Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Le White Concept Store, Paris

Need something to brighten a tired Friday morning? Hop on over to Garance Doré to see the rest of the photos from this French concept store where EVERYTHING is white.

Muji Designs Minimalist House in Tokyo

Japanese design brand Muji designed this narrow three-storey house in Tokyo. Like its products, the house is about the concept of simplicity, maximizing the available space and its functions. 

Retro industrial kitchens in new project by Riksbyggen

Today's most drool worthy pictures? These 3D renders from a new residential project by Riksbyggen, with interiors inspired by the retro industrial style, in an old building from the 1930's. The kitchens are what impressed me the most, with the butcher style tiles, smooth matte cabinet doors and leather clad handles. This is very close to what I'd pick for myself if I had free reins to design a kitchen. Actually, if it wasn't for the fact that this building is an old mental hospital, I might have considered moving in... But I guess the new tennants will be braver than me. Would you dare to live in a former asylum?

The old leather factory

Very excited to see the full feature on this styling by Pella Hedeby! It's in the latest issue of Plaza Interiör. The apartment is located in Läderfabriken, an old factory building recently redeveloped into a residential house by Oscar Properties. I really love these old industrial buldings, wish there were more of them left in the city...

Loft with graphic stairs by Andreas Martin-Löf

Let's start the day in this loft apartment designed by architect Andreas Martin-Löf. I've never seen stairs like that, and if you want to see an amazing bathroom with a round pennytiled tub, click over to Fantastic Frank for the rest of the images.

COS x Numen at Palais de Tokyo


This mezmerizing art installation in Palais de Tokyo in Paris caught my eye today. It was created by art collective Numen/For Use, with support from fashion brand COS. Numen did a similar installation here in Stockholm a few years ago, and I was lucky to experience that together with my daughter. Although, the amount of hair and dust tumbling around in there made my impression a bit less positive, but it sure looks beautiful from the outside, and it was great fun to climb around in.
While browsing their site I also came across these net installations, and since halloween is coming up, what can be more appropriate than some giant spider webs?

Intro and Finlandia Caviar by Joanna Laajisto


Two wonderful new projects by Finnish interior architect/designer Joanna Laajisto just landed in my inbox. What a great way to start the week!

Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio has designed a new shop and restaurant concept for Finnish quality seafood company Lappeen Savukari oy. Finlandia Caviar Shop and Restaurant is a place where you can purchase the finest quality caviar and oysters, or enjoy them on the spot with a glass of bubbly or vodka. 

The objective for the interior concept was a fresh, Scandinavian look that compliments the historical building it is located in. The color scheme of subdued greys, creams and hints of blue is inspired by the Finnish winter landscape; though with the use of natural wood and lighting, the place manages to be warm and inviting.  All of the furniture pieces are by Finnish furniture manufacturers and local woodworkers.


The next project is Intro:
In the city of Kuopio, Finland, an old classic restaurant, Intro, has undergone a major renovation designed by Helsinki based Joanna Laajisto Creative Studio.

The new Intro with a total of 450 sq.mt is divided into a restaurant with 50 seats on one side and a nightclub of equal size on the other.

The new restaurant is light and airy with a subtle color palette. Some punches of color are added in the textiles and fixtures, such as the sofas covered in woven Kvadrat wool fabric by Paul Smith and Delightful designed red lamps suspended above the counter height table. The monochromatic geometric pattern of the floor tile brings interest and texture to the space without being too bold.  Most of the furniture is custom made for the space. The white pendant lamps above the dining tables are Funnel by small Slovanian company Vertigo Bird. The wooden dining chairs are by Ton.


Photography: Mikko Ryhänen

Stockholm print by Studio Esinam

Studio Esinam, the Swedish graphic design studio behind Elevations, a series of city posters that started with Paris, went on to Tokyo and then Berlin, and who have quickly become a big hit in the blogosphere (probably much because of their great styling), just released a new print. And yay, this time it's Stockholm, my beloved home town! The top four buildings in the poster are famous architectural landmarks such as the city hall and the main city library, and the three house pairs below that are examples of typical residential buildings from different eras.
"In our first print series elevations, we seek to capture the unique feeling of various cities around 
the world. Cities that most of us have some kind of relation to, but probably haven’t seen in the 
format of the architectural drawing. By studying the façades, directing attention to details that mostly 
pass unseen, we hope to touch upon qualities to the architecture that contribute to the specific 
feeling the city imposes on you."
At the same time, Studio Esinam is launching a new poster series called Landmarks, starting with Gothenburg and Brooklyn as the first motifs.
Photography by Patrik Hagborg
Styling: studio esinam

