Design and style from a Scandinavian perspective

Bolia 2015 collection + new webshop

Bolia is one of those Danish brands that always make great lookbooks and inspiration images, and they just launched the new 2015 collection and a brand new webshop, open for everyone in the EU.
I chose some favorites from the new lookbook, but you can browse it online here to see everything. It seems we are still moving around in a mostly gray landscape full of pastels and light wood, but one piece that instantly stood out to me is the Eclipse table below, with linoleum surfaces in brass, black and a beautiful moon pattern. The sofa above is also very tempting...
Styling: Pernille Vest
Photos: Thomas Loof and Henrik Bülow

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. 

KOTO scented candle by Skandinavisk and Design Bloggers United

I've got some cool news for you! We, as in Design Bloggers United, are launching a scented candle in collaboration with Skandinavisk!
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.
Photos and styling by Susanna Vento, the newest member of the Design Bloggers United group. We are very happy she wanted to join!

Top 6 from H&M Home Autumn 2014 Collection

H&M Home's new Autumn collection was released a couple of weeks ago, and some items are already in the stores now. I found a few favourites that would be welcome additions in my home. Do you have any favourites of your own?

My Summer Wishlist

You know that column I started last year, Weekly Wants? Well, it didn't exactly turn out to be a weekly column. I did it for a couple of months, then realized I didn't really want to flood the blog with products. I have always aimed for a sustainable lifestyle, and encouraging over consumption doesn't go very well with that. But sometimes you need stuff, and of course I fall for nice designs like everyone else, so sharing a few products here now and then, but not on a regular schedule, seems like a good compromise.
These things are just what I want/need for summer:
1. Fold Mirrors from Normann Copenhagen, to seize the Nordic light and bounce it around my home. Photo by A Merry Mishap.
2. Willmann vases from Menu, that I'd use for leafy greens, twigs and straws (I'm not that fond of blooming flowers), to bring a bit of nature inside.
3. Hope + CSA Pitcher and tumblers in the new grey hue, perfect for water, elderflower lemonade and wine spritzers on warm summer days.
4. Verso Skincare travel set. I am already using this skincare line, and find it great from every perspective except for when I travel. The regular containers are quite large so getting them through airport security just doesn't happen. But now they are launching a travel kit with the most essential products, just in time for vacations!

Sway mugs by Gustaf Nordenskiöld for Hope

Hope, one of my favorite Swedish fashion brands, are opening a new shop in Gothenburg today, where the interior design is inspired by this cup. It's called Sway and is made by Gustaf Nordenskiöld. This patterned version is brand new and will be sold exclusively in Hope stores and at Last Edition


Marimekko A/W -14 Collection

I went to see the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection from Marimekko the other day, and found some new favorites. Many of their products have very strong colors and patterns, and even though I think those are very beautiful too, the neutral color range will always be closest to my heart. So that's what I chose to show here today! Some of this will be launched in July, and the rest later in the Autumn, so now you have something to look forward to...

Swoon, a new Swedish bathroom brand

Let's start this gray and snowy Monday with some inspiring images from a new Swedish bathroom brand called Swoon, designed by Fredrik Wallner, and since he is Lotta Agaton's husband, you can guess who styled the pictures. :)
You can pick and mix any combo of handles, colours and legs, see it in 3D on their site and order it directly to your door. I love the slim legs and the thin ceramic washbasins, and the attention to detail throughout the entire collection.
Photography: Kristofer Johnsson

Thursday Tip: RK Design and K is for Black

I have two talented friends who are making these really cool graphics for Society6, a webshop where you can buy art prints, cushion covers, mugs, clocks, t-shirts and you name it, with thousands of different motifs by hundreds of artists and designers. One is Riikka, who goes by the name RK Design there, and the other is Anna, who's selling prints branded K is for Black. They are both making some really cool stuff, so I think you should check them out!

GamFratesi for Lightyears

Danish/Italian designer duo GamFratesi are this years guests of honour at the Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair that opened today, and are also presenting several new products at the fair. This is their new table lamp Volume for Lightyears, who always have the most amazing pr pictures!

