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ISSUE THEME: COLORS Issue 11 is dedicated to COLORS: journey with us into the mystique surrounding the perceptions and meanings of colors, and discover how colorful our lives truly are!

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CONTENTS - VOLUME | 11

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01 | DECOR 23 02 | CREATIVE PEOPLE The Monochromatic Backdrop A Renaissance of Patterns

03 | COLOR MEANINGS A Palette of Constant Emotion

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04 | TRENDS Marsala

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05 | TRAVEL The Overlooked city

06 | RECIPES Beef with Vegetables & Salad

The Golden Seventies

07 | EDITORS’ CHOICE Caught Up in Patterns


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08 | HUMAN RACES 113 09 | ON A VISIT The Beauty of The Female Face A World of Colorful Yarns

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10 | SOFFA & PARTNERS Back to The Forest

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11 | GALLERY OF HOMES Colorful Homes

Socks with an Original Pattern

12 | DIY PROJECTS An Unconventional Headboard


A T R IBU T E TO CO LO R text: Adéla Kudrnová I styling: SOFFA I photo: Lina Németh

We work with color, perhaps more and more often than anyone else, and that’s why we wanted to use this issue of SOFFA to remind you and ourselves of the importance of the colors around us to our psyche and state of mind. Colors deserve to be appreciated! It’s hard to imagine what the world would look like without color, just as it was hard to put together the contents of this issue. Where to begin? What should we focus on when a human being can differentiate 2,000 different shades? In the end, we simply tried to express the truth that colors should not be taken as a given, but used to express ourselves.

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In a narrative photo story we used smoke bombs and holi dust to illustrate the meanings and perceptions of colors in various cultures. In contrast, our portrait gallery of women from various racial archetypes and colors of skin, hair, and eyes creates a minimalist impression. The naturally colorful ingredients in our recipe will entice your taste buds. You’ll also discover, for example, why so many houses in Sweden are red. And since it is October, we’ll also set off to pick mushrooms! Wishing you an autumn full of color, The SOFFA Team PS: We’re also getting ready to publish the unique time-lapse wall calendar PHOTOSYNTHESIS for the year 2016, a project in collaboration with Květinové Lahůdkářství (Flower Deli). We’re sure that you’ll be delighted with the calendar and rewards, and we’d like to thank you in advance for your support! You can pre-order your calendar now at HITHIT.COM/PHOTOSYNTHESIS


P H O T O S Y N T H E S I S 2016 A U NIQU E WALL CALE NDAR O F FLOWE R S TILL LIFES BY SO FFA AND FLOWE R DE LI CONTRIBU TE TO AND PRE-O RDE R IT THRO UGH OU R C AM PAIGN O N HIT HIT.CO M I T C A N BE YOU RS AS E ARLY AS T HE E ND O F O CTO BE R! NU M EROU S OT HE R RE WARDS ARE A LS O WAIT ING FO R YO U! M ORE ON:  HITHIT.CO M/PHOTO SY NTHE SIS


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DECO R Tone on tone


THE M O NO CH RO M AT I C B AC K DRO P text: Adéla Kudrnová | styling: Lenka Hlaváčová | photo: Lina Németh

AUTUMN IS HERE AND WE’RE ALL GRADUALLY RETURNING TO INTERIOR SPACES, FOCUSING ON THE HOBBIES WE NEVER HAD TIME FOR IN THE SUMMER. SOME OF US LOVE TO KNIT AND SEW, SOME OF US LOVE COMING UP WITH NEW RECIPES, SOME OF US REPAIR OLD RADIOS IN THE GARAGE ... HOW DO YOU KEEP BUSY ON A LONG AUTUMN EVENING? We were wondering how the to bring to life those individual pastimes we know so well, and we figured out that the objects involved, from food to tools, all stand out perfectly tone on tone. For each activity we selected one common color to use as a background, then we spray painted all of our objects with it. Against this monochromatic backdrop their shapes and substance stood out beautifully. Then we spiced up each photo with a single contrasting detail. Did you like our idea? We’ll be happy to teach you about working with colors at one of our workshops. Learn more at www.soffamag.com. ■


