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M.O.N.A. in the Dog Haus

I got an email from Kevin Derrick, a member of Philadelphia based design house M.O.N.A. (Made On North American) who has created this room in the Dog Haus, a designer showhouse that benefits the SPCA's Dog Haus project, a designer showhome whose proceeds help abused and neglected animals in the state of Pennsylvania.

The Drawing Room re-interprets the home's lineage into a surreal, neo-Romantic boudoir with references to 19th-century themes that include decorative lacemaking, silver gelatin print photography, the industrial revolution and classic horror novels, amongst others. In order to highlight the broad capabilities of their professional network, M.O.N.A. produced every single piece of furniture and the larger portion of decorative accessory for this room. Signature items include a white oak tete-at-tete, silver-leafed rocking horse/buggy, electroformed copper fireplace screen and antique settee with handcarved, painted wood and patent vinyl upholstery. A strong axis of half black/half white invites further drama into the space while likewise creating an innovative play of texture and pattern.

Check out this flickr set for more pictures.

Table setting ideas for Autumn

First of all I'd like to thank everyone who commented on my last post. You are the best! Thank you so much for trying to cheer me up, I really needed that. I'm feeling a little better today, but you know how it is, some days your future just looks like a big black mess...

Now to the design stuff... The latest issue of Sköna Hem contains lots of goodies, amongst them this article on table settings with a Fall feeling. You can find more tables, and also some recipes that sound very tempting, here.


I'm sorry about the lack of updates here lately, but I'm in some kind of a funk right now. Things aren't happening the way I want them to, and some of the people I care about are going through rough times, so I'm feeling kind of low and out of inspiration at the moment. So while I take the day off to go out to the garage and and hit the punching bag to get some adrenaline flowing, please take some time to explore some of the blogs I turn to to get in a better mood:

design is mine
Door Sixteen
fine little day

Flickr Favorites Friday

Sweets for all!

Since you didn't get your sugar fix last Saturday, I thought I'd give it to you now instead. Here you go, a bag of Eye Candy!

Dan-ah Kim, new artist on L'Affiche Moderne

I just got an email from L'Affiche Moderne, a great webshop for modern art posters, introducing one of their new artists; Dan-ah Kim.
Dan-ah Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, moved to Mexico, then spent time on both coasts of the USA before coming to New York and graduating from the prestigious Pratt Institute. It’s no wonder then that she has been so influenced by these various cultures and voyages and that her work has been so impregnated with an intense sense of wanderlust, escape and freedom. An important element of the work of this mixed media artist has been a love for layers with separated materials, using ink, paint, paper, and thread. The artist aims to make each painting a frame for a story, with heroines in familiar or unnatural worlds.

This poster, entitled When the world sleeps, immediately gave me some very strong emotions, and I love how it captures so much of what Autumn means to me. I can really feel the chill of the strong wind, and the smell of rain clouds and decaying leaves as I look at this. It also reminds me of the many long drives in the countryside I used to take with my ex boyfriend. Does it affect you as strongly as it did me? If so, I'd love to hear what kind of feelings it evokes in you!

Ceramic artist Meta Braconier

Guest blogging again

I'm guest blogging over at sfgirlbybay again today, check it out and you'll find a bunch of crazy colourful photos to brighten your Monday!

5 rooms on 4 floors

This was originally a two bedroom flat in an old wooden house in Gothenburg, but when the owners bought it they transformed it into a four bedroom apartment spread over four floors by expanding up in the attic space above!

Flickr Favourites Friday

My internet connection has been down for two days. Ooooh the withdrawal! But I'm back now, so here you are, my flickr favorites of the week.

Photographer Uli Schade

I'm falling in love with Uli Schade's photos. The light. The colors. The simple styling. It's all so good.

Interview on Homepoint

Linda on Homepoint.se interviewed me about my blogging and lots of other stuff, if you'd like to read it you can find it here (in Swedish).

The home of Fernlund & Logan

I'm sure many of you have heard of the New York based architects Fernlund & Logan? Their work has been around the blogosphere for a good while now, and for a good reason. It's great. However, I'm not so sure that all of you have seen the home of the founders Solveig Fernlund and Neil Logan, so that's what I'm going to show you today. It's a white and grey painted loft space furnished with American and Scandinavian midcentury design classics that are really being given the breathing space they need to look their very best.


I just wanted to stop and say welcome to all readers coming here from sfgirlbybay! I got the great opportunity to guest blog there now that Victoria is soaking up the sun in Thailand. So everyone clicking over from there, welcome here, I hope you like what you see!

Join me on Facebook!

Now you can join me on Facebook by adding Emmas Designblogg to your blog network!


