I just found Tamizo Architects, a Polish architectural firm, on Lotta Agaton's blog. The top four pictures here are from one of Tamizo's latest projects, the interior design for a 64 sqm loft apartment in Lodz, and the ones below are from older projects. The pure graphic lines are quite striking, and it all comes across as very Scandi inspired, don't you think?
Last autumn I went to Copenhagen together with Annaleena to shoot some homes for a project we had planned. However, that project never happened, because both our careers took off in different directions and we could never find the time to realize our plans. So here we are now with hundreds of great pictures that deserve a better destiny than being hidden away on our hard drives! Perhaps someone would be interested in publishing them?
I'm showing a tiny sneak peek below, just to give you some idea of what we are sitting on. We also shot a whole bunch of stylish restaurants, cafés and shops, so if anyone would like to publish a Copenhagen city guide we could easily whip that up too!
Above are the homes of designer Nina Bruun and instagram star Pernille Z.
Below is the wonderful monochrome world of artist Tenka Gammelgaard.
Busy, busy... I just moved into my new apartment this Saturday, and while I dig myself out from underneath the mountains of boxes I want to give you something pretty to look at. These photos landed in my inbox today from Kristalia. They have decorated a whole house for their catalogue shoot, and the result looks great!
One of my personal highlights during last weeks DesignTrade blog tour was the visit we made to Vipp's flagship store. They had prepared a styling competition for us, where we were divided into three teams. I ended up together with Desiree from Vosgesparis and Anna from La Maison d'Anna G. Perfect match, don't you think?
The rules were that we had two kitchens and one bathroom to style, 20 minutes per room, and a huge pile of props that all teams could pick from. We had a fantastic time and I am quite proud of what we accomplished in such a short time. It seems the Vipp people were also happy with the results as they decided to keep our team's last styling on display in the store, which is of course very flattering!
The styling with the most likes on Instagram and Facebook wins, and the voting ends on Wednesday 12/6 at 12.00 CET+1. If you like what you see here and want to help us win, please use your like-finger generously! All the pictures hashtagged #vippstyling are part of the competition.
My camera battery died in the middle of this shoot, so the pictures below are borrowed from Desiree.
I just got back from three days full of fun events in Copenhagen, where I participated in a blog tour arranged by Allan from Bungalow5 and the new design fair Design Trade. On our first evening there we were invited to a dinner in the beautiful home of set designer and stylist Nathalie Schwer. Nathalie has previously worked for the US based magazine Kinfolk, and if you have ever seen that magazine you know we were in for a very special treat. Everything was so lovingly and delicately arranged, from the flowers to the food, and we all had an amazing time!
The evening was sponsored by Broste Copenhagen, another one of Nathalie's clients, Le Creuset and Simply Chocolate, and it was all documented by photographer Line Klein, who I am sure you all recognize by now as I have been showing lots of her images here before. I would like to share some of her pictures from the evening with you, to let you have an idea of what we experienced. Enjoy!
Time for a giveaway! This week you can compete for a set of 4 espresso cups and saucers from Marimekko (who just opened an online store with international shipping), with a total value of €122.
The espresso cup is the newest addition to Marimekko´s Oiva tableware collection designed by Sami Ruotsalainen. The cup comes in two color ways: solid white and in a black and white Räsymatto (rag rug) pattern by Maija Louekari. They are matched with little plates in different colors that are perfect for serving small delicacies.
To enter the giveaway, just write a comment about who you would like to invite for coffee and why.
The competition is open for one week, until Monday June 10.
Lovely inspiration in this apartment for sale in Gothenburg, Sweden!
I will try to keep the blog updated next week, but since I am going to Copenhagen on the Design Trade blog tour with a super full schedule, and then moving to my new apartment, I can't promise daily posts. I hope you understand!
Pics found via Trendenser with thanks!
I just saw these photos on Facebook and loved them so much that I immediately wanted to share them with you! I am moving next week, and my head is full of plans for the new apartment. I am going to try to keep it quite minimalist, so I'm leaving most of my vintage finds and furniture behind and opting for lots of white, accented with gray, black and different metallics. It sounds very cold, I know, but I'm convinced that my love for candles, sheepskins and cushions will make it cosy anyway.
Anyway, I was very inspired by these pictures from what will become the new Menu Concept store in Copenhagen. Designed by Norm Architects, and of course showing their signature timeless simplicity, with lots of white, simple shapes and lines and some interest added by the copper and gray surfaces. Norm's cooperation with Menu is getting stronger all the time, and it has really helped the once pretty bland brand get a new status in the design world.
So, I spent the weekend in Berlin at this bloggers conference called The Hive. Since I have been to this kind of event before, my expectations weren't really too high. I mean, I've been blogging for almost eight years now, so there isn't really all that much that you can tell me about blogging that I don't already know. However, sometimes it's good to be reminded! So, I didn't go there for the speeches or workshops, I went for the energy, inspiration and meeting like-minded people.
