Emily Isabella is based in the Hudson Valley, just north of NYC. As a child, she wandered her family's Wisconsin prairie, pressing Queen Anne's Lace flowers against her cheeks, pretending they were powder brushes. Her work reflects this idealism and serves as a reminder to delight in the everyday. She is endlessly inspired by the world around her and finds excitement in discovering new applications for her illustrations and designs, whether it be for wallpaper, fabric, home goods, props or books.
Born and raised in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dinara Mirtalipova is a self taught illustrator and designer. Using a wide range of materials and tools, like carving lino blocks, gouache, acrylics and many others, the folkloric charm found in her work is deeply influenced by her upbringing.
Currently Dinara works from her home studio in Sagamore Hills, OH. For her, hygge is about simplicity - finding joy in little things, the first coffee sip, a breezy October morning outside on the patio, snuggles under a blanket.
Founded in 1948, Heath Ceramics is considered among the most enduring examples of mid-century design and California style. The Heath name is synonymous with simple, functional and thoughtful design. They've applied their signature clean, graphical style and strong yet muted color palette inspired by tile glazes to create this wallpaper collection - the final designs very much retain their character of play, exploration and discovery.
The Heath design team is inspired by seeing art, architecture, everyday objects from the present and past of all cultures and anything new that shakes up their perspective. A perfect Saturday? Getting out into nature. Foggy cool mornings. A great meal in great company. And opening themselves up for inspiration in whatever form that brings.
Julia works from her studio in Brooklyn, NY creating her signature patterns - bold, whimsical and hand-crafted. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Julia's work has been featured in major publications and can be found on the shelves and racks of numerous home and apparel shops. She has authored and illustrated three books.
Besides working, Julia enjoys going on walks with her terrier Rudy, playing Boggle on the iPhone and rating Bloody Marys on a scale of 1-10. For Julia, hygge living is about working hard and having a great time at it. An art teacher once said to her, "It seems like all you want to do is have fun." And why not? Especially when working on something fun is what makes Julia happy every day.
Author of the New York Times best-selling book The New Bohemians, L.A. based designer and blogger Justina Blakeney credits her California upbringing, multiethnic family and extensive travel for her boho aesthetic. With a passion for color, pattern and plants, Justina and her blog, TheJungalow.com, have quickly become the go-to sources for bohemian design inspiration. For Justina, decorating is about feeling free, having fun and getting a little bit wild.
Justina finds hygge in hugs and cuddles, freshly washed duvets, sunshine, herbal tea, candles, and time with her daughter. Nothing brings more joy than giving her daughter one million cheek kisses, smelling the roses in her garden, watercoloring in cafes, and diving into the ocean.
Surface designer and painter, Karla Pruitt, lives in the eclectic college town of Athens, Georgia, and works in her home studio illustrating repeat patterns for both home and apparel. Having grown up in Merritt Island, Florida, she harbors slight obsessions with bright pinks, a slower pace of life, and the retro floral fabrics her great grandmother sold in her 1960's Miami upholstery shop.
In her most joyful moments, Karla is drinking hot coffee on an autumn afternoon with her husband Joseph, weaving her way through the forest with her corgi pups Okie and Tallulah, teaching Sunday school with friends to hilarious second graders, losing terribly at croquet, and painting all the pretty things she can find.
Laundry, founded in 2000, has two main designers, Jennifer Stady and Andrea Brandtner. From a renovated warehouse space in Portland, they weave their love of art, fashion and culture into successful, commercial collaborations with companies. Their projects are wide-ranging, including numerous textile designs for apparel companies, large-scale wall illustrations for retail environments and stationery collections.
Jennifer and Andrea both embrace hygge in their homes and work. Jennifer appreciates most her pillows from Guatemala, huge, old school maps, and a piece of the Berlin wall. Andrea's favorite things are her mother's artwork, a floor loom, a Dutch oven, and a growing collection of antique animals. Lazy Sundays involve coffee, more coffee, bacon, a movie, and another movie for Jennifer. Andrea spends hers weaving and cooking. Inspiration is found in reading a great sentence or a great book, the textures of faded paint and old buildings, bare tree branches against a winter sky, old fabrics, music, photography, craft, the wilderness, integrity and patience.
