shop tours

Uni shop tour

While on my trip to Stockholm this past August I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the colorful and beautifully curated children's shop, Uni.  Uni carries Scandinavian unisex children's clothing as well as decor and vintage items.  Just my kind of store.  The philosophy behind Uni is brilliant, but I thought you'd like to hear it in their words instead of mine... uni-shop-tourMeta:  Your shop is run by yourself and your friend, correct?  How long have you two had it together and what are your full names?

Uni:  You are correct, we are two friends runing Uni. We know each other from senior year in high school. We are Linda Glad and Sara Skogsmark and we have had Uni for 8,5 years. Earlier we had a shop in Södermalm, where we started in 2005 (that shop was closed in May this year).  The shop at Odengatan have been open since 2010.

uni-shop-tour2Meta:  What inspired you two to open up your shop?

Uni:  The lack of unisex children clothes and the irritation over entering the bigger clothes-chains to find everything divided into "girls and boys-clothes", very stereotype. Sara's first child was 4 years old and she ended up buying his clothes in the girls-sections because all "boys-clothes" where so colorless and boring. We think all children should be introduced to all colors, and that they should have clothes designed in ways that enables the child to play around.  That means soft, durable and sustainable...

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Meta:  What is your mission or desire for Uni?  I remember you telling me a bit about your desire to provide unisex clothing for children, maybe you can expand on that a little?

Uni:  Our desire is to open up peoples minds about "boys and girls clothes" and instead simply think of it as "children clothes". We believe that the stereotype division of children clothes are repressive since kids are strong individuals and should be treated as such. Children are much more open minded then us gown ups! For us this is a part of the struggle towards a gender equal society.

We also believe that clothes should be durable and sustainable, and that they should have been produced with respect for both the environment and workers. The textile industry is in many ways very dirty and our aim is to always make the best possible choices in terms of organic materials and high quality so that the clothes can be worn by more then one child.

uni-shop-tour3Meta:  What are some of the Swedish brands that you carry?  And why have you chosen some of these particular brands?

Uni:  We work with Swedish brands such as Modéerska Huset, Anïve for the minors, Bonkeli Mini, Duns, Sture & Lisa, Filemon Kid, Viki Petersson, Emmaloppa and so on... All of these are chosen because they use organic- or recycled fabrics, and because we love their design. We seldom order a whole collection from a brand but we select bit's and pieces that we think is suitable for Uni. We almost look at Uni as a person, thinking "what would Uni like".

uni-shop-tour5I love that Linda and Sara are high school friends and are so passionate about their mission to bring unisex clothing to children.  I couldn't agree more with their belief that children's clothing should be high quality, durable and all colors should be introduced to them.

uni-shop-tour6Thank you Linda and Sara for letting us take a peek into your beautiful shop and sharing your mission behind Uni.

 

Carl and karin larsson's home

As a small child I had a print hanging in my bedroom of a little blonde girl holding a flower.  I was fascinated with that little girl and it is one of the fond (only) memories I have of my room.  At a young age my mother introduced me to Carl Larsson and I have since been a huge admirer of his work. carl-larsson's-home

Carl Larsson was a classically trained painter at the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts, and showed great artistic talent at an early age.  But it wasn't until he married Karin Bergöö that he embraced his (now iconic) style of colorful, technical watercolors, depicting their relaxed family life.  Most of his famous paintings were painted in their family summer home, Lilla Hyttnäs.

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During my recent trip to Sweden, I was so thrilled to take the long trek from Stockholm to the Larsson home.  After traveling three and a half hours by train and two bus rides we arrived in the tiny village of Sundborn.  It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere, I loved it.  The countryside was astoundingly beautiful.

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Lilla Hyttnäs is situated in front of the most picturesque pond with wild flowers and trees surrounding it. I felt like I had been transported into a dream, and given a glimpse into the world of Carl Larsson. The day was perfect and the weather a bit tempermental. I kept pinching myself because I couldn't believe I was actually at Carl and Karin Larsson's home!

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We were given a guided tour through the house, but unfortunately couldn't take photographs of the interior.  What amazed me was that the Larsson family still vacation in this home, and during a few months of the year allow the public to see it.

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Karin Larsson was an amazing artist as well.  She designed and wove the most beautiful, colorful, and modern tapestries all throughout the home, as well as designed and sewed all their (including eight children) clothing, and painted and designed furniture too.  One time Karin commissioned a local carpenter to make her a rocking chair.  The carpenter was so ashamed of the chair that he delivered it in the middle of the night so that no one would see what he had made.

The Larsson's were way ahead of their time, so modern in every way.  They had a much more relaxed approach to raising their children and even ate together as a family, which was unheard of at the time. I like to think they were thought of as the odd eccentric family that weren't truly understood.

