramic and leather accessories. Simple yet unexpected is how we would like to describe Julie's designs. We love the simplicity in them and how she never fails to add a playful touch to each of her designs. We are dreaming of wearing all of them! 

P.s. please do not be confused with Studio JuJu which we are also big fans of! 
 
Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interviewJuliana hard at work in her studio.

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

A short description of yourself and what you do.

My name is Juliana Hung, but everyone calls me something different! Nicknames range from Julie, Jules, juju, ju, jujubee, ju bear- the list goes on and on, but the prefix always stuck. I started the jujumade blog about 2 years ago and eventually this lead me to creating my own line. I wanted to document all the things that I found interesting, and things that I was making. Mainly it was a way for me to keep track of everything inspirational and creative. I was working full time as an industrial designer, and that required me to be very precise and technical. So after work when I was free from that, all I wanted to do was work with my hands and be completely outside of computers and machines! Working with ceramic and leather are the perfect fit - I can morph things into shape with clay, and sew flat sheets of leather into something wearable! What I create is inspired by the potential of the material I am working with.

The motivation behind jujumade is to create something unexpected, playful, yet completely wearable. The collection ranges from bags, bangles, necklaces, earrings, and newly added hand woven straw hats - a little something for everybody!

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interviewPieces from the Jujumade Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Could you share with us 3 of your favorite spots in your city?

1. South Pasadena Farmers market - it is small but full of great stuff
2. Huge Tree Pastry - this is where I get my taiwanese breakfast fix!
3. Fiore Market Cafe - Best roast chicken sandwich! 

Are there any design hangouts or places you can go to meet other creatives where you live?

I do some of my work at a communal ceramic studio, and it is always so fun and inspiring to see what people are working on! You also get motivated by what people set out to do. I also have great friends that also have their own design ventures and that is also a great resource to bounce ideas off of. 

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

What is one important lesson you have learnt on your creative journey?

I think it is so important to be constantly be exploring new ideas, I think this keeps me going and keeps things interesting. I don't put everything I make into my collection, but everything I've worked on helps push me forward one way or another. 

If you can learn any tips on how to run your own business, absorb it, learn it, ask for it. I never really learned how to run a small business, I'm learning as I go but it is definitely the hardest part.

Is there a piece of advice you would share with budding designers who are still in school or thinking of quitting their day job?

Just go with it! I figured, if we don't try while we can, then there will always be regret. 

Do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to do what you are doing now?

I always knew I wanted to start something of my own, but after graduating from Art Center College of Design, I just didn't know how or where to start. While working after graduating, I started experimenting with different crafts and also took several different classes. Everything really came together when I starting picking up clay again, and somehow the idea of mixing clay and other materials really interested me. I found that what I created seemed special to me, different and I could call it my own.

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

Where do you find inspiration? Perhaps a favourite blog or website?

When I was working full time as a industrial designer, I remember always looking at blogs every morning before I started working (it was like a morning ritual) and admiring the makers. Some day! I said to myself. I don't read blogs as much anymore but I love I'm Revolting, she is a good friend and has such a great eye.

Inspiration comes from everywhere! I was playing with my friend's baby girl, and her puzzles inspired me to create some necklace pieces that you can shift around. I've always like the idea making things adjustable, customizable - so all the necklaces are adjustable in some way- you can play with the spacing of the beads, shorten or length to what ever you like!

Bloesem Living | Jujumade designer interview

Finish this sentence -- "if we could, we would..."

if we could, we would surf and eat donuts all day! 

.. Jujumade

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Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

If you are a stationery lover (like us!), you will seriously fall in love Present and Correct, an independent stationery store, home to carefully curated supplies that evoke a certain classic vibe. In the recent issue of the Bloesem Gazette, we spoke with its founder, Neal Whittington, about the emotions he hopes to bring to customers through his products.

If you could choose a type of stationery to describe yourself, which would you choose and why?

Definitely some kind of paperclip, because it attaches itself to ideas and clings on.

How do you constantly keep yourselves inspired to create such fun stationery?

We are big fans of the internet! There is so much good stuff online, particularly old design archives, full of things to inspire. Also other people making stationery inspires in that it spurs you on to do your own thing. Travelling to markets and collecting as we go is another great source of inspiration. We have a drawer full of old ephemera, which we always look through for ideas.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

 More about Present and Correct after the cut..

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

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Looking through your collection brings us back to the times in school. What kind of emotions do you hope your products bring out in your customers?

That’s good to know, we love old educational supplies. I think a feeling of nostalgia is nice but also a feeling of being organised. A sense that you are ready to get stuff done! Also if the things we supply bring a very basic sense of pleasure then that is great. 

