Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Icelandic Design feature in Blue Wings Magazine

I just wanted to share this article on Icelandic design that I made together with photographer Mikael Axelsson for Finnair's in-flight magazine Blue Wings. Pretty proud of how it turned out. If you'd like to read it you can do so here (it's on page 61-64) and please check out the featured brands if you are curious about what is going on in terms of design in the world's youngest country: Postulina, Staka and Kristbjörg.

Georg - the sealskin edition

The successful Georg furniture collection by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm for Skagerak just got a new and exclusive member, namely the sealskin edition of the Georg stool. It's absolutely gorgeous, and even though I always get upset comments when posting non-vegan products here, I just couldn't leave it out! It's made in a limited edition of 80 pieces, and a certificate of origin guarantees that the sealskins are sustainably sourced by Greenlandic Inuit. That, and the fact that it would look cool in just about any surroundings, puts this on my list of things that would be very welcome in my home.
While browsing Skagerak's site I stumbled over this coat hanger/rack/easel style storage solution named Push, designed by Stine H. Andersen. I think it looks like a great answer to the big question of where to put everything you need when leaving the house, but don't really have space for.

Joseph Dirand's home (video tour)

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

– 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. 



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.

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.



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!


Intsight, new website, new project

One of my favorite Spanish interior design studios, Intsight, just launched their whole new site, where I found their latest project, the interiors of an office for Iconista, an advertising agency in Barcelona. I love the simplicity, and the black and gold details contrasting with the all white background, and the graphic patterns created by the cords from the lighting are really striking. I think my favorite image is the one of the shelves with the books and the strange rabbit, and it reminds me I really have to read that book!


Architect Nicolas Schuybroek

If you are on Pinterest you might have already seen some of these photos because they have been floating around there for the last week, but I still wanted to show them here because I think they are so good. These interiors are designed by Belgian architect Nicolas Schuybroek


Norm Architects Zen House

Last week when reading Norm's blog at Bo Bedre I saw some great pictures from their latest project that I wanted to share with you, so I emailed Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, one of the architects and also the photographer behind their photos. He sent me the pictures and many more, so many in fact that I had a very hard time choosing which ones to show here. To be able to show you as many as possible without making this post into a huge picture bomb I decided to make small collages of some photos and show some of the others in full size. Do you like this format?

The house looks like a normal Copenhagen house from the outside, but once inside a whole new world opens up. Extremely minimalistic and very zen. I'm drawn to the calm and tranquil atmosphere, but I'm not sure I could live like this myself. How about you?



Københavns Møbelsnedkeri

I just got a question regarding the wooden chair in my post with behind-the-scene snapshots from my latest trip to Copenhagen. The chair is from Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, and I thought you would enjoy some pictures of their other work. This is top class craftmanship, in the classic Scandinavian tradition.


Michelle Wentworth's new site

Are you all familiar with designer Michelle Wentworth? Does the name Mo+Mo Living ring a bell? If not, you have missed something great. Michelle has written a great description of the blog:
"Mo+Mo Living combines the pared back aesthetic of modern minimalism with a considered way of living. By sharing ideas, design, and resources we hope to inspire our readers to live more simply and to create and find beauty in the everyday. We believe in considered living and that the everyday experience is enhanced by thoughtful choices; having fewer things, investing in well-made products, simplifying our environment, surrounding ourselves with beauty, eating clean and fair food."
Curious? Jump on over to the freshly designed site where you will find her updated portfolio.


Studio Toogood, The Back Room

I just saw this on Cherry Blossom, and the pictures gave me goosebumps (in a good way) so I just had to share it with you! It's a project by British stylist and designer Faye Toogood, one of my biggest inspirations. Her designs have always been made in very limited edition, but Toogood has now found a way to produce them in a slightly bigger scale, so she is now releasing them in a collection called "BATCH". These photos are from the exhibit called Back Room that she made to show the collection at the London Design Festival now in September. And although I'm showing lots of photos here, I order you all to click over to her site to see more, because this is fantastic!


Yvonne Koné lives here!

I am so excited about the pictures I am sharing with you today! They show the Copenhagen home of talented designer Yvonne Koné. I met Yvonne and her friend, super talented photographer Line Klein, this summer on one of my trips to the Danish capital, when Yvonne was just moving in to her new apartment, and I have been eagerly awaiting the photos ever since. They are now published in the first ever issue of Danish Elle Decoration, which is in stores today. Thanks Yvonne and Line for letting me show these wonderful photos, which I am sure all of you out there will love just as much as I do!
Styling: Stine Langvad
Photo: Line Klein


New work by Joanna Laajisto

Finnish interior architect Joanna Laajisto just launched her new website, and I found some projects from her portfolio that I really liked. Below is the office of Euro RSCG advertising agency, that Joanna designed. Very graphic and with wonderful light!

Below, Gulled's showroom in Helsinki

And I just couldn't resist showing you this as well, from JWT Finland's office, but do check out Joanna's site, because there is much more to explore!


Mathilda Clahr lives here!

The link to design student Mathilda Clahr's blog on Odalisque Magazine has been going around the bloggosphere for the last few days, after Lotta Agaton wrote about Mathilda on her blog. I fell in love just like everyone else, and found a treasure trove of photos from Mathilda's home. But there is so much more to her blog than that, she has fantastic taste in furniture, art and design, so go check it out for yourselves!

Design Studio INTSIGHT

Barcelona based interior design studio INTSIGHT caught my eye on Pinterest, and after receiving an email with a link to their tumblr, showing great photos of their work, I knew I had to share it with you. Clean and minimalistic, just as I like it. Enjoy! And have a nice weekend!

Emma Olbers lives here!

Emma Olbers is one of my favorite Swedish designers, so I was really happy to find this feature from her home last weekend! I have been dreaming of a sofa bench (plywood DIY) like the one in her kitchen for years now, but haven't had the space for it. Perhaps in my next home...

Photo: Nicklas Thegerström for DN, see more photos here

Architect studio Double G

Let's go to Paris tonight, shall we? A visit to these apartments designed by studio Double G feels like a nice way to spend the weekend. There are tons of more great photos on their site, so go check it out if you have the time!

Via Blackbird

Joseph Dirand Architecture

Interior Architect Joseph Dirand's work is an old favorite of mine. He does everything from homes and hotels to scenography, all in a toned down and minimalistic but still quite classic way.

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