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Product + Pattern: Michele Quan of MQuan Studio

July 31, 2018

Michele with her daughter, Elsie

One of the most fun parts of shooting a new collection is styling. Not only is it a thrill to see the patterns come to life in our fantasy spaces, but we also get to play around with the latest products and creations from our favorite brands and makers. While we're always on the hunt for something new and special, there are certainly those resources we return to time and time again because we love their aesthetic and quality—and MQuan Studio is definitely one our top go-tos when it comes to goods we want in our shoots and our homes.

MQuan Studio | Palma (Ebony) wallpaper | Lawson-Fenning | Hygge & West

A beautiful MQuan Studio vase paired with Palma (Ebony)

Originally from Vancouver and currently living with her husband, daughter, and dog in NYC, Michele Quan is the unstoppable talent behind MQuan Studio. Michele designs and sculpts her handmade ceramic art and objects for the home and garden, which then become a canvas for her love of drawing, painting, text, and color. Much of her work is rooted in the visual symbols of Eastern iconography and nature, and Michele's deft hand and careful eye have made many of these symbols synonymous with her work. We caught up with the artist to pick her brain about her ideal MQuan Studio + Hygge & West product and pattern pairing, what inspires her design process, and what hygge means to her.

Hygge & West: Tell us a little bit about your background and how MQuan Studio came to be.

Michele Quan: In the early 1990s I took a ceramics class at the 72nd Street Y in NYC and then in 2002, spent a year of Saturdays at Adrienne Yurick’s studio in Brooklyn making pinch pots. These classes were on either end of 12 years of jewelry making. Then, a couple of years later when my daughter was 14 months old, I took a class at Greenwich House Pottery that turned into two, then three, then four… and three years later I moved into my own studio in Brooklyn. And here I am.

H&W: Your work features a lot of symbolism, such as Eastern iconography, the eye, and nature and sky elements. What do these symbols mean to you and why is it important to include them in your work?

MQ: Many of the symbols that I am drawn to relate to the idea of connection, reverence, impermanence, and illusion (and the slaying of). The visual symbolism of Eastern iconography has long been a cornerstone of my work that I feel speaks to our universal experience of the world, to our selves, and to others. The sun and the moon are probably the oldest symbols there are, connecting us to time from the very beginning of the turning of the Earth with its moon around the sun to our present day! Mind-blowing, so beautiful, yet simple and direct. And we all still experience this turning daily; it’s both sacred and available to everyone.

H&W: How would you describe the MQuan Studio aesthetic? Other than the symbols mentioned above, what else inspires your work?

MQ: I think of my work as quite simple. Lines are sharp and edges are raw, but finished. I strive to work the clay but keep a freshness of hand to the surface. The shapes are not visually complicated and used as a canvas for images.

An iconic MQuan Sudio ceramic object in a tablescape with Sycamore (Cream)

Words spark my imagination. I have a long document of quotes, excerpts from books, poems, movies, interviews, and songs that have inspired me over the years. I love words and how they resonate and spark. A few that immediately come to mind are ‘Yes’ by Yoko Ono, ‘Live your life, live your life, live your life’ by Maurice Sendak, and the Zen Koan—‘The finger pointing at the moon is not the moon.'

H&W: Although you also create jewelry, t-shirts, and bags, you're most known for your inimitable clay work. What is it about this material that you're drawn to?

MQ: Clay is a very responsive material that lures you in. There is a visual and tactile beauty in each state of its transformation from wet to its completed fired form. Squishy malleable earth that can hold shape, then be fired to permanent stone. The process is seemingly simple in the beginning but then it becomes a puzzle in how to get it to do exactly what you want, when you want. It’s pretty spectacular.

H&W: What product and pattern pairing did you choose and why? What is it about this particular product and the pattern you've chosen that makes them work so well together?

MQ: I paired Palma (Ebony) with my Half the Sky (Large): New Eye White ceramic object. I love lines and the vibrations they create! This dark and subtle Lawson-Fenning wallpaper is like the deep night sky with my half sky painted with the Eye which gleams with a glazed full moon disc.

H&W: Hygge is about finding comfort in life's smallest pleasures and simplest joys. What brings hygge to your everyday world?

