Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Creative Spaces on Pinterest

I just started a new board on Pinterest called Creative Spaces, full of pictures of messy work tables, work in progress, artist studios and the like. It might have something to do with the fact that after I moved to my new place I don't have a "creative space" of my own. What I have is a big pile of boxes containing all my office things, a billion unframed posters and prints, craft materials and hundreds of magazines. I have no idea how to organize all this, but I suppose a desk and some kind of shelf or cabinet would be a start... Anyway, I love looking at all these creative spaces, and I hope you will too!

OK book by Susanna Vento and Riikka Kantinkoski

Two of my favorite Finnish design bloggers, Susanna Vento of Varpunen and Riikka Kantinkoski of Weekday Carnival, are releasing a book that they have made together. This is the best news! I'm sure it is going to be amazing, becuse these women are super stylish and very creative, so even though I can't read a word of Finnish, I will be hitting that buy button as soon as it's out in August! I'm positive the images will make OK worth owning anyway.

Minimalism in Helsinki

Today I want to take you on a visit to this Helsinki home. The place is minimal, not only in size but also in style. Very clean, but with some fun added through the patterned wallpaper and colored insides of the lamp shades.  The metal chairs with net seats are my favorites, designed by Motto Wasabi.
Photographer: Simon Bajada



Stockholm New, a book and an exhibition about a magazine

The international, English language, multiple award-winning fashion and style magazine Stockholm New was published in a total of twelve issues over the years 1992-2002. Now the best of the classic material from Stockholm New has been selected for publication in a massive (more than 496 pages hardcover) coffee table book, along with a great deal of newly produced exclusive material — fashion, nudes, landscapes, architecture, still-lifes, art, cultural history, portraits, historic photography and more. The book was launched on June 4th at the esteemed and historic Thielska Galleriet museum in Stockholm — a great event that also marks the opening of the exhibition Stockholm New — national romanticism from double turn of the centuries: contemporary fashion photography meets classic masterpiece painting, which will be open until September 1st.
The interiors below are styled by Jacob Hertzell and photographed by Magnus Mårding exclusively for the Stockholm New book. I haven't been to the exhibition yet, nor have I seen the book irl, but these images make me really want to! If you aren't in Stockholm this summer, you can get the book here.


Styling with &Tradition at Norm's studio

During our Design Trade blog tour in Copenhagen we were invited to a brunch at the loft studio of Norm Architects, where we were challenged to use products from &Tradition to style a picture to be shot by photographer Rune Lundø. We also had the pleasure to meet interior stylist Stine Langvad and hear the inspiring story of how she works.
As there were very few props, basically just some coffee table books, I had to get creative. So I sneaked a couple of unfinished prototypes from the office and found some old papers in the trash bin, took a photography lamp and some studio wall supports and made a super simple still life with those. I love the wall I propped it all up against, and I think that without the old fuse boxes this picture would be extremely boring...

Handmade Finnish kitchens by Carpenter Collective

I just found these in my inbox, and thought they were too nice not to share with you. Cargo kitchens are designed by Kaisa Luukkanen of Carpenter Collective and hand made by skilled carpenters. The first kitchen is located at Luovi`s office in the Old Customs Warehouse in Helsinki. Luovi produces Helsinki Design Week. The second example below is a transformable kitchen situated in a 100 years old wooden house in Hyttikortteli, a housing area built for glass workers in the 1910's in Riihimäki, Finland.
I really appreciate the simplicity in these designs, far from industry standards, and I also love the visible gas containers, adding an industrial touch to the kitchens.
Happy midsummer everyone!


Switch wall lamp by Caroline Olsson

If there is something missing in the lamp industry, it's got to be good looking wall lamps. Why is it so hard to design a stylish lamp to put on the wall, when the market seems to be overflowing with nice ceiling, floor and desk lights?
Designer Caroline Olsson's Switch wall lamp is an exception. Made in glass and steel, it is inspired by old lamp switches. Turn on the switch in the centre of the lamp and the light will turn on or off.


