Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Weekly Wants #8

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Monday Mix #12

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Thursday Tip: Mejd Studio

I think this might be a first for the blog, but today I'm presenting some Slovakian design! Really loving these designs by Mejd Studio, based in Bratislava, Slovakia. The cabinet above, Twist Me!, was made as a workshop project in collaboration with Vitra, where the goal was to create a hybrid that joins 2 different types of objects; one traditional folklore item and one newer but already discarded piece of office furniture from Vitra. In this case it was: 1. a bookbinding plough and 2. a metal sheet office rack. The meeting of these two objects creates a personal and fresh piece of furniture.
Below are some of the studio's other projects, The Street Collection and Gymnastics furniture.

External Reference, living in a photo studio

I was very inspired when I saw this project by Spanish architecture firm External Reference, showing a flexible residential/working space in an old warehouse in Barcelona. The structure of the dividing wall is amazing, and the whole idea of living in a photo studio/showroom really appeals to me. This is what the architects say about their project:
Domestic space affects the user very personally and has been discussed extensively over the history of architecture.  At present; new lifestyles, new families and more flexible professional routines, have favored the emergence of a unique user profile, one that is complex and involves having a clear understanding on personal needs. This is the case of the inhabitant of this residential and work space: an industrial designer, active art director and one who is very involved in the world of fashion, advertising and performing arts. Our user raised the idea of devoting a warehouse to hold a photo shoot studio, office space, meeting room, space for auditions, castings, fashion shows, and finally, a home. Therefore, creating a space that one would be able to live, work and play in.
Hop over there for more pictures of this place, full of clever multi-functional solutions.

Giveaway: Frama E27 + Diamond Light + Vitriini box, from Foldoys

Giveaway time! A very stylish kit consisting of an E27 socket from Frama, a Diamond Light bulb and an Iittala Vitriini box in light grey and aluminium (total value €129) is up for grabs today, kindly provided by online shop Foldoys.
To have a chance to get your hands on this great kit, just do these two things:
1. Like Foldoys on Facebook. Or if you don't have a Facebook account, subscribe to their newsletter.
2. Tell me in the comments below what is your favorite product from Foldoys and why you like it.
This competition is open for one week, until Oct 29.
Good luck!

Sponsored post: Neybers, a creative community for design lovers

I was recently invited to try out a new online community site called Neybers, where you can create and design rooms in your own style, in an easy to use 3D app. I have seen this concept before with other sites, but never liked it because of the limited range of products and styles available. Neybers however hit the spot perfectly, with a huge range of modern and stylish items from many of my favorite brands. Think Fritz Hansen, Vitra, Swedese, One Nordic, Gubi and many many more... A scandi design lovers dream. You can of course also change the floors, wallcoverings, windows etc to really get the room to look just the way you like it.
This is the first room I designed, a playful and flexible family room, but trust me, this is so much fun I will be making many more. I can see myself wasting quite a lot of hours here, especially when it's launched for iPad soon... If you'd like to see what I'm creating over there, just follow me here.
Note: This post is sponsored by Neybers, but all words and opinions are 100% my own. I tested their site carefully before even agreeing to take on the sponsorship, and would never write nicely about something I don't like.

Monday Mix #11

Color trends 2014 by Nordsjö paint

Swedish paint manufacturer Nordsjö just launched their "Color of the year" for next year. The color they chose is teal, not my favorite hue, but I do like these more neutral pictures included in their trend prediction for 2014. There were of course plenty of more colorful pictures to see, but you will have to look elsewhere for those...


Lundia kitchen in black by Joanna Laajisto


This is interior architect and designer Joanna Laajisto's fair booth design for classic Finnish furniture company Lundia, for their stand at the Habitare trade show during Helsinki Design Week earlier this autumn.
"I was asked to design a kitchen and a trade show concept for the Habitare trade show a few weeks ago, using only Lundia parts. Another new thing was that I was able to use all black elements in the design, which are now part of the Lundia Classic collection."
The stand was awarded best of show by the Finnish Interior Journalist Association, very well deserved. The balance between black and light wood, and the use of both modern and classic accessories creates a very fresh and trendy look, and goes very well with the ads that Lotta Agaton created for the company last year.



