EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Bolia 2015 collection + new webshop

 
 
Bolia is one of those Danish brands that always make great lookbooks and inspiration images, and they just launched the new 2015 collection and a brand new webshop, open for everyone in the EU.
 
I chose some favorites from the new lookbook, but you can browse it online here to see everything. It seems we are still moving around in a mostly gray landscape full of pastels and light wood, but one piece that instantly stood out to me is the Eclipse table below, with linoleum surfaces in brass, black and a beautiful moon pattern. The sofa above is also very tempting...
 
 
Styling: Pernille Vest
Photos: Thomas Loof and Henrik Bülow
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Georg by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm, now in black

 
 
Nobody can have missed last year's big hit from Trip Trap, the Georg furniture series by designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm. It was launched at DesignTrade, and at this year's fair a sweet update was presented; the whole series now comes in my favorite color, black! I believe the wall mirrors are a new addition as well, completing the range in a nice way. 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Ilse Crawford at The Apartment

 
 
I discovered this exhibition through Instagram, and instantly fell in love with the small sneak peeks shown there. Unfortunately I don't think I'll have the chance to go and see it irl, but if you are anywhere near Copenhagen, you don't want to miss Ilse Crawford's collab with The Apartment!
 
 
 
 

"Studioilse has redesigned the interiors of The Apartment to reflect Ilse Crawford’s design philosophy centered around human life and behaviour. Studioilse has gained international renown for creating interiors that are about life rather than objects, exploring how a space becomes a home.

With The Residency, Studioilse has created a homely space where design is experienced rather than exhibited, and where guests can enjoy an informal atmosphere, kitchen suppers and lively discussions. Local eatery Atelier September hosts a restaurant at The Residency kitchen every Thursday and Friday night with a menu that changes daily."

 

 
 
 
 
 




White everything + Green plants = Fresh

 
 
Just let me know when I can move in and I'll start packing immediately! You can leave most of the furniture too. Those were my first thoughts when I saw this apartment for sale through Fantastic Frank. I love that the architecture is so simplified that one can't really tell the age of the building. And those white wooden floors get me every time. Throw some big windows, high ceilings and a terrace into the mix and I'm sold.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 




KOTO scented candle by Skandinavisk and Design Bloggers United

 
 
I've got some cool news for you! We, as in Design Bloggers United, are launching a scented candle in collaboration with Skandinavisk!
 
I am crazy about scented candles myself, the high quality kind that is, and I can already say that this one with a soft scent of amber, jasmine and vanilla will be a future favorite. We wanted to make a homey, welcoming scent, something that could represent our interests in homes and interiors, and chose a name to match. KOTO means home in Finnish.
This is how we like to describe our candle: A cosy refuge from the long dark Finnish winters, a seductress of scarce natural light, an intimate space to refresh the soul.
 
On a less poetic note, some basic facts: it's a big one, with four wicks and a burn time of 75 hours, and it will retail for around €60. Made from a mix of perfume, natural and mineral wax with wicks of 100% cotton, then poured into hand-blown glass.
 
KOTO will be presented next week at the Formex fair and is soon available in stores all over Europe, but you can already pre-order from Skandinavisk's own webshop.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos and styling by Susanna Vento, the newest member of the Design Bloggers United group. We are very happy she wanted to join!
 
 
 
 
 




Simple Finnish Summerhouse Inspiration

 
 
Most Scandinavian summerhouses that we see on blogs are Danish, and while it might be difficult for an outsider to spot the differences in style between the Nordic countries, they are definitely there. I think this summerhouse, belonging to Johanna Lehtinen, is a great example of what I see as Finnish style. Compared to the Danish houses, this is more graphic, their use of black and bare wood is more courageous, and the overall style is a bit simpler, less over styled. Also not as sweet as many Danish houses are, with less cute vintage items and more rough things brought in directly from the surrounding nature. Don't get me wrong now, I love Danish style, but compared to this, it can sometimes get a bit too sweet.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




New Kristalia 2014 catalogue shots

 
 
Summery, but dark. Minimalist, but inviting. Yes, this is completely my taste! The new images from Kristalia's 2014 collection quite perfectly captures what I'm into right now. Concrete, unkempt plants, dark moody colours, and as always; minimalism.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




One Pic Wednesday: DIY Koushi Lamp

 
 
Photographer Benjamin Bergh built his own Koushi lampshade and shared it on Instagram. His home looks very interesting, I'd love to see more!
 