MQ: Fluorescent pink tape, my ‘good knife,’ an organized studio, hosing down the floor, walking out of the studio to the birds chirping and the trees rustling, a good podcast, hugging my daughter, my wiggly dog, Sparrow, greeting me at the door, the smell of rice cooking, breathing :)

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Pineapples & Cocktails Two Ways

May 22, 2018

 Pineapples & Cocktails Two Ways

There's nothing we love more than a tasty cocktail and wallpaper pairing. Inspired by W&P's pineapple cocktail shakers and our own pineapple wallpaper patterns, we came up with two pineapple-centric recipes to kick off the summer season!

Pineapples & Cocktails Two Ways

First up is this delicious Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. The key here is not to forget the Flamingo garnish pick. Pair with Pineapple (Blue) and a white Pineapple cocktail shaker and you're party ready! Bonus points for a pattern matching bottle of tequila.

Pineapples & Cocktails Two Ways

Pineapple (Ebony), a classic among our wallpaper collections, is paired with the classic Mai Tai, and they are ready for the close up!

Pineapples & Cocktails Two Ways

We can't stress enough the importance of also finding some Tiki glasses and palm tree party picks to fully embrace the festive vibe of this cocktail. It doesn't get any more fun or delicious!

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Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

May 22, 2018

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

If there's one thing we're (almost) as passionate about as pattern, it's food—the way it looks, the way it smells, and of course, the way it tastes. That's just one of the many reasons why we love W&P—a brand that lives "at the intersection of food and design." Ranging from kitchen goods to bar tools, cocktail kits to cookbooks, and everything in between, W&P's finely crafted, thoughtfully considered, and highly functional (yet not without a touch of whimsy!) products encourage people to play with their food—and that's a sentiment we can totally get behind!

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

We caught up with W&P co-founders Josh Williams and Eric Prum to learn more about their mission, how food and design go hand-in-hand, and—of course!— their Pineapple Co. collection (keep scrolling for a stunning pineapple and pattern pairing!). 

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

Hygge & West: Tell us a bit about how you two met, what W&P is all about, and how it came to be.

Josh Williams: We first met as undergraduates at UVA after being paired as random first-year roommates. We hit it off immediately and were roommates all four years of college. Our first business together was a catering company we started while still in school. Josh had just returned from a culinary school program in Italy and we combined our shared passion for cooking and food in that first venture. After cooking for a few dozen parties, it became clear that we worked well together as business partners and that we'd eventually like to start another business in the food sector.

Eric Prum: In 2012, we decided to return to that idea, get back into business together, and start a food and beverage design company. Inspired by our experience with Mason jars in college, we ended up funding our first product, the Mason Shaker, through Kickstarter, and from there grew W&P. Fast forward to today and we are now a fully integrated food and beverage design and manufacturing company based in Brooklyn, making over 250 products in the food and beverage space.

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

H&W: Why do you think food and design go hand-in-hand? What is it that so intricately ties the two together, and why do you think appreciation for one enhances the enjoyment of the other?

JW: We all know the expression to "eat with your eyes." We also know that eating and drinking is even more pleasurable in a well-designed restaurant or bar. The same goes for the experience of cooking or bartending—but very often, we're working in beautiful spaces with less-than-desirable tools. There's a reason that people covet brands like Le Creuset—the craftsmanship isn't just about function, but also about the visual appeal of the object.

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

H&W: Your mission is to create products that "make your everyday encounters with food and drinks more approachable, more functional and, most importantly, more fun" (sounds so hygge!). What is your design process like and how does that mission influence every aspect of product creation?

EP: Our design process isn't purely aesthetic. Often we are answering a question or solving a problem that no one else has thought to solve. For example, with our Carry On Cocktail Kits, people had all these makeshift ways of bringing special salt or mixers onto planes. So we simplified that process and packaged it nicely. The same applies to all our products. We won't produce anything that isn't bringing something new to the table, and it has to be something we would personally use. And while some of our products are for very specific circumstances (travel, etc.), we're also interested in making products you would use day-to-day—like our knife collection, which includes a bartender's knife, a picnic knife, and a cheese knife.

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

H&W: Pineapples are the focus of one of your collections, aptly named The Pineapple Co. What is it about this humble fruit that inspired an entire collection?

JW: In the 16th and 17th centuries, pineapples were a rare luxury that you would really only buy when you were having guests over that you wanted to impress. For that reason, they have long had the nickname "the hospitality fruit." Inspired by our own enthusiasm for hosting—and a recent resurgence of interest in tiki cocktail style—we wanted to make a line of pineapple barware that was not just eye-catching, but also highly functional. It's continued to be one of our best selling lines since the day that we launched!

