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A few days ago, I blogged about W’s December 2013 Art Issue featuring George Clooney in a suit painted by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. W’s magazine cover inspired me to look more into her work and the 2012 Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama collaboration, images of which I also shared in the previous post. Today I’m sharing some of the A-MAZING in-store experiences Louis Vuitton created around the world in cities like Paris, London and New York. It’s neat seeing Kusama’s work come to life in an retail experience. Each of these pop-up shops are practically works of art themselves. As a windows and in-store experience designer, and someone into textile and pattern design, Kusama’s work is the perfect marriage of the two. So check out these interiors and beautiful store windows below. Embrace the polka dot. Love the polka dot!

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And now for the store windows (below).

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I’m literally obsessed, OBSESSED with the W Magazine‘s new December 2013 cover for “The Art Issue.” I can’t get enough of it. What a playful use of color and pattern, and doesn’t George Clooney look great? So unexpected. Clooney is wearing a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, and shoes, customized by Yayoi Kusama. According to W’s site, In the late ’60s, Kusama’s celebrity rivaled that of Andy Warhol. A central figure on the New York avant-garde scene, Kusama was famous for her delicately patterned abstract canvases, soft furniture with phalluses, and happenings in which she painted naked participants with her now signature polka dots. She also had her own clothing shop, where she sold her racy designs. But when the emotional issues that had plagued her since childhood proved overwhelming, she quit New York and entered a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she has resided ever since. You may also recognize Kusama’s work from the Louis Vuitton collaborations a year or two ago. The December 2013 issue of W magazine is on newsstands now.

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Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton (above & below).

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Josef Frank “Manhattan” textile on Linen (above).

Today I bring you my third (and final) post in a series about Scandinavian textile designer Josef Frank. Originally I’d intended to release these posts back to back (to back) but work got a little crazy, so better late than never! As my other posts focused on nature/plants and bird motifs, this post contains some of Frank’s more unique patterns. “Manhattan” is one of my favorite Frank patterns, partly because I live in NYC, but also because how graphic it is. The way it repeats is also pretty inventive. From 1942-1946, Josef Frank lived and worked as a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. Frank found Manhattan’s city plan so interesting in its brutal simplicity that he created the Manhattan design which includes a map of the island. Frank designed similar patterns in this style for Stockholm, both of its city grid and another depicting its architecture. I hope you enjoy this final look (at least for now) of one of my favorite textile designers, Josef Frank. If you see anything you like, check out Svenskt Tenn‘s website, or Just Scandinavian here in NYC to see Frank’s work in person.

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Frank’s “Manhattan” textile in person at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm (above) from my study tour of Sweden. As you can see below, this pattern has been applied to several products at Svenkst Tenn including coasters, laminated wooden trays and pillows. I have one of the small trays, but would love the Manhattan print on just about anything.

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Josef Frank_Textile Terrazzo PillowJosef Frank “Terrazzo” pillow (above).

According to Svenskt Tenn’s website, of Frank 160+ patterns, only two varied from nature motifs, “Terrazzo” is one of such prints (below). This print was sent to Estrid Ericson as a gift on her 50th birthday in 1944.

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I was lucky enough to see “Terrazzo” in person during my visit to Svenkst Tenn in 2011. This pattern also comes on everything from pillows to plates (below).

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Close up view of a Frank textile at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Sweden (above).

Continuing in my week of posts devoted to Scandinavian textile designer Josef Frank, today I bring you a new series of patterns. While compiling patterns to share from Svenskt Tenn‘s website (a great resource for all things Frank, and beautiful interiors) I noticed many of Frank’s patterns depict scenes with animals. I enjoy Frank’s creative approach to drawing animals, and especially birds. It’s clear nature played a huge role as inspiration for the designer. Interestingly enough, in this post I’m sharing both the FIRST and LAST patterns Frank ever created (with an artistic output of 170 patterns, these two patterns are then quite special). Hope you enjoy Day 2 of Josef Frank (check out Day 1 if you haven’t already), and of course, get into it!

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  “Anakreon” textile by Josef Frank on Cotton. Anakreon was the first pattern that Josef Frank designed for Svenskt Tenn. The pattern, completed in 1938, originates from a 3,500 year-old fresco from the palace in Knossos on Crete. It is named after Anacreon, the Greek poet from 500 B.C. who was famous for his songs about love and drinking. Available in two colorways (above and below).

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“Gröna Fåglar” (or Green Birds) textile by Josef Frank on Cotton (above). A Frank classic.

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“Italian Dinner” textile by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Butterfly” textile by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Himalaya” textile by Josef Frank on Linen (above). Josef Frank designed this pattern, which would be his last, in 1950. Looking back on his life‘s work, he summed it up in a culmination which he named Himalaya. In the pattern, a paradise on earth is drawn against the backdrop of rounded mountains in dramatic colours; the bounty of autumn and the pleasure of spring.

