Friday, 17 November 2017

KOTA and cardboard lightshades

I frequently visit Grainger Market, not only passing through on my way to the studio, but regularly stopping to stock up on fruit and vegetables from the range of greengrocers. In and amongst the various eateries, clothes stalls and bargain shops you will find KOTA, Newcastle's first Scandinavian design store selling Scandinavian design, homeware, fashion, stationery, fabric and gifts. It's a favourite of mine!

KOTA is owned by Helsinki-born Krista Puranen Wilson, an interior specialist with a background in styling and desire. Krista wants to offer products by brands that are not already sold in Newcastle.

“I want to be able to offer things that are unique and not just for British people but also some Scandinavians who live in the region. We stock eco-friendly products, hand chosen and in small editions, so there’s very little chance anyone else will have the same item."

I am attracted to the pattern designs and the colours used in many of the products. I enjoy the choice of materials and the simplicity of the designs.

On my latest visit to KOTA I found the ideal range of lights to be installed with my 'Portion Control' publications. They are made from folded cardboard and have a concertina design so would complement the cardboard concertina stools.

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