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H&W: What product and pattern pairing did you choose and why? What is it about this particular product and the pattern you've chosen that makes them work so well together?

JW: We chose to pair our copper Pineapple Cocktail Shaker with the Andanza (Green) wallpaper. In design, texture and finish are such a big part of what makes people connect with a product. Without actually depicting leaves, the wallpaper evokes a tropical landscapes, but it also has the refinement that you'd frequently see in southern style—like something you might find in Charleston. We like to
think our Pineapple Co. products also balance those two factors—a certain sense of escapism, but also a practical style that would fit into the everyday decor of your home.

Product & Pattern: Josh Williams and Eric Prum of W&P

H&W: Hygge is all about finding pleasure and comfort in life's simple moments and small rituals. How do you find or create hygge in your life?

EP: As you might imagine, we spend a good amount of time on the road, meeting with suppliers, manufacturers, and brand teams for collaborations and partnerships. I think a big part of our sense of "hygge," no matter where we are, comes from the fact that we met when we were so young. Josh and I know the pre-W&P versions of each other, so there's no pretension between us—which makes it easier to also be our authentic selves when we meet with our brand partners. Comfort comes, first and foremost, from being yourself, no matter where you go. And if, at the end of the day, you can enjoy a great cocktail... well, we're pretty okay with that too.

 

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Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

May 15, 2018

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGeePhoto by Kate Osborne Photography

Confession: We rarely geek out harder than when we find another style spirit animal - a designer, studio, maker, or retailer that feels like everything they make was practically made for us. And one of our favorite perks of running Hygge & West is that photo shoots provide the perfect excuse to tell our style spirit animals that "We'll take one of each, please!"

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

 Studio McGee and their retail arm, McGee & Co., totally fits into our style spirit animal category. From the breathtaking spaces dreamt up by this talented team, to their endlessly inspiring blog, to their web store that always keeps us clicking "Add to Cart," there's nothing this husband-and-wife run brand does that we don't love.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

Hygge & West: Studio McGee is a husband-and-wife-run company, but how did it come to be? Pardon the pun, but how were you able to marry your aesthetics to form one successful brand?

Shea McGee: I studied public relations in college, but soon realized what I really wanted to do was design. A few semesters into design school, I started gaining a waitlist of clients around our neighborhood and growing my following on Instagram. Meanwhile, Syd had spent the previous few years building a startup and was looking for a new project to dive into. As he took some time to figure that out, it was up to me to support us. It was not an immediate decision to join forces (it took me months to convince Syd it was a good idea). However, once we made the decision to launch Studio McGee, we were both fully invested. While my design vision sets the creative direction for our company, Syd and I have always shared an appreciation for good style and branding. I think Syd?s outside perspective and background in digital marketing has served us well.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

H&W: The design work you do through Studio McGee manages to somehow feel both endlessly modern and completely classic. How do you design spaces that embody those traits so seamlessly? What inspires the Studio McGee aesthetic

SM: First of all, thank you! We?re all about approachable sophistication. I?m antsy and can?t commit to just one style, so I mix the things I love, plus what our clients love, together. I like foundational pieces to be grounded in the classics - neutrals, linens, marble, etc. Leaving it there feels a bit stuffy to me, so I always add in a few surprises to keep things feeling fresh. I think the mix of styles and eras in a simple, yet thoughtful way is where our signature look is found.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

H&W: McGee & Co. is the retail arm of your business, where people can purchase items that will bring the Studio McGee feeling to their homes. How do you source what you sell and what criteria does each product have to meet?

SM: We like a really eclectic look, so in addition to sourcing from many different vendors, we also make sure there are a lot of exclusive products and items designed by us at McGee & Co. The three biggest criteria for our products are aesthetic, how well they?re crafted, and if we would design with them in our projects. I look and touch every single item before it goes on the site, so that our customers get the best design for the price point.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

Shea loved our Wood (Dark Night) paper by Askov Finlayson, and felt it would be absolutely perfect for a powder room. To round out her dream space, she paired it with McGee & Co.'s Murchison-Hume Hand Duo, Ballard Mirror, and Hyde Hatch Hand Towel. What a great combo!

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

We were so inspired by Shea's pairing above, that we decided to do one of our own. We love how Wood (Dark Night) plays so well with McGee & Co.'s Matte Black Lidded Vase and Hand Carved Wood Tray. Talk about a match made in design heaven!

