Instagram isn’t just a great way to find inspiring photography, I think it’s a brilliant tool for finding independent artists and designers. In fact, this is exactly how I found today’s designer. Doing a search (I was looking for botanical prints) will often throw up some gems, and Crisp Sheets most definitely falls into that category.
Dutch brand Crisp Sheets was founded at the beginning of the year by Lara Jans, who noticed a lack of good quality bedding with a modern design that didn’t break the bank. As only the best of ideas come about through problem-solving, Lara embarked on a journey to design and produce her own which inevitably began to spill into art prints. Her background in visual merchandising plays a large part in Crisp Sheets’s signature style, with strong botanical motifs, bold graphic type and geometric shapes. Each piece also has its own dictionary definition. Nice touch.
What I particularly love about Lara’s designs is that they feature hand painted watercolour elements and that soft aquarelle lends itself beautifully to the plant prints. You may have spotted two in my own living space-I have the Monstera and Fern prints which I absolutely adore and look brilliant framed in black or hung from a simple IKEA trouser hanger as they are at the moment.
I’m expecting big things for Crisp Sheets in 2015, and as her pieces can already be found in design stores and boutiques worldwide, I can’t wait to see what she’s got up her sleeve next…