In '5 Levels of Inspiration', we ask women whom we admire what their most recent inspiration was and pursue this thought further: Books, encounters or music – who is behind it and what has inspired this person in turn? In five steps, this episode delves deep into the creative network of food bloggers Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius of “Our Food Stories”.
Nora Eisermann & Laura Muthesius
Over the past few years, food has become a matter of competition and distinction; in terms of lifestyle, food bloggers are now considered powerful opinion leaders. Their Our Food Stories blog has made Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius some of the most successful of their species, attracting a huge following with their beautifully staged images. While Nora is in charge of broiling, baking and subsequent food styling, Laura focuses on photography. The unique light captured in their atmospheric images comes courtesy of their Brandenburg studio, just a short hop from bustling Berlin. After publishing their own cookbook, the dynamic duo now also provides consulting on photography and social media.
Our latest inspiration: Laura Huppert’s shop ting.
Over the years, the picnic blanket from Laura Huppert’s ting store has become a constant companion. We came across this small shop more or less by chance when we were found ourselves flat-hunting in the Prenzlauer Berg district. By now, Laura has become a good friend. Her blanket keeps popping up on our blog and Instagram account. Just like new tableware or ceramics, it prompts us to think up new recipes. We might ask ourselves, 'which small dish would be great for a picnic, yet sturdy enough to survive a bike trip?' The result were tiny pies, enjoyed with friends in nature – naturally, on this blanket.”
Laura Huppert spent two years in China where she worked for an architecture firm. There, she not only discovered Asian design, but also her future Danish husband. Back in Berlin and based on these inspirations, Laura launched her own shop 'ting', a homage to Scandinavian and Asian design. Many of the items on sale were things she brought back from her own travels. It’s important to Laura to counter the idea that Asia is nothing but a 'workshop' for cheap copies. To dispel this prevalent notion, she recently teamed up with a Jaipur silversmith to work on a jewellery collection.
My latest inspiration: the collage Blue-and-Silver.
I came across Berit’s designs flicking through Danish magazines. My favourite is her Blue-and-Silver collage. The contrasts, colours and textures of the different materials work extremely well together. Many of Berit’s works reveal her background in textile design. I immediately thought about selling her work in my shop, so on my last trip to Copenhagen I simply asked her to have coffee with me. Now, her art is on sale and display in my store.
Berit Mogensen Lopez
Berit Mogensen Lopez grew up on the west coast of Jutland and now lives and works in Copenhagen. After studying fashion and textiles at college, she now runs her own company, Mogensen Lopez Design. Her collages are inspired by a wealth of different influences, ranging from the different hues and surfaces of cities to the structures of fabrics and materials.
My latest inspiration: the leopard necklace A leopard cannot change his spots.
When I first arrived in Copenhagen, the band Speaker Bite Me provide the soundtrack to my life. I recently attended a reunion gig and their singer Martin Ryum wore this mad leopard necklace. I simply couldn’t look away. I love a lot of the stuff by jewellery designer Helen Clara Hemsley, anyway, but this one was truly special! Her work is a fab blend of rock’n’roll and handcrafted embroidery. At the concert, I realised how much time had passed since arriving in Copenhagen and just how much I had changed since then. Yet I am still the same person. Just like the necklace states, “a leopard cannot change his spots.”
Helen Clara Hemsley
Helen Clara Hemsley lives and works as a jewellery designer and translator, not far from the sea in Copenhagen. She loves water and being outdoors with her kids. Her work requires glasses, great light and – most of all – plenty of needles: At least one of them breaks during any piece due to the incredibly dense and fine nature of her embroidery.
My latest inspiration: the film The Stitch.
The film The Stitch by architect Anne Sofie von der Pahlen truly inspired me. The lovingly drawn film pursues the question of sustainability and multi-generation projects. Anne and I shared an office for a long time, constantly bouncing ideas off each other. I often think about how architecture and urban planning can influence society and the way we live together – and I like the playful way the film approaches this issue.
Anne Sofie von der Pahlen
Anne Sofie von der Pahlen lives on the Danish island of Bornholm where the architect tackles a range of projects, mostly on the topic of sustainability. Together with fellow architect Julie Reinau and several composers and illustrators, she realised the award-winning film The Stitch. Right now, she is putting the finishing touches to a showroom in Germany for sustainable Scandinavian furniture design.
My latest inspiration: the band Lift.
The duo Lift – Sissel Vera Pettersen & Randi Pontoppidan – keeps inspiring me with their music. The last time I saw them was at a huge church in Copenhagen; they had put on an overwhelming sound installation. Sissel and Randi have found their own, inimitable way of using their voices as instruments to create abstract, experimental soundscapes. I have known Randi since childhood and really admire that she does exactly what she wants to do – completely removed from any need or urge to please others.