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Face to Face: Catch up with Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

In the latest issue of the Bloesem Gazette, titled "The Converation Issue", we wanted to delve into the minds of our favourite talents from around the world. Having had a long time crush on her work, we got in touch with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer, again after we last interviewed her in early 2012. 

Hi Mae, the last time we talked was in May 2012, has a lot changed since then? We’d love for you to update us.

Yes a lot has changed. I think the last time we spoke I had just moved into my first studio space. We were busy developing the ISH. Collection and our presentation for Milan 2013. I think since Milan things went into a more vivid flow, but now (2.5 years later) it’s not quite like that anymore, which of course is a good thing!

What is the first thought that crosses your mind when you wake up?

Is it morning already? And then I think about the things that are on my list for the day, and of course my daughter, getting her ready and to school. Then coffee, I love coffee!

What are your recent designs inspired by? How difficult is it to keep coming up with new collections?

We are working on a more minimalistic collection now. And (I am) very excited, there are a lot of collaborations in the works and I am even working on furniture fabrics! Something that has been on my list for a long time.  

I always have new plans for new collections and I am always thinking of what is next before I present new work, so no. I think at this moment we have a lot of projects running at the same time, so there is always something to continue with or to finish. During the process of one design or collection I easily pick up new directions to continue with. So one project slowly goes over in the next collection. It is a continuous flow from one to the other.

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

More about Mae after the cut..

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

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

I really like this new place called SLA. They have very nice and healthy salads, drinks and it is located close to my house which is in the old south of Amsterdam, called De Pijp. I also really enjoy the North of Amsterdam, near the NDSM warf. There is a lot going on there. Good spots for drinks and hangouts. The Stedelijk Museum, which is new and really has international allure and great exhibitions. I am very happy they sell my collection in the Museum Shop.

What is a normal day in the life of Mae Engelgeer?

I think it’s quite busy. Being a mom and having a career that takes a lot of time. So what is normal: Waking up, breakfast with my daughter, then getting her to school. Then I cycle to the studio which is in the East of Amsterdam, overlooking the canals, which I really love.  

Then coffee and starting up the computers, reading some emails and catching up with the intern(s) to discuss the projects to work on. Maybe 1-2 appointments or preparing for the textile lab if we have an appointment scheduled for that week. Working on different project. Trying to finish my “to do list” which I always make but hardly ever finish because there are always things coming up during the day or things take longer than expected. I think I always want to do more than the hours that I have in a day. But I think this is normal when you are running your own studio, it is never finished. Then (I will) see if we have to order or ship production. In between there might be some phone calls, and emails. Actually this continues the whole day, if not on my computer then I read them on my phone. Then home, family time and later in the evening I often end up behind the computer again.

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

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

Follow your dream, work hard and just go for it.

What comes to mind when you think of the term “success”. Do you feel you have achieved it?

Well, what is success? I am of course very thankful for where I am and what I do as a textile designer at this point, but there are still a lot of things on my list to do or achieve. At the same time I am also very happy looking back.

Bloesem living | Conversation Issue: Bloesem Gazette - interview with Dutch textile designer, Mae Engelgeer

When you look back at your very first collection, how do you feel? 

This was the Bow collection. I look at it in a few different ways. On one hand, it was the start of my work as a textile designer and it got picked up by several design stores. And on the other hand, I am happy my style changed into a more graphic and modern signature style.

Finish this sentence -- "If I could, I would..."

If I could, I would go to NYC directly!

Images courtesy of Studio Mae Engelgeer.

We want to say a big thank you to Mae for being a part of the 3rd Bloesem Gazette , The Conversation Issue. We are big fans of her work and can't wait to see more from this great design talent. In the meantime, we're happy to sell Mae beautiful creations in the Bloesem shop.

.. Mae Engelgeer
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Julie Lansom

Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
Not too long ago, we fell for the Sputnik Lamps by Julie Lansom. Intrigued by the exquisite detail of the lamps and amazing colors and shapes they came in, we wanted to get to know the designer behind these beautiful creations. Julie studied journalism at school but followed her heart to create objects - which she loves doing. Read on as we get to know more about her and her favourite spots in Paris
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
 Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
A short description of yourself and what you do.
I was born in the South of France and now live in Paris, I build objects and I take photos. I haven't studied design or photography at school so my approach to both of them is very simple and intuitive. My dad is an Art dealer so I grew up in the middle of objects. I always had a thing for them and I always liked building things with my hands. I studied journalism at University though, maybe because I wanted to do something that matters. I have worked for some magazines, and I still do sometimes. But I guess it is quite logical that I'm back to making things. It kind of actually makes more sense when I look at my life.
 
Could you share with us 3 of your favourite spots in your city?
First of all, I really love my home, this is a little flat that I share with some friends where there is paint, yarn, lamps and cardboard boxes everywhere and it makes me feel well. This is exactly like in my head. 
In Paris, I really like a little café called "Saint Gervais", right next door. it has a really small terrace where I could spend hours and the atmosphere is just the Paris that I like. Otherwise, some of my friends from the South of France opened a really cool place in the 11th arrondissement, "Les Niçois", where you can eat meditarranean food and play pétanque. This is a lovely spot to hang out.
 