THE HANDYMAN’S

WORKSHOP OUR PRODUCTION MANAGER ANTONÍN HAS A VARIETY OF ITEMS WHICH WE GIRLS OFTEN COULDN’T EVEN NAME. WE BORROWED A FEW TO SHOW THEM IN ALL THEIR DARK BROWN GLORY. pliers • hammer • nails • voltmeter insulated wire • oil can • screws


RED RIDING HOOD’S

KITCHEN WE OFTEN PLAY WITH OUR CHILDREN AT COOKING. WE WERE WONDERING HOW LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD DID HER COOKING, AND SO WE PAINTED A FEW ITEMS AND INGREDIENTS RED, A COLOR THAT WHETS THE APPETITE. HUNGRY YET? wafers • saucers • spoons • pomegranate • mug


THE GARDENER’S

HERBARIUM THINK THAT HERBALISTS ARE PASSÉ? WRONG! BECOMING AN AMATEUR BOTANIST IS DE RIGEUR. LEARN TO IDENTIFY NATURE AND CREATE YOUR OWN COLLECTION OF FAVORITE PLANTS. ON A DARK GREEN BACKGROUND THEY STAND OUT BEST OF ALL! shears • paper • pencil • rowan branch • oak leaves with acorns rose hip • washi tape


THE SEWIST'S

STUDIO BLUE CALMS AND INVOKES A CAREFREE MOOD, AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT IDEAL FOR ACTIVITIES LIKE SEWING AND KNITTING THAT ARE COMING BACK INTO VOGUE. THERE'S NO TOPPING AN OUTFIT MADE WITH YOUR OWN HANDS! scissors • fasteners • thread • pins • safety pins yarn • hanger • tank top


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A R E NAISSA N C E O F PAT T ER N S text: Adéla Kudrnová | styling: SOFFA | photo: Adéla Havelková

AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, WE LOVE PAPER OF ALL KINDS, AND WHEN IT’S COLORFUL AND FULL OF UNIQUE PATTERNS WE’RE OVER THE MOON. WE HOPE THAT YOR HEART WILL THROB WITH JOY AS WELL WHEN YOU SEE THESE PAPERS, JOURNALS, TUBES, AND FOLDERS BY THE CZECH STUDIO CALICO. INTRODUCING THE PRINTED CALICO DESIGN – MAKE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE! Few Czech designers know how to work with colors and their combinations as well as Ondřej Zatloukal and Jan Slivka, who together form the studio Calico, which is devoted to hand printing patterns using calico printing and screen printing, primarily on paper. Both are working as paper restorers and met for the first time when studying at secondary school. They soon learned that they shared a passion for historical patterns. In 2012 they founded the studio Calico and decided to focus on redesigning historical patterns and today they do so almost without the use of a calico printing machine. This also gave rise to the name of their studio. The method of calico printing comes from the city of Calicut (now Kozhikode) where this method of printing was already being used in the 11th century on heavier fabric made of colored cotton thread, which is now therefore called calico. ► LEFT AND NEXT PAGE: Ondra holds in his hand a supply of colorful Calico wrapping paper as Honza shows off a graphic Trapejo created by multiple overprinting of various patterns. The creative environment of the cottage in Lemberk underscores the blue painted tools and equipment. On a table a supply of Calico hand stitched journals ready to be expedited to their owners. The covers of the journals are decorated with historic Czech patterns screen printed on Fedrigoni paper.


