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Fabric from the Himalayas 605 402 Julia Ochsenreither

Fabric from the Himalayas

We are excited to announce a new product that we will be carrying in store which is coming to us from a region in the Himalayas known as the Bhutan region. It is an area that is rich in culture and tradition, including the tradition of weaving which is passed down from generation to generation. Textiles have always played an important role in the culture of the Bhutanese, due to the fact that they have many traditional cultural celebrations throughout the year, in which costumes play a large role. The new line of textiles showcases the work of around 20 textile companies, which includes more than 200 weavers. The art of weaving is such an integral part of the culture, that they believe that weaving bring peace and balance.

With the rich nature of the region (70% of its territory is covered in forest), it only makes sense that they would value using regional and natural products and techniques when producing the fabrics. Some materials that are included are: recycled raw silk, wool, cotton, pure wool, among others. Natural dyeing methods are also used in the process. The recipes for the dye are passed down secretly within the families. The Bhutanese value the land and have learned from early on how to use its natural resources in more areas than just weaving. We stand behind these natural methods and materials used for these products that vary greatly in colors and designs!

My Internship at Helma Interior 2048 1536 Julia Ochsenreither

My Internship at Helma Interior

My name is Emma and I did a one-week internship at Helma Interior Design in Heidelberg.  During that time, I was able to get a good overview of the services Helma Interior is offering their clients. The store offers high quality furnishings in a modern style as well as some selected antiques.  Furthermore, they provide a custom project planning with an interior architect. The entire store has a very pleasing and elegant atmosphere.

During the course of my internship, I was able to get an initiation of vending at a retail store. I learned some useful things, which are also very handy to know for everyday life. For me personally, it was very much fun to get in contact with clients.  Due to the fact that every client is different and you get in contact with interesting people.

Later in that week I got to meet Kristine Schober, who is one of the interior architects at Helma interior. She shared some of her expert knowledge with me and explained the main substance of her current projects. One of them included a window decoration. Therefor she taught me many things, for example what different types of pleat tape you can get. The following day I then participated in one of her counselling interviews, which was very fun.

Ultimately I can say, that the store offers a wide spectrum of interior furniture and accessories. From wooden furniture to thin, exclusive fabrics and custom service you can get there everything an interior enthusiast could ask for.

It was a pleasure that Helma Interior offered me the opportunity to gain an insight into this job.

 

Best regards,

Emma

Pillow Fight! 1536 2048 Julia Ochsenreither

Pillow Fight!

Pillows are a wonderful accessory for every home. They can tie together an entire room and make the end product beautiful. They help create a certain atmosphere in a room and serve as a means of comfort. Who hasn’t had that experience of sinking into a soft pillow?

A good thing to do is to get a sense of color for the whole room and to gather these in a pillow collection. You can add neutral tones such as grey, beige, black and white. You can also change the colors according to the different seasons. Fall and Winter will have more muted tones while spring and summer bring fresh and bright colors.

Pillows come in an endless amount of patterns and materials. You can choose from more reserved patterns to unique patterns. A lot can be evoked by using a more unique pattern on its own and mixing it with very neutral pillows. For example, having a row of 5 pillows lined up with the center pillow having an interesting pattern turning into the focal point. Big pillows should be kept more toned down while little pillows can shine with their fun patterns.

Pillows come in different sizes, and its a good idea to mix up the sizes of the pillows as well. Here in Germany, those options are: 50×50, 40×40 and 30×40. You can play around with different ways of arranging the sizes to  best suit your needs.

The Fabrics vary greatly as well. We prefer to use natural materials and fabrics for our pillows, including linen, cotton, silk, Cashmere or Alpaca fur. Everything is welcome. This is another way for you to personalize your selections with material and color.

Solid wood specialty parquet flooring 5472 3648 Julia Ochsenreither

Solid wood specialty parquet flooring

We have worked with skilled craftsmen from the czech republic that produce solid wood specialty parquet flooring as well as furniture pieces. Most pieces are custom and they are true masters at creating the customers unique visions.

The wood used in the projects comes from the Czech Republic, and production also takes place there. Hundreds of square meters of new floors are produced in a two story building equipped with state of the art capentry workshops. Here, they implement the most recent and innovative production techniques. The flooring ranges from boards, parquet flooring to complicated parquet panels. There are 12 basic types of floors that are available in the portfolio, but bespoke parquet panels are more commonly produced to fit the clients needs. The company does not believe in series production so each project is truly unique. For surface treatment hard natural wax oils are used or a wide range of finishing coats made by the English producer Farrow&Ball.

The projects are handcrafted and go through rigorous controls before they reach the clients.

Loro Piana Headquarter Visit 1536 2048 Julia Ochsenreither

Loro Piana Headquarter Visit

For years now we have been working with the wonderful fabric collection from Loro Piana fabrics.

They invited us to visit them in their headquarters in Quarona, in northern Italy and we gladly accepted the invitation. We were welcomed very kindly and they invested a lot of time in our visit. They showed us the process of production for the rare Natural fibers from start (raw material shipment received) to the finished product.

The company, Loro Piana is already in the 6th Generation and therefore they have an unbelievable depth of knowledge and standard of perfection. They have worked in their field so long and know that they can depend on their highly qualified and well-paid delivery personnel who always deliver the best quality fibers. Every step of production is documented and controlled. They even have their own laboratory in which they constantly check the quality and components of the fibers. Their guidelines are very strict. The actual process is a small wonder in itself. From sorting, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and straightening. There are an endless amount of techniques that are used to create the high quality Loro Piana Fabrics.

