Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

One Pic Wednesday: Saša Antić's home in Hej Kreativa Hem

Love the relaxed feel of this room from the home of interior stylist Saša Antić's home, as featured in the new book Hej Kreativa Hem. The book features the homes of 12 Swedish designers, decorators, artists and other creatives, together with personal interviews telling the stories of the homes and their owners. I have only flipped through it quickly in the book store yet, but it looks very interesting and I'm hoping to be able to read it soon.
Photography: Alexander Lagergren

Hidden storage solutions in bright Gothenburg apartment

It's been a long time since I showed any homes for sale here, because for a while I have been thinking they are all styled in a very similar way, or the photos just aren't good enough. Today I found a great one though! The entire apartment is filled with hidden or built in storage solutions, and the interiors are trendy but not necessarily in that super anxious way where you need to buy everything you see on blogs and in magazines, if you know what I mean. ;) Most of the furniture are Scandinavian design classics, but what really caught my eye is the Moment sofa in the living room. It's an old model from Ikea, no longer available, and super hard to find second hand. I think it looks amazing and so whish they would take it back into production! I also love the kitchen especially, the cabinet doors look home made, I think it's just black stained plywood, and the tiles are just standard 15x15 with black grout, but together with the brass details it looks quite exclusive.
Found via Design o Form

Monday Mix #25

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Giveaway: Tokyo Print by Studio Esinam

Giveaway time! This week three lucky winners will get a Tokyo art print by recently launched Studio Esinam, value €105/each. It's limited edition and the size is 100x65 cm, and as you can see the motif consists of five elevation drawings of modern Japanese architecture. Tokyo is the second print in the series, the first one was Paris.
To have a chance to win, just answer the following question:
Which city would you like to see in the print series Elevations, and why?
The competition is open for one week, until May 2, and the winners will be contacted directly. Good luck!
Styling: Sarah Widman
Styling assistant: Elin Kickén
Photography: Patrik Hagborg

– Love, Ana - A new design studio, shop and gallery in Zagreb, Croatia


A newly opened studio – Love, Ana, located in the center of Zagreb, Croatia, is aiming to become the place to be for designers and design lovers. Its owner, young product designer Ana Tevšić, reveals that the concept of the studio is a place where you can learn more about the products sold here, but more importantly talk to the designer, work or just hang out.

An all-white interior is a combination of a modern gallery and a design store, transforming its look in shelves and windows every week. 



– Love, Ana is a Croatian furniture, lighting and interior accessory brand which spontaneously evolved from the first exibition at Clerkenwell Design Week in 2011. All designed with love by Ana with the help of local craftsmen, all products are done in small production series in Croatia and shipped worldwide. Among the best-selling products are Centerpiece dining table, Traveller portable lamp, Paperpot flowerpot, Hexagon series and Crooked table; all inspired by life, to provide a better lifestyle.

One can also find other products that complement the store’s atmosphere; such as Kinfolk and Cereal magazines, HaGa jewellery, Stop The Water While Using Me! cosmetics line, Iris Hantverk handmade brushes, etc. The store opened its door on March 21st, 2014; and marked the beginning of spring with a wish that one woman can make her dreams come true. 



News from Menu, the perfect daybed and chair

I just received a batch of brand new photos from Menu, shot for their next catalogue in an old apartment at Amager in Copenhagen. That day bed is to die for! Also, the Afteroom chair, which I have loved since I first saw it on the designers' site before Menu snapped it up for production. I think maybe this is my next dining chair, the one I've been searching for now for several years... Timeless and simple design but with an attitude. And plenty of space to sit with your feet and legs up without the backrest getting in the way. Looks just perfect to me.
Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen
Styling: Pernille Vest

One Pic Wednesday: Unfinished kitchen

Loving this rough and unfinished look in the kitchen of Niels Strøyer Christophersen, the founder of Frama CPH.
Photography: Heidi Lerkenfeldt

