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Creativity in Copenhagen

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Recently, a few friends asked about a trip I took to Copenhagen in the Fall of 2015. While highlights exist on Instagram below a barrage of baby photos, I figured it was worth compiling my favorite spots in one place.

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This trip was a productive one. My husband Justin and I rented an airbnb in the Vesterbro neighborhood and stayed put for a while, living like locals. He took meetings while I dove into work, finalizing illustrations and formatting pages for a big Pattern Studio delivery. It felt kind of crazy, but mostly inspiring to jump into my daily routine from another city.

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Every morning I would pop across the street to get a coffee and a croissant at Risteriet, then dive into photoshop until the mid afternoon – until essentially, my stomach started growling, reminding me it needed to be fed. I used lunch to explore. I’d hop on my bike and meet Justin at a google pin he’d texted over. If it was raining, I’d throw on my coat and drop my phone at full volume in my pocket, listening intently to the directions to get me to an unknown spot.

The weekends were generally spent as tourists. One Saturday we took a train to Malmo, Sweden to see what was happening just across the border. Another weekend we took a road trip to this insane castle along the countryside called Dragsholm Slot. We felt like location scouts for a Wes Anderson film.

While not every detail is listed below, this is a fairly comprehensive rundown of my favorite design, fashion and food spots. Enjoy!

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Hay Design made it’s US debut last year, bringing phenomenal and minimalist office accessories and home furnishings to America. As you can imagine, the headquarters is massively cool.

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I highly recommend popping into the Hay House as well as their satellite locations.

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Next door grab a tea and a sandwich at the Royal Smushi Cafe. You’ll ogle at the ceramics in the ivy-filled court, I did.

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While I have dozens of photos from The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, this one really resonated. You must visit this outstanding structure if you’re ever in Copenhagen. Just prepare yourself for a trek – it’s 100% worth it.

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After spending our first week in Vesterbro, we wanted to try a new neighborhood and picked a hotel off a friend’s recommendation called STAY. It was located in a neighborhood called Island Brygge. The hotel was filled with furniture from HAY and illustrations, like the design above, covered the walls and ceilings. In the world of comparisons, it felt like Dumbo. Industrial, open, design-forward with newish developments and great food scattered throughout.

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I highly recommend Il Buco if you’re looking for a small, charming, delicious Italian restaurant nearby.

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As I was riding back to our hotel one afternoon, just after having been poured upon, this rainbow appeared. It was remarkable and made the day infinitely better.

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Some of my favorite shops, restaurants and bars were clustered along Jaegersborggade Street. This adorable plant store, Kaktus Kobenhavn popped with it’s original and quirky cactus display.

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Most nights were low key and Justin and I would hop on and off our bikes, eating and drinking like locals. Some of our favorite spots included Mother, a pizzaria that was overflowing with 20 and 30 somethings, Copenhagan Street Food, a collective of 40 indoor food vans under an open warehouse, and SimpleRAW, a clean experimental vegan cafe.

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One night though, we (or more like I) got decked, left our bikes in the racks and taxied to Amass. It was amazing. Truly delicious and special in every way. If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen, try to reserve a table in advance, it’s worth it. Everyone was so kind and knowledgeable – and all of the food was grown on a farm just behind the restaurant. Such an incredible experience.

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And of course, patterns were everywhere. Truly. They were on floors, ceilings, shoes, jackets, door stops. They were geometric and timeless. It was heaven for a pattern nerd like me.

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Also, the graffiti. This neon plaid was something to behold. Nearby, I grabbed a coffee at a darling coffee shop called Cafe Granola with a new friend and fellow trend forecaster/designer, Sara Ingermann Holm Nielsen.

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Have you ever considered painting your wall mustard? I never did until wandering into this shop. Unfortunately I didn’t catch the name, but the color inspiration was worth sharing.

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Stjerne Radio is a museum with a bold and stylized sign. It was also the meeting place for freedom fighters during World War II.

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In the intro I referenced the Dutch countryside, as my husband and I decided to leave Copenhagen one weekend to visit Dragsholm Slot.

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The drive was magical. The clouds filled the sky which in turn filled the views. It felt like we were traversing a white fluffy landscape.

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Then there was the food at Dragsholm Slot. Slotskøkkenet and Lammefjordens Spisehus were uniquely special restaurants. They were an interesting balance of rustic, gourmet and nordic. The atmosphere was relaxed and the food was a delicious work of art. Here’s a glowing review from Bon Appetit if you don’t believe this vegetarian…

 

 

 

Americana Deconstructed

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Seersucker and indigo have always been linked to American style. Interchangeable across genders and generations, this thin vertical stripe is synonymous with the Spring season.

Today we’re examining a deconstructed interpretation as brands are tearing apart norms to recreate this familiar fabric. Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Everlane and Self Portrait are just a few companies infusing asymmetry, ruffles, collage and whimsey into their latest deliveries. The results are fun. They’re the opposite of nostalgia. They’re escapist, romantic and bold.


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It makes you wonder why – and especially, why now?

“I think seersucker remains a favorite with both designers and consumers because it’s able to be read as both totally traditional and fashion forward at the same time, depending on how it is styled and presented,” says Elliot Aronow, a Brooklyn based style expert.

