Can you believe they made that white outfit below out of wallpaper? I love the big retro flower pattern, and the black dress panorama wallpaper in the top photo would look fabulous on my wardrobe door!
Cozy lambskin throws, cushions and poufs from Shepherd
Cute posters, books, puzzles and bags from Littlephant
Modern Folklore adhesive tile decor by Fuldesign
Dinner Stories CTC Cotton Cloth and Weft Porcelain Bowl by Chen Karlsson (Please read more about these on the homepage, the products have very interesting stories behind them)
Braid stackable chair, Elsa easy chair and Cubelight table lamp by Fagerström & Abrahamsson
Ester, Inga and Rolf candleholders by Freemover
Kyoto and Istanbul window panels by Josefine Wiel Fredén
Porcelain bird jars and piggybank Pinklady by Camilla Engdahl
Silicone coaster by KG Design
But there is still one competition left, and that is the one for Stora Bloggpriset (=The Big Blog Award). It's a very big thing here in Sweden, and if you think this blog is the best Swedish design blog, I'd be very happy if you voted for me! Just click on the logo below, scroll down until you get to the "Design & Inredning" category, mark my blog and send it in. The last day to vote is tomorrow, January 22. Thanks!
These first four photos are from the Handmade exhibit created by designer Synnöve Mork together with K.H.V.C; The Swedish Arts and Craft Centre.
“The exhibition is based on things that have been made by hand. The focus is on the power of the hand, the physical and the beautiful. But it’s not just about beautiful things; there is also humour, folklore and colourfulness, such as crocheted messages and embroidered stories. The craftsmanship embodies both pleasure and attitude,” says Synnöve Mork.
The exhibition includes material such as birch-bark, woodchip, iron, glass, ceramics, textiles and wood; classic handicraft materials, but in a different context. Gossamer versus thick, twisted material; the roughly-hewn contrasting with the ornate.
These two pictures above are from the Creative Flow exhibition which is really the theme of the whole fair this year. I copied the whole text below from the Formex site, because I think it is so inspiring and well written:
"We’re embracing the workrooms and studios of designers and creators – settings that get ideas moving and really fire the imagination. It could be industrial premises, converted shops or loft spaces, the gardener’s greenhouse, the author's den or the artist's studio.
It’s about exciting, inspiring spaces; places where people go to create. Or where creativity and living space merge. The kitchen table becomes a sewing corner; the living room a painter’s studio. Sketches, notes, collages lend atmosphere to the interior decor. Natural, raw surfaces blend with bright colours and high finish. Upmarket designer items live alongside unusual jumble-sale bargains.
Recycled classics meet innovation and revolutionary ideas. Shelves that are heavy with books. Tables strewn with decorative piles of coffee table books. Walls covered with frames. Artist paraphernalia such as brushes, cutting tools, frames, penknives, desk tidies, canvases are interesting product groups, as are gardening tools and products from industry.
The natural feeling is mixed with cast-offs; things that used to be thrown out are transformed into something new.
Textiles and patterns are important, particularly graphic and organic patterns. Art has recently been given an increasing amount of attention in interior décor, both in terms of traditional paintings on the wall or perhaps a huge illustration direct on the wallpaper. Sculptures and purely decorative figurines are now reclaiming our homes. Individual, personal interior design has never been so important.
If you are all still with me, I'd like to finish by showing some photos from the different cafés that were built and designed especially for the fair this year. The first is the Young Design Lounge by designer Jarl Fernaeus. The second pic is from Buffet Urban Dining by designers Geir Oterkjaer and Maria Nordin. And the last two pics are from Café Popup designed by Saša Antiç and Lo Bjurulf.
All photos were taken from Formex press image gallery
With a bright white base this family home from Sköna Hem is warmed up by antique furniture and fun colorful art and toys placed in unexpected places and some oriental influences like rugs and lacquer boxes. It's a classic Stockholm flat, but the quirky details made me fall for it.
Photos by Per-Magnus Persson
Here are some pictures to continue the kitchen theme:
Pictures: Livingetc, Rum and Sköna Hem
Ps. Remember this post, where I saw a vintage highchair I loved, and thought I'd have to search forever for one? Well, now I have one, just like the one in the pic! Someone was giving one away, for FREE on Blocket, the Swedish equivalent to Craig's list! Can you belive the luck?! Lo is still too small to sit in it, but in a month or so I hope she will be just as happy about it as I am.
If you want to help me win, you can vote here! (The design category is called Design & Inredning, it's at the bottom of the page, and you don't have to vote in all categories.) You can vote once a day until January 22, so I hope you don't mind if I remind you here once in a while...
If you are a new reader you might be wondering why I'm so busy... You see I had my third child three months ago, and that combined with moving to a house that is in dire need of renovating and decorating, and also being located in the countryside which makes simply meeting a friend for coffee will turn into a full day event, well, time just disappears!
This is why I want to give you a little more reading by sending you off to some new to me blogs that I really like, and I think you will to. Enjoy!
First out is The Brick House, about renovating a midcentury house on a budget, finding the perfect Scandinavian vintage furniture to fill it with, and the adventures along the way.
Second is Grey, a Canadian blog about "beauty in all forms: fashion, architecture, interiors, products".
Last up today is Varpunen, a Finnish blog which I can't read without google translate, but the pictures totally make up for that!
This is her kid's room, see what I mean about the pics make it worth looking at without knowing a word of Finnish?
Norwegian writer and photographer Elisabeth Aarhus Hudson has a blog called Inspirational Spaces, and that is truly what it is! She takes pictures of her friends homes for Norwegian magazines Elle Interiør, Design Interiør and Maison, and some of them are posted on her blog as well, so hop on over there to be inspired!