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Product + Paper: 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: I 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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Moons Wallpaper for your Desktop or Phone!

August 07, 2017

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We really enjoyed creating this downloadable wallpaper for Design Milk. Sometimes we want to be reminded to let our imagination run with the stars, and we hope you do too!

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Download your moons on here!

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Rocky Mountain Otomi

August 03, 2017

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

So fun to see our Otomi wallpaper in Mountain Living - thanks again for the shout out!

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How Is It August Already?

August 02, 2017

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Yikes, the past couple months have really gotten away from us. But the good news is that we turned in our book manuscript on Monday! HUGE cheers to Melissa Andersen for helping us out with all the copy. We couldn't have done it without her. And hopefully we'll be back to more regularly scheduled blog programming shortly :)

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10 Design (& Life) Lessons Pattern Players Taught Us

July 07, 2017

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From practical design tips to aspirational advice and hard-won words of wisdom, here are 10 of our favorite things that we’ve learned from the inspiring artists, designers, and tastemakers we’ve interviewed for our ongoing Pattern Players series:

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

1. Design for how you actually live.

“You need to consider how you are going to use the space, and you need to do it honestly. You might think you want to throw a lot of parties or cook big dinners, but will you actually do that? You want to design your home for a great everyday experience, which may be very different from how you would see if for a party. You can always rearrange things so they work for an event, but you want to design for life.” - Anthony Carrino

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

2. Use pattern to add warmth.

“Neutral patterns are a way to infuse personality without marrying a bold color. My style errs on the side of minimalism, which naturally has the tendency to feel cold. Pattern has the power to diffuse the austere with cozy warmth." - Melissa Coleman

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

3. Design for experiences.

“My designer approach has always been focused on the user experience, design, and emotional connections. As a designer, presentation is everything. Personally, I’ve always tried to show respect and care to the person I’m offering good food, wine, or a gift to by presenting it well. The ‘moment of reveal’ then becomes a memorable one - an experience that inspires more moments of togetherness.” - Shujan Bertrand

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

4. Surround yourself with love - and campfires.

“I think it’s so important to surround yourself with people who believe in you, challenge you to be better, and inspire you. These people and the experiences we share together make me cozy. And campfires. Love me a good campfire. The smell alone sends me into a tailspin of happiness.” - Erin Miller Williams

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

5. Rules are meant for breaking.

“One rule that we always have to remind ourselves is that there is always an exception to the rule, to push the envelope and try new things. You never know, it could be the next coolest thing. We always try to push the boundaries just a little.” - J & J Design Group

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

6. Don't follow trends - start them.

“Stay ahead of the game. When you are chasing what everyone wants you are keeping with the trend, right? Well... not me. I chase the unwanted, the passed over. I go to the estate sales on the last day, when it's bottom barrel cheap and it's what everyone passed over. Because I want to be ahead of the trend, start something new, keep the ball rolling and the minds wondering, ‘Why in the heck did she buy that?’” - Jennifer Harrison

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

7. Turn constraint into creativity.

“There's an old adage that creativity is born out of constraint, and I think our Northern culture is a great example of that. There's something about living in a place that presents you with challenges that brings out the best in people, which in Minnesota manifests itself as creative thinking, work ethic, and a sense of camaraderie. I can't imagine living anywhere else.” - Eric Dayton

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

8. Appreciate small moments.

“I think it's important to appreciate small moments. We live in a tough world with a lot of sludge to sift through and I find strength in taking time to indulge in ordinary tasks and find significance in the mundane.” - Emily Isabella

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

9. Surround yourself with plant life.

“I find everything about the plant world inspiring. I love to touch plants, to smell them, to keep them in my home as (low-maintenance) pets, to admire them like sculptures, and I even love to eat them! Plants are so diverse, so alive and endlessly captivating. Also, keeping plants in the home has been proven (by folks like NASA!) to increase the quality of life, help with air quality, and caring for them is therapeutic. What’s not to love?” - Justina Blakeney

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Hygge and West Wallpaper and Fabric

10. Let comfort reign supreme.

“We never shy away from color and pattern and always ensure comfort is the number one priority. Nobody wants to live in a museum.” - Tilton Fenwick

Read more great Pattern Players interviews here.

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Nana (Pink) Dining

June 30, 2017

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We were so excited to see this beautiful modern/vintage dining room designed by Jessica Brigham!

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Using our Nana (Pink), she mixed in modern and vintage elements with a subtle Boho twist.

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Here's the before and after.

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So good - thanks again, Jessica!

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Paz Veterinary

June 28, 2017

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We're all about #dogsandwallpaper and #catsandwallpaper, so this veterinary office installation in Austin, TX truly warmed our hearts.

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So fun!

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And a daydreamy bathroom too? Yes, please. Thanks again, Ashley!

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