Monthly Archives: March 2012

Design Finds, Life Behind Jumpers

Pringle of Scotland has commissioned artist David Shrigley to create a humorous short animated film about life behind-the-scenes at Pringle to celebrate the brands return to Milan Fashion Week. Made my day.

( thanks  @dedersch  via )


Design Finds, The Perfect Beauty

She Is Just Perfect.

Uma Thurman by Peter Lindberg for Vogue Italia February 2012




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Buy Design, T-shirt design by Makss L.L.

T-shirt design by Makss L.L.:

Do you think it’s Isabel Marant or someone who’s making copies of her?

Nope, it’s an original T-shirt design by my oldest son. He made these t-shirts  in August 2011, while he was in the summer camp LABA DABA in Latvia.

here is a video from the summer camp :

When he came back, he offered these 3 T-shirt for  a prize 150 NOK for each. Than I didn’t realized that my kid is a trend forecaster.

So, he was before Isabel Marant SS 2012 was showed in Paris.

Now I’m on the top of the wave with my original T-shirts  and when I check prices on, I think, I made an incredibly good deal.

design by Isabel Marant:

Design Tips, Kids Friendly Margiela

Now Zoe’s favorite toy is this Russian dolls set from Maison Marten Margiela, Collection 13. She really enjoys to putting them together and taking apart.

The dolls  are Made In Russia and smell like a pine.

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Design Work, Zaza Kids Oslo

PROJECT : Zaza Kids Oslo


Zaza Couture is a children’s fashion label, own by Tereze Gruntmanis, Latvian born designer, who lives in Dallas, the USA. Although Zaza Couture is an American brand, it’s produced in Latvia of the high quality European fabrics, that Tereze personally chooses by traveling the world and visiting European textile shows. The primary accent is always a color. Zaza has chosen the three basic colors :

lime green- 14-0452 tpx

hot pink –  17-1937 tpx

orange peel -16-1359 tpx

The Spring 2012 the first Zaza Couture’s shop Zaza Kids opened in Scandinavia. It’s located in Oslo, Norway. Since Tereze lives in Dallas, Vesma Kontere McQuillan took care of Zaza Couture visual communication strategy in Oslo. Vesma is Latvian born interior architect, who lives in Oslo.

It was a low budget project and  with the main focus on Zaza’s colors and  the window display. The shop owner did all construction work himself.

The window display was done by the students of Studio 3D from Westerdals School of Communication.


Project type: Retail Design, Rehabilitation

Area: Shop 21m2

Adress: Eugeniesgt.1, entrance from Theresesgt., Oslo, Norway

Interior Architect: Vesma K. McQuillan

Window Display: Studio 3D Westerdals

Customer and Owner: Jan E. Ridd

Photographer: Gatis Rozenfelds, F64

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Design Work, The Best Window Decoration

Since now I’m working for the Department of Commercial Interior and Visual Merchandising at the Westerdals School Of Communication, where the main focus is on retail design and interior architecture, I ‘ve developed a special interest for window decoration and visual merchandising design. It’s a very difficult area to work around, because it’s the most commercial one. Very often the all cool concepts end up just with a styling of the things that shops find difficult to sell. And it’s easily for a designer to become tacky and for window decoration to look cheap , even for the luxury brands that invest in the window decoration.

I find that the best window decoration for the moment are done by Arnold Goron for Isabel Marant. He has done the packaging’s concept and illustrations for Isabel Marant as well. Sometimes I think, that my decision to purchase something from Isabel Marant is made not because of a seasons ” must have” by her, but because of the Goron’s work. As such, the goal of visual communication designs is.


Design Awards, Dinamo Art Direction for BIT Bogstadveien 48

Yesterday I passed by BIT, Bogstadveien 48,

my last interior project as a project leader while I was still working for Scenario Interiørarkitekter, and noticed a sticker on the window:

Awards For Design Excellence Norwegian Design Council.

On the webside I found out, that Dinamo , that was an art director on this project , has got  award for profile program and new brand.

Congratulations to BIT and Dinamo,  Scenario Interiørarkitekter  and little bit  myself , since the BIT  interior is a part of the new BIT’s brand.

Design Work, AMO/OMA Art Direction For Prada

Prada Real Fantasies Spring Summer 2012- AMO/OMA has done incredibly good job again


PRODUCTION / ART DIRECTION: AMO / Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Fausto Fantinuoli
ARTWORK: Jeroen Koolhaas, Lok Jansen
MUSIC: Frédéric Sanchez
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER : Max Brun — Hi ! Production
EDITION: Brian Vincent Durkin

Design Finds, Zaza Kids Oslo

My friend Tereze is a children’s  fashion designer and the owner of the label Zaza Couture.

Yesterday, we opened the first Zaza Couture shop in Scandinavia.

Since Tereze lives in Dallas, I took care of a her visual communication strategy in Oslo. It was a  low budget project and  we focused mainly  on Zaza’s colors and  the window display. The window display was done by the students Silje Alger and Cornelia Enger Rogstad from Westerdals School of Communication.

Here are some pictures from the opening. After the party was over, Gatis Rozenfelds took some pictures of  the interior as well, that I will post later.

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Design Finds, A Facade That Sings

Sometimes architecture is like music. Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland.