Jimmie's baroque and roll world + world wide giveaway
Have you ever had a designer crush and when you finally got a chance to chat with this designer you ended up blabbering and then forgetting to write half of the answers down ? - -yes , that was me last week . I had a fantastic chance to speak to the one and only Jimmie Karlsson who together with Martin Nihlmar form a explosive Jimmie Martin brand - Jimmie was such a lovely and down to earth person to talk to , and it was truly fantastic experience
If you are not familiar with Jimmie Martin then you will love this Swedish born - London based design gurus that have taken the world by storm ! Thanks to their rebellious take on traditional furniture - making them both a "God fathers" of this beautiful , playful and bold style that many have been inspired since their first launched their brand in 2004 .
"We got shortlisted in Furniture Design and became winners of Best New Designers in the UK (2005) – and we didn't even sell one piece of furniture"
Starting your business is rewarding but can be tough at times - both Jimmie and Martin are a perfect example that with love , dedication and passion for what you love to do - you can make anything work-Jut stick to what you know and let your creativity flow .
Since the early age Jimmie was very interested in furniture, arts, fashion " I used my earnings to purchase old furniture from auctions and customize it" . Jimmie style is influenced by combining fashion and art in creating amazing interiors . "Customizing something that is existing" and giving it a new lease of life - not only it preserves the past, but with signature "Jimmie Martin" bold take on classic piece it turns it into a mound breaking and functional piece of art .
Working as a bell boy at Sanderson Hotel Jimmie got inspired by work of Philippe Starck - as his designs as well as Jimmie Martin own "break all the design rules - when it comes how he does interior design "
When asked how does Jimmie sees himself he simply replied "As a designer not an artist " He does not want to call himself an artist as that is for the others to call him that if they wanted to - how very modest! Jimmie for me you ARE an artist (just saying x)
It is worth mentioning here that both Jimmie and Martin do not have a degree in design - they are self taught .Who needs a degree to prove that you are passionate ,creative and design better pieces than some called designers with a "paper" - Jimmie and Martin are Killin it right now !
Fun fact - Jimmie used to be a model - but there is no surprise here :)
In interiors as well as in business having fun is very important to Jimmie "if you don't have fun -then don't do it" - this is the best piece of advice that in my opinion everyone should stick to it .When it comes to designing your interior "every home needs to be A HOME not a show home" .- injecting personality into your home makes it stand out from the rest also creates a space you are simply happy to come back to after a long day
As a renter Jimmie is a perfect example that you can create a perfect and personal home just about anywhere, no matter how big or small your home is or how long you stay in it - banish the magnolia and let your creativity shine through - also it is easy to put it back to how it was. You never know your landlord might end up loving what you did to his property .
Since style squeeze is about squeezing most of small spaces Jimmie advice is " planning is important , also creating a multiple points of interest in the room , but also allowing some breathing space - there is a fine line between being maximalist and clever" .
At home and in its spare time Jimmie says hes- likes to watch TV , having drinks with friends and also when time allows go on holiday to recharge .
From Shakespeare to sausage dogs - there is no limitation to what this creative duo can create - sky is the limit ! ."Inspiration comes from every day life , things around us " -you can see this in Jimmie pieces well.
Be it Madonna (my personal favorite musician ! ) or private clients - each and every client is special - each piece of furniture or accessories are made for that particular client as opposed to being mass made without having any connection to the person that will own it .
When it comes to designing Jimmie -no fucks given approach as well as Merging design and functionality together -"it creates usable piece of art , why have something beautiful if you cannot use it? "
The high's and lows in their career and business - Jimmie believes that "you experiment and learn from mistakes and correct them in order to gain experience, for instance something breaks in transport -you will then improve your packaging" .
Brand greatest strength is - " By being original you become a leader - Having our own original ideas it’s much better and easier become successful than when you copy other people " -by ditching all the rules and doing something they both love - they have changed the way people decorate their homes - as a nation we are getting much bolder -and we express ourselves through our homes.-
Jimmie Martin brand is not only for young - its a brand for all ages. Each piece of furniture for instance a chair is hand painted as opposed to being mass and cheaply printed - this way no piece is exactly the same .
What is the future like for Jimmie-In a few weeks Jimmie Martin are launching new naughty cupid collection , and in private life hes just about to move into a new home with his partner - who isn't exactly a maximalist but Jimmie is looking forward to create a home that is not just a bachelor pad - instead they will create a new and exiting home that will be a mix of both their styles - we wish them both many happy years together
Thank you so much Jimmie for the amazing chat -it was truly a pleasure !
The cheapest and easiest way to change the room is by changing soft furnishings - and i have always stuck to it - i suppose at this point I need to admit one thing here (accepting you got a problem should be a first step to recovery) "Hi my name is Pati and i am a cushion addict! " - ok that will not stop my love for cushions one little bit! What is stopping me is Mr.Grumpy what he doesn't know that inside my daughter ottoman bed there is a whole lot more cushions and cushion cases stashed away and waiting their turn to come out ;)
What i love about Jimmie Martin sausage dog cushions is the fact that they are not only beautifully and very well made , but also are made made in UK, with feather filling and faux suede fabric - cushion feels luxe with Jimmie Martin playful design is perfect for bringing a touch of unexpected to any room .
The dog featured on the cushion is Jimmie's painting printed onto a cushion -with zesty yellow background and contrasting black piping - did i mentioned its yellow? ;)
You can have your sausage dog cushion as little or as big as you like - just change the amount of mid section , or remove it - its all up to you to decide.
They can also be easily matched with different colourplain or patterned cushions for extra impact , They also work very well in every room - safe to say that this bad boys have traveled around the house and i think eventually they might settle in the bedroom
To sum it up in few words - it is a usable piece of art ! Something that will make you smile and something that you will cherish for years to come.
Now for the fun part!
Now for the fun part !
Jimmie being a super awesome person have donated a super cool "I'm a F***ing star" cushion (picture below) - that will bring a touch of cool and kick ass to your home ! to be in the chance of winning please
- see my latest Instagram postand in commentstag as many friends as you can
- follow jimmiemartin
- follow me
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- follow Nickie
competition will run till Sunday 6th of August and winner will be picked at random and announced on Monday - Good luck everyone
competition winner is@kim_dti congratulations !