Meet the Maker - Suji Kim

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Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ....?

Suji Kim. I live and work in Seoul, South Korea.

I studied Textile design at Central Saint Martins and after graduating from Uni in 2017, I started a lifestyle brand labelled Koikoi.

What's your pelican story - what inspired you to start making?

I usually get inspiration from things that I see in my daily life, such as a vase on a table, a dog lying on a sofa, and colourful laundry hanging on washing lines

As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line? 

Before making a new piece, the most agonising thing is how to find something special in everyday life and reinterpret it.

People feel different and express things differently, even though they see the same object in the same space. So I’m most concerned about how to reinterpret everyday materials maintaining the Koikoi’s overall concept and colour palettes

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Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?

As a brand that I have just started, I will participate in various exhibitions in Korea, London, Tokyo, Paris, etc. and introduce my brand. After that, I want to be involved in collaborations with various studios or brands.

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?

Great design is not only fictional but also be aesthetic. 

Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration? 

My favourite city is London. Although it was hard to be alone without family and friends, it is the most familiar city after Seoul and now it feels like a second home. I was inspired a lot while studying in London, and I think it was time to know what my work style is, what design I like, and I really miss the time I spent at Uni.

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Can’t live without….  

Well, it is really boring and obvious answer, but I can't live without my family. They are my best friends. They know about me the most and really trust and support me with all their heart. I'd be so sad without them.

Should live without……

i should probably live without my phone. I don't seem to have enough time to look around because I'm looking for something on my cell phone every time I travel. Also, I’m often interrupted by text messages and phone calls when I work or concentrate on something. It would be great not to be interrupted by my phone even for a few days.

Any final words?

Thank you so much for giving me an opportunity to feature on your journal.

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Meet The Maker - Bertrand Jayr

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Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ….?

Bertrand Jayr, I live and work in Lyon, France.  Independent artist and product designer. Graduated from l’Ecole d’Art Appliqué in Lyon, France. 4-year course of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. The school has now merged with Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Profoundly connected to the city of Lyon, where I was born, raised and have evolved, the city is my anchoring point as a cultural model and my identity reference.  This aspect has been the determining factor for my personal and professional evolution.

Positioning:   Witnessing life.  Exploring the shortcomings of our society with lightness in a game of intentional seriousness. Include a sort of evidence in my works that somehow deletes the object for the benefit of the idea.  Create a subtle shift, a dialogue between fiction and reality in order to arise a reflection by interpellation.

What’s your pelican story - what inspired you to start making?

I enjoy making objects speak.  I was a very shy and reserved kid.  As long as I can remember, my favourite way of expressing myself was by plastic expression instead of talking.

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A designer can apply an artistic approach in the development of his works, but he must keep in mind that the approach and the final product are two different entities. In general, I think that the process of creating is identical for many different specialities.

For me, seen from a purely artistic viewpoint, the technicality on its own cannot stand alone but is a useful means for the accomplishment of the final object. It is at the service of the idea behind. I have always distinguished and privileged “express” and “do”.  In addition, my “way of doing” becomes my “way of expressing”.  To me, it is the intention that directs the act.  I don’t know how other artists get their ideas, but mine mostly appear by a trivial reflection somewhere in my brain and hereby calls for my memory.  The idea takes form and it simply persists or subsists.  This is where I describe it in writing. The artistic writing seeds for the process of elaboration (experimentation and realisation) which is merely a simple implementation and a phase of pure execution.

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As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line? 

I do not impose any restrictions on my work except that my message should be universal and understood all over the world.

 

Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?

Right now, I am engaged in a new creative phase with Lyon Béton with whom I collaborate as artist and independent designer.  Lyon Béton and I intend to continue this collaboration and we are far from having said our last word yet in terms of design.

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?

Innovative design is a messenger of sense, both shy and talkative while uniting creativity and use. The sensible design brings poetry, humour and singularity to objects, which mostly are without these qualities.

I am greatly influenced by Conceptual Art mostly of social or environmental character. My sources are multiple and evolve over time. Sometimes I can evolve outside the box of conventional art.

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Who inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?

You.

If you weren't a maker, what would you be doing?

Maybe pastry cooking, why not?

 

Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?

I need the urban environment and the architectural inspiration, but I also need to connect to nature. I find both very stimulating. 

I need to be surrounded by people as well as needing solitude in order to be able to create.

Can't live without ...

Thinking about new ideas.

Should live without ...

Thinking about new ideas all the time.

Any final words?

Thank you for the opportunity to feature on your page.  Your articles are of great relevance and I really like your editorial style.  Long Life to pelican story and thank you for including me.

 

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We are very excited to say that Olivia Aspinall Studio will be returning alongside Pelican Story pop-up at Kreativ House in Hackney for a series of coaster casting workshops.   Kreativ House is a beautifully designed and independently run workspace that supports a collective of small businesses in East London. 

From noon on Friday 15th June through to 530pm Sunday 15th April, you will be able to come and shop design-led homewares - many of which are exclusive to pelican story -  gifts, beautiful coffee table books and notepads. 