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

H&W: We used quite a few McGee & Co. pieces in the shoot for our Wit & Delight bedding collection. What is it about the Hygge & West and McGee & Co. aesthetics that you think makes them play so well together?

SM: It?s easy to tell when something is well-designed ? it?s not only beautiful to look at but can pair well with a variety of different design elements. Well-designed pieces with close attention to detail are what?s at the heart of both McGee & Co. and Hygge & West aesthetics.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

H&W: What do you think about the final pairing between your McGee & Co. products and our Wit & Delight line?

SM: Wit & Delight chose the product for the shoot. One of the best things about having your own store is seeing how other people style your products. Kate did a beautiful job pattern mixing for the wallpaper shoot! For a lot of people, the main hesitation with adding wallpaper is that they are worried they'll tire of the look or it won't work with the things they already own. By pairing our butterfly blue and white jar with more modern boxes (geometric patterned box and the wide grid box) and layering that over her wallpaper, you can get a feel for how the pattern will work in your own home.

Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

I think using a bold solid over a pattern is a great place for your eye to rest. Brass boxes paired with a cute clock really stood out with her arabesque pattern along with our canvas globe.Product + Pattern: Shea McGee of Studio McGee

H&W: Hygge is all about creating comfort and finding coziness in life's small moments and everyday rituals. How do you find or create hygge in your life?

SM: I?ve always been interested in how people use their homes, and how they make their life a little more beautiful or happier everyday. To me, hygge is about creating beautiful, well-designed spaces that still feel personal and special. 

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Product + Pattern: Stephanie Housley of Coral & Tusk

November 22, 2017

TulaOne of the best parts about autumn - and especially Thanksgiving - is how it forces us to turn our attention away from technology, work responsibilities, and life's hassles and notice - even if just for a moment - the beauty of the natural world around us. From the changing foliage and crisp air to the bustling wildlife readying their nests for the season ahead, nature seems to demand our attention each fall for its final show before the cold stillness of winter. And to us, no one better captures the splendor and whimsy of this magical time than Stephanie Housley.TulaStephanie is the owner and unstoppable creative force behind Coral & Tusk, whose gorgeous embroidered textiles grace everything from pillows and napkins to furniture and clothing. Her anthropomorphized animal characters and nature-inspired patterns add instant charm and warmth to any space, and we've yet to see a home that wasn't made more beautiful and inviting by their presence (in fact, we admire Stephanie and her work so much that we included her in #HyggeandWestBook, coming soon!). Below, Stephanie shared about her newest collection, her favorite Thanksgiving traditions, and put together a fabulous Coral & Tusk and Hygge & West Product + Paper pairing.TulaHygge & West: What inspires your work? What is your design and creation process like?

Stephanie Housley: My inspiration comes from everywhere, but mostly, animals, travel, and nature. My love and fascination with the natural world is abundant and obvious in almost every design. Spending time watching any wildlife do anything is a source of much enjoyment, and here in Wyoming there is ample opportunity to do so!TulaAs for my design process, I am constantly gathering information and ideas through a variety of ways: looking at magazines and blogs, finding a theme that I research and look through many books about. We usually create two collections a year, so when we go into development mode, whatever is most exciting from the general gathering gets explored further and we begin thinking of ideas visually of what we are thinking to create. Then I do a pencil drawing to scale, then create the embroidery stitch by stitch.TulaH&W: What attracted you to embroidery and what quality do you think it lends to your work?

SH: My background. All the women in my family had some kind of handiwork project in their hands when they were not maintaining the family and house. My great grandmother made lace, my grandmother made dolls, and my own mom would make any project together with me as a kid. I have always loved to draw and embroidery was something I just fell in love with at a really young age. I do not know how to technically embroider - I have always taken a drawing with thread approach. I love how the tactile nature of thread and fabrics bring my drawings and patterns to life.TulaTulaTulaH&W: Do you have any new products for the fall and winter holidays?

SH: For fall we introduced two new collections, our Desert Collection for our main line of products and the Cross Country Skiers collection for holiday.TulaTulaSince moving to Wyoming, the landscape has inspired and informed my work in new ways. Both collections started during my first winter here. On the one hand, I don’t love being cold, and dreaming about the desert and researching the flora and fauna of the American Southwest was one way to escape the freezing temperatures and snow. I also learned to look at winter in a new way and appreciate the beauty and tranquility of the season. Our Cross Country Skiers collection is inspired by winter activity and celebrates the season, rather than trying to escape it!TulaH&W: Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you could set your dream Coral & Tusk Thanksgiving table, what would you use?TulaSH: Our Homecoming design is inspired by Thanksgiving gatherings and the harvest season. I would set the table with our Homecoming table runner and add our corresponding Homecoming dinner napkin and Pinecone Bison dinner napkin. Maybe even throw in a few Feathers cocktail napkins for a full fall look!TulaH&W: Tell us about the product and paper pairing you've chosen. Is there a story behind this product? What about it do you think pairs well with the pattern and colorway you've chosen?