Menu 2014 collection

A bit bummed to be pushing down the pictures from the last post already, but this couldn't wait! I just saw these images from the new 2014 collection by Menu, and had to post them here immediately. Their collections are just getting stronger, and their photos more beautiful.
I love the fact that high quality, minimalist design is no longer an exclusivity for those with extremely well filled wallets, but is now available for anyone. Menu, Serax, Muuto, Iittala and Hay are a few great examples of this, and relieves us all from the curse of throw-away-ism. While their products might not all have the same superior quality as the most high-end brands, or the expensive design classics, it is definitely a big step away from what used to be on the market...

String Bowl Shelves

The latest news from String are these plastic bowl shelves, suitable for plants or all the small stuff you have laying around the house. I can't quite make up my mind about these... What do you think, hit or miss?

Nendo's new desk accessories


These are the latest news from Japanese design house Nendo for their own brand by | n, a range of desk accessories and office supplies, with some very clever details.
The marks on the rulers are fading from white to black, to be seen easily on any color backgrounds. Pie chart shaped sticky notes with a bigger adhesive area to solve the problem of square and rectangular sticky notes that can be easily ripped off when their corners are caught. Paperclips that come connected and are detached one by one for use, keeping desktops tidy. The paperclips are made of paper so that they're easy to detach and can be recycled along with the paper. And so on and so on... Very clever, and very stylish!


My Xmas Wishlist 2013

Society 6 cushion | Linnéa Svan bracelet | Acne vases
The last few weeks have been so busy (first the Marimekko styling and shopping event, then the visit at Vipp, and after that straight to a blog tour in Berlin) I have hardly had time to think about the holidays yet. Today it struck me though, it's only two weeks until Christmas! I need to start preparing, shopping, cooking and decorating!
But first things first, I thought, and started remembering all the things I have seen lately that never made it into my shopping bags. So here is my own little wishlist, with things I would love to see under the tree. However, just as usual, I'm going to have to buy this myself as we don't give gifts to adults in our family. Maybe if I wrap everything in the same paper I could be just ever so slightly surprised by the contents of the packages? ;)

Thursday Tip: Maison Martin Margiela X Converse

Thursday Tip is one day late, but better than never, right? I've been super busy, running around together with photographer Charlotte Schmidt Olsen, taking photos of my favorite spots in my new neighbourhood for two days. It will all be published here on the blog during the coming weeks, and I am hoping you will like these places as much as I do!
In one of the places we visited, a fashion store called Nitty Gritty, I found these hand painted sneakers, a collaboration between Maison Martin Margiela and Converse. Since I love Margiela, and Converse (I wear chucks almost every day of the year), I have been following the launch of these very closely, but hadn't seen them irl until today. The idea of the paint is that it will eventually wear off, creating a unique patina on the shoe. Need I tell you that these are on my wish list? And yes, I am very aware that I could just take a brush and paint some of my old chucks, but it's the idea that I love, and that, to me, is worth paying for.

Thursday Tip: Herman Cph

So I guess you saw their cushion when I posted about it on my wish list a couple of days ago, but I want to show you more from this new Danish design company called Herman Cph that just launched this August at the DesignTrade fair.
It's basically a two persons show, run by Jonas Herman Pedersen and Helle Herman Mortensen, who are both designers and producers of their collection, so far consisting of tables, small storage furniture, cushions and bedspreads made from recycled wool fabrics. I like the small scale of their company and the focus on sustainability and simplicity. Everything is produced in Denmark, using only high quality natural materials which ages beautifully.

Weekly Wants #7

Thursday Tip: Wrong for Hay

Earlier this year I held a small trend inspiration workshop for the stylists at Vitra, and two trends that I said I wanted to see more of were geometric shapes in the form of spheres, cones and cylinders, and the use of cork as a material. It seems designer Sebastian Wrong was thinking along the same lines when he created this new collection for Hay, called Wrong for Hay. What do you think, do you like it too?

Thursday Tip: New Norm Dinnerware now available

The New Norm dinnerware from Menu that inspired the opening of Copenhagen restaurant Höst has this far only been available to buy at the restaurant itself and at Stilleben; a small shop in Cph, but in October it will finally be available from retailers world wide! I worked with this series of plates, cups and bowls when I styled some of the press photos for Höst, so take my word for it, it's a great dinnerware collection. Very versatile, the clean lines and colors are great for presenting any food, and the shapes are perfect for stacking.


Thursday Tip: B21b kitchen

I really like the idea of this kitchen from dialog-plan. It's super simple to assemble, comes complete with sink and induction hob plate, and has a great minimalist look. It's meant for offices, holiday houses or student apartments, but I can see it working in any home. 

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