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Lítill Takes Flight in Berlin

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Terrariums that defy gravity and cultivate offshoots of the unpredictable are what Lítill's latest project at Direktorenhaus in Berlin, Jette and Fabrik, is all about.

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  A new exhibit, Jette and Fabrik, by Lauren Coleman at Direktorenhaus Berlin.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    A new exhibit, Jette and Fabrik, by Lauren Coleman at Direktorenhaus Berlin.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  Terrarium "stalactites" by Lauren Coleman nurture both succulents and handblown glass techniques in her Fabrik installation at Direktorenhaus Berlin. Coleman, a Brooklyn-based artist, is inspired by her upbringing in the desert landscape of Southern California. Her foray into designing handblown glass terrariums was informed by her early days working in the floral industry and her subsequent desire to create sustainable alternatives to cut flower and perishable arrangements. Coleman makes a point of highlighting certain handcrafting techniques in  collaborations with the artists and craftspersons that she choses to work with – specifically in the form of knitted and woven toppers for her hanging terrariums. The earliest Litill pieces were exhibited locally in California, and the line has since expanded to include collaborations with artisans throughout the United States, specifically in Portland and Brooklyn. Coleman sells her small to x-large terrariums (including hanging pieces) from $200 to $800 US dollars.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    Terrarium "stalactites" by Lauren Coleman nurture both succulents and handblown glass techniques in her Fabrik installation at Direktorenhaus Berlin. Coleman, a Brooklyn-based artist, is inspired by her upbringing in the desert landscape of Southern California. Her foray into designing handblown glass terrariums was informed by her early days working in the floral industry and her subsequent desire to create sustainable alternatives to cut flower and perishable arrangements. Coleman makes a point of highlighting certain handcrafting techniques in  collaborations with the artists and craftspersons that she choses to work with – specifically in the form of knitted and woven toppers for her hanging terrariums. The earliest Litill pieces were exhibited locally in California, and the line has since expanded to include collaborations with artisans throughout the United States, specifically in Portland and Brooklyn. Coleman sells her small to x-large terrariums (including hanging pieces) from $200 to $800 US dollars.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  Coleman's Fabrik installation suggests a "terrarium factory" environment with "stalagmite" pieces that take shape on the gallery floor.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    Coleman's Fabrik installation suggests a "terrarium factory" environment with "stalagmite" pieces that take shape on the gallery floor.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  Detail of a succulent garden in miniature sustained by the low-maintenance environment of a desert plant terrarium by Lítill.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    Detail of a succulent garden in miniature sustained by the low-maintenance environment of a desert plant terrarium by Lítill.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  A helium-filled weather balloon transports a handblown terrarium by Lítill in the Jette installation. Coleman's Jette and Fabrik installations occupy two separate rooms at Direktorenhaus in central Berlin. The large weather ballon that carries a knit rope suspended Litiil terrarium from side to side across the length a gallery room is helium-filled and serves as a new experiment for the artist in terms of in animating these formerly fixed tabletop pieces. This is the designer's first exhibition in Europe, following her successful window installation projects at  E.R. Butler & Co. in Soho, Trina Turk in NYC's Meatpacking District as well as at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and other design venues.   Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    A helium-filled weather balloon transports a handblown terrarium by Lítill in the Jette installation. Coleman's Jette and Fabrik installations occupy two separate rooms at Direktorenhaus in central Berlin. The large weather ballon that carries a knit rope suspended Litiil terrarium from side to side across the length a gallery room is helium-filled and serves as a new experiment for the artist in terms of in animating these formerly fixed tabletop pieces. This is the designer's first exhibition in Europe, following her successful window installation projects at  E.R. Butler & Co. in Soho, Trina Turk in NYC's Meatpacking District as well as at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and other design venues. 

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  Terrarium and cacti in flight as the weather balloon catches a breeze in the Jette installation at Direktorenhaus Berlin.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    Terrarium and cacti in flight as the weather balloon catches a breeze in the Jette installation at Direktorenhaus Berlin.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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  View of Fabrik installation by Lauren Coleman with paper cones, glass "stalactites" and terrarium "stalagmites" in the gallery space at Direktorenhaus Berlin.  Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman
    View of Fabrik installation by Lauren Coleman with paper cones, glass "stalactites" and terrarium "stalagmites" in the gallery space at Direktorenhaus Berlin.

    Courtesy of: Lauren Coleman

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