The Simple Elegance of Kirsten Hecktermann by

Issue 68 · Africana · April 19, 2013

The Simple Elegance of Kirsten Hecktermann

Issue 68 · Africana · April 19, 2013

Kenyan-born designer Kirsten Hecktermann is known for creating sensual, hand-crafted goods which lend texture and character to the home. First we fell in love with her hand-carved spoons in wood and bone. Not long after, her sumptuous, hand-dyed, velvet cushions caught our eye.

After years of creating rich textiles and costumes for the film and magazine industries (including many features in The World of Interiors), designer/stylist Kirsten Hecktermann launched her own line of spoons and textiles for the home. The spoons, designed by Kirsten herself, are hand-crafted by traditional artisans in Hecktermann's father's shop on the Kenyan coast. Kirsten's hand-dyed textiles are available in an array of fabrics, from linen to velvet. Though distinctly different mediums, both her spoons and fabrics bear her signature look of sumptuous texture mixed with restrained elegance.

kirsten hecktermann velvet pillows: Remodelista

Above: Available in an ever-changing array of subtle hues, Kirsten's hand-dyed velvet cushions sport her latest spring palette; £48.

bone spoons from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: Made through Marine Projects and Coastal Community Crafts, a portion of the proceeds from Kirsten's bone spoons goes to support the Local Ocean Trust-Watamu Turtle Watch; starting at £8.

velvet cushion by Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

 Above: The hand-dyed velvet cushions feature hidden zippers and linen backs.

paddle spoons from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: Kirsten's wooden spoons, such as these paddles, are carved from locally managed, East-African hardwoods; £10. 

gray strip velvet cushions from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: Kirsten's patterns, such as this soft gray stripe, are hand painted by Kirsten herself and digitally transferred. 

spoons from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: Kirsten's spoons, in a variety of shapes and sizes, are also available at Analogue Life; $8 to $25.

hand dyed colors from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: A sampling of Kirsten's winter collection. For larger projects, fabrics are available in custom-commissioned lengths in cotton, velvet, or linen; starting at £70 per meter.

blue striped velvet cushion from Kirsten Hecktermann: Remodelista

Above: Kirsten's striped velvet pillows start at £52.

In search of more spectacular scoops? See our roundup of Artisanal Spoons.



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