Posts tagged ‘jimmie martin’

April 22, 2011

London Calling (The no imitation zone)

aControlledSubstance online exclusive:

Rick Shultz  photographs the London flat he and designer Jimmie Karlsson share with their cats  Christy & Phoenix. Then we play a game of “10 Questions with Jimmie.”

10 Questions with Jimmie

aCS: How would you describe your design aesthetic?

Jimmie Karlsson: Fun, unexpected and imperfect. A mix with old and new.

aCS: Is it/is it not particularly English?

JS: I think it is very London. But also quite New York, where we have a lot of clients.  Our furniture is defenitly not Swedish, although  both Martin and I are Swedish.

aCS: Do you consider yourself a designer, an artist, a furniture maker?

JS: I’m a furniture designer and interior designer. Some people think I am an artist. I paint on furniture, but I don’t really consider myself an artist.

aCS: What motivates you?

JS: Every day life. Positive people and my passion for interiors. 

aCS: What is your formal training?

JS: I haven’t  a design degree. I studied art in Sweden before moving to London in 1998. It was always a hobby that turned into an unplanned business in 1994. So here we are!

aCS: What bores you?

JS: Arrogance. Copycats. Pretentious people. Negativity.

aCS: The copycats are too busy being beige. You needn’t worry. Yet!

aCS: What is style?

JS: The freedom to express ourselves and shape the life we live.

aCS: An answer after my own heart, Jimmie!

aCS: What is luxury?

JS: To be able to do what you love to do and get paid for it.

aCS: Amen to that brother. Long live SWEA!

aCS: Who/what are your influences?

JS: It comes from every day life. The streets, news, art, people, music, travel… 

aCS: What is your favorite object to design/conceive/produce?

JS: My favourite thing is to do an interior design job for a client who gives us free rein  to create.

Jimmie Karlsson and Martin Nihlmar are the London based JimmieMartin  furniture design firm. The duo along with partner Sally Anne McCoy compose the interior design firm Jimmie Martin and McCoy

All images are the sole property of and courtesy of Rick Schultz at They may not be used in any manner without express consent. All links must credit both parties above.

April 9, 2011

Jimmie Martin at the Milano Salone Del Mobilie 2011

Exclusive preview of the new Jimmie Martin Lamp Collection now on display at the MILANO SALONE DEL MOBILIE 2011 @ Frankie Morello’s flagship store – Corso Matteotti 3, 12th – 19th April.

April 3, 2011

Doggie Style: Jimmie Martin “Sausage Dog” cushions

With a middle part in each color, the Sausage Dog  can be extended as far as you like.


Order direct from here

Related Post: Design–Jimmie Martin

February 25, 2011

Design: Jimmie Martin

Maybe it is the impending Academy Awards that has me seeing “Black Swan,” “The Social Network,” and “The King’s Speech” references in places where they don’t necessarily belong, let alone in furniture design.

But something about the furniture of the English duo Jimmie Martin, usually referred to as “rock and roll” in style, feels cinematic to me, at the very least evoking the graphic design of movie posters. But this year, especially when scrawling figured so prominently in both “Black Swan” and “The Social Network,” and when perfection and communication were dominant themes, their work  seems ripe for reflection.

.Since 2004, Jimmie Martin has provided an eclectic showcase of one-of pieces of furniture combining the decadent and quirky with the nostalgic and urban. All pieces are individually finished off to either the customer’s personal taste, or to the ideas of the founders, Jimmie and Martin.

One of a kind and custom pieces available through Kara Mann Showroom in Chicago.