Old typo gets trendy

For best friends and business partners Karen Enis and Amber Molnar, their long term friendship, as well as their love and passion for art, launched their homewares and graphic design business, Me and Amber.

The pair met at kindergarten, went to school together and studied the same visual communications course at university.

Me and Amber was launched in 2002 while Ms Enis and Ms Molnar were completing their major project.

"The very first thing we started to make were handmade screen-printed greeting cards," Ms Enis said. "We sent the cards for a test run at a store in Surry Hills and they were well received, so we decided that we should take it more seriously and that's when Me and Amber was born."

The friends, who often create their designs individually, specialise in creating handmade screen-printed greeting cards, artworks, tea towels, cushions, linen and much more.

"We work independently and then we throw ideas around together," Ms Enis said. "We both have similar aesthetics but normally we start with drawings and interesting typography and it just goes on from there, I guess."

Ms Enis and Ms Molnar draw inspiration for most of their designs from typography used in old books.

"Big influence is drawn from old books which are so different from contemporary books," Ms Enis said. "The smell, the colours, and the typography inspire our designs. After university we travelled and instead of bringing back your normal tourist souvenirs we brought back books and art nouveau posters from the 20s and 30s. We use typography in our designs because I think it can easily fit into all sorts of peoples homes. We also wanted to keep to our greeting card theme: quite neutral for interiors and not produce massive pieces."

Ms Enis said their aim was to design homewares to suit most homes and rooms.

"We stay clear of what's in fashion or what appears in Vogue because those designs may not be in season next year," Ms Enis said. "Our artworks are versatile and can be added to different areas of the home which may need a little extra attention."

In the future the friends hope to expand their designs.

● Details: Website: meandamber.com

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