In the mood for spring
Coup de coeur - let us take you through some of the things that make us happy this spring.
Spring is in the air - the change of the season is always exciting. Longer daylight the birds singing in the morning, hamamelis, hellebores and crocus in blossom. Almost from one day to the other we start looking at the light dresses and thin trousers hanging in our closets and we can almost feel the cool breeze on our bare legs.
In our stores, the first spring/summer collections are arriving. We curated some of our "coup de coeurs" - favorites for this early time of the year.
Delikatessen is an European shirts brand using the most refined fabrics for supreme comfort and touchability. Founded in 2009 in Amsterdam by creative Andre Lisowski with art curator Stephen Hartog, Delikatessen focuses on well-tailored and effortless garments that combine classic craft with innovative design.
Blending a fresh approach to fashion, urban life and nature, Lisowski and Hartog restored a farm in Burgundy (France), now the main Delikatessen workshop. Their vegetable garden and local life inspire each fresh collection. Continuing their frequent travels to source materials and present new collections, Delikatessen remains truly nomadic and European.
The Delikatessen shirt feels comfortable and neat. It has the renowned fabrics and signature Delikatessen fit, offering a perfect balance between a classical slim and regular fit.
There are a lot of linen shirts in the delikatessen collection. Linen might be more crinkly and harder to iron but it is a sustainable alternative to cotton. There are short distance transport since ther's still European linen production. Compared to cotton linen needs very little water and no pesticides.
We don't sell clothing in our e-shop because we think one has to touch and try garments in order to know if a piece fits. Visit our stores in Bern and Zürich and get inspired.
Craftsmanship culture from Colombia
Among our current crushes are the products from ames living. The foundation of the company is Colombia’s traditional craftsmanship culture.
Ames’ products are created according to functional and resource-saving principles.Together with their designers and producers, they take every effort to find the best solutions for environmentally friendly production, to use natural and renewable materials and to guarantee both controlled production conditions and optimal workflows.
By producing the collection in Colombia, they contribute to keeping these traditions alive.
For ames, sustainability also means cultivating close relationships with their artesanos in Colombia and improving their living conditions and those of their families and co-workers. We could die for ames furniture ! Unfortunately they are way to expensive for Kitchener but we do stock a selection of their wonderfull blankets produced in small, traditional manufactories.
Mix and matching dishes and food adds an extra level of creativity to cooking and throwing dinners. Our cupboards are a mingle-mangel of plates, cups and bowls, most of them with a history. Having the ceramics bug means we can’t resist a beautiful dish when we come across one. Be it at the secondhand dealer, in a shop or at potters workshop on some road trip. Souvenirs.
Don’t you have a favourite cup for you morning tea or a particular bowl you like to use for your porridge?
Ceramics are an important part of our Home Goods selection. This winter we started working with the French potter Cécile Preziosa. Her ceramic creations are designed and made by hand in her workshop, in Normandy. Each piece is made on the potter‘s wheel from stoneware. The subtle colours and textures are the result of extensive research on high temperature glazes composed of minerals and natural oxides.
“Contemporary makers on the loom“
A perfect match to Cécile Preziosa’s bowls are the tea towels from Karin Carlander.
Karin is a Danish contemporary weaver and textile artist. In her work she reinterprets traditional Nordic crafts and the use of textiles for practical everyday purposes.
100% naturally grown linen certified Masters of Linen®. All processes made in Europe by a skilled and local workforce. Pure linen is highly absorbent, dries quickly after use and only gets better with use. A linen Bath Towel has significantly less volume than a conventional terry towel and consumes minimal resources in the laundry process.
What does one do with Everyday Oil? Anything. Literally. Rub this stuff everywhere. Face, hands, hair, wherever. The concoction of coconut, olive, jojoba, castor, and argan oils (with palo santo, lavender, geranium, and sage) will make your skin and hair feel smooth and rejuvenated. The Editors of GQ, Best Stuff of 2018
Everyday oil started our journey into the world of natural cosmetics. After using this product we knew that we would never go back. We became curious and that’s where it always starts with us at Kitchener. Curiosity. Wanting to know more about a product, a trend … you name it.
