Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Stylist Robyn Glaser

While flicking through the latest issue of Elle Interiör (sneak peek here) I stumbled over the home of stylist Robyn Glaser. Intrigued by the seemingly effortless styling, I threw myself over to her website, and yes indeed, the simple and understated, yet elegant style continued in her portfolio. There were so many great pictures in there I had a hard time choosing, so here is a whole bunch for you!

Looking at Robyn's list of clients, it seems she has worked with just about all the big ones! Or what do you say about Anthropologie, Bergdorf Goodman, Nieman Marcus and Nordstroms, and magazines such as Blueprint, Cookie, Domino, Martha Stewart and Elle Decoration UK... This woman should have been doing rounds all over blogland, but I haven't seen her pictures before. Or maybe people have been posting about her and I've just missed it somehow?

By the way, the picture with the arm chairs and the books on the floor is from Robyn's apartment, it's the left picture in the third row. I wish i could show you more of her home, but I had no luck looking for pictures of it online.

Christmas Markets in Stockholm

If you live in Stockholm, or are coming to here to visit during the month leading up to the holidays, these are some highlights to check out in the plethora of Christmas markets going on around the city:

Konstfack, Dec 6-7, open 10 am to 5 pm both days, a huge market where all the students from the different branches of studies team up and sell products exclusively for the Christmas market. There are always some great finds here, and the prices are usually very reasonable, especially when you consider that you could be buying something from the next rising star on the Swedish design scene. I never miss this one!

Cho Kawaii!, Nov 28-30, mori & mimosa's Tokyo inspired Christmas market, in their shop at Högalidsgatan 34. Next door neighbours glass artist Esmée Alexander and textile artist Pasi Välimaa are also opening their studios and have invited other artists to come and join them. The mori & mimosa team has just come home from their travels in japan, and brought some Japanese goodies with them, which will be for sale along with their usual range of great and unusal designs. This is the place to go if you are looking for presents that noone else has seen before.

Designgalleriets Christmas Market, Dec 1-22. This is one market that I am very curious about. A jury consisting of members of the gallery, and top designer Eero Koivisto, has chosen 24 products designed this year, in three different price ranges up to 1000 kr, to make sure that everyone will find great Christmas presents! There will be everything from fashion and home accessories to graphic design and crafts, and some of the designers represented are Fuldesign, Karin Robling, Rörstrand, Lisa Bengtsson and Kosta Boda. Now this will be exiting!

And then there is of course the annual, traditional Christmas market at Hovstallet, Nov 28-30, with a Christmas tree exhibition, pony riding, 80 or more skilled crafters selling their work, and of course the usual glögg and food stalls.

Also if you like Swedish crafts, check out the market at Skansen every weekend from now until Christmas, it is very old fashioned and traditionally Swedish.

Structures/Facades by Tina Roeder

When you see as much design and interior decoration news as I do (I browse the internet several hours every day, and read lots of magazines) it is very rarely that you find something that actually feels fresh and innovative. This credenza by designer Tina Roeder definitely does just that.

The Structures/Facades was inspired by the architectural history of East-West Berlin, "rich in visions and utopias". The materials used were grey cardboard and chrome-plated steel.

Having studied at both Saint Martins College in London and Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Tina has lots of other interesting projects that you can check out on her site, so please do!

H&M Home Collection

I heard about H&M launching a home collection about a year ago, but then I forgot all about it, so I was totally surprised this morning when I looked in at Husmusen to find a great post with pictures of the whole collection! There are four different lines in the collection; Design, Nature, Youthful (with prints by Swedish illustrator Liselotte Watkins) and Classic. I'm showing you Nature and Design here. The home collection will be for sale at H&M:s webshop starting in February.

I think Nature (below) is my favorite style. The buttonlike cushions and the bottle silhouette print looks great!

Cushions from Krejci

Dutch company Krejci is more known for making cool bags from recycled inner tubes, old air beds and parashoots, but they also make these stylish cushions with graphic prints of power stations, vehicles and traffic lights. Finally some cushions that the male half of the population wouldn't be ashamed of throwing on their sofas!