Svartvita Rum söker medarbetare (Sponsored Post)

- This post is for my readers in Sweden only, about a job opportunity in a design shop! -
Svartvita rum är en inredningsbutik på Kungsholmsgatan 18 i Stockholm som på kort tid tagit en självklar plats bland de etablerade inredningsbutikerna i Stockholm. Här återfinns de svarta och vita designklassikerna samtidigt som nya, små formgivare ges möjligheten att få synas. Vi är ett positivt gäng med hög ambitionsnivå som söker en ny medarbetare.
Vi söker dig som har en längre arbetslivserfarenhet och som hunnit fylla 30. Gärna varit egen men som saknat arbetskamrater. Vi vill att du ska vara självständig och driven och vara beredd att ta ett stort eget ansvar för vår gemensamma arbetsplats.
Du behöver vara organiserad, strukturerad och vara extremt lösningsorienterad. Van att kavla upp ärmarna och jobba hårt när det behövs. Du ska vara en riktig entreprenör som utmanas och gillar att ta uppgiften till en högre nivå i varje steg och som inte är rädd att ta för dig. Vi kan summera det hela med att vi har en hög lägsta-nivå på allt vi gör i butiken. Vi är stolta över att kunna säga det.
Om du dessutom är intresserad av webb, it och sociala medier så är detta givetvis ett plus.
Stämmer detta in på dig så är du välkommen att söka tjänsten och bli en del av Svartvita rum.
Maila ansökan till Pernilla Engström senast den 30 nov, arbetstid och tillträde enligt överenskommelse. pernilla@svartvitarum.se

Københavns Møbelsnedkeri opens The Shop Of The New, Copenhagen

I just added a new spot on my list of places to visit on my next trip to Copenhagen. The Shop Of The New, recently launched by wood joinery Københavns Møbelssnedkeri, who are most famous for their high quality bespoke kitchens and cabinets. But they are making so much more than that, and the store is also filled with carefully chosen items from other brands.
"An unmistakable world of nordic-ness, ideas and excitement.  The shop is a showcase for diverse and eccentric objects complementing the furniture collection from Københavns Møbelsnedkeri (Copenhagen Joinery) with a selection of graphic art prints, kitchenware, skateboards, paper cuts etc."
"Expanding into bricks-and-mortar means that You will be able to touch and feel our products, and join us for a beer while testing our skateboards."
Photography: Line Klein

Colorful - A book by star duo Lotta Agaton and Pia Ulin

This is guaranteed to be on every design fetishist's wishlist for the holidays; the new book by star stylist Lotta Agaton and photographer Pia Ulin. To celebrate their 10 years anniversary of working together they made the book - ironically named - Colorful, with a big collection of images from their collaborations.
To be released in November, and will be available at Lotta Agaton Shop and Papercut. Guess who'll be first in line on the launch day?

Plywood Sofa by Maliin Stoor

I've been thinking of building something very similar to this sofa for my own home, but never really managed to get my thumb out and actually start the project. Also, I'm not a designer, so wasn't sure how to construct it. But now I don't have to, because my friend Maliin, owner of Maliins Stoore, made a prototype of exactly what I need, and she is planning to start selling it!
Now I just need a new home to put the sofa in. My landlord just let me know she wants her apartment back by January 1, so now I'm on the lookout for a new place to stay. If you have any leads on anything to rent, preferably on or around Södermalm in Stockholm, and at least 50 sqm, I'd be eternally grateful if you'd get in touch! Either here in the comments, via email or through the facebook event I created for the new home hunt. Thanks!

Kitchen Peephole by Nu Interieur Ontwerp

Boldomatic - the Instagram for words - Giveaway!

