Deconstructed Still Life

From Egyptian tombs to Renaissance oil paintings, Still Life compositions have played a large role in world history. Profound symbolism is found in what may seem like simple depictions of fruit, vegetables and inanimate objects. From cultural, religious, and moral metaphors to analogies of reproduction, fertility, and even death, these compositions are rich with meaning. A Still Life as a work of art can be evocative, expressive, or purposefully somber. The photographs that make up Deconstructed Still Life were created during the shoot for our AW16 film, Singer Sargent, and taken by photographer Caylon Hackwith. In his own words, the project "...explores the deconstruction of sensuality and the body as inspired by Dutch still lives."

You are invited to view the photographs up close in the shop; they will be displayed for the next few weeks. We hope you find inspiration and enjoyment from them.



Owatonna, MN

Favorite spot in the Twin Cities?
Anywhere, so long as the weather is great.

Coffee, tea, or cocktail (and how do you take it)?
I hate having to choose, so all three! Coffee strong and black, any kind of green tea, and an Old Fashioned.

In a few words, explain your style:
Eclectic. I'll wear anything ... it just depends on my mood.

Any daily rituals?
Hot lemon water with rosemary and peppermint oil; it's a refreshing and healthy tonic. And I'll eat at least one fresh fruit every day.

One piece of advice you’ve taken to heart:
"Nobody thinks about me as much as me." What I take from this is to not be self-conscious or worry about inconsequential things I might say, do, or wear because chances are that other people haven't even gave it a second thought (we're our own biggest critic). On the flip side of that, if you DO want people to take notice than you really need to make waves.

WISHLIST: Binu Binu, Shaman Black Charcoal Soap; HOPE, Very Blouse; NEAL, Axiom Earrings; Shaina Mote, Tether Top; KAAREM, Sediment Long Sleeve Onesie; Diemme, Roccia Vet; Priory, Mikir Shirt; 7115 By Szeki, Mockneck Merino; Shaina Mote, Jasper Skirt; Norse Projects, Embla Wool Jersey.

Out of the 8-10 items you chose which is your favorite?
Among these items, the Kaarem Sediment Long Sleeve Onesie is my favorite. I still remember the first time I picked it up off the rack, and then realizing it wasn't a dress but actually has legs! And the shape of the neckline is so beautiful. It looks like something an important person would wear in a futuristic world and I would wear it today.

Shop Catherine's Wishlist Here.


At Idun, we embrace winter in the North and all this magical time of year entails: dark nights warmed by the glow of Selby’s storefronts; crisp air that brings a youthful flush to everyone's cheeks; and the opportunity to layer warm-weather pieces in transformational ensembles. Indeed, dressing in the cold provides a unique challenge that we always look forward to solving. 

This year we’re all about embracing the versatility of turtlenecks. Sweaters. Dresses. Tunics. Simple. Singular. Adorned. Interesting. One is good. Two is better. Three is never enough. 
Get inspired and try the look for yourself. You won’t regret it. 
Model: Sara Tonko
Photography: Caylon Hackwith
Styling: Megan Jensen and Andi Nehring Wierzbicki