I am always looking for excuses to buy nice things. These excuses are not hard to find. They egg me on until I cave in and add yet another new thing to my shelf and dusting schedule.
Today’s discovery of KLEIN&SCHÖN is the next contender on my wish list. I am already battling the following persuasive inner monologue – ‘I can use this polymer beaker as a vase OR toothbrush holder depending on my mood. I am pretty much saving money by buying it. Imagine if I put my keys in one of these bowls, I might never lose them again.’ etc etc etc.
I hold Genevieve Bryce-Stenzel, the 21-year-old behind KLEIN&SCHÖN, accountable for these thoughts. After graduating from a Visual Merchandising degree in 2012, and scoring a full-time job as FAT’s national Visual Merchandiser, Genevieve first started experimenting with polymer as an after work hobby around six months ago. She explains, ‘The obsession with polymer originally started as a way for me to wind down after work, as making things is my single most favourite thing to do.’ After posting her efforts on social media and receiving positive feedback, Genevieve launched KLEIN&SCHÖN in January, followed by the launch of an online shop, which opened earlier this month.
Each of Genevieve’s creations is made by hand, currently from her Sandringham bedroom! She mixes various polymer clays together to form her mesmerising marbled colour palettes, ensuring that no two pieces are the same. ‘Colour palettes from strange places inspire me to create interesting things,’ Genevieve says. ‘The other day I went to my local aquarium and found myself studying all the sea anemones, for instance.’
KLEIN&SCHÖN is German for ‘small and beautiful’ and it is Genevieve’s hope to create little gifts of love, made by hand for people to buy for themselves and others. If in the process she’s also created a memorable place to store your keys, she won’t argue with that.