SH: Our Berber Indigo and Souk Indigo pillows are inspired by the textiles and architecture found in North Africa. The geometric design on each pillow is composed of thousands of hand-drawn stitches.

Gold is my go-to and I love how our Indigo fabric pairs with the Carved Ogee Gold wallpaper designed by Karla Pruitt. Both our pillows and the paper require a closer look to see the special mark-making details!TulaH&W: Hygge is about more than just physical coziness - it's about emotional and spiritual coziness as well. Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions that bring the hygge to your holiday?

SH: In recent years, my husband Chris and I have traveled with our family for the holiday, which has been a new and fun tradition for us. A couple of years ago we stayed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and before that we visited the Smoky Mountains. We don’t plan to travel this year, but are feeling thankful to spend the holiday at our home in Wyoming, with the mountains in our own backyard!

All photography by Will Ellis

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Product + Pattern: Tamar Mogendorff

August 24, 2017

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Photo by Sarah Wilmer

Here at Hygge & West, we love people who do things a little differently - the artists, makers, and designers who see the world through their own unique lens and aren't afraid to put their own spin on things. These are the people who jolt us from the ho-hum-ness of everyday life and remind us that there is beauty everywhere. And soft sculpture artist and designer Tamar Mogendorff is absolutely one of those people.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Tamar's playful-yet-sophisticated original stitch creations offer an inspiring take on natural subjects ranging from swans to seahorses and nearly every land-, sea-, or sky-dwelling creature in between. Her sculptures delight children and adults alike, as her deft fingers fabricate creatures that are wonderfully whimsical, subtly sweet, and, sometimes, just a little bit dark. We caught up with Tamar to talk inspiration, collaboration, and her favorite product and paper pairing.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge & West: What inspires your beautiful work? What's your creation process like?

Tamar Mogendorff: Inspiration for me is very random; it can come in any form, at any place, at any time. Finding the right fabric can start a whole new concept. I really believe in being present in the studio, trying new things, and letting myself go with all the ideas that flow while working. There is always some kind of a narrative I tell myself. This helps me decide on the right pieces and variations to form a collection.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: Why were you drawn to soft sculpture as opposed to other mediums and methods of creating your art? What unique qualities do you think it lends your work?

TM: I just happened to have a needle and thread and some old cloths, and I happened to know how to sew from home, and I always liked it. I was making stuff and friends asked to buy it, and then stores did too, and it just took off. I love exploring fabrics, textiles, embroidery. I now travel the world to see different techniques and craftsmanship. This is my passion.

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What I do is soft sculpture, and the challenge is to make sure that my work won't look too crafty, but more like objects with some level of sophistication. Working with fabrics in that kind of medium gives you an endless palette of colors, patterns, and textures. Each fabric has an origin and character. The challenge is to use them in the right way, to edit your choices, to match them. I love that part.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: Your work almost exclusively features natural subjects. What is it about the natural world that speaks to you as an artist, and both children and adults alike as consumers of your work?

TM: I think it is something I am drawn to, as there a story there. I play with that. I try to create objects that evoke a feeling. Almost everyone has a favorite animal, a favorite flower... it is how we see ourselves. It's the story we tell ourselves about who we are, or would like to be. We all like stories, and we are all a bit sentimental.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: You've collaborated with many iconic designers, brands, and tastemakers. What do you like best about collaborating and what do you think it brings to your work?

TM: Collaborations are the best and most challenging. Each one is a very different process, but what is so great about it is that you sometimes get to create outside of your comfort zone. You get to play with other minds, focus on a different audience, balance between my vision and theirs. It always pushes me to a new place I never would have thought of and opens the door to new ideas, options, and territories. Plus, I always meet such amazing people through these projects, and that alone is priceless.

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H&W: Tell us a bit about the specific product you chose for your wallpaper pairing. Is there a story behind this product? Which wallpaper did you choose to pair it with?