We find it hard to keep track of my activities sometimes. What products do you use to keep your life organised?

A good paper diary beats any kind of digital version. A notebook and a pen on your person will always mean you are ready and also a nice watch helps too.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

With the shift online, so many people are using online calendars and other apps to replace physical notebooks and stationery, how do you keep your products relevant?

We like to think that a well designed product will always be relevant because it looks and feels good. Also humans are cyclical in that when a way of life swings so much one way it is almost an instinct to claim back the opposite. The antithesis of all that digital paraphernalia is a notebook and a pen. I do wonder whether younger people will feel the same at our age though, as they grow up in a schooling system with more and more technology.

Which Present and Correct product is a hot item and how does this influence your design and purchasing?

The current hot items are the desk caddy and also our paperclip chart and some pencil cases from Delfonics. They have been doing very well this festive period. Our purchasing strategy does not change ever. If we like it then it is in. The shop is our taste, objects we would want to have on our desk.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

What’s in store for Present and Correct in 2015?

There are always dreams and lists of things we would like to do. A book would be great, we have one in the works but it is not about stationery as such. It would be great to make some more products next year and also think about a new or another space. We have filled our current shop already! And the website will get an overhaul too. The main thing really is that we keep enjoying what we do and other people enjoy it as well. 

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with Present and Correct

Images courtesy of Present and Correct.

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First or Second

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

Being avid fans of April and May blog, we were delighted to speak with the authors this interior design blog, Jantine Vaartjes and Vivian Hoebe, on their newest endeavour. Just last year, they opened a physical concept store, First or Second, in The Netherlands featuring beautiful furniture and even a cafe. It was clearly visible that the concept of the store was closely related to their online blog and greatly fitted the April and May feeling. We jumped in and got some insights into their inspirations behind the stunning store in our latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette

Why a store? and why now?

In the beginning of 2014 we were asked if we were interested in working on a new store concept for an existing store in the city, Alkmaar. The owner of the store wanted a new and different concept and a completely different atmosphere. We decided to create a new concept for the store and added a new collection of brands and products to the existing collection. Not only did the interior change, but also the name and branding changed into First or Second (design choices). The project was a challenge because of the size of the store with approximately 2000 square meters and the time issue where we had to finish the concept, restyling and new collection within 4 months. But we managed and the result is a completely new store that breathes a totally different atmosphere and experience.

What is your inspiration behind 1 or 2 Store? How does the blog translate into the store?

We wanted to create more than just a store, somewhere you can experience products and brands in a different way. A place where first experiences lead to second moments. A combination of design, vintage design and products (first or second). We divided the store into different areas with a 1or2 cafe, 1or2 villa, 1or2 art and 1or2 kids spread over almost 3 levels. With the 1or2 villa you can experience products in a real villa and be inspired to use them in your own home. We have a kitchen in the villa that is used for cooking sessions and workshops. Just like with our blog, we wanted people to get inspired in a different way compared to how stores usually present their collections.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

 More about First or Second Store after the cut..

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

Can you tell us about your favourite product in the store?

Jantine: I personally like everything in the gallery (1or2 art) where you can find great graphic prints, posters, cards and stationery. One of my favourites are the prints by Studio Esinam.

Vivian: All the products from the MENU section in the store. Beautiful products that fit perfectly in the entire space located next to the 1or2 cafe, designed by Norm Architects.

1 or 2 is so much more than a store, it even has a beautiful cafe. What are your favourite aspects of the entire business?

For the cafe, we worked together with Norm Architects. We visited them in March 2014 and told them about the concept we were working on with plans for a cafe where we wanted to use and present the products from the brand MENU. They were excited about this idea and created the design for this cafe. In the cafe, you can experience all of the products from MENU, you can even enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea and buy your favourite products.

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Interview with April and May

What’s in store for April and May in 2015?

We have been working very hard on this new store concept in 2014 and have finished this project with a great result and we are really proud of the result. For 2015, we will be working on a new look and feel for April and May with a new branding and logo, new blog style and a changed look and feel for our online store byAprilandMay. 

Images courtesy of April and May.

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Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

We always love stocking products from new labels in our Bloesem Shop and even more supporting young independent brands. When we caught eyes on these beautifully printed notebooks from Malaysian label, Mossery, we thought no further and had to get our hands on them. With their notebooks exclusively sold in Singapore in the Bloesem Shop, we get to know more about the trio behind this fun stationery label in our latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette

Tell us 3 little known facts about Mossery.

