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Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

The Apartment in Antwerp, by Vincent Van Duysen

 
 
Graanmarkt 13 in Antwerp started out as a chic dining and shopping destination, and as the guests kept saying they wanted to move in, the owners turned their upstairs apartment into a hotel. Inspired by the architect's own home, they asked Vincent Van Duysen to realize the project.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The innovative concept is described by Van Duysen as ’A collection of curiosities where each and every floor tells a story. It’s an idea, but also a sensory location that keeps on evolving as it grows.’
 
Graanmarkt 13 is created as a welcoming and warm home, where everyone should feel at ease with a restaurant, a shop, a gallery space and an apartment all under one roof. Quite a remarkable concept, don’t you think?
 
 
 

 
 
Read a very inspiring and well written interview with Van Duysen here. See all photos from the apartment here.
 
 
Via All Is Pretty, with thanks
 
 
 
 




Plywood Sofa by Maliin Stoor

 
 
I've been thinking of building something very similar to this sofa for my own home, but never really managed to get my thumb out and actually start the project. Also, I'm not a designer, so wasn't sure how to construct it. But now I don't have to, because my friend Maliin, owner of Maliins Stoore, made a prototype of exactly what I need, and she is planning to start selling it!
 
Now I just need a new home to put the sofa in. My landlord just let me know she wants her apartment back by January 1, so now I'm on the lookout for a new place to stay. If you have any leads on anything to rent, preferably on or around Södermalm in Stockholm, and at least 50 sqm, I'd be eternally grateful if you'd get in touch! Either here in the comments, via email or through the facebook event I created for the new home hunt. Thanks!
 
 
 
 




Kitchen Peephole by Nu Interieur Ontwerp





Boldomatic - the Instagram for words - Giveaway!

 
 
If you follow me on pinterest or facebook, you may have noticed my love for graphic quotes and funny statements and wordings. Sometimes I find them online and other times I write them myself. I've been using the Boldomatic app for that for about two years now, and the other day, right after I shared the above words on fb, an email dropped into my mailbox with an introduction of this anti-social graphic text-only network. They hadn't seen my fb update and had no idea I was already using their app, but since I do so and love it, I couldn't resist their proposal for a collaboration.
 
 
If you haven't tried Boldomatic before, this is what it's all about: Go to Boldomatic.com or download the app in your app store. Write a short text and share it with the community. You can also find the most popular Bolds here, and if you see someone you think is writing really clever stuff, you can follow them. Of course you can also like and re-post other people's bolds. Basically, it's like Instagram, but for words.
 
 
 
Just last week Boldomatic launched a webshop, where you can get products with your favourite bolds printed on them. Or write your own, if that's what you fancy. Choose from apparel, mugs, pillows, tote bags, posters and canvases in different sizes. Create a special card for your friend, or decorate your home with a poster of your favorite quote. Or simply to say "Coffee, I'm nothing without you".
 
To celebrate the launch, we made a little competition for you!
 
To participate and have a chance to win a Boldomatic product of your choice, just make a bold of your own and tag it with #EmmasDesignBlogg. The bold with the most likes wins!
 
A winner will be crowned on Oct 30, and contacted by Boldomatic.
 
Good luck!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Unique Penthouse by Koncept Stockholm

 
 
I think this must be the most amazing apartment for sale this week, wouldn't you agree? Although I'm not quite sure if it's actually photos or if it's a fantastic 3D render... But who cares when it looks this good? The apartment is real enough anyway, with its soaring windows and open sea views.
 
I like the radiator covers painted in matte gray, at the same time hiding the ugly standard radiators and adding character to the rooms. The house was built in 1912, so they fit very well with original style. This unique 159 sqm penthouse was designed by Koncept Stockholm, the same firm that stands behind successes like Story Hotel and Scandic Grand Central.
 
See more here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Minna Jones' styling for NCC

 
 
Stylist Minna Jones of the Finnish blog Time of The Aquarius made this styling of a show home for NCC Housing in the Kalasatama (Fisherman's Harbour) outside Helsinki. Super stylish, and just the right amount of minimalism without getting boring or sterile. For more images, go here, and to see an identical apartment with a different styling, look here.
 
