During Paris Fashion Week in March, we had the opportunity to visit BigStuffed at their studio space in Paris. The studio is situated in a beautifully quiet courtyard in the central part of Paris.
Dana welcomes me and excuses the creative chaos in the studio which I don’t mind - it is charming to see a space in action and the creative development of the creatures. Dana Muskat is the designer and owner of BigStuffed.
When did you produce the first BigStuffed creature and for whom?
Dana - I produced the first creature many years ago for a friend in Israel that just had a baby, and I didn’t have the possibility to visit her so I decided to make her an octopus, as they are apparently the best mum’s in the world. I continued making more of them as my friends fell in love with them too and so it all started.
What is your backround?
Dana – I studied fashion design. But as a fashion designer I got bored, and the fashion market is too crowded with brands, it feels like there is no space for more. With BigStuffed I get to work on a 3-Dimensional level too which gives me a lot more satisfaction, and I feel that there is definitely space out there for my creatures.
How does your creation and production process look like?
Dana - It all starts with collecting cross board inspiration from different materials, colours, animal types, objects and interiors. The sketchbook with simple drawings simplifies the animals to a certain extent. Afterwards I work with the patterns and the first mook-ups/prototypes, that will be sent to my factories in order to further work on the creature shape, material and filling. Depending on the shape of the animal, it can take several rounds until the final shape is created and put into production.
Which part is the hardest?
It is a different thing to design a fashion piece on a mannequin where you know most of the body shape in comparison to design the shape of different creatures. Still, the hardest part concerns the sourcing for materials.
Each creature’s personality and eyes are very impressive. Do you visit the animals you create in order to get the right emotional touch?
No, I find aquariums sad, studying pictures and watching movies is enough inspiration for me.
Are you working on new designs and further product launches for this year?
Yes, I am launching several new colours of the Beluga, Minis and Manatees. I am also finally beginning to design a new collection, but here I am only in the starting phase.
Let’s introduce #waldraudpeople - We want to celebrate and present friends, clients, collaborators and people who inspire. Let’s kick off with Pia! The design cheerleader with a critical eye who started our Instagram. Photos by Play Hunter.
Pia is wearing the Fest Kaftan Shirt/Dress, 350 CHF from Henrik Vibskov giving the BigStuffed Small Whale a kiss. The whale is unfortunately only availble at our store in Zurich. To see more BigStuffed creatures, please visit our Blog.
5 things Pia loves about Waldraud
1. The unique selection that simply makes you smile.
2. Meeting unbelievably creative people in the shop.
3. Lovely smells when you enter thanks to the Comme des Garçons Parfumes.
4. The warm welcome by Waldraud’s dog & family member Lasse.
5. Killer music playlists, especially the one created for Waldraud by the Zurich-based music producer Marc Bonet.
Pia - "My current obsession is listening to podcasts like #girlboss radio. The last thing I watched on TV was Girls."
Strike a pose! Pia wearing the stylish slightly oversized powder pink Denim Jacket from MM6, 545 CHF. Available at our store in Zurich - soon online as well.
Pia - "I find it hard to resist striking a tourist pose when a camera is in front of me."
We are delighted to welcome the BigStuffed Whales & Octopuses back to our store! You can find Big & Small Whales and Octopuses in our shop in Zurich.
BigStuffed - Small Grandpa Octopus 135 CHF & Small Whale 115 CHF / Photo Play Hunter
BigStuffed - Small Whale 115 CHF / Photo: Play Hunter
Last week, we gave you a preview, now they are back in our store - The big, soft and cuddly stuffed creatures from BigStuffed are suitable for both kids and adults. Each piece is 100% hand crafted in Bretagne, France.
Watch the clip to get a wonderful introduction to the beauty of BigStuffed
We discovered BigStuffed in an online magazine featuring photography, art and achitecture. Hence, we contacted, Dana the designer and founder of BigStuffed and asked her if she was keen on working with us - and luckily she was! We are proud to be her first reseller outside France.
At the top left & right - BigStuffed Small Whales, 115 CHF, at the bottom a Big Spotted Bubble Whale, 155 CHF
BigStuffed - Octopus & Whales from 115 CHF to 190 CHF
BigStuffed - Small Ocotupus CHF 135 & Small Grandpa Octopus CHF 135
BigStuffed creatures are only available ot our store in Zurich.
Photos by Playhunter