EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Tadaaa!

Here it is! A new blog design! Jon from Unbottled was super kind and redesigned my blog for me, just the way I wanted it. I asked him to remove some features that I thought were unnecessary, so it would have a simpler look and feel to it, more back to basics. And less colours, to make the photos in my posts stand out more. Do you like it? I do! Thank you so much Jon!

By the way, check out Unbottled, it's Jon's photography studio where he shows some great work!

I'm here!

I'm in Reykjavík with my boyfriend, celebrating my 30th birthday, staying in this lovely apartment:






It's one of 16 flats in Apartment K, a small company run by a husband and wife team. I loved the personal welcome we got when we arrived here! Jokull came over and told us everything we needed to know, including where to go for dinner in Reykjavík and which places to avoid. Last night we went to a very stylish place called B5 and had some big servings of super tasty lamb filet. Thanks for recommending it Jokull!

Staying here feels a lot more comfortable than staying in a regular hotel. And also, it's great to have your own kitchen, with the best equipment (think Jamie Oliver pots and pans, flatware from Ittala and knives from Carl Weill), for that  late evening snack or perhaps a special birthday breakfast...

Oh, and I have a little surprise for you tomorrow! Check back then to see it...

Stylist Jimmy Schönning

One of the other bloggers that joined me on the trip to Lissabon was Jimmy Schönning. Jimmy is probably one of the most famous stylists in Sweden, mostly due to the popular tv show Äntligen Hemma where he has participated in makeovers of people's homes for several years now. He also works for all the big Swedish decorating mags, like Allt i Hemmet, Sköna Hem and Elle Interiör.

It was so nice meeting Jimmy, he is such a bubbly and inspiring person! And when meeting him I got to find out that he also has two blogs, which I somehow totally missed before. You can find the Swedish blog here and the English blog here.

Since Jimmy is a professional decorator, his home is of course super stylish, so I got Jimmy's permission to invite you all into his apartment in Stockholm. Enjoy!






Photographer Per Magnus Persson

My Philips experience

I am back home, with lots of new experiences and cool products to tell you about! First of all I'd like to thank Jessica at MS&L pr for inviting me, and all the other Swedish bloggers who were there for making the trip so enjoyable. We had so much fun, and I think I'm speaking for all of us when I say that the warmth and the sun in Portugal really made it all extra special. (I live in Stockholm, Sweden. We had seven (7!) hours of sun in December.)

Below are some of the products that caught my eye:

Coffeemaker Senseo Tord Boontje Edition

Cinema 21:9, a flat screen tv with the same proportions as a movie screen


Tapster, a Bluetooth stereo headset with gesture controls, meaning you can switch between music and incoming calls, control the volume etc. with a slight touch on the headset.

Don't worry

To everyone who has sent me worried comments and emails, I just want to say that I'm ok! Actually, at the moment I am better than ok, because I'm sitting in the sun at the Penha Longa resort in Portugal. I was invited here by Philips to check out all of their new techie stuff, and so far, I'm pretty impressed. All of the things I have seen have been really stylish, and most of them seem quite useful as well... Like these. Mostly though I'm just having fun together with the other bloggers, enjoying the warmth and the amazing food.

Massproductions

Massproductions is a Swedish furnture company based on a long term collaboration between designers Magnus Elebäck and Chris Martin. They launched their debut collection Tio at the Stockholm Furniture Fair this year. And although I am still feeling thoroughly uninspired, I just couldn't let this stay off the blog. The pictures below are from their stand on the fair. Pretty creative wouldn't you say?




Out of focus

Lately my head has been feeling like a whirlwhind. A lot has happened in my life over the last few weeks, and a very big decision needed to be made. Now I have made the choice, but my mind is nowhere near thinking about furniture and design. So updates here will probably be pretty few and far between for a little while until I get my focus back.
I am planning a post soon on my favorite blogs, so don't worry, you will still be able to get your daily style fix!

I've been tagged!

I was tagged by Biba over at inspiration bubble with the "6 random things" tag.

Rules: Write 6 random things about myself, link the person who tagged you, post the rules. Tag six people and link them. Let them know they have been tagged.

So here we go:

1. I could eat sushi every day of the week for months on end without getting tired of it. And if you want to know where to get the best sushi in Stockholm, this is the place. I still haven't gotten over the fact that it's owned by the manager of the aquarium at the zoo though. I think that is hilarious!