TM: I chose the black bird cage. I love how the cage interferes with the space, how it moves, creates shadows. There is a bit of decadence in the story of a bird in a cage, yet I try to show the playfulness of it as an object, and its softness. The cage is open and the bird is actually free. The choice of one color - black - and the simple shape is what gives it its elegance and sophistication, so that it plays with the space and with our minds, vision, and knowledge. The surrealistic wallpaper (Diamante in Gold) kind of does has the same affect on me.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W:Hygge is all about creating comfort and finding coziness in life's small moments and everyday rituals. How do you find or create hygge in your life?

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TM: My home is where I live and work. In order to write my answers, I got out of the studio and sat at my dinning table. My cat just came and laid next to me, so I will pet him for a while...

 

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Product + Pattern: Tina Frey

August 10, 2017

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We're so excited to kick off our brand new blog series, Product + Paper. In this ongoing series, we'll be interviewing some of our favorite makers about what they do, how they do it, and what makes them tick. We'll also ask them to choose one of their products (or collections) and pair it with a Hygge & West paper. One of the most fascinating things about wallpaper is how differently people interpret the same pattern, and how simply pairing a paper with a certain object can so drastically change how both the product and the paper are perceived. We hope you enjoy this fun little experiment as much as we do!

When we initially conceived of this series, the very first name that came to mind was Tina Frey. Her hand-sculpted objects, tablewares, and decorative accessories are fresh and modern, while still emanating an inherent warmth and undeniably tactile quality. These instant heirlooms feel perfectly at home in nearly any environment, and have been favorite parts of our personal collections for quite some time. See which product and paper Tina paired and read her interview below, and then head over to her shop to browse her latest collections (which include copper and brass!).

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge & West: What inspires the organic lines and breezy color palettes of your work?

Tina Frey: I find the softer, organic lines very soothing and at one with nature. I live in San Francisco and I really enjoy being near the ocean. When I walk along some beaches, I see rocks that have been tumbled by the sea and I like the smoothness and irregularity of the shapes. I find this very inspiring. The colors in my collection change each season and are inspired by what I see in nature and in different cities when I travel.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: What drew you to clay as a medium and hand-sculpting as an art form? Why do you prefer hand-sculpting over other methods?

TF: I find working with clay the easiest way for me to translate the irregular and smooth forms into a three-dimensional object. It's fun to see the shapes being transformed by my hands; I find this very satisfying. Sometimes when I envision something, it's best for me to be in the studio and work with the clay to achieve the final object. I also like to draw, but ultimately, the best way to feel the three-dimensional form is to sculpt it.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: What other mediums have you explored, and how do they differ from each other? What unique qualities do they bring to your work?

TF: I have been exploring with paper, textiles, and metals, such as brass, stainless steel, and copper-plated brass.  For paper and textiles, it was interesting to translate the photos of the colorful products into the two-dimensional print form for a flat surface. I started incorporating the metals into the collection a couple years ago, since I wanted to see how the hard metal could be formed to achieve a soft organic look like they were also hand sculpted. This was quite an interesting process to explore, since metal is such a hard material. As a result, you will see the same DNA in the metal designs as the sculpted resin pieces.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: Why is sustainability and environmental/social responsibility so important to you? In what ways does it influence your work and your business?

TF: Being environmentally responsible and sustainable is definitely important. Our pieces are completely handmade and we believe that this is more respectful of the environment since it is not utilizing energy to create the items themselves. It's also nice to see production being focused on working with your hands, which results in slight irregularities between each object due to the handmade nature. We are also working on a recycled resin collection, too, since it is important to make something beautiful from something that is no longer useful.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: Tell us a bit about the specific product(s) you chose for your wallpaper pairing, and the wallpaper you paired it with.

TF: I like the Lapin Collection, which is sculpted to resemble the rabbit ears on the round dome lids. I think rabbits are adorable, and they inspired me when I was creating the piece. I had a lot of fun sculpting ears that reminded me of the pet rabbit I had when I was young.

I chose Otomi in Navy because the blue matches the cobalt blue colored Lapin Collection. The animals of the wallpaper also resemble the silhouette of the rabbit ears on the dome.

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

H&W: Hygge is all about creating comfort and finding coziness in life's small moments and everyday rituals. How do you find or create hygge in your life?

TF: think one of the greatest joys is sharing a meal with friends and family.  Having a serving piece that is beautiful to present your food is a lovely way to share the coziness around the table.

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