Olivia will be running her ever-popular series of casting workshops, where you will learn the basics of casting with Jesmonite and create a set of coasters in your own design. These workshops are now fully booked  

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Meet the Maker - Maria Gustavsson

For our June edition of meet the maker,  Swedish designer and founder of Swedish Ninja talks about her future collaboration plans, products with heart and inspiring cities. 

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Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ...?

Maria Gustavsson, Founder of Swedish Ninja. We are based in Malmö, Sweden and Vejle Denmark.

What's your Pelican Story - what inspired you to start making?

After being in the furniture industry as a freelance designer for 10 years I felt a desire for a more experimental Scandinavian style both in colour, style and material. I have also always dreamed of starting my own brand and I love challenges and to learn new things!  

As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?

Yes, if the product has a heart! I want Swedish Ninja products to last a lifetime. For that to happen we need to make sure we make brave and functional designs that one feels proud of owning and gets attached to.

Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?

I want to create a multinational Ninja world collaborating with designers from around the world and experiment with style, materials and cultures.  

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?

Great design stays in your mind and you start to reflect on the piece and how you would like to use it. Also, I love it if the piece can be used in many different environments and is multifunctional.

I get excited when I can see that many artists have started their own production which is fantastic

Who inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?

Everyday people and travelling

If you weren't a maker, what would you be doing?

I would have loved to work as a  gardener

Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?

Cities - Malmö, Copenhagen, London, Melbourne, San Fransisco.

Place -  the farm where I grew up. I love going to my parents and always finds it so peaceful.

People - I find my friends to be very inspiring but also I truly enjoy sitting at a café and just watch people who are passing by.

Can’t live without….

My kids

Should live without…….

Stress

Any final words?

Looking forward to seeing you in September in London

 

91 Magazine reviews the pelican story pop-up X Olivia Aspinall workshop

Last month, pelican story and Olivia Aspinall held a three-day event at the beautifully designed and independently run Kreativ House in Hackney Central.  The wonderful folk over at 91 Magazine, an independent interiors and lifestyle magazine, covered our event and the beautiful images were captured by Jemma Watts Photography.  

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pelican story hosted a three-day pop-up shop, whereby you could shop the entire range whilst taking a peek at one of the workshops hosted by surface maker Olivia Aspinall. 

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The two hour coaster casting workshop produced some amazing results......

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You can read the full article here...

 

We will be back in a few weeks time on June 15th, 16th & 17th doing it all again!. Click the link below for more info! See you soon !

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Meet The Maker - Troels Flensted

For our May edition of Meet The Maker,  Danish maker Troels Flensted talks about his love for London, art and experimentation. 

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Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ....?

Troels Flensted, I design and make unique sculptural objects in Copenhagen, Denmark

What's your pelican story - what inspired you to start making?

I’ve always been interested in materials and how they behave. It became a natural thing for me to experiment with as many different materials as I could find and from these experiments, I naturally started to make objects based on their unique qualities.

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As a maker do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?

Every object needs, in my opinion, to have an interesting story to tell, otherwise, it becomes meaningless and irrelevant. I try to create objects with new and meaningful stories, so I always ask myself if the project brings something new and interesting.

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Which direction do you see yourself going in the future?

I’ve started to focus more on commissions and small limited edition collections as it gives me a lot of creative freedom.

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design?

Great design is something you feel connected to and want to keep and cherish - objects where an emotional connection can occur.

Who inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?

I find a lot of inspiration in art. It’s not important to consider function in art which gives a creative freedom in the use of materials and techniques which I find truly inspiring.

If you weren't a maker, what would you be doing?

Even though I work crazy hours every week, I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else.

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Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?

I miss London from my time at Central Saint Martins. All the great museums and cultural offers. I also miss hanging out with my good friends who still live there. Fortunately, I’m in London at least two times a year.

Can’t live without….

I would definitely miss good coffee.

Should live without…….

I should probably live without internet – at least for a few months. Would be great not being distracted by notifications, emails etc. for a little while.

Any final words?

I’m very honoured to be Maker of the Month

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Meet the Maker - Olivia Aspinall

Welcome Springtime (!) and welcome to another edition in our meet the maker series.  This month Olivia Aspinall shares her world of design with us and what inspires her each day.   

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Intro - name, discipline, where are you based ....?

My name is Olivia Aspinall and I run a surface design studio based in Nottingham. We produce handmade surfaces for use within interiors. 

What's your Pelican Story - what inspired you to start making?

It was my year studying Art Foundation that really kicked off my interest in making. When I studied it was such an open and free course and the tutors encouraged everyone to explore all the time. I started that year not really knowing what I wanted to do and ended up studying Textile Design at Central Saint Martins, which gave me a really good grounding in colour and design. After graduating I worked various jobs within the interiors industry, but ultimately knew I wanted to do something that involved hands on making. 

As a maker, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line? 

