So last week I shared some of my favourite sightings from a few special sections of the Tendence 2012 show. Today, I would like to share all the other stands and products that grabbed my attention. Some you may already know about, but hopefully you will make a few discoveries here too.
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House of Rym
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I was so excited to see the House of Rym stand! I believe it was their first time exhibiting at Tendence and I had recently just discovered their website a few weeks prior. I had fallen right in love with the Foutas. Spotting them right away, hanging elegantly on the back wall, I asked if I could touch them, trying to hold back my excitement. A very lovely lady, whose name I later discovered was Rym (yes, one of the actual founders of House of Rym!) encouraged me to do so. They felt amazing! So if you are thinking of getting one, rest assured, the quality of these 100% cotton, hand woven Foutas is fabulous. I was also completely charmed by the porcelain.
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House of Rym is "the place where ancient Tunisian handcrafts and contemporary Scandinavian design fall head over heels. In love." And my heart melts :) Find out more about House of Rym.
Lübech Living - The Oohh Collection
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The Oohh Collection by Lübech Living instantly stood out to me. Made mainly of recycled paper and other natural materials like sand and pure rubber latex, the Torn Edge Pots were my favourite items from the group. Simple and natural, these sweet pots come in relaxing muted hues. To the touch they feel soft and malleable, although they are actually quite hardwearing. I feel like plants who live in these pots are sure to be smiling. Visit Lübech Living to see more from this collection and the rest of their product range.
Side By Side
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Side By Side was a nice discovery for me. The calm feeling of their stand, thanks to the minimal and natural appeal of their products, lured me right in. Their goal is to "produce high quality design products with one thing in mind, to make our lives beautifully different". I see this idea clearly reflected in my favourite products; the 1 for 8 Hanging Coat Rack and the Keep'Ot Tea Pot Warmer. Visit Side By Side to see more of their design products. If you see something you like, then hop over to their online shop.
Wärmebank (Warming Bench) by Raumgestalt
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|images courtesy of Shtox|
You couldn't just walk by the Shtox stand without stopping for at least a few moments. I stayed long enough to take this video and ask a few questions after.
I was really captivated. The black backdrop, the floating, white-gloved hands, spinning these beautiful glasses! Shtox is a collection of crystal tumblers that have a unique, super precise and specially designed bottom that allows them to spin with the simple flick of your wrist. I feel like some people may think it's just a gimmick. Why is it necessary for glasses to spin? To me, the presentation was so magical. We are often looking to enhance our lives with the appreciation of the simple beauty of little things, and I think Shtox glasses offer exactly that. Fun and delight in life's simple pleasures. Plus I'm always a fan of innovative ideas, and the design of these tumbler bottoms is completely unique. You can order them online or see the list of shops to find one near you.
Concrete Home Design (CHD)
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It may not surprise you that I smiled when I saw all these products made from concrete. The light, the door stop and the candle holders were among my favourites. All the products at CHD are hand made in Germany by designer Clement Terreng. His passion for concrete was very obvious to me as I looked and touched all the items on display. If you love concrete like me, you may want to check out the rest of their products.
Cuckoo Clocks by Carl Grüttert
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My mom loves cuckoo clocks so I had to investigate further when I saw these. I really liked the contemporary designs most. It was surprising to see such a usually traditional object dressed in bright, funky colours. Of course they had the beautiful classic style cuckoos there too. The Carl Grüttert company has been making clocks since 1890 and they pride themselves on maintaining their traditional, quality, craftsmanship. I feel like their funky line of cuckoo clocks bring those values right into our modern times. Visit their website and check out the shop to learn more. If you are fascinated by cuckoo clocks, have a look at this video where Carl Grüttert gives us a glimpse into their inner structures.
Pleased To Meet
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Pleased To Meet was highly recommended by some lovely bloggers I met at the show. So off I went to find their stand and boy, was I delighted that I did. Journals, cards, tags, wrapping paper and prints boasting the sweetest designs ever. I was won over with just on glance. "It is a love for mid century design and the drawing on childhood memories that serve as continuous inspirations for an ever evolving collection", say the founding German couple of Pleased To Meet. You can order their products right from the website, and they ship worldwide.
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Last but not least, Pimentos was another new discovery for me. Actually, what they offer is really not the type of thing I would seek out or even be that interested in, but these products were pulling me in. There was something special, honest about them. So I touched them and looked at them and the more I did, the more mesmerised and enchanted I became. I learned that Pimentos was started by a lady in Austria, Karin Wohlschlager, who has a knack for crafts and sewing. After her children were all grown up, she immersed herself more into her hobby. When other people saw her creations, they asked if she could make them something too. One thing led to another and before she knew it, in 2011, she had enough reason to start Pimentos - a place to offer her talent, passion and creative designs to everyone. Now Pimentos is enthusiastically run by Karin and her husband Wilhelm. All their products are hand made and therefore each one unique, using only the highest quality natural materials. I feel that something really remarkable radiates from these products and this company - the love, the passion, the talent ... I don't know. But either way Pimentos left a lasting impression.
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That's all folks. I hope you liked some of the things I shared here from the Tendence show.
Until next time!