1. Our old logo is a chameleon and our latest logo is based on the chinese character - forest 森 which represents our responsibility to make the world a better place. 

2. The tallest member is 193cm tall and the shortest member is 153cm. Venti, Grande and Tall.

3. We spent hours choosing hundreds of samples to get the paper right – so that it feels good to even flip it, smells good and works great with any writing instrument.

Tell us more about the team behind Mossery’s fun stationery.

We are a team of three graphic designers – a designer, a marketer and a printer with a passion to design and make things.

What is the Mossery style and where do you gain inspiration from?

We don’t know what is our style yet as we are still learning and absorbing different inspiration from everywhere. We try to get inspiration from other design disciplines like fine arts or architecture. Our latest batch is mainly inspired by the fashion world. 

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

 More about Mossery after the cut..

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery  

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

What is the Mossery Teams background? What were you doing before Mossery?

Jun: After graduating from local art college, I worked in a small design firm specialising in branding & print design. We got to work on corporate and wedding stationeries and brand identities for big to small companies. That was where I learnt about design craftsmanship and print production process. After that I started a company with a friend to work on a travel startup – that didn’t work out but I learnt a lot about life, culture and entrepreneurship and gain a technical skill in coding – which helps in the making of our new website.

Vivian: I was already interested in doing my own business while I was a student – I actually had six Etsy accounts in different businesses, as a student I really had nothing to lose – I sold digital prints, ceramics with my illustrations, digital cliparts, posters and bags. It was fun to explore these little creative projects and pay my rent with it. After school I joined a clothing design company and then advertising agency, and now I work for a publication company designing and directing the creatives for a food magazine. Trying so many different things made me realise that nothing else is as satisfying as working on Mossery. Hopefully in 2015, I would be able to just focus on growing Mossery full-time. I’ll share with you this quote from Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso which I deeply resonated with, “I stopped feeling like I didn’t belong anywhere and realized that I actually belonged anywhere I wanted to be.”

Wai Lam: My family runs a printing business which is passed on from my grandfather to my father who is an engineer. When I left design school, I decided that I would use my design knowledge to run the family business in a different way – to make my own products. Before Mossery, I had a dream of collecting old recycled paper and starting my own paper mill business. I believe the world is running out of resources and recycling is the only way to go. Unfortunately – setting up a paper mill factory is too costly and hard to sustain. Now I live my mission with Mossery as a stepping stone. 

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

Describe your creative process in coming up with new designs and prints for your stationery.

First we determine who we want to design it for – what does this group of people love? With a level of empathy, we approach things that they love and get inspiration from there. We imagine ourselves as one of their friends, and ask ourselves – what would we recommend them? For our latest batch of products, we designed it for chic and confident women – and we see what kind of clothes they wear and restaurants they go to. The rest is about exploration of materials, usability and designing the emotion it brings to the user.

We love how close you guys are to the actual production process. How do Mossery products get made?

When it comes to production, we have to communicate very clearly our expectations and vision to our printers as each process involves different people and machines, old and new. We also pop into factories to monitor the whole process from printing, binding, cutting to packaging. We think it is extremely important for designers to understand production and be very involved in the process. We comein between each process to pick out the bad apples for quality control.

If you could do a collaboration with any brand, which brand would be a dream to work with?

Jun: Playhound, a fashion brand from Thailand and Airbnb, a hospitality/travel startup from US.

Vivian: Fun British fashion label Lazy Oaf and Ceramic Maker Makoto Kagoshima (individuals are brands too, no?)

Bloesem Living | Face to Face: Introducing Mossery

What kind of designs and illustrations can Mossery fans look forward to in the coming year?

Basic designs for serious long term users, accessories that supports our core products i.e. notebook casing, cover wise – maybe a theme from the universe - space, galaxies and planets, and a theme from Mother Earth – whimsical animal prints for our fun stationery.

Being a small and independent brand, what are your dreams for Mossery in 2015?

Jun: To make more high quality & awesome products for ourselves and our friends to use.

Vivian: To have a creative studio (with cats and dogs) to make products and grow to reach more people. 

Images courtesy of Mossery.

We want to say a big thank you to Mossery for being a part of the 3rd Bloesem Gazette, The Conversation Issue. We are in love with their beautifully designed stationery and quirky prints... oh and the pugs notebooks had to be our pick! Which is your favourite? Shop them in the Bloesem shop! 

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Face to Face: Interview with Studio Oink

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Studio Oink

Among the many talented creatives we interviewed in the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette, we had the privilege to speak with the duo behind interior design studio, Studio Oink. We have always been big fans of their styling work and grabbed the opportunity to ask them for their expert advice on home decoration and keen forecast on design trends in 2015.  

