I am crazy about scented candles myself, the high quality kind that is, and I can already say that this one with a soft scent of amber, jasmine and vanilla will be a future favorite. We wanted to make a homey, welcoming scent, something that could represent our interests in homes and interiors, and chose a name to match. KOTO
means home in Finnish.
This is how we like to describe our candle: A cosy refuge from the long dark Finnish winters, a seductress of scarce natural light, an intimate space to refresh the soul.
On a less poetic note, some basic facts: it's a big one, with four wicks and a burn time of 75 hours, and it will retail for around €60. Made from a mix of perfume, natural and mineral wax with wicks of 100% cotton, then poured into hand-blown glass.
KOTO will be presented next week at the Formex fair and is soon available in stores all over Europe, but you can already pre-order from Skandinavisk's own webshop
As promised, the second part of the photos me and Riikka made for Ferm Living
. Grown up spaces this time with a kitchen and living theme, and I'm showing the black and white settings here, while Riikka has a bit more color over at her blog
, so click over there to see the rest! If you missed our kids rooms last week, check them out here
We made this series of five still lives, adding more products to each shot, and ended up with an animation showing the process.
Which picture do you like best? Super minimalist, filled to the brim with products, or somewhere in between?
All the posts from the Holiday pictures I made for Marimekko Village
are up on the site now, so I wanted to collect them all together here. Perhaps someone (like myself) still needs a bit more inspiration to get in the mood for the festive season...
If you are wondering what the bathroom/skincare/spa picture above has to do with xmas, well, it's about the big traditional Christmas Bath of course! You know, the one yearly bath that people had before we got into the habit of keeping ourselves clean every day. At least, that is the myth. I'm not so sure it's actually true, but only bathing once a year is an entertaining thought!
Styling: Emma Fexeus
During our Design Trade
blog tour in Copenhagen we were invited to a brunch at the loft studio of Norm Architects
, where we were challenged to use products from &Tradition
to style a picture to be shot by photographer Rune Lundø
. We also had the pleasure to meet interior stylist Stine Langvad
and hear the inspiring story of how she works.
As there were very few props, basically just some coffee table books, I had to get creative. So I sneaked a couple of unfinished prototypes from the office and found some old papers in the trash bin, took a photography lamp and some studio wall supports and made a super simple still life with those. I love the wall I propped it all up against, and I think that without the old fuse boxes this picture would be extremely boring...
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!
Giveaway time! This week you have the chance to win a set of NS2 Air Monitors from Nocs
worth $449. Designed in Sweden, and with a sound quality that matches it's great design, the speakers are available in a big range of colors to match your home. They are active speakers with AirPlay technology, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from your Mac, PC, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad. You can see them in the pictures below, which I styled in cooperation with Fantastic Frank
To see the rest of this apartment, have a look here
. I had a great afternoon in this sunny functionalist home together with stylist Thomas Lingsell and photographer Andy Liffner
, and I hope to be able to work with them again in the near future!
To enter the competition and have a chance to win a set of Nocs NS2 Air Monitors in the color of your choice, follow these simple steps:
2. Snap a photo of the spot where you would place your new speakers, upload it to Instagram and tag the picture with #nocs
The competition will be open for one week, until April 14. Good Luck!
Remember back in December, when I went to Copenhagen (again) for a styling job, and showed you some behind-the-scenes
? The shoot was for Brdr. Krüger
's new catalogue. They are an old Danish family business, established in 1886, probably most famous for their Tray Tables designed in 1963 by architect Hans Bølling. What you perhaps didn't know is that they are also producing the world famous wooden monkey by Kay Bojesen
. The monkey production actually takes place in their home, with the whole family gathered around the dining table, attaching the different parts by hand. Isn't that awesome?!
The brief for the pictures was to make some fresh and inspirational photos of the tray tables
and Orbis Mobile
glass tables/carts. I wanted to take them out of their traditional context and make them a bit more modern and playful, so I chose to do the shoot in a studio where we could play around a bit more and not be constrained by the limits of a real home. I also tried to vary the settings and expressions as much as I could for each photo, to show the versatility of the tables. The pictures are meant to be more as loose suggestions sparking the imagination than real life settings that you can copy and use in your home.
Below are my favorite pictures (there are more photos, but we played around worked hard in the studio for two days so I won't show you everything because you would get bored). What do you think? Which one is your favorite?
Photo: Jonas Krüger
Styling: Emma Fexeus
The reason I went to Copenhagen this week was to style a few pictures for a new restaurant, and this is the story behind it:
designed a dinner service named New Norm together with Menu
, a Danish design company. And now they are making a whole restaurant around the concept, called Höst (Autumn in Swedish)
. The restaurant will be a part of Cofoco
, a hugely popular restaurant group in Copenhagen, who already runs nine restaurants, each with its own distinct style and menu. The focus at Höst will be on organic, locally produced New Nordic cuisine. Something I got to see for myself when I stepped into the kitchen and found a chef preparing some dish using a pine tree! And in the basement, instead of the traditional wine cellar, there is a jam/preserves cellar. I loved their concept and ideas and will tell you more soon when I get the final photos that Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and I made together.
Right now I can't wait to show you some behind the scenes snapshots that I made. What you can't really see here in the photos is that the space was only half ready, the renovations still going on everywhere, with builders and staff running around trying to get everything ready. You might spot a painting ladder here or a broom there, but trust me, it was quite chaotic really... I'm sure they'll manage to get it all together for the big opening night though!
I'm getting to like my new EOS M
camera more and more, and my favorite feature this far is the fact that you can set it to shoot in your own personal settings. So instead of using one of the built in scenes like sunset, sports or landscape, I created my own "scene" to suit my taste in photography, with added contrast and sharpness and less saturation than the automatic mode.
One of my projects this autumn was to design a t-shirt in cooperation with Kellogg's Special K to raise money for breast cancer research
. The t-shirt is finished now and from today you can get it here
or at NK department store in Stockholm. I hope you like it and want to support the fight against cancer! All proceeds goes to Cancerfonden's
breast cancer research.
My thought behind the design was to make something that I would want to wear, something far from the Pink Ribbon logo, with a more edgy feeling. I wanted the message of the design to be clear if you know about the campaign, but I didn't want something that says "boobs" or "cancer" in a very obvious way if you know what I mean... So this is the result:
I just heard that the new issue of Plaza Interiör
is out, and that means I can finally post the winning photos from the Interior Styling Master Class at Beckmans
. What a nice way to start the weekend!
Btw, Plaza Interiör just got a page on Facebook
, like it to see what's going with this great magazine.
Our theme for the styling was "Contrasts", and as you can see we all worked with that in different ways through colours, materials and shapes.
Styling: Emma Fexeus (me)
Styling: Monica Hökars