Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Studio Toogood, The Back Room

I just saw this on Cherry Blossom, and the pictures gave me goosebumps (in a good way) so I just had to share it with you! It's a project by British stylist and designer Faye Toogood, one of my biggest inspirations. Her designs have always been made in very limited edition, but Toogood has now found a way to produce them in a slightly bigger scale, so she is now releasing them in a collection called "BATCH". These photos are from the exhibit called Back Room that she made to show the collection at the London Design Festival now in September. And although I'm showing lots of photos here, I order you all to click over to her site to see more, because this is fantastic!


Artist Maija Luutonen

Having a super stressful week, but felt immediately calmer when I entered the universe of Maija Luutonen. Monochrome, simple, ordered and minimalistic was just what I needed today. Might be boring to some, but to me her work is wonderfully soothing.


Yvonne Koné lives here!

I am so excited about the pictures I am sharing with you today! They show the Copenhagen home of talented designer Yvonne Koné. I met Yvonne and her friend, super talented photographer Line Klein, this summer on one of my trips to the Danish capital, when Yvonne was just moving in to her new apartment, and I have been eagerly awaiting the photos ever since. They are now published in the first ever issue of Danish Elle Decoration, which is in stores today. Thanks Yvonne and Line for letting me show these wonderful photos, which I am sure all of you out there will love just as much as I do!
Styling: Stine Langvad
Photo: Line Klein


My autumn plans and projects

Autumn is just starting, but I already have it all planned out... This autumn is so full of fun projects I can hardly believe it! I'm really excited, and can't wait to share it all with you! For now, you will have to make do with a little list, but as time goes and my projects are ready I will of course show them all here.
This is what I'm doing in the next couple of months:
1. I'm making a book together with Gestalten Verlag, which will be released in the spring. I'm in the middle of this right now, with lots of deadlines to meet for photos and texts, and although it's a crazy amount of work, it's also great fun and a dream come true!
2. Designing a t-shirt for Special K's cooperation with the Swedish Pink Ribbon organization. I'll post it here when it's for sale (there will of course be an online store), and I hope you will want to help me support breast cancer research.
3. A photo project with Canon. You will see the results of this in a few weeks.
4. A still very secret (and very big) project that is going to be so much fun to reveal to you, but for now I can't really say anything. Soon though...
5. Making a "Design Lover's guide to Stockholm" iPhone app together with Everplaces.com.
All of this in just two months. I'm a little overwhelmed by it all, but keep repeating to myself "November, November". That is when I will be able to look back at some of my accomplishments, breathe, and hopefully have a little vacation in the sun. So if posting is light here on the blog in October and November, you know where I am; working on other stuff.

Bar & Co, Helsinki

This is interior architect Joanna Laajisto's latest project, a bistro style bar in Helsinki called Bar & Co. She designed it to have four areas with different atmospheres. "The Bar" with a 6 metre carrara marble bar, "The Butchers Room" with a large butchers block island and counter height tables and chairs, "The Library" with sofas and lounge chairs and "The Smoking Room" with green paneled walls. To see all the rooms, please go to Joanna's portfolio.
The over all design concept adopts some elements from the classic bistro style, such as the glossy white wall tiles and marble table tops, but in a new and modern way so the look is fresh and up to date. Although the design is quite minimalist and clean, lot of attention has been made to detail. Custom made textile birds were ordered from the British artist Abigail Brown, vintage copper cake molds are used as tea light holders and the copper candle sconces through out the space were designed by Joanna especially for this place.
Bar & Co will open next week, and it's going to be a sure stop on my next Helsinki trip!
 Photography: Mikko Ryhänen


Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen lives here!

I don't know if you have seen it, but Norm Architects Copenhagen, my favourite architects firm, have their own blog over at Bo Bedre's site. Their latest post is about one of the company's founders new home, where he moved in with his family just about a week ago. The house belongs to Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, and being an architect and a photographer, he designed, renovated, decorated and photographed the place.

At home with As Øland

Some lovely photos to start off the week. This is the home of As Øland, the founder of Danish trend agency Look book. A nice, lived-in, bohemian mix of design classics, flea market finds and some new design pieces.
Photography: Line Klein, via Yvonne Koné

Anton Corbijn's studio

Photographer and film maker Anton Corbijn had this studio in the Netherlands made for himself last year. Designed by BOS Alkemade Architects. I can really see the likeness between this space and his work... The dark and rough rooms with their odd angles and unexpected details have exactly the same feeling as many of Corbijn's photos.

Lithuanian loft space in Llamas Valley

I just flipped through the latest Lithuanian issue of e-mag Llamas Valley, and found this amazing loft space! I'm publishing some of my favourite photos from it here, but you will have to read the magazine to see the whole space. There are several more beautiful spaces featured in this issue, so definitely worth checking out.

Marble and light for sale

I've seen the kitchen pics from this home before, perhaps in some magazine, but I hadn't seen the rest of the apartment, and perhaps you haven't either? I love the kitchen, where the exclusive marble worktops and backsplash gets a nice contrast from the industrial style storage solution.
Via Hemtrender with thanks


New Style Generation, an iBook by Iben and Niels Ahlberg

While the print magazine business is having a rough time, new publications are popping up everywhere on the internet, with iPad apps, e-mags, blogs and sites coming from every corner on earth. The digital media is really blooming at the moment! I love the fact that anyone can share their talent online, which makes for a much broader perspective and some more avant garde publications than the ones from the big publishing houses.
Interior photographers and stylists Iben and Niels Ahlberg are a Danish duo who have just published their first iBook, New Style Generation, showing five homes in various styles all originated in the Nordic tradition for interior design. Check out their site here, or go directly to iTunes and download the book. This is the first in a series of books, so if you like this one, keep your eyes peeled for the next release.