Loro Piana is proud of the fact that they employ 3000 people which makes them an important employer in the region. The workspaces, impressive production halls and focus on the environment reflect the company’s philosophy which is to make no compromises when it comes to the work and the product.

With the creation of the home collection, Loro Piana is making it possible to now purchase these wonderful high-quality products directly from the source, without any purchasing entities in between. The prices are determined by Loro Piana. For us, Loro Piana fabrics is the nicest and most timeless foundation of classic home decoration with textiles that offer traditional craftsmanship.

Unique Christmas Decorations 768 1087 Julia Ochsenreither

Unique Christmas Decorations

Christmas decorations are available everywhere this time of year. But what if you want something that is a bit out of the ordinary and unique? We have plenty of options that will bring the Christmas spirit into your home in a special way! With all of the options, it is easy to create arrangements that are completely personalized to you.

In the Winter collection you will find natural materials, shades of grey,violet and brown which are timeless and can be used in any room of the house. All items are as always, handmade by skilled craftsmen that are experts in their craft. These items include brass ornaments that look lovely with the contrast of the pine green trees.  The materials that are used are transparent organza, frosted mother of pearl and gossamer filament which mixes well with rustic zinc, golden brass and mouth blown glass. These materials are then bent, braided and folded into the shape of angels, hearts, stars and leaves to name just a few. The inspiration for the designs come from world travel as well as nature. They can be classified into different style directions, including modern bohemian and classic with a twist.

Wether you are looking to expand your christmas decor collection or still need a few presents, take a look at what we have in store and become inspired!

 

Interning at Helma Interior 768 1024 Julia Ochsenreither

Interning at Helma Interior

My name is Jana and I did an internship at Helma Interior Design in Heidelberg.  I`ll give you a little insight into what I’ve done. I spent the last two weeks interning at Helma Interior, which gave me the opportunity to get to know all the areas that Helma Interior Design represents. Have fun reading!

On my first day in my internship, I went at 8 am to Heidelberg. Once there, I was greeted by Karen Niles. After we got to know each other, she introduced me to the morning routine in the store. This store is exhibited with handmade, luxurious furniture, jewelry, decorative and unique items. It is very elegant but gives you as a customer also a cozy feeling.

Later in the day I was introduced to Jannet Butzinger, the interior architect as well as Kristine Schober. On this day, Jannet Butzinger took me to visit a client not far away, so I had the opportunity to experience what the everyday life of an interior architect looks like. Furthermore, I got the task to draw a room by myself, which was really fun.

On Tuesday recruiters from Little Green visited us and presented their new products. A little later in the day, a recruiter for fabric came for a meeting and presented the newest collection of textiles. I found it particularly interesting to join those meetings and to learn trough this way more about textiles and colors. Moreover, Jannet took me with her to another client and showed me what they already did in the house and what is in process. 

In conclusion I can say that it was really interesting to see how much work and love they put in the store. There is a place for every little item. Every item is standing in the right place and attracts the attention of the customer. Through this internship, I could experience the workday of each person, as well as all the tasks. I could see that it never gets boring and that the work is very diversified. In my opinion, especially this is really exciting and important. 

Best regards,

Jana 

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection

As usual, Neptune doesn’t disappoint in this seasons Autumn and Winter collection. Among many of the new items and color palettes, is a fully customizeable wall shelving unit (see Gallery for a photo). This will continue to keep your home up to date with the latest in home design and unlike any other living space.

For starters, Neptune has introduced a new tone for the Autumn line which is „Ink“. This is a navy tone that is so dark it is almost black! The hint of blue is still recognizable, but this is definitely a color for those brave enough for something different. It goes great in spaces that are otherwise neutral and mixed with cognac brown tones and deep oranges for example. You can also use it as an accent color.

Handcrafted Crystal Glass 960 435 Julia Ochsenreither

Handcrafted Crystal Glass

A product that has been in our store for years and we absolutely love are these beautiful handcrafted crystal glass pieces that are produced in the Czech Republic. The collection contains bowls and glasses of all sizes, colors, and patterns. Although they are of the highest quality, they are designed with the intention that they can be used in daily life.

The production focuses on the century old glass making tradition of the Czech Republic while incoroporating new and fresh approaches. Techniques that are used in production are traditional mouth blowing, hand engraving, hand painting, hand cutting and sandblasting of bohemian crystal. These fine pieces of glass are produced by skilled czech craftsmen that are masters in all of the traditional techniques. Each piece of the collection is therefore handcrafted and original.

Bohemian crystal was more sought after by wealthy clients at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and became more popular than venetian glass. The area around the Czech borders became the trading and production center for the glassmaking industry.

Cire Trudon 1080 1080 Julia Ochsenreither

Cire Trudon

Cire Trudon has a history that dates back to 1643, when Claude Trudon became an owner of a boutique on the rue Saint-Honore. This is where he perfected his profession as a grocer as well as a candler. Eventually, the candle manufacture company became the source of his family’s fortune.

Since 1901, Cire Trudons factory is located in the Perche Regional Nature Park. The mission of the park is to protect its environment through actions that help preserve the diversity, for example through water resources as well as guiding sustainable urban growth.

Maison Trudon’s participates in a project that protects the local, endangered species. More specifically, the company has partnered with the local Orne Dark Bee Conservatory, which helps to protect the European dark bee. The dark bee is threatened by agricultural and industrial beekeeping practices. Since Cire Trudon uses Beeswax for their candles, it only makes sense to invest in the preservation of this species. It also goes along with the motto that the company has had since 1643, which is: “They (the bees) work for God and the King.”