As I expected, most talks were aimed at beginner bloggers, people just starting their first blog not having a clue about anything. I did enjoy some of it anyway, just because the visuals were nice or the speakers were really enthusiastic about their subject. My highlights were the video blogging workshop held by Katrina Tan-Conte from Zero the One, and the speech about creating a kick ass media kit by Isa and Claudia from Haupstadtmutti. The most stylish presentation however (which I managed to miss because the previous speaker went on overtime), about how to monetize your blog, was held by Desiree from VosgesParis. You can see all her slides below, and if you want to read her notes as well you can head over here.
You can find most of the Hive 2013 presentations online here, if you are curious to learn more.
I have so many great pictures and places from my Berlin trip that I want to share with you, but let's start with my first day there. I booked a guide to take me around the city, through a site called Plus One Berlin. The concept is this: You tell them about your interests and how much time you have, and you get to pick your guide from their list of "locals" ( = Berlin inhabitants who are all dying to show you the best spots around the city) to take you around for a day. I found a perfect match for me, a design student named Marianna who shared my interests in architecture, interiors, minimalist style and cool urban spaces.
We started with breakfast at a cozy café called A.Horn where we made plans of what to do during our day together. I highly recommend their banana bread, served with greek yoghurt, a sliced banana and sunflower seeds.
After a walk along the river and a short metro ride we arrived in Kreuzberg where we went to Kunstraum at Mariannenplatz. It's an old hospital, later turned into an exhibition space. The halls are all decorated with colorful murals, and there are exciting things going on in every corner.
Then we took a walk along the remains of the Berlin wall, and headed for an art gallery which unfortunately was closed. But instead we found two wonderful shops! The first was Supergrau, a very minimalist space showing amazing furniture and products. I really liked their distressed tile wall, and fell in love with this table lamp with a massive marble base.
The second shop, Parkhaus, was a bit homier, with a great selection of modern products mixed with antique wooden furniture. The entire space, including the ceilings, was painted in a very relaxing shade of gray, which really made the products stand out.
After walking around in this beautiful area we had a nice coffee at Oslo Kaffebar (check out the website, as I didn't get any good pics in there), before it was time to say goodbye. I can highly recommend "booking a local", as it felt more like meeting a friend who really understood what you would want to see in this new city, than going on some guided tour. I had a great time, and I really wish this service was available in every city!
Plus One Berlin also has an apartment that you can rent for your stay in Berlin, to make you feel even more like a local. It is beautifully designed by two local architects, Paola Bagna of Spamroom in collaboration with JP Coss of CossA. The 42 sqm studio houses everything you could need in a home away from home, like a "games drawer" with ping pong rackets, a fully equipped kitchenette, flat-screen tv, desk area, and a fridge stocked with surprise food.
If you are into Scandinavian design you are probable familiar with Finnish brand Iittala. They have been making tableware, glass and cookware since 1881, and can be found in almost all Scandinavian homes. I just got the news that they are stepping in to the world of interiors now, launching several new products, amongst them a storage basket and a lamp that both look very nice. But the most interesting news is that they are opening an apartment, where you can book meetings, use it as an office and also of course try all the products. The 40 sqm studio apartment is designed by Jeanette Gostomski from Insidesign, styled by Iittala, and located just by the Iittala flagship store on Götgatan in Stockholm. I'll try to go there soon to take some more photos for you!
Sorry for not posting last week, it certainly wasn't my intention to go MIA, but I had such an eventful week that I simply didn't find the time to blog. I started off with a visit to the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein in southern Germany, where I held a workshop and worked together with their stylists, creating a theme for the next exhibition in the loft showroom in the VitraHaus. I can't show you any pictures from the workshop (top secret!), but below are a few from VitraHaus and the Ando House at the campus. All shot with my iphone, because I forgot my camera at the hotel. I'm such a professional blogger, don't you think? ;)
After Vitra I flew up to Berlin, to attend the big blogger conference The Hive. Two full days of listening to over 20 speakers and workshops, meeting 250 bloggers from all over Europe, and filling my head to the bursting point with new inspiration and ideas!
But before it all started I had two days off to explore Berlin, and as I'd never been there before I was very excited about this. The city did not disappoint, as you will see in my coming blogposts...
Can you believe these are 3D generated images? Looks just like real photos to me, and very beautiful ones at that, depicting a classic Parisian apartment. The project is called Baron Haussman, after the Haussmann era which inspired the creation of the images. I'm especially impressed with the textures and lighting in the close-up of the marble fireplace in the third picture, but really the lighting and textures are outstanding in all the images.
Images: Bertrand Benoit
Have you seen interior stylist Saša Antić's tumblr blog Field Notes? It's one of the most beautiful tumblrs I've seen, and a great place for inspiration.