Driven by optical passions, Lina Rennell is a women's wear and textile label based in Northern California. Launched in 2009 by Angelina Rennell, a true wild child and daughter of Los Gatos, California, the Rennell line is an art brand with a heavy focus on original print work, old world USA production, craft and tailoring.
The word hygge is very dear to Angelina. The first time she heard the word she latched onto it and saved it on a note for the naming of her future cat. Her Hygge is a very sweet black kitty, a true gentleman. Looking at him sleep in the sun is the epitome of what cozy means to her.
Joy Deangdeelert Cho is a graphic designer, beloved blogger, food adventurer, and published author.
Even with so much on her creative plate, she lives hygge - finding her greatest joys in moments of laughter with her husband and two daughters, discovering quirky combinations that make her see or think in a new way and eyeing something that sparkles. When Joy isn't working in her studio in the hills of Silver Lake, you can probably find her exploring Los Angeles for vintage treasures, culinary delights and new sources of inspiration.
Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion is an artist and dreamer based in New York City. Her work is rooted in fashion, dance and nature, and she is best known for her wildly popular fashion illustrations.
Living and working in an Upper East Side brownstone studio, Katie's finds lots of hygge in her neighborhood. A perfect weekend morning is one with little to do - a sunrise breakfast, a walk through Central Park before the rest of the city wakes up. A daily joy is picking up her paint brush.
Founded in 2007 by designers Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery, Pattern People is a Portland-based, industry leading print studio known for producing innovative and forward-driven patterns. Merging their backgrounds in fashion, art, and graphic design, the duo brings a unique and multi-faceted perspective on print and pattern design.
Jessie and Claudia work hard to create beautiful, unique patterns, but still embrace the hygge in their busy lives. When she's not creating patterns, Claudia enjoys creating her own artwork and jewelry, camping, and traveling. Jessie appreciates all the little things in her life - from the giggles of her baby, a hot cup of coffee, vintage patterned textile discoveries at estate sales, and weekend radio programs. They both find joy in, and are profoundly inspired by, the nature of the Pacific Northwest as is reflected in their collection for Hygge & West.
Rifle Paper Co.
Rifle Paper Co. is a stationery and gift brand based in Winter Park, Florida and founded by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. Anna's whimsical designs are recognized globally, as her unique, hand-painted illustrations exude a one of kind style that is both nostalgic and timeless. Anna's work is inspired by traveling which allows for new experiences, architecture and cultures. She also looks to fashion and vintage patterns and designs.
Anna lives hygge by enjoying the small things in life - fresh flowers, a breeze through an open window, taking the time to cook a good meal, quality time with friends and family, a rainy day spent on the sofa in a giant faux fur blanket. Her perfect morning is spent sleeping in and then sitting outside on the patio with coffee and a book to ease into the day.
Terrence has been drawing for as long as he can remember. Being an artist is what he wanted to be when he grew up. There was never a plan B. Terrence has built a body of unique and thought provoking work while exhibiting at museum, galleries and universities throughout the United States. His work is also found in private collections all over the globe. He has found a really strong and creative community in Minneapolis with a supportive audience and ambitious, talented artists. Building upon this community, he has also been the gallery director of the Minneapolis Arts Collective, Rosalux Gallery, for the past ten years, helping other artists further their own careers.
A lot of Terrence's free time is spent walking with his dogs around his South Minneapolis neighborhood. He likes to roam about looking at the different houses, plants, people and whatever else they might encounter - just enjoying the moment and looking for something he might use in his work. He also likes to visit the Minneapolis Art Institute (where he particularly enjoys the Folk Art and Native American collections) to reboot his brain.
Wit & Delight
Kate Arends is a St. Paul-based creative and multichannel marketing consultant with extensive experience in the design industry. She is perhaps best known for Wit & Delight which was created in late 2008 while Kate was working as a graphic designer. The name “Wit & Delight” was derived from Kate’s experience of discovering and developing her own personal style – “Wit” is a sharpness and quirkiness to the process, while “Delight” is finding the joy and the humor throughout each step. Kate finds hygge in moments spent with her husband, son, daughter and their sweet English Labrador.