Quite a lot of questions. Who will want this? Do i need to make this? How can I make this better? How can I make this more sustainable? When i'm working on commissioned work a lot of these questions are already answered for me, which is reassuring that the piece I am creating already has a home. 

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Which direction do you see yourself going in the future ?

I've recently moved to a bigger studio, which has allowed me to take on larger and more complex projects. I want to keep producing for one off projects, these projects are always exciting and I like the problem solving aspect of these. I will continue to develop new collections. I would like to work on some projects that involve more than just the surfaces, maybe moving slightly into interior architecture. I'd love to design restaurant or hotel interiors. 

What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design? 

There have been lots of amazing new restaurant interiors recently.  The perfect mixtures of materials, colours and furniture. These inspire me to create new surfaces that will work for these sort of spaces. 

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Who or what inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?

The mountains. I recently hiked around Yosemite.  The colours and textures were wonderful. 

If you weren't a maker, what would you be doing?

I have the illusion that i'd make a great detective.  

Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?

I've just got back from LA and despite quite a lot of rain, when the sun did come out the colours were like nowhere else, very bright and fresh. Also the 40s interiors were all amazing, especially the bathroom and kitchen tiles.

Can’t live without…. Very boring. A morning cup of tea and a mid morning coffee.
 

Should live without……. I'm slowly moving from vegetarian to vegan, so I should be living without eggs and cheese. It's proving a bit tricky for me so far.  Oh and Easter chocolate!

Thank you Olivia! x

Olivia's beautiful terrazzo coasters are available to buy on pelican story now

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We are very excited to say that Olivia Aspinall Studio will be returning alongside Pelican Story pop-up at Kreativ House in Hackney for a series of coaster casting workshops.   Kreativ House is a beautifully designed and independently run workspace that supports a collective of small businesses in East London. 

From noon on Friday 13th April through to 6pm Sunday 15th April, you will be able to come and shop design-led homewares - many of which are exclusive to Pelican Story -  gifts, beautiful coffee table books and notepads. 

Olivia will be running her ever popular series of casting workshops, where you will learn the basics of casting with Jesmonite and create a set of coasters in your own design. Places are limited to 8 per session.  

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We look forward to seeing you in April!

 

Winter sale - last few days

Last few days of our Winter Sale - further reductions across many products.   We are also offering free shipping across all sale and non-sale purchases - click 'FREE SHIPPING' at checkout. 

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Pantone's Colour of 2018 is Ultraviolet and we were pleased to see Lund's oil slick storage box featured in the Evening Standard online edition this month. You can read more of this article, written by Roddy Clark here:   

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AW17 trends

AW 17 - what's in store

As we move into winter, it looks like interior trends are on the move too with a change away from some of the strong trends of the last 12 months into new interior styles including colour blocking, confetti patterns and fine lines. 

The aesthetic of Japanese minimalism is still one of the trends at the forefront of AW 17 with understated styles featuring in architectural projects around the world. Clean lines, natural materials and quality craftsmanship create a serene and pared back look. We love the concrete rocking chair by French Designer Lyon Beton which perfectly captures this natural aesthetic. The Say-Daw lamp is another piece that works well with this trend, being created by a studio in London following a design from Japanese designer Reiji Yamazaki –  plus “Say-Daw” means “stillness and mobility” in Japanese.

Scandinavia also continues to influence homewares, with Lagom bumping hygge from the throne it’s occupied since last winter. Lagom is a Swedish concept meaning “just the right amount”. For a “less is more” feel with style in the home you can’t go wrong with an ‘Arles’ floor lamp or a slow coffee style brewer stand by Kinto. If you’re looking for a great gift for someone who loves all things Nordic, check out New Nordic Design, a book by Dorothea Gundtoft which gives insights from 50 Scandinavian designers.

Statement lighting will play a key role in finishing a living space and creating atmosphere. One of the most unique, statement pieces of lighting that we’ve seen in a while is this Slow glow lamp by NEXT Architects and Aura Luz Melis. The heat of the bulb gradually melts the substance inside the lamp, making it glow brighter and become warmer – perfect for adding atmosphere to a room. DROOG’s sticky lamp is another unique, contemporary piece that can be adhered to wherever you want in the home.  

One thing that isn’t changing is the evergreen trend, bringing the outdoors into the home. If you haven’t yet filled your home with enough plants to rival a botanical garden then why not grab a copy of Plant Style by Alana Langan & Jacqui Vidal to get some inspiration of how to bring some greenery inside.  Complement your bulbs (plant not light!) with KINTO's glass vases, which really put the spotlight on not only the flower but the bulb as well.  

Consider incorporate colourblocking, another key trend for interiors in AW 17, with the Living Things plant pot. The 2017 winner of the European Product Design Award, this stylish pot allows for optimum growth conditions as well as adding a key colour pop. Camille Walala’s Tribal Pop Organiser is another colourblocking piece that’s perfect for this trend as well as Christmas gifting. 

What’s your favourite AW 17 interiors trend and how will you be incorporating this into your home?

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