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2. I hate making phonecalls. I've tried both KBT and hypnosis, and even shock therapy (I started working at a phone directory enquiries company), but nothing works. I still hate it, and will go to great lenghts to avoid it. Not even a thousand dollars will get me to make a phonecall I don't want to make. (That last bit is actually true, tried and tested in reality.)

3. My christmas decorations are still up. I know, it's embarrasing. To my defence I have to tell you that it is only a few white and silver baubles hanging in a window and a paper star light. But still...


4. I love anything sweet! I eat a lot more sugary stuff than what is healthy. But as long as my teeth are fine and my weight is under 105 pounds I can't be bothered to change that habit. My metabolism is very fast, I get hungry again like an hour after I eat, every time. So I usually have two dinners every night, and then some snacks. And then I wake up so hungry I'm almost dizzy.

5. I have a guy with a beard and glasses. I heard it's the new "it" accessory. Although I think I might just keep him for a while even after the trend has passed.


6. I love car rides, but I don't have a license, and I don't like cars (they ruin the environment, are expensive to keep and break down all the time). I love the feeling of being able to go wherever you want, whenever, and the fact that you can stop anywhere! Like at a nice little fleamarket, a cow pen or a filthy roadside café.

Now that took quite some time coming up with all those things... I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little bit!

I'm going to tag six bloggers that I'm very curious about:

Danielle at The Style Files
Heather at Skinny LaMinx
Julie and Janet at Remodelista
Camilla Engman
Lori at Automatism
Tilda at Madame Hervé

New products from Hommin

Do you remember the bird light, and the bird bookmark, that was all over the blogosphere last year? They were designed by Hommin, and at this years furniture fair Hommin presented these two new great products: The Starlight lamp and the Necklace & Clothes hanging system. Read more about the news at Hommin's website.




Via Malo

New photos from Sofie Andersson

I've written about Swedish stylist Sofie Andersson before, but today I found some new shots in her portfolio that I had to show you. Enjoy!




Li's retro kitchen

I'm back! And Assemblage by Jean Pelle

I'm feeling better again, so lets start off this wintery week with a litle DIY project. A super stylish ceiling light or chandelier, made of glass bulbs and clear light bulbs. I haven't quite figured out how to make the braided cord cover, but I think it would look pretty good without that too, don't you?

The project was made by Jean Pelle and was published in ReadyMade Magazine. Click here for instructions.



In July 2008, Jean Pelle started her own product and furniture line to pursue hands-on, process-oriented design work. She began this project with a small collection of hand-turned wood candleholders. Currently, she is producing furniture pieces for the ASSEMBLAGE Series.
Ms.Pelle has previously worked as an architectural designer for Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City, Eric Owen Moss Architects in Los Angeles and EHDD Architecture in San Francisco.
She received her undergraduate degree in Architecture from UC Berkeley and her Master of Architecture from Yale University.

Below are some examples from her Assemblage collection that is available from her Etsy store.




Just a quickie

While I dragged my sorry self into town, I might as well take full advantage of the internet connection here and show you this great "new" little stool that Svenskt Tenn are showing at the Furniture Fair. It's call Knappall, or Button Stool, and was designed by the great Josef Frank in the 50's but has been out of production for many years.

Sicko

I bet you are all wondering where all of the juicy updates on Stockholm Design Week went? Well, I'll tell you...This is the story all about how my life got twisted upside down. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared, she said your moving to your auntie and uncle in Bel Air. No, wait a minute, perhaps that wasn't me... Ehm, no, I just remembered. I got sick. That must have been the fever talking, so please don't hold all this sillyness against me when I'm feeling better and can think straight again, ok?
Yeah, isn't life wonderful sometimes, you know when the timing is just so perfect? So no furniture fair for me, and no running around town on press shows, living on wine and peanuts. Just me, the fever and endless games of Solitaire on the laptop. I don't even have an internet connection at home, so yeah, you bet I'm bored now. Enough complaining! Get on with your lovely lives and I'll see you back here in a couple of days, ok?

Happy Monday!

I hope you all are ok after the weekend, feeling well rested and full of energy to deal with the new week! It's going to be a busy week here since it is the Stockholm Design Week and the Stockholm Furniture Fair at the same time. So expect lots of news from the Swedish design scene popping up on his blog in the coming days. Right now I have to run, I'm supposed be at the Big Blog Prize award ceremony in 20 minutes... Oh, make that 15. (No, I'm not in the finals, so don't keep your fingers crossed, it will just keep you from doing something productive ;-))