Sway mugs by Gustaf Nordenskiöld for Hope

Hope, one of my favorite Swedish fashion brands, are opening a new shop in Gothenburg today, where the interior design is inspired by this cup. It's called Sway and is made by Gustaf Nordenskiöld. This patterned version is brand new and will be sold exclusively in Hope stores and at Last Edition


Pizza With No Name in Reykjavík, Iceland

While hanging out in Reykjavík during DesignMarch, I heard from several people that there was this new pizza place in town that should not be missed. Pizza, I thought, why would I eat that in the land of super fresh wild salmon and grass fed lamb? Well, this wasn't your regular old pizza, I was told. It's run by the same people as KEX and Dill, which I knew to be awesome from my previous trips, so we gave it a shot. And trust me, this was no regular old pizza! Definitely on my top three list of the best pizzas I've had. Thin and crispy crust with fresh and unusual toppings like baked swedes, smoked cream cheese and pickled cabbage. And for starters, we had fried pigs ears. Strange, but delicious. Quite similar to how I would describe the interiors actually. Stepping into this place felt like entering a mix between a setting in Twin Peaks and a feature in Kinfolk magazine. Most of the details and furniture are vintage finds from the US, so I guess that makes some sense, but I believe the photos will do a better job of describing what I mean. If you are interested to hear the thoughts of the designer behind these slightly weird interiors, here is an interview.
Oh, the name of the place? It doesn't seem to have one, it's just known as "pizza with no name". And there are no signs outside either, but I'll give you the address so you will have at least a chance of finding it! It's at Hverfisgata 12 in downtown Reykjavík, up the stairs in the house on the corner. Good luck!
Photography: Mikael Axelsson

Nomad Kitchen + Supergrau

Look what just moved into one of my favourite Berlin design shops; the stylish and mobile Nomad kitchen, in a whole new style designed by Supergrau. Looks like the showroom is ready for me to move in, so when can I come guys? Or can you just roll the kitchen to me here in Stockholm?

Blog Tour Sthlm: Getting creative with Bemz

I just realized I never published my last post about our Design Bloggers United Stockholm tour, about our visit to Bemz (you know, the company that makes fabric covers to transform your old Ikea furniture). It was a while ago now, in February to be precise, but better late than never, right? We were invited over to the Bemz showroom and shop for an evening of creative fun, where we got to design our own cushion covers.
The Bemz staff had gone out of their way to provide us with all kinds of supplies for our designs, there were ribbons, sequins, fabric samples, buttons and rivets in abundance. However, some parts of our group got a little more inspired than that, all in their own special ways... I'll just let the photos below speak for themselves. We all had great fun, so thanks Bemz for inviting us!
Big photos: Riikka Kantinkoski/WeekdayCarnival
Collage photos: Emma Fexeus

One Pic Wednesday: DRY Things in 3D

I got an email from a reader named Laszlo who wanted to show me some pictures... Turns out, he is a 3D artist who was inspired by the photos from mine and Mikael's visit to DRY Things that I published earlier. He had made his own 3D rendered interpretations of the photos, and I think they look great! Have a look here to see more.

