For this week’s Meet the Designer series, we’re excited to highlight the tiki-inspired patterns of designer Michael Uhlenkott, otherwise known as muhlenkott in the Spoonflower Marketplace. Michael and his partner reside in Echo Park, a neighborhood near downtown Los Angeles, California, in a 1930s Spanish Revival house that holds a unique secret known only to the tiki-loving locals in his area. Keep reading to see where Michael gains his inspiration, learn more about his design process and even gain a glimpse into what he calls The HaleKahiki.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
“An early morning swim workout or a surf, followed by breakfast. Then to work designing or composing music. I am definitely a morning person!”
A tour through the streets of Granada and it’s easy to see where the inspiration for this week’s Spanish Tiles design challenge came from. Geometric patterns, vibrant colors and intricate mosaic art are all reminiscent of traditional hand-crafted decorative tiles that once adorned Spanish churches and palaces. And with 487 entries this week, it’s safe to say our designer community was poised to travel in search of such timeless inspiration. As such, a congratulations is in order to grand prize winner muhlenkott, who will be receiving a $200 Spoonflower credit for his design, Azulejos Antiguos. We’re also delighted to celebrate second place (cassiopee) and third place (susan_polston) winners who will be receiving $100 and $50 in Spoonflower credit, respectively. See the entire top ten and pick your favorites!
1. 290 votes for Azulejos Antiguos 1a by muhlenkott
2. 266 votes for Viva España! by cassiopee
3. 255 votes for Tiled Picnic Tablecloth by susan_polston
4. 247 votes for Rowena-Wilson-Spanish-Spring-Tile by rowena_lynn
5. 238 votes for Spanish Tile by juniperr
6. 232 votes for Spanish Tile Mosaics by elramsay
7. 231 votes for Cobalt Tile by torysevas
8. 227 votes for Sevilla – Spanish Tiles Blue by heatherdutton
9. 224 votes for Jardín de Pájaros by christinewitte
10. 222 votes for Spanish tiles inspiration // turquoise blue golden lines by selmacardoso [Read more…] about Announcing the Spanish Tiles Design Challenge Winners