EMMAS DESIGNBLOGG

Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

The Home of Dieter Rams

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

Bright Norwegian Family Loft

 
 
Starting the week with a family friendly, light filled loft in Tofte, Norway, belonging to photographer Trine Thorsen. Downstairs you will find their small family run hotel.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Blackout with Fantastic Frank

 
 
Loved this shot from a bravely decorated apartment for sale by Fantastic Frank. The whole flat is painted black, with white carpentry and tiles for a great contrasting effect. See more here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

All Is Pretty at home


Mint - Light Living (sponsored post)

 
 
Mint is a young design brand aiming to make your home as minimalist and aesthetic as possible by combining and adjusting their products for multiple uses. For example: Your wardrobe looks the same on the outside as your kitchen cabinets. Their kids bed can be used as a daybed later on etc. Mint has a slight futuristic look, even though it is made with influence from mid century classics.
Mint is for people who like to keep their home simple and natural, no clutter, just the things you need for everyday life.
 
The collection ranges from kitchens and bathrooms to coat hangers, beds and chairs, made in a range of 8 matching colours, and from materials such as Estonian ash and American walnut wood.
 
 
 
 
The Stork coat hanger is the latest addition to Mint's furniture collection.
 
Swedish customers can find Mint's products in their newly launched webshop, and click here for the international version.
 
 
 
 
 

Stylist Lina Kanstrup's understated home


Blacksmith's workshop in Lesbos, Greece

 
 
An old blacksmith's workshop renovated to become an amazing home in Lesbos, Greece. Found in Kinfolk.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elisa Ossino Studio for &Tradition


Simon & Me store, Berlin

 
 
On the must see list for my next Berlin trip: Simon & Me
 
 
 
 

Code 27 Sofa

As you may have noticed, the posts here are coming very sporadically and far apart... I'm feeling a bit under the weather at the moment, so my creativity and productivity have been running on low. To remedy that I figured I'll change the concept of the posts for a while, so you'll still get updates, but I won't have to feel too pressured by making them. So for a while forward, I'm going to post only one picture in each post, most often accompanied only by a descriptive link. I'm starting right now:
 
 

Natural warm and simple Malmö apartment

 
 
Loving the simple but warm style of this home, renovated by Josefin at Byggfabriken with all natural old school methods and materials. Those standard tiles combined with porcelain lamp sockets are a must in my next home!
The apartment is up for sale now, you'll find it here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Georg by Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm, now in black

 
 
Nobody can have missed last year's big hit from Trip Trap, the Georg furniture series by designer Christina Liljenberg Halstrøm. It was launched at DesignTrade, and at this year's fair a sweet update was presented; the whole series now comes in my favorite color, black! I believe the wall mirrors are a new addition as well, completing the range in a nice way. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ilse Crawford at The Apartment

 
 
I discovered this exhibition through Instagram, and instantly fell in love with the small sneak peeks shown there. Unfortunately I don't think I'll have the chance to go and see it irl, but if you are anywhere near Copenhagen, you don't want to miss Ilse Crawford's collab with The Apartment!
 
 
 
 

"Studioilse has redesigned the interiors of The Apartment to reflect Ilse Crawford’s design philosophy centered around human life and behaviour. Studioilse has gained international renown for creating interiors that are about life rather than objects, exploring how a space becomes a home.

With The Residency, Studioilse has created a homely space where design is experienced rather than exhibited, and where guests can enjoy an informal atmosphere, kitchen suppers and lively discussions. Local eatery Atelier September hosts a restaurant at The Residency kitchen every Thursday and Friday night with a menu that changes daily."

 

 
 
 
 
 

White everything + Green plants = Fresh

 
 
Just let me know when I can move in and I'll start packing immediately! You can leave most of the furniture too. Those were my first thoughts when I saw this apartment for sale through Fantastic Frank. I love that the architecture is so simplified that one can't really tell the age of the building. And those white wooden floors get me every time. Throw some big windows, high ceilings and a terrace into the mix and I'm sold.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Simple Finnish Summerhouse Inspiration

 
 
Most Scandinavian summerhouses that we see on blogs are Danish, and while it might be difficult for an outsider to spot the differences in style between the Nordic countries, they are definitely there. I think this summerhouse, belonging to Johanna Lehtinen, is a great example of what I see as Finnish style. Compared to the Danish houses, this is more graphic, their use of black and bare wood is more courageous, and the overall style is a bit simpler, less over styled. Also not as sweet as many Danish houses are, with less cute vintage items and more rough things brought in directly from the surrounding nature. Don't get me wrong now, I love Danish style, but compared to this, it can sometimes get a bit too sweet.
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

New Kristalia 2014 catalogue shots

 
 
Summery, but dark. Minimalist, but inviting. Yes, this is completely my taste! The new images from Kristalia's 2014 collection quite perfectly captures what I'm into right now. Concrete, unkempt plants, dark moody colours, and as always; minimalism.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

One Pic Wednesday: DIY Koushi Lamp

 
 
Photographer Benjamin Bergh built his own Koushi lampshade and shared it on Instagram. His home looks very interesting, I'd love to see more!
 
 
 
 

Volkshotel Amsterdam; a design hotel for the people

 
 
As I've written here before, Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities, and I'll take any excuse to go there. Now I have two! We are planning the next blog tour there in October, and the new Volkshotel just opened, which I'm curious to see!
 
Located in a building formerly used as a newspaper headquarters, the interiors remind me a lot of the Michelberger in Berlin, but with the building's history showing in the details in between the raw materials such as concrete and plywood. And this hotel also has a rooftop terrace, complete with sauna and hot tubs, so definitely looking forward to trying that out! The Volkshotel claims to be a hotel for everyone, welcoming punk rockers, single moms, stockbrokers and poets, dandies and dishwashers, and with their opening offer of €69/room throughout July, I believe almost anyone could afford it too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Strandwood Vacation Rental in Germany

 
 
This house in Germany, called Strandwood House and located by the beach on Rügen Island, fulfills many of my summerhouse dreams. Simple natural materials, calming hues and interiors, lots of light and not much to distract you from living simply with only the bare necessities. If I would get a summer house, it would look very much like this.
 
Via Desire to Inspire with thanks!
 
 

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sågverket, Sweden's most stylish hostel, up for sale

 
 
Many of the post in the upcoming weeks will be about stylish places to stay when traveling both inside and outside of Sweden. One place I've been wanting to visit is Sågverket, Sweden's most stylish hostel. I was actually there a few years ago, before it was bought and renovated by the current owners. Although it was quite nice even back then, there were lots of things that needed improvement... Looking at the pics here I can see that they have all been taken care of, everything looks just perfect now! The place is up for sale again, so if you, like me, have been wanting to visit, I believe now is the time to go, because who knows what will happen when it switches owners again...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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