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January, 2012 Monthly archive


Dezeen has published an article about Austrian designer Nina Levett. The article states that Nina mixes imagery from punk and pop culture into her designs for textiles, wallpaper and ceramics.

Quote from the article: “I have been concentrating on ornaments for tableware, wallpapers and textiles following the tradition of the Wiener Werkstaette at the beginning of the last century but integrating ideas derived from the internet into my work,” says Levett. “It’s best summarised with three to five P’s: POP, PUNK and PORN – and maybe PROTEST but that sounds so harsh – so maybe PAIN would be better”.

Dezeen has also published a series of movies showing Nina Levett working in her studio. Watch the Dezeen movies »

Read the Dezeen article here.

What would it be like to marry two women on your wedding day?

How big will the wedding be? Will everyone be impressed with the brides, the flowers, the make-up, the cake, the flowers?

The MAK Design Nite in 2010 was curated by Sam Jacob with the help of design curator  Thomas Geisler.

The idea was to make the wedding spouse into a walking flower bouquet. This showed the woman as an object.

In Nina Levett’s concept for the wedding film and the MAK Design Nite 2010 she played with the idea that fears arise in the moment of saying YES. Will the husband/wife be loyal all their life? Will the couple be happy? These fears were metaphorically shown by depicting the husband with two wives. The confusion of seeing two women in wedding dresses evoke the uncertainty and fear that the couple and their friends and family feel on the wedding day.

Katarina Niznanska has been involved in the projects of Nina Levett since 2003. She has become very close in these last years and was very important for Nina Levett’s work. Katarina Niznanska is very gifted with flowers and was also responsible for the flowers at the wedding ceremony as well as the flowers for the Design Criminals exhibition curated by Sam Jacob.

Nina Levett has worked a lot wedding projects. We all love weddings. In this case the couple involved is Nina’s best friend and Nina’s husband’s best friend. If this sounds like a fairy tale to you, you are right. But it really happened. The first date was set up by their friends, they fell in love and a year later they married. Unfortunately it took Nina Levett over a year to finish the wedding tableware she had promised her friends.

Photographs taken by Irene Schaur, Michal Jellinek, Alexander Grübling and Babette Kirner.
Design Assistance: Dinah Smutny.
Music by Bunny Lake.

Nina Levett shows how she colour corrects one of her wallpaper designs. She uses a brush to dry the colour and to enhance the look and feel of the wallpaper. The wallpaper is first drawn by hand and then silkscreen printed by hand.