Flickr Favorites Friday

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted some flickr favourites here, but here you go. Enjoy!
(And as usual, just click the picture to get to the original)

Stylist Dorrit Elmquist

Football Drawings by Lee Walton

I'm not a football fan of any kind, but I could totally see these drawings of football games on my walls! They don't look "footbally" at all, just really cool and graphic.

On my wishlist...

I don't think anyone close to me is actually reading this blog, but if you are, please note that I so so so would love it if this Pigeon lamp designed by Ed Carpenter for Hay, available at Urbis, would end up in my Christmas stocking.

Some Eye Candy perhaps?

I just realised I haven't given you your Saturday Sweets for last week! So here you go, some yummy dining room eye candy to enjoy!

The recipe for chocolate and lingonberry pie

I know, this is way off topic for this blog, but since I mentioned this pie in a blog post last week, I've been getting so many requests for the recipe that I just had to post it! And the other recipe, the one for raspberry fudge pie is coming soon too...

So here it goes, the recipe for chocolate and lingonberry pie:

Pie crust:
100 g butter
1/2 dl sugar
2 dl rolled oats
1 1/2 dl flour

1 1/2 dl cream
50 g butter
1 1/2 dl golden syrup
200 g dark chocolate, around 40% cocoa
1 1/2 dl lingonberries

Preheat the oven to 200°. Melt the butter. Add sugar, oats and flour. Mix into a dough. Put the dough in a pie form, about 24 cm in diameter. Bake the pie crust in the middle of the oven for 8 – 10 min until it has a nice colour.
Bring cream, butter and syrup to a boil. Let simmer on low heat for around 10 min. Remove the pot from the heat. Break the chocolate into little pieces and add to rest of the ingredients. Put it back on the turned off stove using the afterheat to let it melt totally, while stirring, until it's very smooth and shiny. Pour the chocolate sauce into the pie crust and sprinkle with lingonberries. Put in the fridge to set for at least 5 hours, or over night. Serve with softly whipped cream. This pie is very filling, so this will make 12-15 pieces.

Swedish home in Tokyo

More greatness from Sköna Hem! This time a newly built concrete house that is the home of a Swedish man and a Japanese woman, mixing the best of Scandinavian and Asian style. The two styles are actually very similar, in common they have the simple lines, the love of natural materials, neutral colours and practical solutions. Take extra note of the super smart kitchen and the way they use the steel clad cabinet doors to hold household items such as knives, spice jars, recipes and paper towels.

1002 Spoons, an exhibition by Jurgen Lehl

Remember last year when everyone all over blogland were totally crazy about spoons? They were all over the place, on flickr and on every design and photo blog i clicked to! Now there is this exhibition in Japan, by German artist Jurgen Lehl, and maybe this will set the craze off again... Just look at all those lovely spoons!

Find Jurgen's blog here, homepage here and webshop here.

New and old, elaborately carved and simple, big and small, carved from wood, coconut, horn, shell and bamboo, made of iron, brass and gourd, hammered from silver, copper, bronze and stainless steel, salt spoons, tea spoons, ceremonial spoons, tea ceremony spoons, serving spoons, ladles, and jewelry made of spoons. Many were designed and made especially for this show, while others were found in Vietnam, China, Japan, Indonesia, Timor, the Philippines, Korea, India, Africa and Europe. The Exhibition will be shown at the Jurgen Lehl Babaguri store in Tokyo and will travel throughout Japan.

I'm back!

I've been offline for the last few days, because of some stupid mistake in the configuration of my mobile internet connection. But it's fixed now, thanks to a tech savvy friend! I've had this problem once before, and that time the store gave me a new computer instead of fixing the problem, so I'm glad it could be solved in a smoother way this time.

But now I'm back online and I've got lots of stuff I want to share with you! (Including the recipes some of you asked for.) However, I'll start with this kitchen from a brand new online lifestyle magazine called Coorda. The magazine focuses on interiors, beauty and fashion, always with a family friendly approach, so you'll find lots of kid stuff too in the mag.

You can find more pictures as well as an extensive text about the kitchen, all the materials, suppliers and clever solutions right here.

I've been tagged

I been tagged with the "7 random things" meme by Felicia from This Time in Seoul. So here it goes:

1. I'm in love with the city of Amsterdam. No, it's nothing like that weird lady who is married to the Berlin wall. It's more of a constant longing in my heart. I've never felt so at home anywhere as I do there.

