Spring is in full swing now. The days are warming up nicely, buds are bursting into flower. Clothes are being aired in the glorious spring sunshine at last. If a designer could represent how I feel right now, it would be Lara Jans and her company. Clean, fresh and crisp…
It’s Friday, I’m in Love with Crisp Sheets.
Crisp Sheets was founded in 2014 by Lara Jans. It started with her quest to find the perfect bedsheets. Lara had just moved into her new apartment and spent a lot of time finding beautiful things for her interior. The only item she just couldn’t seem to find were bedsheets that matched her taste. She found them either too simple, not the right quality or just un-affordable. She started visualizing how these sheets would look.
It didn’t take long before she started working on her own designs and determining what kind of technique could give that crisp touch to cotton. After finding the right supplier, Crisp Sheets was established.
Bed sheets need to be soft but crisp, modern but dreamy, abstract but romantic.
As time went by, Lara got caught in the flow of illustrating and started to design graphical posters and postcards to expand her company. And I’m so glad she has. I’m now the proud owner of her ‘Feather’ print and a ‘lover’ and ‘adore’ postcard. Her ‘Monday Lover’ bedsheets, (below), are on my wishlist too.
I discovered Crisp Sheets on Instagram. I love how Lara uses soft watercolour washes and simple strokes in her nature inspired prints. She creates simple, beautiful imagery from her favorite plants and animals: Flamingos, Parrots, Ferns, Monstera and Bamboo.
As an artist I’m hugely inspired by the way Lara has used a limited colour palette in her work alongside simple motifs. Crisp Sheets reminds me of the power of simplicity. Something I am trying to apply to every area of my own life right now. The very name ‘crisp sheets’ conjurs up the sense of clean, linen, fresh off the line. I can literally smell it as I write this post! It’s one of the best scents in the world.
Lara has a big passion for interior design, photography, fashion and uncommon curiosities. To get inspired she loves to travel to tropical, non-western destinations to soak in the unique vegetation, colours and traditions. She recently quit her job to fully commit to Crisp Sheets. Congratulations Lara, that is a wonderful achievement!
I leave you with a moodboard I found on a Crisp Sheets Pinterest Board. You know how I love a moodboard! This is just a great example of how a simple exercise such as moodboarding can help guide your creative work. You see how this crisp sheets moodboard really captures the essence of their branding and artwork. Limited colour, organic and flowing forms with a contemporary, graphical/typographic touch.
Let’s hope the beautiful spring weather continues in the UK over the weekend. It’s certainly been gorgeous in Brighton today.
Have an inspired day