How did you guys end up working together in the interior design scene?

When we met the first time in 2011 on the furniture fair in Cologne we felt a big connection between us and when I finished my studies one year ago it was clear to us, that we will work together and set up our own interior studio. Since our childhood we both felt connected to interiors, aesthetic pieces, furniture and craft matters. In my case (Lea), when I was watching a movie for example, I was always interested in the interior and how the interior interacts with the actors. Matthias built a lot of small wooden houses in his childhood; some were in the trees and some in bushes. A lot of things were about a "home" in our childhood, so it was a kind of logical consequence that we ended up in the interior design scene.

What is the dynamics of your partnership? Who does what? 

We have the same "goal" and the same feeling and relation to "aesthetics". I am responsible for the marketing, the PR and even for the acquisition. Matthias is responsible for the technical drawings, the crafted things and all the technical and crafted related questions and works. But if we have a project, we work out together the concept. We both make up our minds and we make some moodboards. On a meeting we fix the basic themes and the colour schemes. After we created the basic mood and the concept, I am responsible for the more detailed moods and the research of furniture and so on. Matthias takes over responsibility for the drawings, so everything goes "hand in hand" and we always work as a team on a project. We never work on a project alone. Its very important to us, to listen to the opinion of the other and discuss about moods and colours and so on.

More about Studio Oink after the cut..

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Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Studio Oink

 

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Studio Oink

Many people find themselves overwhelmed when facing the task of decorating their own homes. They know what they like but they find it hard to put things together. What are 3 simple guidelines you would give to them?

Oh, we don’t like that question, because there are no "basic rules" we can give. We know that there are some advices like "use one colour scheme and try to style everything tone in tone" or "try to give a neutral atmosphere some interesting colour splashes". But its not that easy as it seems and we always give the advice to hire a professional, if you are not sure with your interior concept. It seems to be easy to style a home or maybe a set for a magazine, but it isn’t. There are so many parts which should be considered. It depends on the owner, on the taste of the owner and of course on the environment. To us, every project is new, there are no general rules. We create always tailor-made concepts for our customers.

Describe the design scene in Germany. And if you could be based anywhere else where would it be and why.

The design scene in Germany is not very huge, you cannot compare it with the scandinavian or dutch design scene, which is much more bigger. There are some very talented german designers like Sarah Böttger or Aust & Amelung, but they are located in different cities. Of course a lot of people are thinking that the most talented creative people are located in Berlin, but for us it isn’t. There is a big movement in Leipzig now, where Matthias is born, and we are going to move there. It’s a very nice city with a great dynamic and a grounded and honest creative scene. But we don’t like to tie something on a city, it is as we said, there are some very talented designer in different (smaller) cities in Germany, like the jewellery label WSAKE and we don’t have a "creative" city or a community for designers. Its often connected with (big) companies, so there are huge networks between designers (creatives) and manufacturers, but to us, the "real" creatives are working "behind the scenes". If we couldn’t move to Leipzig, we could imagine to live in Denmark (not in Copenhagen!), in Belgium, France or the Netherlands…there are a lot of beautiful cities and places in these countries and we are fascinated by their architecture and their way of life.

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Studio Oink

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Studio Oink

What’s the most common mistake people make when set forth to design their home?

Its the problem, I already mentioned: They trust in design advices and try to "decorate" their home by following some design rules, but they forget to live in their places. For us its essential to create home concepts where our clients feel sheltered and "home" by using second-hand furniture and mix them with personal pieces. We like to see the traces of life in an interior, we don’t like it, if it looks too clean and arranged like in a catalogue.

What’s in store for Studio Oink in 2015?

We are currently working on a big interior design project in Washington D.C., its about an old townhouse, which is already renovated. We are responsible for the interior concept, which means the furnishing, the colour schemes, artwork, flowers and plants and so on. Moreover we are going to stock up our small online shop with some cute handcrafted dolls for kids.

But we also have some other projects in our minds, which we would like to realize in 2015. We will see, we think it will be exciting!

What’s an upcoming trend for interior and furniture in 2015?

Nature and living in a natural and ecological way is still a "trend", even for the next year. For the colour range there will be soft tones, like pale rosé or pale mint for furniture and wall colours, but even darker soft tones will be in fashion. Moreover the scandinavian way of life will stay popular. I am sure there will be more ceramic in the interiors in 2015, even in the furniture. I guess there will be some combination of wood and ceramic, similar to the collection Matthias designed in 2010 ( http://www.studiooink.de/raw-materials/).

Images courtesy of Studio Oink.

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