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Sonnhild Kestler

Capturing designer Sonnhild Kestler's work and studio for The New York Times Style Magazine

Sonnhild Kestler’s company, S.K. Hand-Druck is a “one-woman textile manufacturer”. Kestler works alone, barefoot arranging and rearranging brightly coloured shapes of paper into new designs for screen prints. She is currently working on some designs for Maharam and Nick visited her studio in Zurich to capture the process. 

The space of Kestler’s studio feeds her work; like a museum, it is a vessel for her collection of objects from around the world. As she moves around the room, often on top of the wooden tables, Kestler paints large strips of paper in gouache colours, drawing from the innumerate references surrounding her to create elaborate designs. 

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