copenhagen chronicles: jobs handtryck

[this post is the third in a series of guest posts we’ll be sharing from our summer correspondent in copenhagen, brittany watson]

I just returned from a textile blitz/inspiration-overload tour to Sweden and Finland with my classmates and I’m a bit tuckered out. I think we literally hit every design-y type place in Stockholm and Helsinki, much to my delight (but definitely to the chagrin of my poor walking sandals. R.I.P yellow gladiator jellies.)

One of the highlights of the trip was the Jobs Handtryck workshop in Västanvik, Sweden. Jobs is a family-owned and operated company of beautiful hand-painted textiles since 1944. Think bright oversized florals, charming characters with a dash of funk. The workshop sits on the family property, home to quaint red cottages distinctive of the region.

I was enchanted by the use of their fabrics in the workshop itself. The walls have been draped with floor-to-ceiling samples and lighting has been created with simple wire fixtures covered with a simple small-scaled pattern. Even the newspaper rack and seats are covered in their designs. Entirely charming right? And if that weren’t enough, the outlet store sits right outside. Yes, I’ll take one order of slippers, a side order of dinner trays, and a helping of aprons please.

until next week!

CLICK HERE for the rest of brittany’s pictures of the jobs handtryck studio after the jump!


  1. Ursula says:

    I like the colours, thanks for sharing. Kind regards from Germany!

  2. Diana says:

    Amazing,this is my idea of pattern heaven. That hallrunner is divine.

  3. Exquisite. What a dream of a place.

  4. Kate says:

    I was literally just there a few weeks ago, and bought the most divine fabric, throw pillow, and serving tray! The handcrafted designs are so timeless and modern at the same time. And the people were so passionate and friendly about the work! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Noelia says:

    Great! I miss those countries so much !! :D

  6. Teri says:

    Oh my god… that hanging lamp with the white fabric! A possible DIY?? Want. It.

    That workshop is so fascinating! Thanks for sacrificing your yellow shoes to bring this to us!

  7. Brittany says:

    Teri, well, it was tough, but someone had to do it!

  8. Mouse says:

    GORGEOUS! How do they get all those weathered boards over there? The summer houses on Style Files have em, too…I bet they’re soft as corduroy.

  9. Alice Lam says:

    Brittany, when I visit Copenhagen, et al., will you be my personal tour guide?

    P.S. Rest in pieces, yellow shoes. You did a fine job.

  10. Laura H says:

    Oh, I love those fabric covered chairs!

  11. dee says:

    Great post and beautiful fabrics.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Great post! I’m absolutely drooling over those silk screened chairs!

  13. Laura says:

    Very interesting, I’d love to visit them too!

  14. Jane says:

    Thanks for introducing me to these amazing fabrics.

  15. Love this post! Super inspirational.

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hello! I am planning a trip to this part of the world and am a textile designer myself…I am wondering if you may have a complete list of the places that you went for your textile inspired blitz/tour??

  17. Brittany says:

    Thanks all! Stephanie, I do have a complete list of my blitz. Send me an email at and I can get them to you.

  18. NB says:

    stunning post – thank you for sharing!

  19. Cindy says:

    I’m getting misty…I was an American nanny for my textile teacher Eva Jobs in 1971. She had two small children. I lived there. I haven’t returned in 38 years but here are your charming photos to revive my memories! Now that I have been a teacher for 35 years(and Textile Design at that) it is time to return. Thank-you.


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