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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811873129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811873123
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer who sells her products and designs across the globe. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jenny Hallengren lives and works as a freelance photographer in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Scandinavian-born Lotta Jansdotter is a self-taught designer who markets her products and designs online and to hundreds of stores worldwide. Lotta's contemporary organic designs reflect her deep appreciation for nature's limitless beauty juxtaposed with a love for modern urban style. She is the author of five books, and her innovative designs adorn stationery, cards, and journals published by Chronicle Books. Lotta's creations have appeared in such magazines as Better Homes and Gardens, Bon Appétit, 7x7, Elle, Real Simple, Lucky, and Domino, and have been shown at Museums of Modern Art in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She has created custom designs for Herman Miller, San Francisco's de Young Museum, and Barney's of Tokyo among others. Her designs have featured in lifestyle books, how-to-books, and tour guides published in Japan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carin Wallace on April 23, 2011
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A mini global tour of Lotta Jansdotter's favorite designers in 3 different cities and countries. This isn't the first book of it's kind but it looks very different from what you may have already seen. This is not the slick color filled, perfectly placed beauty shot studio tour. Most of the studios have white walls and are simply filled with samples and the materials that the artist use in their work. What makes this book work are the interviews and the intimate pictures of the nooks and crannies of the artist loft. Quite a few organizational ideas can be gleaned from the pictures. If you enjoy Lotta's work this will be a nice addition to your library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BobbieSocks on May 2, 2011
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As a big fan of Lotta Jansdotter, I was so excited to recieve this book. I was not disappointed. If you've enjoyed her last book, Handmade Living, you will love this one. I found it inspiring on many levels: to see other atrist's work, to gain knowledge of what other creative people do with their work space, and to get ideas on how to organize and decorate my future studio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By liberal sprinkles on March 29, 2012
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I read this book with a little envy - I wish I were there in person visiting the 24 studios with Lotta Jansdotter so I could open some drawers and get closer-up looks myself. I enjoyed the peek into the creative spaces of the artists, designers and photographers located in Brooklyn, Stockholm and Tokyo, especially those of Ian Hundley and Mociun, whose works I've lusted after for a while. It was fun to get a glimpse of the lives and workspaces of the 24 profilees but I would have like to see more detailed photographs, like of the tools and materials they use and their storage solutions. The interviews I found somewhat breezy and basic. You get an idea of what inspires these people, their works, how they organize their workspace and some of their favorite things (example: music choices while in the studio) but you don't take away much from the few questions and short answers published.

There are so many design and art websites nowadays where you get taken on regular studio tours of all kinds of creative people in different fields of work, and they include great photos and detailed interviews and write-ups too. I think you'd need a distinctive concept or design for a book on studio visits to truly stand out. I'm sad to say while I enjoyed reading this book, it didn't make the grade for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Una C on December 10, 2011
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I was quite disappointed by this. There are some benefits to looking into other's work spaces and seeing how they organise things but the really disappointing part was the biographical information, which was just a couple of inane questions with the author exclaiming how lovely their work was. The author is also featured in a number of the photographs which just made me think it was a cynical exercise in self-promotion rather than a serious attempt to promote the artist featured. I also felt it was a bit of a lazy project and that most of these artists were friends and aquaintances, so she's had a bit of a jolly, drinking tea, chatting to her friends and probably a nice free trip to Japan out of it.

Having said that there are lots of photographs of the studios which will be helpful to some if you are looking for a purely visual reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christanne on September 24, 2011
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I am enjoying this book very much but must look at it in small bits of time because it absolutely reeks of chemical fumes. Even though it spent the night in a different room I could still smell it in the morning. I'm not sure I'll be able to keep it, I'm waiting for it to air out. If you have any kind of breathing issue though, I would reluctantly suggest you give it a pass.

It's true this isn't a professional coffee table book. It is a look at people living with a certain aesthetic and values in diverse locations and I think is very uniting in that way. Everyone seems approachable. There is respect and individuality. Attention is given. There is color.

I found myself googling these people because I wanted to know more and see more. You know how one thing leads to another. Soon I was checking out waxed canvas, quilts that look like maps from the air and Balinese music...this book opens new worlds. Even if you have to suffer for it!
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By Shahrazad Perez on May 26, 2014
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Not a bad book, smaller then what I was expecting. I give it 3 stars because it did provide helpful insight for my studio space.
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