I just saw these photos on Facebook and loved them so much that I immediately wanted to share them with you! I am moving next week, and my head is full of plans for the new apartment. I am going to try to keep it quite minimalist, so I'm leaving most of my vintage finds and furniture behind and opting for lots of white, accented with gray, black and different metallics. It sounds very cold, I know, but I'm convinced that my love for candles, sheepskins and cushions will make it cosy anyway.
Anyway, I was very inspired by these pictures from what will become the new Menu
Concept store in Copenhagen. Designed by Norm Architects
, and of course showing their signature timeless simplicity, with lots of white, simple shapes and lines and some interest added by the copper and gray surfaces. Norm's cooperation with Menu is getting stronger all the time, and it has really helped the once pretty bland brand get a new status in the design world.
I have so many great pictures and places from my Berlin trip that I want to share with you, but let's start with my first day there. I booked a guide to take me around the city, through a site called Plus One Berlin
. The concept is this: You tell them about your interests and how much time you have, and you get to pick your guide from their list of "locals" ( = Berlin inhabitants who are all dying to show you the best spots around the city) to take you around for a day. I found a perfect match for me, a design student named Marianna who shared my interests in architecture, interiors, minimalist style and cool urban spaces.
We started with breakfast at a cozy café called A.Horn where we made plans of what to do during our day together. I highly recommend their banana bread, served with greek yoghurt, a sliced banana and sunflower seeds.
After a walk along the river and a short metro ride we arrived in Kreuzberg where we went to Kunstraum
at Mariannenplatz. It's an old hospital, later turned into an exhibition space. The halls are all decorated with colorful murals, and there are exciting things going on in every corner.
Then we took a walk along the remains of the Berlin wall, and headed for an art gallery which unfortunately was closed. But instead we found two wonderful shops! The first was Supergrau
, a very minimalist space showing amazing furniture and products. I really liked their distressed tile wall, and fell in love with this table lamp
with a massive marble base.
The second shop, Parkhaus
, was a bit homier, with a great selection of modern products mixed with antique wooden furniture. The entire space, including the ceilings, was painted in a very relaxing shade of gray, which really made the products stand out.
After walking around in this beautiful area we had a nice coffee at Oslo Kaffebar
(check out the website, as I didn't get any good pics in there), before it was time to say goodbye. I can highly recommend "booking a local
", as it felt more like meeting a friend who really understood what you would want to see in this new city, than going on some guided tour. I had a great time, and I really wish this service was available in every city!
Plus One Berlin also has an apartment
that you can rent for your stay in Berlin, to make you feel even more like a local. It is beautifully designed by two local architects, Paola Bagna of Spamroom
in collaboration with JP Coss of CossA. The 42 sqm studio houses everything you could need in a home away from home, like a "games drawer" with ping pong rackets, a fully equipped kitchenette, flat-screen tv, desk area, and a fridge stocked with surprise food.
Sorry for not posting last week, it certainly wasn't my intention to go MIA, but I had such an eventful week that I simply didn't find the time to blog. I started off with a visit to the Vitra Campus
in Weil am Rhein in southern Germany, where I held a workshop and worked together with their stylists, creating a theme for the next exhibition in the loft showroom in the VitraHaus
. I can't show you any pictures from the workshop (top secret!), but below are a few from VitraHaus and the Ando House at the campus. All shot with my iphone, because I forgot my camera at the hotel. I'm such a professional blogger, don't you think? ;)
After Vitra I flew up to Berlin, to attend the big blogger conference The Hive
. Two full days of listening to over 20 speakers and workshops, meeting 250 bloggers from all over Europe, and filling my head to the bursting point with new inspiration and ideas!
But before it all started I had two days off to explore Berlin, and as I'd never been there before I was very excited about this. The city did not disappoint, as you will see in my coming blogposts...
Have you noticed this trend of putting lamps in the "wrong" place? I'm not talking about the work or desk lamps above the kitchen worktop that we've been seeing for years, what I mean is people placing floor lamps on tables, ceiling lights on the wall, and desk lamps by the bed, or any other place you can think of. I think it's a great way of adding some surprise in your decor. What do you think? I'll give you some examples to show you what I mean.
This giveaway is closed! A winner will be announced soon.
Let's start this sunny week with a giveaway! The prize is a soft cotton blanket by the Japanese brand Fog Linen Work (130x205 cm, value €99.90), generously offered to you by my sponsor Babyssimo.
Babyssimo is a webshop, based in Germany, carrying a carefully selected range of baby and child products from all over the world. Many items are only available in small quantities, as they are handmade with love by small scale producers and independent designers. But it's worth a look even if you don't have kids because they also have a category for adults where you will find beautiful interior and spa products, as well as magazines and books like Kinfolk and Cereal.
To enter the competion, follow these two steps:
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2. Tell me in the comments below which product from the Babyssimo webshop that is your personal favorite and why.
This competition is open for one week, until May 20.
I've been having a crush on handmade ceramics lately, the kind with irregular glazes that reminds me of 70's ceramics, but better. So I was very happy to discover Tortus Copenhagen
, a small pottery studio consisting of two established danish ceramists, Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen.
I've always loved visiting pottery studios, there is something quite irresistable about the messy clay, little pots of glaze and pigments, the incredibly hot kilns and rows of pretty items waiting to be fired, and the thrill of never knowing exactly what the results will be like. I hope you will enjoy this small peek into the Tortus studio! At the end of the post is a short video, showing the process of throwing ceramics (don't watch if you are prone to seasickness).
Interior designer Joanna Laajisto
shares my passion for great lighting, and had been looking for a small and simplistic pendant for her projects (I've shown some of them before here
and her home here
), but couldn't find the perfect one. So she decided to design her own.
“When the idea of designing a light fixture started to form in my mind, I knew what it had to be: expressionless but interesting and classic but modern at the same time. Just like my aesthetic for all design.”
Although Laajisto knew what she wanted, the design process wasn't easy. The fixture required countless hours of designing, revising and editing. Hence the name Edit
. Available in three different finishes and as a ceiling or wall light.
Hello Mr Di Simone, can I move into your NYC loft? I promise I'd be really nice and not change much at all. Only the chandelier above the dining table. And those ceiling fans have to go. But the rest I could live with. And in case you aren't into women (I'm guessing not, because straight guys can rarely create great interior design), I'd be happy with sleeping on the couch, any one of them. Just say when, so I can book my flight. Oh and by the way, I'd be bringing my three kids, so I hope you have some spare rooms...