 
 
 




Volkshotel Amsterdam; a design hotel for the people

 
 
As I've written here before, Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, and I'll take any excuse to go there. Now I have two! We are planning the next blog tour there in October, and the new Volkshotel just opened, which I'm curious to see!
 
Located in a building formerly used as a newspaper headquarters, the interiors remind me a lot of the Michelberger in Berlin, but with the building's history showing in the details in between the raw materials such as concrete and plywood. And this hotel also has a rooftop terrace, complete with sauna and hot tubs, so definitely looking forward to trying that out! The Volkshotel claims to be a hotel for everyone, welcoming punk rockers, single moms, stockbrokers and poets, dandies and dishwashers, and with their opening offer of €69/room throughout July, I believe almost anyone could afford it too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Strandwood Vacation Rental in Germany

 
 
This house in Germany, called Strandwood House and located by the beach on Rügen Island, fulfills many of my summerhouse dreams. Simple natural materials, calming hues and interiors, lots of light and not much to distract you from living simply with only the bare necessities. If I would get a summer house, it would look very much like this.
 
Via Desire to Inspire with thanks!
 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 




STAY Copenhagen, The Penthouse Experience

 
 
Last week, while working on a project with photographer Mikael Axelsson, I had the pleasure of staying at STAY Copenhagen again. This time in the penthouse apartment, with direct access to the huge rooftop terrace, in addition to the two big balconies in the apartment. As my previous visits there were in the winter, I hadn't taken the opportunity to discover the roof terrace before, and I can easily say that it was a great bonus to our trip this time. They serve champagne up there every evening, and to sit there watching the sunset after a long work day sure was a lovely experience.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The apartments are huge and sparsely decorated in a minimalist black and white style, all furniture coming from Danish design brand Hay. While this might give an impression of being a little too minimalist for some, the place quickly warms up as you spread your own belongings around. At least that would be the case if you aren't like me, and all your stuff is also in grayscale...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photography: Mikael Axelsson
Styling by me
 
 
 
 
 




Sågverket, Sweden's most stylish hostel, up for sale

 
 
Many of the post in the upcoming weeks will be about stylish places to stay when traveling both inside and outside of Sweden. One place I've been wanting to visit is Sågverket, Sweden's most stylish hostel. I was actually there a few years ago, before it was bought and renovated by the current owners. Although it was quite nice even back then, there were lots of things that needed improvement... Looking at the pics here I can see that they have all been taken care of, everything looks just perfect now! The place is up for sale again, so if you, like me, have been wanting to visit, I believe now is the time to go, because who knows what will happen when it switches owners again...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




Haphazard DIY Bed Canopy

 
 
Sorry for disappearing on you, it wasn't planned, but I desperately needed a break. I'm back now though, with lots of things to share! I'll start with this image of a bed canopy created in a new and inventive way. I like that it's not as romantic as a traditional canopy, more haphazard and lazy, for all of us who like their interiors a bit more relaxed.
 
Image from H&M Home
 
 
 
 




House Doctor Summer Inspiration

 
 
Danish brand House Doctor just sent some sneak peeks from their next collection, the Fall/Winter 14/15, but I feel I'm not quite ready for those seasons yet... While I was browsing their site I found these images though, that feel more suitable at the moment with some great summer inspiration! Light and simplicity, natural wood against white, and a few green plants to bring summer inside. Anyone know the name of that tall slender plant in the first picture?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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