One Pic Wednesday: Pia Ulin's NY Studio

Giveaway: SPARE light from Plankton

Giveaway time! Enter the competition below to have a chance to win a SPARE light object (value 123€) from Plankton consisting of 26 light bulbs and measuring 26x26 cm.
One light-bulb burns, the other light-bulbs function as a lampshade, diffusing the light. When the bulb is burned out: simply screw the lamp-holder on to an other bulb. I have this in my own home, and used it for a styling job a couple of weeks ago, and I love it!
To have a chance to win, just answer these questions in the comment field below (or on my blog's fb page):
1. Who is the designer of the SPARE light?
2. Where would you put your lamp? Give me a short description or a picture!
Good luck!
(The competition is open for one week, until Monday 21 Oct)

Monday Mix #10

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Bathroom perfection by Nicolas Schuybroek

I was browsing Coffeeklatch, a Belgian site where you can find lots of interesting interviews and great portraits of creative people and their homes, and found these bathroom pictures from the home of architect Nicolas Schuybroek. The graphic wall tiles combined with marble floor tiles and black cabinets, completed with a huge window and an old radiator creates perfection. The classic Prouvé chair doesn't hurt either.
I wrote a post about some of Nicolas' work a while ago, see it here. Read the Coffeeklatch interview with Schuybroek here.

Thursday Tip: Maison Martin Margiela X Converse

Thursday Tip is one day late, but better than never, right? I've been super busy, running around together with photographer Charlotte Schmidt Olsen, taking photos of my favorite spots in my new neighbourhood for two days. It will all be published here on the blog during the coming weeks, and I am hoping you will like these places as much as I do!
In one of the places we visited, a fashion store called Nitty Gritty, I found these hand painted sneakers, a collaboration between Maison Martin Margiela and Converse. Since I love Margiela, and Converse (I wear chucks almost every day of the year), I have been following the launch of these very closely, but hadn't seen them irl until today. The idea of the paint is that it will eventually wear off, creating a unique patina on the shoe. Need I tell you that these are on my wish list? And yes, I am very aware that I could just take a brush and paint some of my old chucks, but it's the idea that I love, and that, to me, is worth paying for.

One Pic Wednesday: Copper pipes

Copper pipes in kitchens and bathrooms are always beautiful, but here they have been taken one step further by also functioning as towel warmers and hangers in a quite sculptural way.

Landet Järna - A city shop for wild flowers

As soon as I saw this little shop in a picture on instagram, I knew I had to make a visit, and during a lunch next doors with photographer Mikael Axelsson, he spotted it too so we agreed to meet there asap for a photo session.
Landet Järna is a small shop for wild flowers and plants from the forests outside of Stockholm, and if you like, you can get the vintage lab bottles they are displayed in as well. Since they are following the seasons of the Swedish nature, the range of what you will find on their shelves varies greatly throughout the year. When I was there it was all about branches, tiny oak trees, lingonberry bushes, ferns, and dried flowers hanging from the ceiling or pressed and arranged into framed artworks. I heard they will also be offering bulbs of different kinds and organic Lily of the valley closer to the holidays.
Landet Järna opened just a month ago by the new mall in Hornstull, and are closely connected to restaurant Linje Tio (great restaurant by the way, do try it out if you are there) not only through the open space that they share but also by displaying their flowers on the restaurant's tables, and on weekends you can sit by the marble bar in the flower shop sipping exclusive cocktails from the mixologists at Linje Tio.
Photographer: Mikael Axelsson

Monday Mix #9

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Inspiration is everywhere! Chunky knits and gradients for Autumn

Totally unrelated to interiors, but so inspiring! A series on fall fashion shot by Michael Thompson for W Magazine in 2006. Or maybe it's not that unrelated after all... There is so much interior design inspiration to find everywhere, especially in fashion, art and movies. What I take away from these images are the gradients, the many tones of gray and the chunky knits paired with bare skin/surfaces.

Iittala's showroom apartment

Remember a few weeks ago when I showed you these photos styled by Saša Antić and talked about the confusion they created during the launch of Iittala's showroom apartment here in Stockholm? I said I would take some pictures from the showroom so you could see what it looked like, and here it is! It's a tiny apartment in the heart of Södermalm, with beautiful tiled stoves and wooden floors, furnished in a modern Scandinavian style with a few surprises like the wall storage and the trees in the kitchen and the big wine glass silhouettes on the wall in the main room. In these pictures you can also see the reason why I like to work with professional photographers, as these photos are nowhere close of what I want them to be...


Thursday Tip: Herman Cph

So I guess you saw their cushion when I posted about it on my wish list a couple of days ago, but I want to show you more from this new Danish design company called Herman Cph that just launched this August at the DesignTrade fair.
It's basically a two persons show, run by Jonas Herman Pedersen and Helle Herman Mortensen, who are both designers and producers of their collection, so far consisting of tables, small storage furniture, cushions and bedspreads made from recycled wool fabrics. I like the small scale of their company and the focus on sustainability and simplicity. Everything is produced in Denmark, using only high quality natural materials which ages beautifully.

One Pic Wednesday: Inspiration by Lotta Agaton

Styling by Lotta Agaton, photography Petra Bindel, for bathroom brand Aspen. I love how Lotta was thinking outside the box here and used the bathroom cabinets for something completely different.

Weekly Wants #7