Loving the new Esrum range from Broste Copenhagen, in hand glazed stoneware with a contrasting mix of matte dark taupe and shiny ivory white. In stores in November, and I'm already looking forward to an extension of the collection coming in February, where among other things, a teapot, salad bowl and espresso cups are promised to complete the range.
Yay! I can never get enough of scented candles, and today one of my favourite brands when it comes to scents and skincare products; & Other Stories, launched their new collection of candles. There are four different versions, inspired by cherished places in Stockholm and Paris. I am most curious to get a sniff of the "Studion" candle, "named after our photo studio in the Stockholm Atelier, where stories and people are immortalised. Hints of bergamot and a heart of fig trees are rounded off with soft coconut and familiar wood, inviting you to discover a glimpse of our Stockholm Atelier." Bergamot, figs and wood sounds like an amazing combo!
New in the A/W 2014 collection from Menu, the Afteroom coat hanger, inspred by the Eames pattern, designed by Afteroom
Every time I've visited the Hay House shop in Copenhagen I've asked the staff if I can buy the perforated steel storage trays and boxes they use throughout the store to display the smaller products in. Every time, I've been turned down. "Only for in-store display" they told me. Well, not any more!
Yes, you may think they look boring. That's kind of my goal when considering what to get for my home. Only basic, minimalist items that my eyes won't get tired of, that won't go out of trend, and will mix with anything.
Punched Organizer by Hay
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:
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
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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...
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
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!
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!
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...
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?
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!
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? ;)
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.