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The home is such a beautiful mix of both artists.  There were murals of Karin and the children on several of the doors as well as the furniture and in the dinning room.  The chairs were painted a variety of different colors upholstered in Karin's beautiful tapestries, as well as woven curtains and pillows.  Both artists added their love and personal touches to the home.  Exactly how a home should be.

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The Larsson home and their approach to living art in all aspects of their lives is such an inspiration to me.  I hope you enjoyed my tour.

Next week I'll have more pictures of Stora Hyttnäs, the home of the Larsson's friends and neighbors.

svenskt tenn shop tour and winner of the giveaway!

Thank you all for the very lovely comments and participating in the giveaway.  It was hard to pick just one winner.  But...Colleen is the winner!  Yay!!!  I had a chance to see the pillow that Svenskt Tenn is giving away and I'm going to have a hard time parting with it. svenskt-tenn7Svenskt Tenn is such a beautiful and inspiring interiors shop.  These pictures that I have shared with you are just a fraction of the beautiful two story space.

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Throughout the store there are beautifully decorated vignettes of furniture and textiles...so much to be inspired by.

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You can find Josef Frank patterns on journals,  pillows, totes, trays and many other home decor items.

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There are also so many beautiful selections of colorful Josef Frank wallpapers.

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I'm so excited!  This trip I may have splurged and bought the primavera fabric to cover an amazing mid century sofa that I found at an Estate Sale for $15!  Here one of the clerks is pictured measuring out my fabric.  I can't wait to see the finished sofa!  I'll be sure to share photos of it too.

 

 

 

svenskt tenn shop tour and giveaway

This week I'm so excited to share with you my first photographs from my trip to Stockholm.  The first of which is my all time favorite interior design shop, Svenskt Tenn, on Strandvägen in Stockholm.  Svenskt Tenn is world renowned for their beauty and quality and their textiles and furniture are iconically linked to Swedish design. svenskt-tenn

Estrid Erikson founded Svenskt Tenn in 1924 at the age of 30.  Ten years later she hired Josef Frank  (originally from Austria) as a designer.  He became her most beloved designer.  The two had a very amicable working relationship for 33 years.  Josef Frank designed most all of the textiles and furniture and was inspired by his travels and botany.  His use of color and his large designs of flowers, birds, fruits, vegetables is astounding.  Estrid Ericson ran the company, was the sole interior designer and table stylist.  She had an incredible refined eye and sense of style.  She dedicated most of her life to Svenskt Tenn, retiring at 82 after giving 54 years to her company.

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The two inspired each other and took on Josef Frank's philosophy that color should be introduced through the  textiles and furniture should be light and easy to move.  I couldn't agree more with their design philosophy.  Estrid Ericson wrote "White walls are loveliest, textiles must impart colour to the room.  Furnish sparingly with light, moveable furniture.  The modern home, therefore, will be a mixture of items, some more expensive than others, and they do not have to match."

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This design philosophy is what is so cheerfully associated with Swedish design.  And what has always drawn me to the Scandinavian style.

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What amazes me as well is that most of these textiles were designed in the 20's, 30's, 40's, and 50's, but they are still so modern and fresh.  Josef Frank and Estrid Ericson did not conform to trends or style of the time, but stayed true to their design beliefs.  Therefore, they have remained timeless.  What an inspiration.

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When I first walked into Svenskt Tenn four years ago, I was blown away with the use of color and pattern.  Bold, bright, beautiful colors are everywhere in this large two story design shop.  There are also large comfortable sofa's upholstered in the large patterns.  The furniture is classic and comfortable, and generally made of wood or rattan.

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Svenskt Tenn is generously giving one lucky One More Mushroom reader a beautiful home decor item from one of their lovely textiles.  All you have to do is comment below.  I will pick the lucky winner next week along with part two of my Svenskt Tenn shop tour.

 

 

Tamar Mogendorff's studio tour

On my trip to New York in August I had the wonderful opportunity to visit and photograph Tamar Mogendorff's Studio in Brooklyn.  I have been a long time admirer of her beautiful hand sewn 'stitch art' and it was such an honor for me to meet her in person.

Born and raised in Israel Tamar Mogendorff moved to New York and seven years ago starting making animals and other pieces as gifts for friends.  This side project evolved into a well established career for Tamar, where she is internationally known and admired.  You can find her work in shops worldwide. While in London I was thrilled to see her work in several of the children's shops I visited.

Tamar Mogendorff has worked on many collaborations with designers such as Makie clothier, Anna Sui, and Megan Park.  Starting this month she will be doing a collaboration with Atsuyo Et Akiko for their Fall Collection.  I was so excited to be able to take a sneak peak at some of the pieces, pictured on the left corner.

