Saturday Sep 23, 2023

7 Grounding Gift Ideas From Interior Designer Kim Kneipp

Kim Kneipp is down to earth. In each of her projects, the stylist and interior designer performs what she refers to as “design acupuncture,” the idea that the key elements we need to maintain beauty and balance in our homes—and ourselves—are right in front of us, but simply need rearranging.

It’s no surprise, then, that when got in touch to learn about what she’s giving this year, she pointed to five traditional elements—fire, earth, metal, water, and wood—and two core needs—air and cloth—as ways to spread love, joy, and balance this holiday season.

“The fire element expresses itself as joy and manifests within us as love, laughter, and enthusiasm. It gives meaning to our relationships with others and allows us to express ourselves fully. Beautifully scented incense cleanses the air, offering a new perspective.”

Kousaido Waboku Incense – 3 Assorted Japanese Wooden Scents

An assortment of premium, authentic Japanese incense that allows you to experience 3 different types of traditional Japanese woods that symbolize Japan. Allow yourself to be transported to the heart of a Japanese forest and enjoy the sublime scenery and peace it brings you.

Earth represents patience, stability, strength, health, grounding, and the centering of energies. It promotes peace, fertility, money, success in business, stability, warmth, comfort, and physical strength. This beauty is from Australian ceramicist Nicolette Johnson’s ongoing collection, Symbol Vases.”

Metal gives us a capacity to look at what lies beyond ourselves, and the power to let go. When I was young, I had a whimsical wish list of what I decided would be markers of becoming a ‘grown-up.’ High on this list was having a kitchen filled with copper pots and a dining table large enough to seat many people. (Soft toilet paper was also on the list.)”

Mauviel 1830 Saute Pan

“The wood element is one that seeks ways to grow and expand. Wood heralds the beginning of life, springtime and buds, and sensuality and fecundity. Makiko Ryujin is an Australian artist who draws on her Japanese heritage. Her works are informed by the ceremony of burning sacred ornamental vessels, a ritual she observed as a child.”

Makiko Ryujin Turned Timber Bowl

Makiko Ryujin’s Shinki (Burning Series) vessels draw on her Japanese heritage. The artist carefully turns the wood on a lathe to create high-sided bowls, urns and platters based on the forms of sacred Japanese temple vessels.

“In Chinese medicine, Qi, or ‘vital air,’ is the metabolism of oxygen in the body, and the movement of oxygenated blood through the vascular system. This glass vessels creates oxygenation by adding air to wine—another vital lifeblood.”

Katie-Ann Houghton Extra-Large Hand Blown Halo Glass Decanter With Stopper

Katie-Ann Houghton completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts in 2011, and after graduating became a full-time assistant for Sydney based glass artist Ben Edols. While at college and working with Edols, Katie- Ann exhibited her work in several galleries around Sydney and NSW.

Cloth creates narratives between culture, age, status, gender, and race, allowing us to feel woven into the greater tapestry of life. The Kuba people of central Congo are highly regarded for their raffia work, which they perform using single-heddle looms. Panels are individually woven and decorated using different techniques— embroidery, appliqué patchwork, drawn-thread work with cowrie shells and bobbles—and then sewn together to form one longer piece of cloth that is always naturally dyed and hemmed. They make for beautiful wall hangings and table runners.”

Pan After Kuba Cloth 007

The Kuba people of central Congo are highly regarded for their raphia work, weaving ‘dance skirts’ on single-heddle looms.

Ralline Shah
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