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Thursday 19 September 2019

New book will outline Kajsa's Swedish style

The best of Swedish and, indeed, Scandinavian culture is being shared with the Irish population thanks to Arklow entrepreneur Kajsa Kinsella, who is about to publish her second book.

The Swedish native has been hard at work growing her business whilst working full-time and raising her three children.

'Growing up, I came from a very artistic household and there are a number of of designers in my family-my father was an architect and my sister trained with IKEA, which everyone is aware of now. There were always blueprints on the kitchen table so it was something that was always a part of my life,' Kajsa explained. Having met her husband in Germany the two relocated to County Wicklow and set up home in Arklow in 2001.

As family life took up much of Kajsa's time for over a decade and only in recent years has she found time to devote to her passion for design. Since then, she has been carving out a niche market on the back of the world's growing love affair with Scandinavian culture.

Her first book 'Nordicana' is an anthology packed full of all things Scandinavian from the television show The Killing to the Stokke baby high chair.

'As the children have gotten older, I have more time to devote to the business. It was at the back of my mind for so long but now I am constantly trying to improve it and get things in motion.'

Kajsa's second book entitled 'Sew Scandinavian' is set to hit shops in September and features a step by step sewing guide showing beginners and improvers how to make a variety of Kajsa's own handmade designs.

Her newly launched 'Northern Shores' collection, which features homewares, functional gifts and nursery items, reflects her classic Swedish style inspired by her childhood. A detailed guide for each item shows the reader how to create their own pieces at home.

Designing and creating her own collection comes after a year spent editing her own interiors magazine - an offer that was made to Kajsa after she supplied regular freelance articles to various publications.

'The magazine taught me so much and gave me a great starting point in terms of publishing. There was so much involved from design and writing and working to deadlines. It made it easier when it came to writing the books,' Kajsa said.

Little by little, Kajsa has been working with a view to working full-time in her own business and hopes to be included to participate in Showcase Ireland through Wicklow Local Enterprise Office which will see her designs showcased to an international market.

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