new desk, new surroundings...

Look how very, very lucky I am. At the moment I am working in these so inspiring surroundings, and the ladies behind all these fantastic works and creations give me the best company, inspiration and good advice. I am writing some texts about the Danish design collective Meyer-Lavigne, and I am so lucky that Kristine and Sabine have an extra desk in their studio, so that I can actually be amidst their universe. I am sensing, looking and touching and getting more and more familiar with all their friendly creatures that live here.

The photos show a sneak peak into their studio - sketches, inspiration, finished works and not least some of their kids' fantastic creations.

[Sorry - it seems as if you cannot link to Meyer-Lavigne's website at the moment but if you go directly to it should work!]

Troels Jorn's book

Molly had this wonderful book for her 1-year birthday that many of you are probably already familiar with: "Troels Jorns bog om den sultne løve, den glade elefant, den lille mus og Jens Pismyre" [~"Troels Jorn's book about the hungry lion, the happy elephant, the little mouse and Jens Piss Ant"] written and drawn by his father, the Danish Cobra artist Asger Jorn. The book is originally from the late 1940s but it was refound in the 60s by the artist and his son at the attic. It wasn't published until after the artist had passed away in 1973 and has now come in a new edition.

The book has already become a favourite here, and we have read it over and over again. The story is really fun reading with lots of nonsense words and repetitions, and the handwritten (and very expressionistic) text works as illustration in itself with BIG letters for shouting and trembling letters for scarry feelings etc. The illustrations are of course very Cobra inspired with the group's ideas about the spontaneous abstract painting held in mind as well as their fascination of the childish universe and children's fantasy.

The book reminds me about Egon Mathiesen's fantastic children's books, written in the same period - here and here.

Thorvaldsens Museum

We went to see this exhibition yesterday - an exhibition with beautifully made joinery displayed in one of the most fantastic (and even the oldest) museums in Copenhagen. The furnitures looked great placed against Thorvaldsen's huge and classic statues and in the large spaces. We didn't bring Frida Viola to Thorvaldsens Museum before, but she went through all the rooms with her neck bent backwards, gazing up into the fantastic painted ceilings.

Just to make a little recommandation, with or without kids.

Renilde De Peuter

There is always something beautiful and special to look at at Belgian artist Renilde De Peuter's blog At Swim-Two-Birds. I love everything Renilde makes - her mobiles, her crocheted potholders, her textiles, her embroideries, her photos and her cosy home. There seems to be something very consistent in everything she does. 

There is an interview with Renilde here and here.
And did you see, that her fantastic mobiles are now available in fine little shop...? A big wish of mine.

All photos are by Renilde De Peuter from her flickr.

Cecilies Bog / "Book of Cecilie"

Frida Viola and I have been reading this book over and over again this summer. Not reading actually, but looking in and talking about. Cecilies Bog / "Book of Cecilie" is made by the Danish author and artist Hans Scherfig in 1976. It consists only of collages, no text. Some of them strange and curious, others more thematically pasted, all of them very beautiful and perfect as starters of many stories, questions and talks. I would love to know more about the book, but I haven't been able to find much. Maybe some of you know it...?

Women of the Avant-Garde

Yesterday I went to see this exhibition at Louisiana.
Go and see it if you live nearby.

As always the textiles, designs and works by Sonia Delauany caught my eyes - so beautiful. But the beadworks and hand puppets by Sophie Taeuber-Arp and also a couple of hand puppets by Hannah Höch were very pleasant surprises.

Above, all Sonia Delaunay

Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Bead Bag, 1918

Hannah Höch, DaDa Dolls, 1916


Looking through old photos I came across these old snapshots from an exhibition with Tove Jansson's original Moomin drawings and sketches A and I saw some years ago, before Frida Viola was born. I didn't bring my camera and the room was very dimly lit (to create a genuine Moomin atmosphere, I guess!), so I only have these cell phone photos. Below is a photo of Tove Jansson from the Moomin website and at bottom a Moomin comic book found in the local thrift store near our Swedish house.

Today we read a lot of Moomin stories and Frida Viola loves the characters. Wish I could go and see the exhibition again with her.

The Apartment

December was so busy and I had so many other projects going on so I never got to post about The Apartment after I visited the place while they hosted Crème de la Crème à la Edgar's pop up shop. But the place is truly worth a loooong post - so beautiful and filled with very special things. The concept is that everything in the very beautifully restored apartment is for sale. But the space is also furnished as a "real" apartment with bathrooms, kitchen, kid's room, bedrooms etc., so that you have the feeling of visiting a home and not just an interieur shop when entering the rooms. They have fantastic Moroccan rugs, vintage quilts, vintage design furniture as well as new design, special one-of-a-kind embroideries and textiles and much more...

All photos are from The Apartment - and there are more to find at the site.

Jaime Rugh

Look what I received yesterday. The most beautiful little package with treasures from Jaime Rugh. You might know Jaime from her blog Found While Walking about nature, family, everyday projects and more art related projects - and of course about walking in the nature with her two kids finding little treasures.

Jaime Rugh is an artist working with textiles, collages, weavings and more. She made me the beautiful little weaving in the photos above. I think the idea is to leave the weaving hanging in a tree as a treasure others will find. But I think I will keep it for the baby to come to hang over the cot and as a nice little thing to touch and hug.

Jaime also did the beautiful collages below. Actually the collages are the way I learned about Jaime's work because they captured me with their beautiful colours and simple, naive and yet very composed style.

Jaime's collages and other works are available in her shop.
And Jaime is also a contributer at Momfilter.

Thank you Jaime for sharing these treasures!