Loft in Lodz, by Tamizo Architects


I just found Tamizo Architects, a Polish architectural firm, on Lotta Agaton's blog. The top four pictures here are from one of Tamizo's latest projects, the interior design for a 64 sqm loft apartment in Lodz, and the ones below are from older projects. The pure graphic lines are quite striking, and it all comes across as very Scandi inspired, don't you think?



Danish home features for sale!

Last autumn I went to Copenhagen together with Annaleena to shoot some homes for a project we had planned. However, that project never happened, because both our careers took off in different directions and we could never find the time to realize our plans. So here we are now with hundreds of great pictures that deserve a better destiny than being hidden away on our hard drives! Perhaps someone would be interested in publishing them?
I'm showing a tiny sneak peek below, just to give you some idea of what we are sitting on. We also shot a whole bunch of stylish restaurants, cafés and shops, so if anyone would like to publish a Copenhagen city guide we could easily whip that up too!
Above are the homes of designer Nina Bruun and instagram star Pernille Z
Below is the wonderful monochrome world of artist Tenka Gammelgaard.

House 2013 catalogue images from Kristalia


Busy, busy... I just moved into my new apartment this Saturday, and while I dig myself out from underneath the mountains of boxes I want to give you something pretty to look at. These photos landed in my inbox today from Kristalia. They have decorated a whole house for their catalogue shoot, and the result looks great!


Styling competition with Vipp, Copenhagen

One of my personal highlights during last weeks DesignTrade blog tour was the visit we made to Vipp's flagship store. They had prepared a styling competition for us, where we were divided into three teams. I ended up together with Desiree from Vosgesparis and Anna from La Maison d'Anna G. Perfect match, don't you think?
The rules were that we had two kitchens and one bathroom to style, 20 minutes per room, and a huge pile of props that all teams could pick from. We had a fantastic time and I am quite proud of what we accomplished in such a short time. It seems the Vipp people were also happy with the results as they decided to keep our team's last styling on display in the store, which is of course very flattering!
The styling with the most likes on Instagram and Facebook wins, and the voting ends on Wednesday 12/6 at 12.00 CET+1. If you like what you see here and want to help us win, please use your like-finger generously! All the pictures hashtagged #vippstyling are part of the competition.

My camera battery died in the middle of this shoot, so the pictures below are borrowed from Desiree.


Kinfolk style dinner in Copenhagen

I just got back from three days full of fun events in Copenhagen, where I participated in a blog tour arranged by Allan from Bungalow5 and the new design fair Design Trade. On our first evening there we were invited to a dinner in the beautiful home of set designer and stylist Nathalie Schwer. Nathalie has previously worked for the US based magazine Kinfolk, and if you have ever seen that magazine you know we were in for a very special treat. Everything was so lovingly and delicately arranged, from the flowers to the food, and we all had an amazing time!
The evening was sponsored by Broste Copenhagen, another one of Nathalie's clients, Le Creuset and Simply Chocolate, and it was all documented by photographer Line Klein, who I am sure you all recognize by now as I have been showing lots of her images here before. I would like to share some of her pictures from the evening with you, to let you have an idea of what we experienced. Enjoy!


Giveaway: Marimekko Oiva espresso cups and saucers

Time for a giveaway! This week you can compete for a set of 4 espresso cups and saucers from Marimekko (who just opened an online store with international shipping), with a total value of €122.
The espresso cup is the newest addition to Marimekko´s Oiva tableware collection designed by Sami Ruotsalainen. The cup comes in two color ways: solid white and in a black and white Räsymatto (rag rug) pattern by Maija Louekari. They are matched with little plates in different colors that are perfect for serving small delicacies.
To enter the giveaway, just write a comment about who you would like to invite for coffee and why.
The competition is open for one week, until Monday June 10.


Wood, white and black in a warm mix

Lovely inspiration in this apartment for sale in Gothenburg, Sweden!
I will try to keep the blog updated next week, but since I am going to Copenhagen on the Design Trade blog tour with a super full schedule, and then moving to my new apartment, I can't promise daily posts. I hope you understand!
Pics found via Trendenser with thanks!