Tamar works in her basement studio and enlists the help of two other women.  Each of her pieces of art are carefully sewn with loving hands and are distinct and unique, no two are alike.  While in the studio it was sometimes hard for me to stay focused and concentrate because I was constantly distracted by the beautiful pieces that surrounded me.  It was so inspiring!  I especially enjoyed seeing Tamar's sense of humor and whimsy displayed in her art.

If you would like to purchase some of her lovely sewn art you can shop here.  You'll never guess what I ended up buying...a mushroom of course!

Thank you Tamar Mogendorff for letting me come and share your studio it was so much fun and truly an honor to meet you.

For more shop tours in New York click here and here.

shop tour...acorn

The second shop tour on my trip to New York City was the lovely toy store Acorn.  Upon entering I immediately felt nostalgia for Germany.  Acorn is a well curated shop that carries beautifully crafted European wooden toys, select furniture, games, and unique clothing and artwork by New York designers and artists. A few of the brands you will find are:  Hand crafted Oestheimer wooden animals, Artwork by Ida Pearle and Sarah Nicholas Williams, Offi tables and chairs, mobiles from Tamar Mogendorff, Jess Brown dolls, Coral and Tusk pillows, and seedling art kits.

Acorn was established in 2004 by Diane Crespo and Karin Schaefer.  They specialize in toys that inspire children to explore and expand their imaginations.  Acorn offers heirloom quality products that use environmentally sustainable practices and materials made by artisans.  Not only does Acorn support environmental sustainability and artists, but they donate a percentage of their sales to both national and international schools and organizations that provide services for children.

If you are visiting New York City I definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful shop.  I had such a great time soaking in all the toys and decor.  I was particularly in heaven enjoying the large selection of Oestheimer animals and figures (Both my mother and I collect them).  If you can't make it to New York you can shop online here.

To see my first New York shop tour click here.

shop tour...pomme

The First shop tour on my trip to New York city is the beautiful and spacious Pomme in Dumbo, Brooklyn.  When I first entered the shop I was immediately struck by the open space, the large windows, and the exposed brick walls.  After noticing the wonderful architecture I quickly enjoyed diving into the beautifully displayed products.

A few of the products are: furniture from Oeuf, Ferm living accessories, Auggie bedding, Stella McCartney clothing, Pakhuis oost mushroom hooks, Japanese paumes books, heico animal lamps, and Rifle paper co cards and prints.  Some of my favorite items were the small accessories, the sticker sets and the animal face masks.

Pomme's goal is to promote play, learning, and creativity.  It doesn't take much time to notice that they are succeeding.  Pomme is a well curated shop that carries all things beautiful, whimsical, and tasteful for children.

Not only does Pomme carry amazing items for children but they also offer a carefully selected roster of activities such as photo shoots, workshops, classes, and game nights.

If you're visiting New York City I definitely recommend a visit to Pomme.  Each item in the shop is worth looking at and there were many products I had never heard of or seen before, which is always so fun for me.

If you can't make it out to the brick and mortar store, you can shop online here.

 

shop tour...kidsen

I first read about Kidsen several years ago from b kids and I knew that the next time I went to London I had to visit this shop.  Kidsen did not disappoint me.  As a lover of all things Scandinavian I immediately felt at home in the fun, friendly interior and enjoyed looking at all the colorful children's clothing and accessories. I also really enjoyed visiting with the shop owner Corina Papadopoulou she was so friendly and I could tell she was passionate about what she does and genuinely wants to help her customers find exactly what they're looking for.

Kidsen is the UK's first Scandinavian Children's shop.  They hand pick the best children's products and brands such as Mini Rodini, Katvig, Fub, Little Duckling, Farg Form, and kids case ( just to name a few).  Kidsen has recently won the prestiges "Best For children" award at the Telegraph Shop Awards 2012.

If you happen to be in London (maybe enjoying the Olympics), I highly recommend a visit to this breathtaking shop.  Otherwise you can visit Kidsen and shop online here.

I am sad to say that my shop tours from my trip to London and Paris have come to an end.  I had so much fun visiting, photographing and writing about all the lovely shops.  Thank you to all the shop owners for letting me come and photograph.

If you would like to to read the other shop tours, click here, here, here, and here.

shop tour...their nibs

On my last day in London I was so excited to discover this bright and cheery shop, Their Nibs.  The first thing I noticed was the vintage toys situated in between the colorful and cheery children's clothing. They also had an amazing selection of mushrooms that automatically caught my eye.

Their Nibs was founded in the summer of 2003 when Fiona Bell recognized the need for vibrant, fresh, and original options in children's clothing.  The name originated from Fiona's nickname for her seven year old son "his nibs".

Their Nibs offers a unique and eclectic collection that is all designed in house.  They have developed a reputation of consistency and quality which caters to ages zero to ten.

Their Nibs specializes in contemporary retro styles and prints with a distinct influence from the 50s, 60s, and 70s.  They have also recently launched a homeware line using their signature prints.

