Sunday, September 16, 2012

Leipzig's Spinnerei

The Guardian, in its top 20 list of things to do in Germany, puts Leipzig’s Spinnerei at number 1. A former cotton mill founded in 1884, this fab industrial site has been transformed into a bevy of artist studios. Home to an exciting east German art scene, the site hosts more than 100 artists today and studios and galleries on display include goldsmiths, architects, jewelers, sculptors, painters, photographers and screen printers. The Spinnerei also has a couple of cafes and restaurants worthy of a visit. The highlight for mine however would have to be the utterly eccentric “bimbo town” well and truly worth a look, especially if you can snag a ticket to one of their evening soirees.  The best time to visit the Spinnerei is during the open weekends (4 times a year) when all studios are on display or for a night at bimbo town (once per month).

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sneak Peeks

2_hess.jpgLoving the sneak peek section in Design Sponge, isn't this something lovely..

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Cold Duck

A couple of weeks ago, we bought this beautiful jug at a flea market in Germany. It's one of my favourite pieces so far, we got talking to the seller and he told us how this type of jug is known in German as 'die Kalte Ente' (the cold duck!), he said it's from around the early 1900's and was used for serving lemonade in. There would have been a glass cylinder in the middle of the jug used for storing ice, to keep the drinks cool (before refrigeration). The one in this jug is missing but I love the carved glass and the silver handle and spout. See full listing here.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Testing the muddy waters...

What will we find this weekend I wonder - it's currently snowing outside so hopefully people won't be put off - let's wait and see...