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Diana reporting from Munich

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I came to Munich with the idea of visiting my “husband to be” and to follow a German language
course, just for a couple of weeks. I stayed ever since (and yes: I got married!). It’s hard not to like
this city. Elegant, green, safe, pretty and with an ease of living that is almost southern European.

And then there are the shops. Oh the shops! Away from the glamour of the Maximilianstrasse there
are many, many small shops with individual style and handcrafted products. Although Munich
probably isn’t an international hotspot for avant-garde design, it has a long arts and crafts tradition,
the results of which can be found throughout the city in studios and ateliers from young designers, in stores that specialize on arts and crafts supplies or in traditional family businesses.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

For my paper supplies (I’m a hoarder!) I usually go to Carta Pura. A small shop in the
“Schellingstrasse”. Their beautiful paper, notebooks and albums are displayed in a purist, clean style.
The very friendly and knowledgeable team designs their own books and albums and have a great
collection of utensils for calligraphy, drawing and paper crafting. Also worthwhile: their wood block
print cards form Georg Schwellensattl.

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Another address I like to go to, especially when I’m looking for a gift, is Kokon. This shop’s decoration
is a feast for the eye. Their florist corner, home textiles and what is probably Munich’s largest
collection of coffee table books on design and life style could keep me there for hours.
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Whenever it’s lunch-time and I happen to be in the city center, I always try to drop by Poseidon. This
fish shop/bistro offers delicious food and in summer you can sit on their small terrace and watch the
coming and going at Munich’s central market the “Viktualienmarkt”. Another of my favorite places
(sweet tooth people pay attention!) is Götterspeise. This delicious café lies in the middle of the
“Gärtnerplatzviertel” (…those German names are killing me…). An area high on my favorites list
anyway. You’ll find everything in this part of the city: thrift stores, fashion boutiques and shops
carrying anything from tin toys to vintage movie posters. In “Haidhausen” (another great
neighbourhood) you can find Petra Fischers ceramic studio: 1260 Grad.

When a day comes to its end, for me there is nothing better than to put a basket of food together (in
daily life that means from the local supermarket-for you, as visitors: Indulge yourself at Dallmayr’s!)
and to meet up with friends and family in one of the many Beergardens (e.g. in the “Englischer
Garten”) or somewhere upstream at the river Isar (preferably south of “Thalkirchen” unless you
wanna go for the young party crowd). In case you decide to stay after all, one day you’ll have Ursula
Fröhmer make you a Dirndl! A traditional one, without “schnick-schnack” as the Germans say...

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* * *Diana from Oh...My Bag
* * * Diana's shop Ribbons & Crafts

{originally posted in 2008}

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Maditi reporting from Traunstein, Germany

We're almost at the end of the Bloesem World Tour in May...but the tour wouldn't be perfect without making a stop in Germany at my dear friend Maditi, who has been my blog friend from the beginning of Bloesem...Maditi lives in a little village called Traunstein and the artist she would like to introduce us to is a her own very talented and creative sister Eva...'talent' obviously runs in the family...Maditi herself is well-known for her beautiful photographs and she is a 'polaroid specialist'!

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:: meine schwester eva - my sister eva ::

"I live in a city called Traunstein, situated in the province of Bavaria, in the southeastern corner of Germany.
My home is surrounded by lakes and mountains and I enjoy capturing its beauty in my photography.

When it comes to art and design though, it can be challenging collecting ideas or finding visual input in my hometown. My main personal inspiration is my sister Eva. She has an ecclectic taste in design and is an avid collector of vintage ceramics. You can see some of her finds on her blog here. Eva has modeled for many of my polaroids and her vintage objects are frequently featured in my still life photography.

Recently I photographed a series for "Lines and Shapes" Vol. 2 using only some of her geometric and bold colored thrifted treasures."
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I admire Eva's style and hope you will also enjoy some of the things she likes:
:: wood art by Ernst Gamperl 
:: ceramic design by Lubna Chowdhary
:: vintage design furniture at demosmobilia
:: Copenhagen Street Style
:: avant-garde fashion photography
:: photography by Dirk Mueggenburg

* * *Maditi's blog
* * *Maditi Photography

{orginally posted on May 29, 2008}

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Irene Hoofs portrait
Hi and welcome to Bloesem! My name is Irene Hoofs and I started this journal in 2006 wanting to share my passion for design, art and craft with you. New to Bloesem? Here are my 10 favorite posts to get you started. Or would you like to see the necklaces I make?