I had such a wonderful time enjoying all the unique vintage toys and the vibrant children's clothing. The shop owner Fiona was also so friendly and personable.  Check out their online shop here and if you're in London they are worth a visit.

To see my other shop tours click here, here, and here.

shop tour...petit pan

On my trip to London two months ago my friend and I decided to take the Chunnel into Paris and spend the day (she'd never been and wanted to see the highlights). We had so much fun and were pleasantly surprised when we discovered this lovely Children's Shop, Petit Pan. When I walked in, the first thing that caught my eye was the the mounted paper lantern in the shape of a Hippo head.  I immediately knew this was going to be an inspiring boutique and couldn't help but smile at all the cheery items.  I had to look at everything several times to take in all the bright colors and the wonderful variety of patterns.

Petit Pan was founded nearly 10 years ago by a husband and wife team who were inspired by the beautiful packaging and bold colors of a handmade gift they received from relatives in China for their Pan (son).  They now have six shops in Paris and design 95 percent of the products they sell (including the amazing fabrics).

Petit Pan sells fabric, clothing, pillows, lighting and buttons to list just a few.  The items in the shop are inspired by Chinese folk art and not only are they cheerful and colorful, but practical as well.  I highly recommend a visit to this beautiful Children's Shop.  If you're not planning on Paris this summer you can shop online here.

If you'd like to see my other shop tours click here and here.

shop tour...couverture and the garbstore

Couverture and the Garbstore was the second shop I visited out of four on my trip to London.  To say I was in awe of Couverture is an understatement.  When I walked in I was immediately struck by the beautiful architectural details and the lighting.  There was a harmonious mixture of natural light, coming from the skylights, and warm tungsten light.  I also enjoyed the accents of natural wood and brass that displayed the clothing and accessories.

Couverture and the Garbstore is on 3 levels, the lower floor, the main floor, and upper level.  The lower floor houses the mens clothing in particular the menswear brand, "Garbstore" designed by Ian Paley.

The ground and galleried first floors are dedicated to the Couverture collections and include womenswear and accessories, children's and baby-wear, toys, jewelry, home accessories, furniture and covetable vintage finds.  I spent a lot of time in this section of the store wanting to look at and touch everything.  A few children's brands to note are:  Bobo Choses, Simple Kids, Wovenplay, Asuyo et Akiko,  Esp No. 1, Makie, Bo de Bo, and Antik Batik.

I particularly loved the upper level that carried mostly home wares and accessories.  A few items that I wanted to take home with me were:  Normann Copenhagen's porcelain decanter, Kauniste's metsa pillow, and Ferm living's dorm display case.

Couverture and the Garbstore is an independent shop run by a husband and wife team.  They carry only the best hand picked products.  The shop stands for quality and innovation in design and supports small business.  I definitely recommend a visit to this beautiful and thoughtful shop.

If you would like to see my other London shop tour click here.

 

shop tour...bobo kids

Last month I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to London and Paris.  It was so much fun and I wish I could go back.  While I was there I visited four of the best children's shops in London and one in Paris!  The shop owners were kind enough to let me photograph their beautiful spaces and I'm so happy and excited to share them with you.

The first shop I visited was Bobo Kids.  Niloufar Bakhtiar-Clignet and Julie Hamon are the owners of this light, open, and well edited space.  When I entered the shop I couldn't contain my excitement! Each vignette is designed to look like a beautifully decorated children's room.

The shop was inspired by the well known french term Bourgeois Boheme, and means people create an individual and carefree style, I love that!  Julie and Niloufar found it difficult to find stylish and tasteful homewares in the UK for their kids.  This prompted the launch of their shop in September of 2008. They believe that children's rooms can blend in with the rest of the home (I couldn't agree more).

Bobo Kids also offers interior design services for customers.  They will create a beautifully designed space using items sourced by bobo kids.  Some of these items are:  Tulp storage cabinets (I want one or three), Ouef furniture, bedding made with Liberty of London textiles, Tamar Mogendorff's sewn art, Lulu and Nat pillows, and baby lapin lamps.

Not only do they sell amazing furniture and accessories for children, they also have 3-4 art exhibits a year featuring up and coming artists from around the world.  These artists include:  Corinne Charton, Mathilde de L'ecotais, Yann Sciberras, Estelle Stephens, and Robert Holden.  They just launched the latest exhibition by US artist Robert Geers which will run until the end of July.  The next exhibit will be in September.

If you are lucky enough to live in or are traveling to London I highly recommend a visit to Bobo Kids.  If a trip to London isn't in your near future you can visit their online shop here. Thanks again to Julie and Niloufar and the fabulous job they are doing bringing beautiful design to children.

Stay tuned next Wednesday I'll be featuring another great shop from my trip to London.