If you follow me on pinterest or facebook, you may have noticed my love for graphic quotes and funny statements and wordings. Sometimes I find them online and other times I write them myself. I've been using the Boldomatic app for that for about two years now, and the other day, right after I shared the above words on fb, an email dropped into my mailbox with an introduction of this anti-social graphic text-only network. They hadn't seen my fb update and had no idea I was already using their app, but since I do so and love it, I couldn't resist their proposal for a collaboration.
If you haven't tried Boldomatic before, this is what it's all about: Go to Boldomatic.com or download the app in your app store. Write a short text and share it with the community. You can also find the most popular Bolds here, and if you see someone you think is writing really clever stuff, you can follow them. Of course you can also like and re-post other people's bolds. Basically, it's like Instagram, but for words.
Just last week Boldomatic launched a webshop, where you can get products with your favourite bolds printed on them. Or write your own, if that's what you fancy. Choose from apparel, mugs, pillows, tote bags, posters and canvases in different sizes. Create a special card for your friend, or decorate your home with a poster of your favorite quote. Or simply to say "Coffee, I'm nothing without you".
To celebrate the launch, we made a little competition for you!
To participate and have a chance to win a Boldomatic product of your choice, just make a bold of your own and tag it with #EmmasDesignBlogg. The bold with the most likes wins!
A winner will be crowned on Oct 30, and contacted by Boldomatic.
Good luck!

Unique Penthouse by Koncept Stockholm

I think this must be the most amazing apartment for sale this week, wouldn't you agree? Although I'm not quite sure if it's actually photos or if it's a fantastic 3D render... But who cares when it looks this good? The apartment is real enough anyway, with its soaring windows and open sea views.
I like the radiator covers painted in matte gray, at the same time hiding the ugly standard radiators and adding character to the rooms. The house was built in 1912, so they fit very well with original style. This unique 159 sqm penthouse was designed by Koncept Stockholm, the same firm that stands behind successes like Story Hotel and Scandic Grand Central.
See more here.

Minna Jones' styling for NCC

Stylist Minna Jones of the Finnish blog Time of The Aquarius made this styling of a show home for NCC Housing in the Kalasatama (Fisherman's Harbour) outside Helsinki. Super stylish, and just the right amount of minimalism without getting boring or sterile. For more images, go here, and to see an identical apartment with a different styling, look here.
Photographs: Pauliina Salonen

BEIGE, Concept Store Designed by Nendo

BEIGE, ...serene yet glamorous, and with a sense of refined dignity. Yeah, I totally stole that line from their site, because I think it describes the concept of this japanese store so well. The space is designed by Nendo, and here is what they have to say about it:

The brand’s owners wanted a multi-functional space that would accommodate multiple uses: a shop for selling interior goods, a library space for book-lending and a gallery space for regular events and art exhibitions in addition to the main clothing retail space.

We considered a zoning approach with specific areas for the shop’s different elements, then decided that subdividing the already small space any further would simply clutter it. To avoid this, we chose to stratify the space vertically instead.

We installed a 7.5mm ‘beam’ 2.05m above the floor, and created an attic-like space for books. Bookends held in place magnetically prevent books from falling off the shelves. Hangers for clothing and bags are hung from the beam and can be freely moved to different places within the shop area. A variety of unfinished, box-shaped fixtures dot the floor. These can be used as stepstools to access the book space, or as plinths for exhibiting artworks and home accessories. The use of vertical layers allowed us to create a highly flexile, visually neat space.

I really loved these lookbook images from BEIGE, as well:

Ferm Living collection a/w 2014

My neighbor has been playing O Holy Night on repeat all day, and even if that didn't exactly get me in to the holiday spirit, it made me realize that winter will be here soon. So I found these images from Ferm Living that look, if not wintery, so at least very autumnal, like the gray weather we are having right now. I have brought out all my sheep skins and wool socks, and loaded the kitchen cupboard with tea and cocoa powder for hot chocolate, so I think I'll get through the season. I just need to go to Ikea to get some big boxes of candles and tealights, and I'll be alright... How about you?

Design Bloggers United Amsterdam Party

As you probably know by now, I'm part of the Design Bloggers United group, where we travel around Europe having lots of fun and collaborate with chosen brands for interesting experiences and projects. This time, the trip went to Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities, but I wasn't able to go! Staying at home didn't get easier by looking at these photos they sent me from the bloggers dinner and party the group arranged at the stunning Pistache Studio. Since I wasn't there I can't really tell you much more about the trip, but I'm sure the rest of the group will fill us in with all the juicy details asap! Until then, enjoy these photos of the event space.
And of course they used our own Design Bloggers United x Skandinavisk Koto candles for the tables!
All photos by Susanna Vento
Thanks to all sponsors för making this possible!

The Home of Dieter Rams

The entrance to the home office of legendary product designer Dieter Rams. See more pictures here.
Photo: Michael Kretzer

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