2. Many people think my kids are named after seacreatures in Disney films. They are not.

3. I have a thing for men with a nice falsetto. Think David Bowie, Elton John, Prince, Juvelen. It's kind of embarrassing really, but I just can't help thinking it's totally hot.

4. I bake a mean "kladdkaka"! (It's like a Swedish version of brownies, but runnier in the middle) In fact, I'm a pretty good baker when it comes to anything sweet. You should try my raspberry fudge pie, or the dark chocolate and lingonberry pie...

5. Up until recently, I had the strangest haircut ever. A mix of a faux-hawk and a mullet. Sounds horrible right? I've never received so many compliments for my hair in my entire life. Strangers came up to me in the street, anyone from teenage emo kids to middle aged gay men and old ladies, just to tell me it looked cool. The ironic part is that I got that haircut to scare off guys. It didn't work. At all.

6. I like peanut butter with mostly everything. Last night I mixed a big dollop of pb with vanilla ice cream and my boyfriend informed me I was being gross. Perhaps so. But it tasted delicious!

7. I used to be a skateboarder when I was a kid. I would ride my board every day after school all through 4th to 6th grade, we even had a professional skateboarder there to teach us, but I never became any good. At all. The only prizes I won was for "Great Style" meaning I looked ridiculous as I always fell over in the ramps, waving my arms all over the place. But now I wish I'd never quit, as I see these super cool skater girls ride their longboards through the streets of Stockholm looking like a million bucks...

I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you feel like participating, be my guest!

44 shades of white

Also in this months Sköna Hem, this home in The Hague. The owner is a swede, which probably shines through in some of the design choices she made. There is no compromise in this home, it's functional, child friendly and practical at the same time as it's totally stylish! And very very white.

By the way, I'm sitting in a bar while writing this, and it's very hard to concentrate on my blogging as the guys at the next table are are engaged in a lively discussion about Scandinavian design. Right now they are having a verbal war on which design group is better, Swedish Front or Norwegian Norway Says... Oh, the discussion just started to circle around XBox vs Sony Playstation, and I suddenly got my focus back.

Wabi Sabi in Sköna Hem

Don't miss this great article in Sköna Hem about the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi. It's something I've been interested in for years, but I find it hard to find much information about the subject. The article is in Swedish, but the pictures are very inspirational too.

Issue #2 of LoftLife is out

Just want to squeeze in one more post today, and tell you about the new issue of LoftLife Magazine that has just hit the newsstands. It's packed full of super stylish loft spaces, here are just two examples:

The home of Kat Heyes

And now for something a little less shopping oriented... This is the wonderful home of illustrator Kat Heyes. I found this space over at Design*Sponge, so if you would like some text with these pictures you'll have to get over there. And for more photos, click here or here.

Ferm Living's Thanksgiving discount

Danish design company Ferm Living is offering up some nice discounts in their US store just time for Thanksgiving. And seeing as their product shots are so lovely, I couldn't help but pass it on to you.

Cool new and vintage furniture from Pieces

If anyone is looking for some seriously cool furniture, click over to Pieces.

Lee Kleinhelter, owner of Pieces comes from a distinctive Atlanta design background working with designers Dan Carithers, Westbrook Interiors, and Joye Hirsch Interior Design. Originally from North Carolina and with an education in Art History and Interior Design, she feels like she has finally found her niche. Pieces opened in May of 2004.

The boutique started from a concept Lee had to provide a source for traditional and contemporary furnishings, stylish, clean lines with a punch of color. The great finds for the boutique are found in markets from all over the country. Such items like vintage Swedish deco chairs, driftwood wall sculptures, and chic cork lamps


Accepting holiday sponsors!

The holidays are closing in with the speed of lightning, and we all know what that means. Yes, lots of shopping to do! That is why I would like to let you know that I am now accepting ads for November, December and January. I have special holiday discounts on my rates, so that everyone, however small your business, can afford to reach all of my design crazy readers! Just email me at emmas.blogg@hotmail.com for rates.

Stylist Sarah Illenberger

Photographer Sam McAdam