The Designer

of interior textile label studio somtum

portrait Gabriele Duenwald
PHOTO: ENVER HIRSCH

 studio somtum was founded by Gabriele Duenwald, a creative director and illustrator from Hamburg.

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»As a child, I loved rummaging through the roles of fabric in my mother's tailor studio.

Later as an illustrator and magazine designer, I refined my love of design and beautiful shapes. I have always traveled a lot, especially to Thailand, where I have lived more than a year and couldn't help but fall in love with the colours and patterns of the country. From there I brought back plenty of inspiration for my own label, including its name:

By the way, Somtum is the Thai name for a fresh, spicy and therefore enormously invigorating papaya salad.«