Are there any design hangouts or places you can go to meet other creates where you live?
Probably a lot but I like to think that you can meet creative and interesting people everywhere. I don't like the idea of going out to places where you're going to meet people that you deem interesting because they are like you. What does that mean exactly? Some of the most creative people that I know have jobs that are not exactly "creative". Creativity has a lot of different aspects. I hang out in very different places where I hope I'm going to meet very different people. 
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
What is one important lesson you have learnt on your creative journey?
Do what you love to do and don't take yourself too seriously. This is the only way to be happy.
 
Is there a piece of advice you would share with budding designers who are still in school or thinking of quiting their day job?
I'm not sure I can give them any advice. They probably know much more stuff about design than I do. They should just also do what they love to do! 
 
Do you remember the moment you decided you wanted to do what you are doing now?
I guess I always wanted to do that but it took me a while to realize that this is exactly what was going to make me happy. 
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
  
Where do you find inspiration? Perhaps a favourite blog or website?
My Sputnik lamps are inspired by a kind of lamp that has been made since the 1960s. It had this notch system but was made of bad materials, and had bad colors and sad shapes. I thought that I could do something with this idea and I started working on the Sputnik lamps. They are inspired by the retro-futuristic spirit of the first satellites sent into space, science fiction books, and more generally the graphical 1960s and 1970s aesthetics. But I try to make a very modern object by working on the shapes and colors. 
 
Inspiration can be found anywhere though and I really believe that you are inspired everyday by everything that surrounds you and everyone you meet or just see. It can be nature, a film, the city, a dog, a book, a car, a feeling or a smell. You usually don't even realize it when it's happening, it's almost subconscious. It is all a question of sensitivity.
 
Photography is also a great inspiration. I have a blog called "Straight out of camerawhere I gather the works of young photographers around the world. We're about to publish our first book (out in october 2014). I spend hours and hours every week digging through the websites of all those young photographers and this is very inspiring. 
 
- Finish this sentence -- "if we could, we would..."
It's looking at the problem the wrong way! If you really want, you can. 
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
Bloesem Living | Face to Face with designer Julie Lansom
 
First image taken by Amandine PaulandréAll other images taken by Julie Lansom.
 
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Our neighbors

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Please meet some of our creative neighbors ... The Choo Family!

Singapore photographer Franz (who we first introduced to you here) visited their wonderful home right opposite the Bloesem Creative Space.  The great thing about the Tiong Bahru estate is that we are around all these other talents, we just love the atmosphere here. It's always a delight bumping into Pern, Innika and the most adorable Eadie Bo, while we are out in the neighbourhood grabbing supplies or lunch. They are such a sweet family!

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Bloesem Living | Home of the Choo family, Tiong Bahru Singapore

Franz and his team, Melody, Hosanna and Gil are always looking for nice houses Singapore so feel free to drop them a line if you have any sugestions. 

Email: franz@lilreddotfolks.com.

.. lilreddotfolks
..The Choo Family 

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Just 2 of us (& our 7 pets)

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Another edition of Lil Red Dot Folks. This is Ann and James, animal advocates living in Yishun, Singapore. Their beautiful home is inhabited by themselves along with 7 other much furrier friends, Dasher the dog, Eet and Mathy the cats, Meatball and Mac Jr. the guinea pigs, and Effie and Appie the gerbils. (How they keep their home in such tip top shape is just baffling to me.)

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

Bloesem Living | Home of Pet Lovers, Ann and James

We love how their house is not totally minimal and empty but everything has it's place and all thir things are so beautifully arranged, especially on the shelves.

For more homes to be jealous of, look here and here.

 .. Lil Red Dot Folks

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Jon's Sweet Home

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

You've heard us go on and on about our love for young Singaporean talent, Rebecca Toh's photography, now we are proud to introduce to you, Franz. Franz along with his team (Melody, Hosanna and Gil) are the geniuses behind Lil Red Dot Folks. Interviewing creatives in Singapore and along with taking beautiful pictures of their home. 

It's always nice to see the designer or artist in their "natural environment". Plus their houses always look so great, you just get inspired to whip yours into shape. We'll be featuring some of the people and houses that have been showcased on Lil Red Dot Folks here on Bloesem, and to start the ball rolling, we have the home of architectural and interior designer, Jonathan Poh and his home in Dakota Crescent, Singapore.

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

Bloesem Living | Home of Interior Designer, Jonathan Poh

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Franz also has a kinda, for a lack of a better word, epic, instagram feed that you have to check out.

.. Lil Red Dot folks

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Keecie a short movie

This cute little movie only shows again how super creative and talented Klaartje from Keecie really is! Together with photographer Sandy 'birds and dogs' are flying out of the bag!

The dark blue couch potato pad sleeve must be my favorite piece from their latest collecction but I still love using my 'mini me' for my business cards.

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Keecie

ps. would you like to see where Klaartje lives? Click here it will bring you to her gorgeous Amsterdam home

 

.. Keecie
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