Have you noticed this trend of putting lamps in the "wrong" place? I'm not talking about the work or desk lamps above the kitchen worktop that we've been seeing for years, what I mean is people placing floor lamps on tables, ceiling lights on the wall, and desk lamps by the bed, or any other place you can think of. I think it's a great way of adding some surprise in your decor. What do you think? I'll give you some examples to show you what I mean.
This Stockholm home belongs to Pelle Lundquist, the Art Director behind these beautiful Alcro campaigns, and also the previous owner of this apartment that I showed here a year ago. Well, Pelle is moving again (congratulations to the coming extension of the family!) and that means that this apartment is for sale!
I don't have any "before" photos to show, but I can say that this is one of the best excecuted renovations I have seen. Everything from the original wood floors (treated with lye and white pigmented oil) and the white painted skirting covering the walls in all rooms, to the kitchen and bathroom (built in situ, designed by Pelle) with their matching tiles and carpentry works perfectly together, creating a whole that is more than a well planned concept. For some reason, probably the gray cabinets combined with the marble and brass, it reminds me of Ilse Crawford. I think she would like this place.
I've been having a crush on handmade ceramics lately, the kind with irregular glazes that reminds me of 70's ceramics, but better. So I was very happy to discover Tortus Copenhagen, a small pottery studio consisting of two established danish ceramists, Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen.
I've always loved visiting pottery studios, there is something quite irresistable about the messy clay, little pots of glaze and pigments, the incredibly hot kilns and rows of pretty items waiting to be fired, and the thrill of never knowing exactly what the results will be like. I hope you will enjoy this small peek into the Tortus studio! At the end of the post is a short video, showing the process of throwing ceramics (don't watch if you are prone to seasickness).
Interior designer Joanna Laajisto shares my passion for great lighting, and had been looking for a small and simplistic pendant for her projects (I've shown some of them before here, here and her home here), but couldn't find the perfect one. So she decided to design her own.
“When the idea of designing a light fixture started to form in my mind, I knew what it had to be: expressionless but interesting and classic but modern at the same time. Just like my aesthetic for all design.”
Although Laajisto knew what she wanted, the design process wasn't easy. The fixture required countless hours of designing, revising and editing. Hence the name Edit. Available in three different finishes and as a ceiling or wall light.
Yvonne Koné and Line Klein just released a new set of pictures in their series of home visits. This time we get to peek inside the house of Barbara Hvidt, photographer and co-owner of the wonderful childrens fashion brand Soft Gallery. I love to dress my youngest in their clothes as the quality is great and their cuts and prints are really nice. And as Yvonne points out in her post, it's quite easy to see the visual connection between the brand and Barbara's home. They are both quite minimal, but with a touch of whimsy.
Photography: Line Klein
As I wrote on Facebook, I was invited to try this new Swedish skincare line. I usually don't do those kind of things, especially not if the products aren't related to interiors, but this time I had to make an exception. The graphic design of the packaging, created by Today Creative, was too alluring, I just couldn't resist the thought of having these nice bottles on my bathroom shelf. (And I have to admit, I saved the boxes and put them on display too.) As the Facebook post was so well received and many wanted a review of the products, I figured I would do that here, where there is a little more space to write.
Verso means reverse in Latin, so as you can imagine, this is an anti aging series. I love how cleverly they used that in the graphic design, with the reversed numbers. The products contain Retinol 8, a newly developed substance that takes all the positive effects from traditional retinol (the most proven effective substance in anti aging skincare products), but without the drawbacks like skin irritation and not being able to use in sunlight. So this is what Verso promises to do:
- The substance stimulates the production of collagen and increases the flow of nourishment to the skin, which leads to improved skin elasticity, a more even skin tone and a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
Before going further into this, I should tell you that my skin has more issues than Tyra, and has tried more substances than Ozzy. I have combination skin that is oily but dries out easily, it's sensitive and prone to breakouts. If I just wash my face with water from another source than my skin is used to, it's a perfect recipe for disaster. Trying new products always results in a few weeks of pizza face to start off, and then after that horrible time period I can see some improvement, or not. Strangely enough, that didn't happen this time. I've been using Verso for two weeks now and this is my result:
- My skin is clearer, has more of a healthy glow than an oily shine, and the overall structure is smoother. Not in terms of wrinkles or pigmentation spots, they are still there, but my pores are smaller and I see fewer blackheads/whiteheads or other small irregularities. My nose got a bit dry/flaky after one week, but I think that was actually a good sign because the skin feels much better after that.
Conclusion: I need more time to see the full benefits of the products, but so far, it's all good. While Verso does claim that the Retinol 8 is eight times more efficient than other retinol products, they also say that users will need a couple of months before seeing the full effects. So I guess I will just keep on using this and see what happens!
Bonus facts: Verso products contain no mineral oils, dye or parabens, only minimal fragrances and preservatives and has not been tested on animals.