“For example, a classic blue seersucker jacket or suit would fit in at any warm weather social function, especially a wedding, but a bolder stripe, say like what Jacques-Elliott did with this red/blue themed seersucker tie can exude a lot of cool attitude. As always, it’s all about the context!”

We agree. Style can be achieved through untraditional accessories or by diving in with a loud staple. Here are a few favorites that fall under both categories.

1. The Japanese Oxford Square Shirt | Everlane $68

Minimalist, exaggerated, boxy and modern.

2. Rebecca De Ravenel Six Drop Ombre Earrings | Moda Operandi $345

Optic whimsy through a monochromatic ombre.

3. Newport Striped Shirtdress | Anthropologie $158

An indigo, chambray, cotton striped collage.

4. Self Portrait Ruffled Striped Poplin Top | Moda Operandi $410

Off the shoulder and asymmetric with oversized ruffles.

 5. Asymmetric Shirttail Wrap Skirt | Alexander Wang $475

Casual, romantic and made for layering.

6. Distressed Jersey Sneakers | Golden Goose $530

Fancy distressed denim.

7. Karen J. Revis | Artsy via Sears-Peyton Gallery $2,800

Indigo silkscreen monoprint.

8. Louise Bourgeois Eye Mask | MoMA $30

Inspired by the artist who was an insomniac most of her adult life, this striped collage is printed on soft silk and a print representative of the artists’s 2003 fabric drawings.

9. Latitude Sock in Blue | Richer Poorer via Of a Kind $14

A kick of personality through a blue and white square grid.

10. Manuela Shirt | Stella McCartney $715

Genderless and heavily inspired by Japanese fashion, this is one of our favorite styles.

No More Black Targets

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Back in October, my friend Colin and I were catching up, discussing all things politics. The election was on the horizon and he was filling me in on his latest work. We both have an art and marketing background with a desire to use these skills to improve the world. When you live and breathe this profession, it offers a window into how clever pointed work can cut through the clutter to actually make a difference. He mentioned a project his agency was supporting, and I jumped on board immediately.

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The initiative is called NO MORE BLACK TARGETS and is a social art movement in reaction to gun violence in America. It highlights the black targets used on shooting ranges where people learn how to use a firearm – and asks that we as a society reinvent these targets through an artistic approach.

Artists, influencers and celebrities were asked to reimagine the basic shooting target. The results will be on display this Sunday evening, Feb 19th at 9pm at the Richard Taittinger Gallery. The exhibition will be followed by an online campaign and petition on Change.org.

Peruse the incredible work, make your own, and join us Sunday if you can!

Visualizing Global Warming

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Artists are sponges. They live, breathe and consume the world around them while figuring out how to add to the conversation. One topic that can’t be ignored is global warming and we’re seeing the visualization of this in the creative arts more than ever. Above, is an incredible handmade quilt from the Brooklyn based textile studio, The Haptic Lab.

We’ve written about their work in the past, but it was this recent instagram post that really grabbed our attention. Below the post, Emily Fischer, the founder, described the piece stating the gravity of the problem. This massive project describes sea ice loss in the arctic from 1979 to 2080, the approximate span of my lifetime. Climate change is real.

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In addition to collage, craft and home, these fashion pieces by Iniy Sanche and Martin Across translate a similar message. Both are unique and beautiful interpretations of their view on the world – one that incorporates colors, continents and geographic motifs.

 

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When my office was in Chinatown, I was a huge fan of the food delivery startup, Maple. Aside from their gorgeous app (a standard I would share when discussing digital ease of use), the food would arrive in elegant biodegradable packaging and cover all of the bases for a healthy, affordable filling lunch.

Now that I live and work in Brooklyn, I rarely use the service, but still get their newsletter. This week, it appears they’ve introduced business accounts in an effort to streamline office ordering…which makes sense. There have been countless nights in ad offices where we’ve all piled on to a singular mega order. Of course Maple wants in on that.

Today’s post isn’t about the prowess of this new business move, it’s more about the playful gif that arrived at the bottom of the email notification. Using chickpeas and green peas, their designer concocted an adorable graph that communicates growth and happiness through healthy ingredients. It resonated, as often times an effort like this falls flat. Here are a few screenshots I strung together to communicate their story. I love it, just like the service.

Spotting Australian Blues

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I just returned from a big trip abroad with my family. We spent two and a half weeks between Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo merging work, vacation and a glorious wedding. I basically used the last of the available space on my phone taking an abundance of pictures and videos. Now that I’m home, I’m starting to sift through the content as I string relevant themes together.

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A simple and obvious palette that surfaced on a daily basis was a blue one. Soft, varied and subtly textured, indigo tiles and textiles were scattered throughout all three cities.

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Some tiles, like the imagery above have been staples in Bondi and Melbourne for many years. The complex simplicity has been distributed through a paired down palette.

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In an illustrative and more linear approach, these aqua swim trunks from Industrie reflect the beach vibe of Sydney with a simple continuous wave.

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Tapping into the palette, yet expanding on the theme, these Liberty prints from The Fabric Store in Melbourne feel relevant to the category, as the conversational prints are muted, busy and neutral.

 

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