Iceland and Design March 2014

I went to Iceland a couple of weeks ago, to visit their annual design festival (see my post from last year here), and to work on a new project that I will tell you more about another time. Today, let's focus on DesignMarch, and my last day on the island where I went out into the countryside to chase waterfalls together with Halla and Gunnar from the Icelandic blog and e-mag Home & Delicious, and photographer Mikael Axelsson.
My first morning was spent walking around the old harbour area of Reykjavík, where many of the old fishing warehouses have been overtaken by local creatives. I passed an open door, and when I peeked in I found the wonderful space that you see above. It's the studio and shop of Steinunn, one of the world's most skilled knitwear designers. I had never heard about her before (I have very little clue about fashion), so I had no idea she was a big name, but she was super sweet and invited me in, even though she was just in the middle of hanging an exhibition about to open the same day. So we chatted for a while, and then I left for Harpa, the fantastic glittering disco ball of a building that is Reykjavík's concert house, to listen to some of the seminars about design that were being held that day. Some of the speakers were Marco Steinberg; founder of Snowcone & Haystack, Robert Wong from Google Creative Lab and Mikael Schiller from Acne. And then last but not least, there was Calvin Klein, who incidentally was being interviewed by Steinunn, since they have worked together for many years, something she completely forgot to mention when I met her in the morning...
During the next few days, I visited many interesting design events, product launches and shops, but if I was to pick a favorite, it has to be this project by graphic designer Sigríður Rún Kristinsdóttir (that would be Sigga Rune for short, in case you are like me and get all confused by the Icelandic names). Anatomy of Letters was a workshop and exhibition at the beautiful old culture house in downtown Reykjavík, and is also available as posters, but more than that it was her final project at Iceland Academy of the Arts. Sigga transformed letters from the Icelandic alphabet into creatures, and wrote a book about them, complete with names, habits and quirks, just like a real fauna. I heard some people actually believed it.
But let's move on to the waterfalls! And the horses. I have to go back soon to go horse riding through this amazing landscape, but I think I'll wait until summer arrives. We had a lovely day out, but I believe walking around in the cold rain with wet sneakers on my feet for six hours might have been a contributing factor to the fever I got the next day. It was so worth it though! The swimming pool you see in the pics is Iceland's oldest, built in the 1920's right in the middle of nowhere. Apparently this is where all children used to learn to swim, but I believe they are going somewhere else these days, because the dressing rooms were rather murky...
 Photography: Mikael Axelsson
 Photography: Emma Fexeus (except for the one with the rocks by the waterfall)

Monday Mix #24

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Nendo + COS

nendo cos popup shop
Fashion brand COS and Japanese design brand Nendo are teaming up during the ongoing Milan fair. Nendo have created an installation with COS iconic shirts, and they have also launched a special section on the COS webshop where you can by selected pieces from both brands. They work so well together, their respective brands' styles seem to be mirroring each other.

Monday Mix #23

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Miss Clara - a new design hotel in Stockholm

The Nobis group, standing behind stylish hotels like Skeppsholmen, Nobis and Furillen, just opened a new hotel here in Stockholm called Miss Clara, and although I haven't been there yet (spent the last week in Iceland, but more about that later) I must say it looks extremely promising from the press photos!
The 92-room hotel is housed in the former Ateneum girls’ school building, erected in 1910. The building was designed by architects Hagström & Ekman and is considered one of Stockholm’s most exquisite Art Nouveau edifices. The old girls’ school has been transformed into an elegant and comfortable international business hotel by Wingårdhs, one of Sweden’s leading and most internationally renowned architecture firm, under the leadership of architect Gert Wingårdh.
When designing Miss Clara, Wingårdh’s architects drew inspiration from the building’s original Art Nouveau architecture, distinguished by its soft and graceful organic lines and use of solid natural materials. Characteristic traits in the original architecture have been interpreted into new contemporary expressions. The interiors feature many specially designed and crafted furniture pieces and installations in solid, superior quality natural materials of predominantly Swedish origin, such as limestone, oak, bentwood, and natural leather. The color scheme is orchestrated in sophisticated darker notes on the floor level, with white walls and ceilings that emphasize the openness of the rooms.


Brdr Krüger goes contemporary

A couple of years ago I styled the catalogue for Brdr Krüger, an old Danish family company mainly focused on producing classics like Hans Bølling's Tray Table. Now they are launching two brand new designs, one chair and one lamp. Made from oak in different finishes, these new pieces definitely connect to their older products, but has a very fresh and modern feel. You can see the flirt with the 50's design style in the lines, but the distinct backrest of the chair and the simple silhouette of the lamp, take them in to the 21st century.