How Clr Shop’s Talia Taxman Brings Color And Whimsy Into Her Berlin Apartment

How Clr Shop’s Talia Taxman Brings Color And Whimsy Into Her Berlin Apartment

“I met with a psychic a year ago and she told me that my work with textiles was something that I carried with me through ancestry,” says Talia Taxman, founder of woven textiles brand Clr Shop (pronounced “Color Shop”). “Then recently my partner and I were playing around with ChatGPT and I looked up the meaning of my last name and, sure enough, ‘taxman’ has Yiddish and Ukrainian origin and I guess ‘tux’ used to mean textile. People carried last names that had to do with what trade they were involved in so someone with my last name was probably a textile merchant.”

How Clr Shop’s Talia Taxman Brings Color And Whimsy Into Her Berlin Apartment

 Prior to launching Clr Shop, Taxman was primarily a Brooklyn-based touring musician with an Instagram account called @c___l___r where she shared her bold and colorful visual ideas, which are a stark contrast to the “darker” music she makes under the moniker Rodes Rollins. When the pandemic halted Taxman’s tour gigs, she turned to selling her visual artwork—100% cotton, machine-washable woven throws that can be hung as wall art or used as a blanket. After linking up with a manufacturer based in North Carolina, Taxman casually took her samples to Instagram “and it was really wild how quickly it took off,” she says. “I think the timing was very much part of the pandemic. People were home, I reached them, and it was magical timing in that regard.” The operating team remains tiny—it’s just Taxman, her partner Ron, and a friend—but Clr Shop has taken such a life of its own that Taxman’s music career has taken a backseat at the moment. She welcomes the change—the brand has allowed her to share a creative vision and connect with fans in a different way.

Earlier this year, Taxman and her partner left their north Brooklyn loft for Berlin since so much of her partner’s music work was based there. She mentions that it’s far more difficult to find a place to live in Berlin than it does in New York City due to sheer scarcity. “You’ll be lucky if you can even get a showing for an apartment; it’s almost impossible. It functions more word-of-mouth or through a friend who’s ready to sign over their lease to someone else,” she says. It’s why when a furnished apartment outfitted in basic Ikea-esque pieces miraculously opened up, the couple took it even if the dorm-like vibe wasn’t their style. “It needed dressing up so I have Clr Shop throws draped over couches and on the back of our bed and I’ve disguised a lot of stuff,” says Taxman. “I think my style still comes through but this space feels more piecemeal. I really tried to make it feel like home.”

Another way Taxman’s attempted to bring more warmth into the space is by supporting international artisans that she’d discover at brick and mortars. “I really love having humor and whimsy in my design so I was so excited to buy cowboy boot candle holders when I first moved here,” she says of the gem she found at Berlin boutique VooStore. “It’s super high fashion, super designy, and I can’t afford most of the things in it, but it’s fun to look at. It was my first home purchase here that really felt like me.” Other examples include a polka-dot pot, a puzzle that displays surreal artwork when completed, and edgy rectangular planters.

 As an American living in Germany, Taxman likens her shopping experience to that of a tourist: “I am drawn to collecting mementos that represent a time or place in my life rather than me just going out and filling up the house.” 

Hot Legs Cowboy Boot Candle Holders

VooStore Hot Legs Cowboy Boot Candle Holders

Hot Legs Cowboy Boot Candle Holders in Red are handmade in Berlin following a cowboy boot silhouette with a glossy finish.

Müz Dot Pot

Terracotta pot with handle, all handmade. Approximate Dimensions: Diameter 12 cm. Height 12 cm….

Souq Dukkan, one of my favorite boutiques in Berlin, offers a stunning array of small batch and handmade items, many by Turkish makers curated beautifully by owner Yaprak Aras. Among them is the Muz terracotta pot with painted polka dots. Polka dots are a timeless and whimsical choice for adding character to any space, and I’ve always liked to infuse a sense of playfulness into my home because life’s too short to be too serious.”

Liberty Puzzles La Paz Puzzle

La Paz Puzzle by Liberty Puzzles

Piece Count: 475 Dimensions: 13.75 x 16.5 inches Size: Large…

Tuft Luck Studio Polka Print

Watercolour and ink technique on paper then scanned and printed on heavy 300gsm paper.

Veradek Corten Steel Planter

One planter, so many options. Let’s section off new spaces and form gorgeous walls of greenery. We’ll introduce rich, rusty, earthy tones to your spaces to help extend your home outdoors.

Denim Dots Kitchen Textile by Clr Shop

Add an instant classic to your kitchen with the ‘Denim Dots Kitchen Textile’ featuring a cute polka dot design on a soft waffle weave textile. …

Farmhouse Woven Throw Blanket by Clr Shop

Add a pop of color to your space with the ‘Farmhouse Woven Throw Blanket’ featuring a multi-colored patchwork design. …

“The Farmhouse Woven Throw has quickly become a fan favorite over here at Clr Shop, and it’s my favorite as well. I love the patchwork design and the color palette of this piece. It’s a classic you can keep for years to come. It’s also a design that I think suits a bunch of different aesthetics. I could see this piece in a country home or in a more modern, urban space. I keep mine on my bed.”

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