Photographs: Pauliina Salonen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




BEIGE, Concept Store Designed by Nendo

 
 
BEIGE, ...serene yet glamorous, and with a sense of refined dignity. Yeah, I totally stole that line from their site, because I think it describes the concept of this japanese store so well. The space is designed by Nendo, and here is what they have to say about it:

The brand’s owners wanted a multi-functional space that would accommodate multiple uses: a shop for selling interior goods, a library space for book-lending and a gallery space for regular events and art exhibitions in addition to the main clothing retail space.

We considered a zoning approach with specific areas for the shop’s different elements, then decided that subdividing the already small space any further would simply clutter it. To avoid this, we chose to stratify the space vertically instead.

We installed a 7.5mm ‘beam’ 2.05m above the floor, and created an attic-like space for books. Bookends held in place magnetically prevent books from falling off the shelves. Hangers for clothing and bags are hung from the beam and can be freely moved to different places within the shop area. A variety of unfinished, box-shaped fixtures dot the floor. These can be used as stepstools to access the book space, or as plinths for exhibiting artworks and home accessories. The use of vertical layers allowed us to create a highly flexile, visually neat space.

 
 
 
 
 
I really loved these lookbook images from BEIGE, as well:
 
 
 
 




Ferm Living collection a/w 2014

 
 
My neighbor has been playing O Holy Night on repeat all day, and even if that didn't exactly get me in to the holiday spirit, it made me realize that winter will be here soon. So I found these images from Ferm Living that look, if not wintery, so at least very autumnal, like the gray weather we are having right now. I have brought out all my sheep skins and wool socks, and loaded the kitchen cupboard with tea and cocoa powder for hot chocolate, so I think I'll get through the season. I just need to go to Ikea to get some big boxes of candles and tealights, and I'll be alright... How about you?
 
 
 
 
 
 




Design Bloggers United Amsterdam Party

 
 
As you probably know by now, I'm part of the Design Bloggers United group, where we travel around Europe having lots of fun and collaborate with chosen brands for interesting experiences and projects. This time, the trip went to Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities, but I wasn't able to go! Staying at home didn't get easier by looking at these photos they sent me from the bloggers dinner and party the group arranged at the stunning Pistache Studio. Since I wasn't there I can't really tell you much more about the trip, but I'm sure the rest of the group will fill us in with all the juicy details asap! Until then, enjoy these photos of the event space.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And of course they used our own Design Bloggers United x Skandinavisk Koto candles for the tables!
 
 
All photos by Susanna Vento
 
Thanks to all sponsors för making this possible!
 
 
 
 




The Home of Dieter Rams

 
 
The entrance to the home office of legendary product designer Dieter Rams. See more pictures here.
 
Photo: Michael Kretzer
 
 
 




Bright Norwegian Family Loft

 
 
Starting the week with a family friendly, light filled loft in Tofte, Norway, belonging to photographer Trine Thorsen. Downstairs you will find their small family run Bed & breakfast.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Blackout with Fantastic Frank

 
 
Loved this shot from a bravely decorated apartment for sale by Fantastic Frank. The whole flat is painted black, with white carpentry and tiles for a great contrasting effect. See more here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




All Is Pretty at home





Mint - Light Living (sponsored post)

 
 
Mint is a young design brand aiming to make your home as minimalist and aesthetic as possible by combining and adjusting their products for multiple uses. For example: Your wardrobe looks the same on the outside as your kitchen cabinets. Their kids bed can be used as a daybed later on etc. Mint has a slight futuristic look, even though it is made with influence from mid century classics.
Mint is for people who like to keep their home simple and natural, no clutter, just the things you need for everyday life.
 
The collection ranges from kitchens and bathrooms to coat hangers, beds and chairs, made in a range of 8 matching colours, and from materials such as Estonian ash and American walnut wood.
 
 
 
 
The Stork coat hanger is the latest addition to Mint's furniture collection.
 
Swedish customers can find Mint's products in their newly launched webshop, and click here for the international version.
 
 
 
 
 




Stylist Lina Kanstrup's understated home





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