Category Archives: Our Destinations

October 15, 2014

Sweet Treats from Around The World

German Sweets

Did you know that Trick-or-Treating is a customary Halloween tradition that began in the late 1940s? The act of going door to door receiving food existed in Great Britain and Ireland where it was known as “souling”. Children (and often the poor) would sing and say prayers for the dead and in return receive cakes.

We thought we’d use this holiday as an opportunity to introduce to you a few sweet German treats. Perhaps you’ll be able to expand your selection of candy for the big day!

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September 29, 2014

Collaboration with Blink Blink

Anna Niestroj - blink blink

“My way of working represents an artistic creative process: irrational, intuitive, inquiring and interwoven. As a designer, however, I reserve the right to always keep the goal in mind and seek for solutions to existing problems. I test, scour, question and reject methods and in the best case new is discovered this way – always challenging the innovation in consideration of the real customers needs.”

Anna Niestroj founded BLINKBLINK in 2012 as an open interactive design studio.

blink blink fabric dressBlink-Blink-Tea-Collection-Dress

We collaborated with the talented pattern designer Anna Neistroj for our Germany Collection. Here is a little interview with our favorite guest artist.

Where do you live now?  In Berlin!

Favorite destination in Germany?  Berlin… and surroundings. And any old town in the country.

Favorite destination worldwide?  Seasides, Riversides, Lakesides! I wouldn’t prefer a specific place.

Did you always want to be an artist? As a child what career did you want?  As a 5 year old: violinist. Soon I wanted to be an entrepreneur: doing things and selling it to people. As my father was an artist I considered myself even so ;)

Favorite Color?  Turquoise

Where do you get your inspiration?  From materials, printed matter, the internet, travels and the city I live in (+ people that live here.).

We were thrilled to discover your work while we were researching for our Germany collection. Your collages feel like a contemporary evolution of the Bauhaus artists. Is Bauhaus a strong influence on your work?  It makes me happy to read this! I actually didn’t think of bauhaus while I created the collages but I think it still came to me via ‘zeitgeist’ ;)Blink-Blink-Gunta-Stolzl-1

left: artwork by Bauhaus artist Gunta Stölzl, right: artwork by Anna Niestroj / Blink Blink

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left: artwork by Bauhaus artist Wassily Kandinsky, right: artwork by Anna Niestroj / Blink Blink

Who are some of your favorite contemporary German artists?  David Schnell, Katharina Grosse, …David-Schnell--Katharina-Grosse

left: artwork by David Schnell, right: artwork by Katharina Grosse

Will you send us a picture of your studio and tell us a little about your typical work day?  There is no typical work day, except for being in the studio a lot (experimenting, printing, etc.), using the computer a lot (designing, communications, etc.) and welcoming all sorts of people. I have a fiew clients that I work for repeatingly. But the most jobs I do are on project-base and singular.

anna neistroj blink blink studio workspace

some shots of Anna Niestroj / Blink Blink’s inspiring workspace

Emily Meyer visiting Blink Blink's Berlin Studio

Emily and Anna in Anna’s Studio/ Anna standing in the doorway to her studio space.

Do you have a cause or charity that is important to you?  I think that the place I choose for my studio is a special form of charity. I’m ‘donating’ some color and joy to a pretty rough area / neighborhood. Also I think that ‘Think global, act local.’ is a good leitmotif.

August 28, 2014

Inspiring Artists

Tea Collection inspired by Gabriele Munter Gabriele Münter was a German painter who was one of the founding members of the artists’ group, Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”). This organization of artists based in Germany, contributed greatly to the development of abstract art.

Münter was born to an upper middle class family in Berlin. From a very young age, Gabriele knew she wanted to become an artist. In 1898 at age 21, she decided to take a trip to America with her sister to visit family and explore other parts of the world. They traveled around America for over two years, spending the most time in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Her childhood and early adulthood greatly impacted her future artistic career.

She led a free and unrestricted life that was not limited by convention, allowing her to experience the world in a way most women were unable to at this time. She began talking classes at the Phalanx School in Munich, where she studied woodcut techniques, sculpture, painting and printmaking. It is here were she met Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky, who happened to be the school’s director at the time. The two became very close both professionally and personally and ended up traveling widely together before settling again in Germany where they divided their time between Munich and the village of Murnau in the Bavarian Alps.

Our trip to the Die Brücke museum was a very inspiring one. We fell in love with the contrast color palette and knew it was going to be an important story to tell within our own collection.

Erich Heckel inspired Tea Collection

photo courtesy of paintingstar.com

Make our ‘Gabriele’s Garden’ print your very own by downloading a black and white version and creating you own color scheme! click here for the coloring page

August 26, 2014

Fall Sneak Peek

Tea Collection Fall 2014

The Bavarian and Black Forests of Germany are famous for fairytales, quaint villages and cuckoo clocks. For folksy Old World paintings and charming cottages.As the Expressionist art movement took shape in the early 20th century, many German artists went into the woods to draw, to paint, to find inspiration.

This season Tea celebrates the creative spirit. We’ve taken both modernist art themes like those of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) as well as traditional Bavarian motifs and made them entirely Tea!

Here’s a peek at our fall collection…

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August 6, 2014

Traditional + Classic

Germany

Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?

German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?

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August 4, 2014

German Goods

Made in Germany 1 eikon lamps // 2 ruhla mechanical clock // 3 glass tea pot // 4 slowmo tote 5 seil marschall hiking pack // 6  kerosene lanterns // 7 nivea creme // 8 dansk fjord flatware // 9 birkenstock
10 sandwichbikes

If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!