I know, this is a blog about about interiors and design, but once in a while I stumble over something so amazing I just have to share it here even if it isn't exactly deco related... This is one of those times. We Are Islanders
is a new Irish fashion label, using traditional Irish fabrics such as Beetle finished Wexford Linen and Tipperary Wool, mixing them with sustainable materials like Bamboo Silk and Salmon Leather Skin, and creating something completely new.
While I totally love the designs and prints of their garments, and the great looking images, what really stands out is the way these prints were made. You see, they are dyed by the tidal water on the Dublin coast line! Below is a video of how this was done.
I will be part of a Christmas event at the Marimekko
flagship store in Stockholm next Thursday 28/11, and I would love to see you there! There will be discounts, a competition where you can win your favourite product, and inspiration galore! I will be styling a Christmas dinner table, and sharing my ideas and tips on holiday decorations during the evening.
Drop by for a chat and some gingerbread cookies!
The latest buzz in the Scandinavian design blog crowd is dark walls. It started already at the beginning of the year, but the real breakthrough must have been some weeks ago when the queen of white walls, Lotta Agaton, painted her entire shop/studio in dark hues. I love this look, but it's not for my home which is already way too dark even with white walls. I think you need a lot of daylight to keep dark painted rooms from feeling like you are living in a cave.
These pictures from Tommaso Sartori Studio
show lots of great examples of spaces where this look absolutely works!
How about some home interior images for a change? I feel like there has been way too much products on the blog lately, and I miss the amazing home features. Perhaps you do too?
These pictures are from a Danish home filled with French antiques mixed with Scandinavian design classics. The owner often travels to Paris and fills his bags with vintage finds from the French brocantes to make wonderful still lifes in his airy Copenhagen flat. See more of his collections in the full article here
New week, new giveaway! This time three of you will have a chance to win
a set of Marimekko's new Kuusikossa bedlinen sets
(2 duvet covers in each set, size: 150x210 cm + pillow covers 50x60 cm,
value €178), with a wintery tree pattern in black and white.
To enter, we would love to see your Holiday inspirations on Pinterest!
So create a Pinterest board to show us your Holiday style, with a minimum of 10 pictures from the Marimekko site, and a maximum of 50 pics in total
, and write the link in the comments below or on the blog's Facebook page
The competition is open for two weeks, until Nov 25th, and the 3 most inspiring boards will be chosen by me and Marimekko.
Ps. I started my own Holiday inspired Marimekko board, just for fun. Check it out here
I was very inspired when I saw this project by Spanish architecture firm External Reference
, showing a flexible residential/working space in an old warehouse in Barcelona. The structure of the dividing wall is amazing, and the whole idea of living in a photo studio/showroom really appeals to me. This is what the architects say about their project:
Domestic space affects the user very personally and has been discussed extensively over the history of architecture. At present; new lifestyles, new families and more flexible professional routines, have favored the emergence of a unique user profile, one that is complex and involves having a clear understanding on personal needs. This is the case of the inhabitant of this residential and work space: an industrial designer, active art director and one who is very involved in the world of fashion, advertising and performing arts. Our user raised the idea of devoting a warehouse to hold a photo shoot studio, office space, meeting room, space for auditions, castings, fashion shows, and finally, a home. Therefore, creating a space that one would be able to live, work and play in.
Hop over there
for more pictures of this place, full of clever multi-functional solutions.