Sad this was his last pattern, but how lucky are we that his legacy endures and is thriving after all these years?

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Interior by Svenskt Tenn (above) – the Stockholm-based store producing Frank’s textiles

Almost 3 years ago, I blogged about the amazing architect turned textile designer Josef Frank during my study tour across Scandinavia. Since it’s been so long I thought I’d refresh everyone’s memory this week with a series of posts devoted to this wondrous designer. For those that don’t know, Josef Frank (1885-1967) is very famous in the Scandinavian design (and especially textile world) but I hadn’t heard of him until studying abroad in 2011. During his long career, Frank designed 170 patterns for printed fabrics, about 125 of which have been printed at least once. Roughly 40 of them are classics, most of them floral patterns, which although more than fifty years old, have not lost their freshness. These fabrics were produced exclusively for Svenskt Tenn, the modern day gatekeeper of Frank’s legacy. Today his fabrics are applied to everything from curtains, pillows, wood trays, handbags and furniture. Visiting their store was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go back!

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite floral motif patterns. It’s clear nature served as a hugely inspiring source for the designer. Many of these prints are considered “classics” and are printed on just about anything today. What I love so much about these patterns is that despite having a narrow focus (plants, flowers, etc), each is illustrated so differently. Some prints are very realistic, a few look like botanical specimens, while others are fantastical imaginations of exotic botanical scenes. I hope you enjoy this trip down (blogging) memory lane as I once again share the beautiful work of Josef Frank. Get into it!

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“La Plata” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Loops” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Milles Fleur” (the French translation for a Thousand Flowers) by Josef Frank on Linen (above). I love in this pattern, none of the flowers touch, each is an individual precious illustration instead of an all-over pattern repeat, less intertwined and complex, but still beautiful.

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“Primavera” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Brazil” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). One of my favorites – look at the amazing colors!

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“Celotocaulis” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). This pattern was originally designed by Josef Frank in the 1920s. Caulis is the Latin word for flower stalk and Celoto comes from an Asian flower species characterized by a plume-like flower cluster. This pattern is very different in style and repeat as you can see above with only slight pattern shifts.

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“Djungel” (or jungle) by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Nippon” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Notturno” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Drinks” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). Also one of my favorites, love how this pattern looks like botanical illustrations, and how each plant is surrounded by black, making the illustrations look like cutouts. Super graphic!

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“Poisons” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Tulpan” (or Tulips) by Josef Frank on Linen (above). Huge Frank classic.

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“Vegetable Tree” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

Hope you enjoyed Day 1 of my Josef Frank series, tomorrow I’ll be sharing more of Frank’s patterns, but with a new theme. Stay tuned.

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Exciting news! The fine folks at Kapitza studio in the UK are at it again. You may remember, this past February I blogged about Kapitza’s first Geometric Pattern book and the beautiful digital textiles that fill its pages. Sadly I was never able to get my hands on a copy (welp!), but now you’re in luck. The duo behind Kapitza (sisters Nicole and Petra Kapitza) started a Kickstarter project to fund printing this second volume. So here’s your chance to own one for yourself. There’s also cool goodies that come with supporting this project like tote bags, prints, signed copies, etc – so check it out. I’m particularly excited about the printer test sheets. I think this is SUCH a good idea. Saturdays Surf NYC sold limited edition test sheets of their latest magazine. There’s something cool about the printer marks and seeing the book spreads laid out on a flat sheet. Must be the graphic designer in me. So if you’re a lover of color and pattern like me, head over to Kickstarter now to get Geometric Two for yourself! Get into it.

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How cool do these look (page spreads above).
Keep in mind these are all “pattern fonts,” instead of using letters within a font on the computer, Kapitza created patterns with each character, or parts of a pattern (like shapes) where each letter would normally be, and manipulated the colors to create the patterns you see above. I have abolutley NO idea how they do it, but what a great idea!

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Test sheet (above). Would make a great print to hang in your apartment.
Again, check out their Kickstarter project here.

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Flat Vernacular Sunset Floral Print

While perusing through my usual blogs, I stumbled across Flat Vernacular, a Brooklyn-based design studio specializing in hand-drawn, hand-printed, and one of a kind wallpapers. The studio was started by Payton Turner and Brian Kasper, two designers that have fully embraced their love for patterns and started Flat Vernacular. All the patterned prints are 100% made in the USA featuring custom details with some made of 3D elements. I’m in love with their sticker wallpapers, created by placing hundreds or thousands of stickers meticulously by hand. Flat Vernacular’s patterns blur the line between fine art and design while not taking themselves too seriously. For a few more days, they have a pop-up shop on Pier 17 in NYC’s South Street Seaport. I got to see a bunch of their work last night and I’m so impressed. I’m dying to get my hands on the Sunset Floral print (above). To see all of their work, check out their site, or follow them on Instagram + Twitter. Get into the patterns yall.

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The designers, Brian and Payton.

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