I'm really liking the simplicity of the products from lamaisondemarina.

Graduating from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College (UK), the Belgian designer Marina Bautier set up her own design practice lamaisondemarina in 2002, back in her home town, Brussels. She works on a wide range of projects, from products to interiors. Developing her own designs for manufacturers, interior projects for private clients, as well as self-initiated projects.

Prints from Studio Violet

Photographer Carl Pendle

I just recieved an email from UK based photographer Carl Pendle, saying that he's looking for new stunning homes to shoot. So if you have a house that can match the beautiful interiors in the pictures below, just shoot him an email at carl@carlpendle.com!

Hem 2008 report

So, finally, here is my post about the Hem 2008 fair that I went to last week. As usual the trend exhibitions made by different designers and decorators were far more interesting than the actual fair booths. This years theme was "Grönt är skönt" (≈Green is Good), and it was very visible in the exhibitions but not at all in the booths of the shops and furniture companies. That is why I choose to only show pictures from the exhibitions. They were all about reuse, organic products, and thinking green.

An old and boring Klippan sofa from Ikea covered in a kind of patchwork of old fabrics

Decorator Daniel Bergman with his Reuse exhibition

Also from the Reuse exhibition
All pictures above are taken by Ylwa Yngvesson for Expressen

A piece of the exhibition V.I.P. - Very Important Products by Synnöve Mork, picture taken from Hem 2008's press site.

The three photos above are by me.

Saturday Sweets

Saturdays Sweets on a Sunday? Why not.

Friday Flickr Favorites

Yes, I know I'm one day behind on my posts, and that I promised you a post on the Hem 2008 fair yesterday. But I have been busy. So busy I haven't even been home for several days. So I hope you forgive me. I'm working on the fair post, but it's taking some time. Time I don't have. Maybe tomorrow.

Anyway, here are my flickr favorites of the week. Click here if you want to see more of my favorites.

Hem 2008

I'm going to the Hem 2008 fair today, so expect a long post about it tomorrow. The pictures below are from the exhibitions "V.I.P. - Very Important Products" by Synnöve Mork and "Cute Overload" by Designgalleriet.

The Gallery kitchen by Anna Irinarchos

I've shown you this kitchen before, but since it is my absolute dream kitchen, I want to show it to you again, this time built in an apartment in the city of Luleå in northern Sweden and featured in Sköna Hem. It's called Gallery, and was designed as a graduation project in Anna Irinarchos' last year at Beckmans Design School. It has since been snapped up by one of Sweden's largest kitchen manufacturers; Marbodal, and will be in production next year.
The genius thing about this kitchen is the combination of open recesses (lit by built in led spotlights) for displaying your favorite china, and the option to hide the rest behind the cupboard doors. The holes in the doors also function as handles.

Save the Children opens a design webshop

The Swedish branch of international charity organisation Save the Children are opening a webshop at the end of this month, where you will be able to buy limited edition design objects from designers and illustrators like Cassandra Rhodin and several other big Swedish names. I think this is a great opportunity to actually do some good while you are shopping. Why not get your Christmas presents from their webshop this year? I know I'll be putting the black hanger below on my wish list...

Elton, a new photo gallery

In line with my love of photography I'd like to introduce you to a new online gallery called Elton. It's Swedish, and it just opened, so go check out their limited edition photographs now! I love the fact that you can view the art in it's "natural surroundings", in real homes, to get an idea of what it might look like in your own home.

Saturday Sweets

And now, how about a big bag of fresh eye candy? My folder with home offices/studios is soon about to overflow, so I'd like to post some of the most inspiring pictures from that folder today. Enjoy!

Can't stop staring

This has nothing to do with interior design, but since I've been staring at this picture for three days now, I just wanted to share. It's a photo of my new style icon, Kate Lanphear, Style Director at US ELLE. I desperately want her wardrobe. Google her name and you'll find lots of pics of her awesome outfits.

Flickr Favourites Friday

I've got no words today.

Photographer Pia Ulin

Pia Ulin is one of Swedens top photographers, she shoots for anything from exclusive decorating magazines and books to stylish ad campaigns. Last night I was re-reading an old deco book called Ett eget rum, which she shot. The book is all about personal homes with clever solutions, and it's one of my absolute favourite interior design books. It was published in 2001, but still holds up very well style wise, isn't that pretty amazing?!
Anyway, while reading the book I got an appetite to see more of Pia's pictures, so I clicked away to Link Image, where I found an amazing treasure of no less than 884 photographs by Pia! Here are some of my favourites:

Concrete floor clock

A very simplistic concrete floor clock from Forsberg Form. They have taken the old traditional Swedish "Moraklocka" and made it in to something modern.