Wednesday, July 12

No, not Jan's Daughter: it's Jansdotter.

It's actually the lovely Lotta Jansdotter, the fabulous San Francisco based designer. I met Lotta at her studio back in 2004 when I interviewed her for a magazine writing class assignment. She was my first interview, and she couldn't have been more gracious with my awkward attempt at faux-journalism. What I discovered in the interview, was that Lotta arrived in San Francisco at the age of 20 from Stockholm, Sweden, and is self-taught in the art of screen printing and textile design. Her prints are simple and elegant, using 100% natural linens, and now have expanded to include ceramics, stationary, handbags, aprons and home accessories such as pillows, wall hangings and table linens. She has been featured in a ton of cool magazines including Domino, 7x7, Lucky and Real Simple. Lotta is a design goddess in Japan and her extremely popular 'mooks' (magazine-books, such as 'Lotta's Lifestyle' below ) can be found in Japanese bookstores, such as Kinokuniya in San Francisco's Japantown. They are really cool visual aids for anyone seeking a beautiful and simple, yet modern design influence for their home. Her unique studio/shop is in Nob Hill, 864 Post Street @ Hyde. Because she travels frequently, it's best to check her website for hours, or call ahead to confirm the shop is open.

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