Quickly natural cosmetics have become an integral part of the Kitchener product line. A frightening amount of harmful supplements go into body care products - things like industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. Many products include plasticizers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts), and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks). Imagine what that does to your skin, and to the environment.
There are a lot of super cool people out there producing awesome alternatives. Organic ingredients, small productions, reduction of packaging and no single use plastic is where our focus is. But of course we want the products to do good, look good and smell good as well.
Our journey into body and self care has only just started, stay tuend for more, we promise it's gonna be good & lot's fun.
Head over to our e-shop and discover our awesome range of natural products.
“Drink it, plant it!“
Inspired by the ecosystem complexity, roheco created five conceptual Greek organic herbal tea blends.
Very carefully and with great attention to detail, they pick whole herbal leaves, flowers and fruits and pack them by hand in biodegradable package. They are naturally caffeine free, without flavours, sweeteners or any other forms of additives.
We love roheco tea and we love the fact that when your tea is empty you can use the pot to grow your own herbs (seed included).
“Paintings for the future“
Currently reading: Hilma af Klint - Guggenheim
Born in Stockholm in 1862, Hilma af Klint began her artistic career as an academy-educated painter of naturalistic landscapes and portraits. Influenced by the spiritual movements and scientific discoveries of her era, however, af Klint soon strove to express abstract concepts beyond what the eye can see. She began creating radically abstract paintings in 1906, years before Vasily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and others would take similar strides to rid their own artwork of representational content. Yet while many of her better-known contemporaries published manifestos and exhibited widely, af Klint kept her groundbreaking paintings largely private.
Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) is now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art. Though her paintings were not seen publicly until 1987, her work from the early 20th century predates the first purely abstract paintings by Kandinsky, Mondrian and Malevich.
A few years ago we were lucky enough to see an exhibition by her - a truly mind-blowing experience! I remember leaving the exhibition utterly confused - who is this woman and how did she end up painting such incredible pictures? In her will she stated that the pictures shall not be shown to the public for 40 years. And today these pictures seem confusingly fitting to our times.
The book from the Guggenheim Show we can highly recommend. Beautifully made essays explore the social, intellectual and artistic context of af Klint's 1906 break with figuration and her subsequent development, placing her in the context of Swedish modernism and folk art traditions, contemporary scientific discoveries, and spiritualist and occult movements. A roundtable discussion among contemporary artists, scholars and curators considers af Klint's sources and relevance to art in the 21st century.
Read more in on Hilma af Klint in this Guardian article.
Buy the Hilma af Klint Book online in our e-shop.
Pictures from the spring summer shoots from you must create London & kowtow. Landscape pictures taken in ireland, scottland and at the north sea.
Talking about art, we love good packaging. We know that it would be more sustainable to have no packaging at all but to us the packaging is is like a reference to the people who are behind the product. And knowing where a product comes from we consider essential. This is certainly not a bulletproof rule but ever so often you learn a lot about the philosophy and the people behind a product from its packaging. It's also about pleasure. Quite a lot of things are lying around in our kitchens, bathrooms, offices. If you look at something several times a day it better be good looking no? And if you go all the way of producing something you consider worthy of selling, why would you not pack it nicely?
COCO chocolatier from Edinburgh go even a step further, COCO is a canvas for artists and artisans alike. Like they say "those who dare to innovate, inspire and challenge. This is where creativity and cocoa collide."
There is no compromise on style or substance.They meticulously craft their portfolio of premium chocolate bars with the world’s finest South American cocoa before enveloping them in original designs by independent artists. A bar of COCO is a little pice of art visually and in taste.
A gift you don't have to wrap and most probably you re-use the paper after you have eaten the chocolate.
In the mood for chocolate? Head over to our e-shop and discover our wide selection of bean to bar chocolate from all over the world.