Have you heard of Behomm
yet? It's a home exchange site exclusively for designers and visual artists, where you can switch homes with other style minded people around the world. So no more searching the net for hours to find a place to stay that looks decent enough for your next vacation, here you have a carefully selected collection of beautiful homes around the world, available for free in exchange for letting the owners stay at your place while you are enjoying theirs.
I always prefer to stay in private apartments when I travel as it makes you feel more like a local, and the freedom to sit at the breakfast table with messy hair and be grumpy until the coffee has kicked in is quite invaluable. Also, traveling with kids is so much easier when you have a real home to withdraw to after a long day out, instead of having to crowd together on the bed of a small hotel room where the only available activity is to watch tv...
Many of the homes on Behomm have been featured in magazines, and choosing which ones to show here was tough, but below is a small selection to give you an idea of what you have to pick from.
This post was made in collaboration with Behomm, but as always, the words, opinions and image selection are all my own.
You know that column I started last year, Weekly Wants
? Well, it didn't exactly turn out to be a weekly column. I did it for a couple of months, then realized I didn't really want to flood the blog with products. I have always aimed for a sustainable lifestyle, and encouraging over consumption doesn't go very well with that. But sometimes you need stuff, and of course I fall for nice designs like everyone else, so sharing a few products here now and then, but not on a regular schedule, seems like a good compromise.
These things are just what I want/need for summer:
2. Willmann vases
from Menu, that I'd use for leafy greens, twigs and straws (I'm not that fond of blooming flowers), to bring a bit of nature inside.
3. Hope + CSA
Pitcher and tumblers in the new grey hue, perfect for water, elderflower lemonade and wine spritzers on warm summer days.
4. Verso Skincare
travel set. I am already using this skincare line, and find it great from every perspective except for when I travel. The regular containers are quite large so getting them through airport security just doesn't happen. But now they are launching a travel kit with the most essential products, just in time for vacations!
I was invited by Bolia
to visit The Lab, a photo studio in Copenhagen, to go behind the scenes of their big catalogue production styled by Pernille Vest and shot by New York based photographer Thomas Loof
. This is a huge project, spanning over several weeks of shooting both photos and video for the catalogue, web site and tv commercials, and lots of extra shots for social media.
While I can't share too much of the actual product news yet, I want to invite you to take a walk behind the scenes with me, to see what this world looks like when you turn away from the staged sets in front of the camera. Yes, it might look like a huge mess, but I am quite convinced that the stylist and her assistants have it all under control and knows exactly where every little stamp or eraser is...
Prepare for a picture bomb, I hope you will enjoy it!
Photography: Emma Fexeus, except for the product photos
Below, two sneak peeks of the actual products!
And lastly, a few shots that have absolutely nothing to do with Bolia, but are just details that I love about the studio space. It's an old industrial building, so the materials and details are all so cool!
I posted about this on Facebook a couple of weeks ago already, but it was just too good to let go so I've been letting that tab stay open in my browser since then. And now I couldn't keep myself from posting it here! T Magazine made this feature
on French architect Joseph Dirand
(whom I have written about before here
), and along with the written interview and photos there is a video tour from Joseph's home
where you can hear him talking about design in this wonderful French accent...
Photography: Simon Watson