August 10, 2017
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 thingsÃÂÃÂ 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!
ÃÂ¯ÃÂ»ÃÂ¿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.ÃÂÃÂ These instant heirlooms feel perfectly at home in nearly any environment, and have been favorite parts of our personal collectionsÃÂÃÂ for quite some time. See which product and paper Tina pairedÃÂÃÂ and read her interview below, and then head over to her shop to browse her latest collections (which include copper and brass!).
Hygge & West:ÃÂÃÂ What inspires the organic lines and breezy color palettes of your work?
Tina Frey:ÃÂÃÂ 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 beenÃÂÃÂ tumbled by the sea and I like the smoothness andÃÂÃÂ irregularity of the shapes. I find this very inspiring. The colors in myÃÂÃÂ collectionÃÂÃÂ change eachÃÂÃÂ seasonÃÂÃÂ and are inspired byÃÂÃÂ what I see in nature and in different cities when I travel.
H&W:ÃÂÃÂ 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:ÃÂÃÂ 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 beingÃÂÃÂ transformed byÃÂÃÂ 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, theÃÂÃÂ bestÃÂÃÂ way to feel the three-dimensional form is to sculpt it.
H&W:ÃÂÃÂ What other mediums have you explored, and how do they differ from each other? What unique qualities do they bring to your work?
TF:ÃÂÃÂ I have been exploringÃÂÃÂ withÃÂÃÂ paper, textiles, and metals, such as brass, stainless steel, and copper-plated brass.ÃÂÃÂ For paper and textiles, it was interesting to translate the photos of the colorful products into the two-dimensional print form for a flatÃÂÃÂ surface. I started incorporating the metals into theÃÂÃÂ collectionÃÂÃÂ a couple years ago, since IÃÂÃÂ wantedÃÂÃÂ to see how the hard metalÃÂÃÂ couldÃÂÃÂ be formedÃÂÃÂ to achieve aÃÂÃÂ soft organic look like they were also hand sculpted. This wasÃÂÃÂ quiteÃÂÃÂ an interestingÃÂÃÂ processÃÂÃÂ to explore, since metal is such a hardÃÂÃÂ material. As a result, you will see the same DNA in theÃÂÃÂ metalÃÂÃÂ designs as the sculptedÃÂÃÂ resin pieces.
H&W:ÃÂÃÂ Why is sustainability and environmental/social responsibility so important to you? In what ways does it influence your work and your business?
TF:ÃÂÃÂ BeingÃÂÃÂ environmentally responsible and sustainable isÃÂÃÂ definitelyÃÂÃÂ important. Our pieces are completely handmade and we believe that this isÃÂÃÂ 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 onÃÂÃÂ working with your hands, which results in slight irregularities between each object due toÃÂÃÂ the handmade nature. We are also working on aÃÂÃÂ recycled resin collection, too, since it is important to make somethingÃÂÃÂ beautiful fromÃÂÃÂ somethingÃÂÃÂ that is no longer useful.
H&W:ÃÂÃÂ Tell us a bit about the specific product(s) you chose for your wallpaper pairing, and the wallpaper you paired it with.
TF:ÃÂÃÂ I like the LapinÃÂÃÂ 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 becauseÃÂÃÂ the blue matches the cobalt blue colored LapinÃÂÃÂ Collection. The animals of the wallpaper also resemble theÃÂÃÂ silhouette of the rabbit ears on the dome.
H&W:ÃÂÃÂ 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:ÃÂÃÂ IÃÂÃÂ think one of theÃÂÃÂ greatest joys is sharing a meal withÃÂÃÂ friends and family.ÃÂÃÂ Having a serving piece that is beautiful to present your food is a lovely way to share the coziness around the table.
filed under: Product + Paper
August 07, 2017
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!
Download your moons on here!
filed under: H&W Updates
August 03, 2017
So fun to see our Otomi wallpaper in Mountain Living - thanks again for the shout out!
filed under: Press
August 02, 2017
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 :)
filed under: H&W Updates
July 07, 2017
From practical design tips to aspirational advice and hard-won words of wisdom, here are 10 of our favorite things that weâve learned from the inspiring artists, designers, and tastemakers weâve interviewed for our ongoingÂ Pattern Players series:
âYou 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.â - Anthony Carrino
âNeutral 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
âMy designer approach has always been focused on the user experience, design, and emotional connections. As a designer, presentation is everything. Personally, Iâve always tried to show respect and care to the person Iâm offering good food, wine, or a gift to by presenting it well. The âmoment of revealâ then becomes a memorable one - an experience that inspires more moments of togetherness.â -Â Shujan Bertrand
âI think itâs 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.â -Â Erin Miller Williams
âOne 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.â -Â J & J Design Group
âStay 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, âWhy in the heck did she buy that?ââ -Â Jennifer Harrison
âThere'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.â -Â Eric Dayton
âI 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.â -Â Emily Isabella
âI 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. Whatâs not to love?â -Â Justina Blakeney
âWe never shy away from color and pattern and always ensure comfort is the number one priority. Nobody wants to live in a museum.â -Â Tilton Fenwick
Read more great Pattern Players interviews here.
filed under: Pattern Players
June 30, 2017
We were so excited to see this beautiful modern/vintage dining room designed by Jessica Brigham!
Using our Nana (Pink), she mixed in modern and vintage elements with a subtle Boho twist.
Here's the before and after.
So good - thanks again, Jessica!
filed under: Before & After
June 28, 2017
We're all about #dogsandwallpaper and #catsandwallpaper, so this veterinary office installation in Austin, TX truly warmed our hearts.
And a daydreamy bathroom too? Yes, please. Thanks again, Ashley!
filed under: Wallpaper & Inspiration