Posted by on Oct 23, 2011 in designer, globe-trotting | 3 Comments

{I just got back from London. A very intense 4, 5 days. Learning, walking (sorest feet evah), meeting people and missing my 3 men back at home. I’ll catch up with this neglected blog of mine, bear with me.}

[yeah it was my birdthday, I turned 31. I'm an old hag]

Soooooo… here it goes:

Day 1. Wednesday, London is so damn close that at 10 AM I was already dropping off my luggage at Harrods. Yay for that. £3 and I could move freely without having to go all the way to my ass-far hotel. I walked to the Victoria & Albert Museum for that exhibition on Postmodernism, which by the way I loved. Especially because I realized that I’m pretty postmodern myself. Anyway, I have no photos of that because a)photos are not allowed, and b)I had forgotten to charge my iphone the night before so the battery was flat so no sneaky secret phone camera photos either. Anyway, it was pretty cool. And it took me forever to get there because I stopped at every store that inspired me.

Theeeeeen, I went to Shoreditch to look for my birthday present, which I found, and then I walked (my feet thank me from the heart) to the Barbican Centre where I caught Midnight in Paris, which is great and I loved it, because Owen Wilson is a fabulous neurotic just like Woody Allen is in Annie Hall, and the script is just brilliant. And after that I was completely wiped out and went to my hotel, and died for the night.


The next day was Thursday, and the conference started at 2, so I had the morning to wander. Also, to buy a shitload of books, for the kids and for me. That wasn’t so smart because then I had to lug around said books all over London and my feet weren’t so thrilled. But oh well. I came across this book

and while I didn’t buy it, I will look for it in the library, because I believe that being a great designer also means understanding the possibilities and limitations of printing technology. Or so they say.

Theeeen I couldn’t wait to go drool over the most amazing store on earth, Liberty of London

It was hard to resist, but I am not allowed to buy more fabrics because I have too fucking many.

and also too many little dishes and bowls. And I had to choose, either these or my marriage. I stuck with my marriage thank you very much.

Then I walked and walked and walked, gathering cool stuff in the mean time. I got Christmas sorted out, more or less.

Finally I went to the venue where Typo London 2011 was held. I got off the tube train and faced a dilemma: a very crowded lift or this:



what did I do? well…. Let’s see. I put myself in awful situations all the time, I don’t know why, maybe to test myself. Yeah, I took the stairs. And I took them 5 more times. And I loved it, and I think I’ll buy a stairmaster.

Anyway, I spent that and the following 2 days in the conference and they blew my mind and I might blog about that later or maybe not. For sure now I’m going to bed.





  1. Volker
    October 24, 2011

    Congratulations !

    Happy Birthday from Germany !

    A big hug


  2. sol
    October 26, 2011

    Volker!!!! wow. Nice to hear from you! How’s Katja and the little ones?

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