We set out to visit Honza and Ondřej in Lemberk in Northern Bohemia. Calico has its studio in a cottage owned by Honza’s parents, in which they design patterns and do bookbinding work, especially in winter. Calico performs the actual hand printing itself, whether through calico printing or screen printing, in their Prague workshop, since both designers live in Prague. The location of the studio in Northern Bohemia may have been coincidental, but it has an interesting justification. It was indeed Northern Bohemia that was the centre of the Czech textile industry in the past. There were numerous textile factories – printworks – where textiles were printed using calico printing technologies now over 100 years out of use. Lining paper for lining wardrobes, trunks, and more was also produced as an accessory product. The method of calico printing, where large wooden dies of A4 size are placed next to each other to produce an infinite imprint, is very complicated and costly. Nowadays Calico are practically the only ones in Europe who have revived this method and can manage to print with it. Calico printing still exists in India, where the designers frequently travel for inspiration. ► PREVIOUS PAGE: Ondra and Honza never rest, continually coming up with something new. One of their latest innovations are Calico fans, which come in handy not only on hot days but also in the theatre. The most popular Calico products also include tubes and folders. You can select from as many as 12 color combinations in 12 historic patterns, and they’re adding 8 more motifs in November. RIGHT: On a printed garden table in the shadow of the trees, Ondra and Honza allowed us a glimpse into their creative process when coming up with new patterns. It is based on a respectable collection of encyclopedias and books of historic and modern patterns from all over the world! The results are Calico hand printed wrapping papers, pleasing to any lover of patterns, color, and paper.


Indeed, archives of historical calico patterns have become the basis of Calico’s work. First they began by restoring and augmenting. Instead of costly wooden forms they began using photopolymer printing blocks, which they now use to print lining paper primarily for collectors and restorers. Due to the slow speed of the technology, where it takes approx. 10 minutes to print a single paper, the majority of their wrapping paper and other products are printed using manual screen printing. Aside from ‘merely‘ restoring historical patterns, they have also advanced to creating their own Calico patterns, which can be printed using a manual screen printing machine mostly on Fedrigoni paper, applying them to original folders, tubes, or journals. Their patterns are intentionally only bicolor, so as to preserve a certain aesthetic and moderation in the pattern. We caught up with Ondra and Honza right in the phase when they were selecting color combinations for their newly created patterns. Out of 900 they finally had to select a mere 12 – no easy task! The beauty of calico and screen printing can be found in the imperfections. Slight imperfections and other small details give Calico paper its personality. Now you can special order printing of fabric for upholstery, although the designers are considering a more serial digital textile print. Learn more at www.calico.cz. We had the honor of receiving our own wrapping paper Moholo, designed by Calico specially for SOFFA. Order it in our eshop or at this year’s Designblok! ■

PREVIOUS PAGES: Even animal busts can be folded out of Calico paper! One rests on a dresser on the ground floor of the Lemberk cottage. On the first floor you can find a blue paper cutter among the other machines, where Ondra cuts papers with a clean edge.


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CARIBOU has the farthest land migration of up to 6,000 km /year

LIVE YOUR WAY!

POLAR BEAR can walk up to 1,200 km, swim up to 100 km non-stop

RUFF travels 30,000 km/year from Siberia to Africa km/day COMMON FROG travels to lay eggs ASIAN ELEPHANT migrates along precisely defined routes memorised and led by the eldest elephant

GREAT SKUA flies from Africa to the Northern British Isles to breed

EUROPEAN EEL travels 5,000 km to lay eggs

CANADA GOOSE migrates with others in V-shape to save energy MONARCH BUTTERFLY travels more than 4,000 km from Canada to Mexico for winter

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE swims up to 16,000 km/year to find jellyfish to eat

GREY WHALE swims 18,000 km from the Arctic to the Pacific Ocean to breed; the journey takes 3 months BAr-TAILED GODWIT can fly up to 12,000 km and in 8 days without a rest

WHITE STORK flies up to 20,000 km /year from Europe to Africa and back

MIGRATORY LOCUST swarms with millions of others and flies more than 130 km/day ARCTIC TERN flies up to 70,000 km each year from the Arctic to Antarctic and back

BARN SWALLOW flies from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere to avoid winter (at speeds of up to 320 km/day)

BLUE WILDEBEEST migrates up to 1,600 km/year within east Africa EMU travels a long way to reach feeding areas

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ADÉLIE PENGUIN every year travels 200 km to nest, does not eat during the journey

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